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Business Analyst

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1. Make very small loans (typically under 500) to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Most Loans are repaid in six months to a year.






2. What you make on every sale after subtracting variable costs.






3. A way to get information into database. Each field in the form corresponds to a field in the database table






4. Describes how best to represent information






5. Describes how easy the system is to use and navigate






6. A method for designing information systems. The life cycle proceeds through the following stages: an analysis of the current state - development of requirements - design of a solution - development from the design and finally to implementation or rol






7. An analysis of five key forces which profiles the attractiveness of an industry. These include the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers - barriers to entry - threat of substitutes - and the competitive rivalry of firms already in the industry.






8. A cost that the business must pay whether or not they sell anything. Examples include rent - legal fees - development costs and so forth.






9. This is a job title typical for an IS graduate. Business analysts work both with business units such as Human Resources and the programmers. They discover the needs of the business unit and then translate those needs into documentation for the progra






10. The process of analyzing data to spot trends and opportunities.






11. An analysis of the attractiveness of the industry in which the company operates.






12. A database that consists of related tables and nothing but tables.






13. Compares coninuous categories such as time on a common measure






14. Structured Query Language is the language used by most relational database management systems. It requires very little code to accopmlish powerful operations.






15. A model report in which the theme is predefined. In some templates even some of the slides are already created. For example - the Pitchbook template includes a title slide - a table of contents slide - and a section heading slide.






16. Systems that manage day to day transactions of the business.






17. Usually the recommended way to start a small business. If the business goes under - you are not personally liable for the businesses debts.






18. An analysis of how the calculation results vary with changes in the initial assumptions.






19. Defines a set of background elements - colors - and fonts as well as a set of slide layouts.






20. The combination of people - information technology - and business processes to accomplish a business objective.






21. A high level management overview of the data--sometimes depicted using dials and needles similar to an automobile dashboard. In a car.






22. The process of fishing for patterns in the data using computing power because you really do not know what to look for.






23. The cheapest way to start a business. It is just you doing business under another name. However - you are personally liable for business debts.






24. A built in Excel function that calculates loan payments. Inputs to the function include the loan amount (pv) - the interest rate (rate) - and the number of loan payments (nper).






25. A marketing term that refers to the ability of a brand to stand out from the crowd.






26. The opposite of contrast. Layouts demonstrating affinity show subtle variations in color or brightness.






27. The delivery of accurate - useful information to the appropriate decision makers within the necessary fime frame to support effective decision making.






28. The process of uncovering the numbers that contribute to creating a summary number. Drill down is like being shocked at you ATM balance and then calling the bank to get a list of withdrawls and payments made against your account.






29. A visual query tool in excel that allows you to easily group and summarize data






30. Running development software such as Dreamweaver on your workstation. The major advantage is that it runs very fast when running locally.






31. A wat to get information out of a database. Often a report will gather information together from multiple tables and present it as a single table






32. The ability to capture and store information gathered from a form into a database. Database integration also refers to the ability to extract and display information from a database on a website.






33. An unfortunate reuse of the word template






34. A way to categorize groups of people using age - income level - gender - education level - home ownership - and so forth.






35. Printing horizontally rather than vertically on a piece of paper. The normal way to print is portrait or vertical orientation.






36. A group of potential customers for a product or service. Segments are typically identified by demographics.






37. A PowerPoint template well suited for creating schematic reports because of its small font size and versatile layouts.






38. Suggests causality by plotting independent and dependent variables on the same graph.






39. The total interest paid over the life of the loan. The finance charge is calculated by adding up all of the loan payments and then subtracting from this total the amount originally borrowed.






40. Accessing development software that lives in the cloud. The major advantage is that the development process tends to be greatly simplified.






41. Look like standard reports but with a major difference. They are interactive and allow the user to drill down to disover the source for the summary numbers.






42. A giant database that contains periodic dumps from many databases throughout the company. BI systems query the data warehouse to spot patterns and trends.






43. These are fixed costs associated with starting a business. Often refers to one time costs.






44. A user-friendly way to get information into a database.






45. The amount of time between the occurrence of a transaction and the loading of that transaction's information into the business intellegence system.






46. The organization of items on a page. For example - a 2up layout consists of two blocks of images and/or text.






47. A part of the spreadsheet - usually at the top - where the key variables are given their values.






48. The largest systems of all. ERP systems tie together all aspects of the business from accounting to the shop floor.






49. A business presentation combining concise text and graphics. Schematic reports should be brief - well organized - and easy to navigate. Though usually designed in PowerPoint - schematic reports are intended primarily to be read rather than projected.






50. Designing websites and applications to meet the needs of the user.