Management information systems — Business Analyst

Management information systems (MIS) allow companies to simplify their administrative, accounting and financial management and to optimize their relations with clients, suppliers and employees. Implementing such a system may be advantageous for a company only if it calls on a MIS analyst.

Description

The role of MIS analysts is to support companies in the implementation of a management tool by analyzing its requirements, coordinating the various stages of the project and training users.

Main tasks 

  • Analyze and understand client requests
  • Identify project implications at the system and company organization level
  • Translate business needs into functional language with the assistance of functional analysts
  • Participate in developing the project procedures and schedule
  • Coordinate the work of the various project participants
  • Ensure the smooth conduct and quality of development
  • Ensure that development norms and standards are observed
  • Assist testing phases with the client
  • Write documentation
  • Train users on the new application implemented
  • Provide technical support

Education

MIS analysts must have a bachelor’s degree in information and systems management, computers or in management information systems.
Ideally, candidates should have project management experience.

Skills

  • Have a good understanding of the flows between a company and its partners
  • Know how a wide variety of industries work
  • Possess hands-on knowledge of ERP systems
  • Understand software development principles
  • Be proficient in the use of Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Demonstrate a high degree of interest for technological progress
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills

Qualities

  • Ability to work alone or on a team
  • Analytical skills and ability to see the big picture
  • Sense of initiative and good decision-making skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good priority management and organization skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-confidence, leadership
  • Availability

Salary 

MIS analyst salaries depend on their province and place of work. Recent graduates earn between $50,000 and $60,000 on average. After five to seven years of experience, their salary falls in the range of $70,000 to $90,000.

Career path 

The first part of a MIS analyst’s career will involve increasingly complex and longer assignments requiring the intervention of more specialists. Later, they may discover new opportunities by focusing on either their technical or business skills and becoming a project manager or manager of a consulting department.

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