The business systems analyst leverages his knowledge of data systems to optimize a company's organizational efficiency. The analyst draws on an in-depth knowledge of each element of a data system and its function. He or she must know the capabilities of networks, servers, software, and hardware and uses this knowledge to assess benefits and costs compared to industry standards. This information enables the analyst to develop a system design, either new or altered, that best serves the company's needs and budget.
The business systems analyst must also be able to present his or her insights to company management or directors. The analysis in question must present any inefficiencies in the company's current or proposed system, as well as suggestions for improvement. A skilled analyst is also able to anticipate any questions the company may have regarding systems changes and should be ready to explain the value and cost savings of proposed changes.