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Business Analyst

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

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

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

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

5. Describes how best to represent information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

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

17. 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.

18. 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.

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

20. 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

21. Variable names created by capitalizing the first letter of each word and eliminating the spaces between words.

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

23. 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.

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

25. 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.

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

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

28. 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

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

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

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

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

33. One or more fields that uniquely identify each record in the table

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

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

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

37. 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).

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

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

40. Repear the primary key from the parent table in each corresponding record of the child table as a foreign key to link tables together

41. 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.

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

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

44. 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.

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

46. 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.

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

48. 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

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. A pre-built site with placeholder text - images - and a pre-selected theme. Site templates are the closest thing to an instant website.