What is the difference between an application analyst and a system analyst?

Alastair Majury
4 min readFeb 4, 2021

See Systems analyst job profile | Prospects.ac.uk for more detail but some excerpts below:

As a systems analyst, you’ll use computers and related systems to design new IT solutions, modify, enhance or adapt existing systems and integrate new features or improvements, all with the aim of improving business efficiency and productivity.

You must have a high level of technical expertise and clear insights into current business practices. Depending on the employer, clients may be internal, e.g. departments within the same organisation, or external.

Your role is to liaise between and report to internal and external clients and stakeholders, including colleagues and developers, throughout the development process.

You will conduct a cost analysis and agree the timeframe to implement the proposed solution. You specify and shape the system requirements and operations, the user interface and output and present the proposal to the client. You will work closely with the client team, including commercial managers and software developers, during both the report and implementation phase.

Job titles in the IT sector are fluid so look closely at job descriptions rather than job titles.

Fourth generation languages (4GL) and object-orientated programming simplify technological language, so traditional boundaries between systems or business analysis and programming have eroded. Overlap with project management is also common.

Responsibilities

As a systems analyst, you’ll work on an organisation’s particular IT system but also with a client’s legacy environment so you need to be able to adapt to different programming languages.

Work activities also depend on the size and nature of the employing organisation and the focus of clients’ business demands, but typically involve — See the link.

And again see Application analyst for more detail but some excerpts below:

Application analysts are responsible for the administration, monitoring and maintenance of software infrastructures and applications.

As an application analyst, you’ll oversee practices and processes to ensure integrity, safety and availability of all data and applications as part of an organisation’s information systems. You’ll make sure that the processes needed for a business to function and succeed are running smoothly, acting as a technical point of contact to fix application and systems issues — usually on an immediate basis.

Application analysts work within IT departments alongside application developers and software engineers. You could also be involved in:

Job titles vary. You may find titles such as problem analyst, technical adviser and system analyst, however your core activities are likely to be similar.

Application analysts can specialise in operating systems

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Alastair Majury

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