The biggest advantage of systems analysis is that it helps businesses and organizations assess their various, interacting elements in order to make them more efficient. The term ?systems analysis? often refers to computer systems, but also applies more broadly to all aspects of a business or organization.
Businesses often hire systems analysts to investigate and break down the various parts of their systems, such as their communications, financial and manufacturing systems. The systems analyst offers recommended improvements, thereby making the business more profitable. Every systems analyst has a slightly different method, and every system analysed requires a slightly different approach. Generally, a systems analyst starts by gathering information about the current system, examining its individual components or steps and identifying current or potential problems. An analyst may investigate a business? methods of data and information processing, material handling and document flow.
As an outsider, a systems analyst often sees issues that a member of an organization may overlook, generally because the member of the organization is too familiar with the system. After identifying problems, the systems analyst designs a new system and replaces the old. Depending on the severity of the problem, the analyst may only need to redesign one or two components of a system, rather than the entire system.
Finally, another distinct advantage of professional systems analysis is that the analyst generally helps a business implement the new system. This can include writing instructional documentation, training workers and addressing any new problems that may arise during implementation.