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Business Analyst

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1. 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.

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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describes how best to represent information

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

11. 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.

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

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

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

15. 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

16. 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.

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

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

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

20. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

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

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

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

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. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34. 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.

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

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

37. 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

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

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

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

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

42. 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.

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

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

45. 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.

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

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

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

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

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