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Business Analyst

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1. 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.






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






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






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






5. An unfortunate reuse of the word template






6. A collection of one or more related tables of data stored in rows and columns






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






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






9. Model slides that define the theme elements. The slide master defines the background elements - colors - and fonts. The layout masters provide a menu of possible layouts to apply to a slide.






10. 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.






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






12. A presentation primarily designed to be projected which combines brief text and graphics. Presentations use few words and large fonts for audience readability.






13. 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






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






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






16. Compares discrete (distinct) categories on a common measure






17. The process of copying data from many databases throughout the enterprise into the datawarehouse






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






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






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






21. The idea that a brand's power depends on it's uniqueness






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






23. Similar to a template but without the placeholder text and images. A theme specifies formatting--layout - colors - and fonts






24. 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.






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






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






27. A form of BI reporting with which we are most familiar-- summary reports distributed at regular intervals.






28. 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.






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






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






31. 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






32. 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.






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






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






35. Mini services that exist in the cloud and can be snapped into your webpage. For example - you can include a weather gadget.






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






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






38. 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).






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






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






41. 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






42. A cost that business incurs on each sale. For apps - the variable cost is the iTunes store commission.






43. 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.






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






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






46. Programs that greatly simplify the process of building a website. Google Sites is the authoring tool that we will use.






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






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






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






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