systems analysis

systems analysis
systems analyst.
1. the evaluation of an activity to identify its desired objectives and determine procedures for efficiently attaining them.
2. Computers. the methodical study of the data-processing needs of a business or department, together with recommendations for specific hardware and software installations.

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The principal objective of the systems-analysis phase is the specification of what the system needs to do to meet the requirements of end users. In the systems-design phase such specifications are converted to a hierarchy of charts that define the data required and the processes to be carried out on the data so that they can be expressed as instructions of a computer program. Many information systems are implemented with generic software, rather than with such custom-built programs.

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