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Business Analyst

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1. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. 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.

14. 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.

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

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

17. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

36. 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.

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

38. Describes how best to represent information

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

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

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

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

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

44. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

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

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

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

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

49. 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).

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