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System Analysts and Programmers Personality Traits

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´╗┐System Analysts and Programmers Personality Traits The last decade has witnessed a significant growth in the use of information technology. Most organizations rely on computers to conduct business and operate efficiently. As the use of information technology is expanding, many view computer engeneering as one of the fastest growing occupations. That's why the need for computer specialists such as System analysts and programmers increases. These occupations play a a key role in the computer systems of banks, insurance companies, consulting firms, financial services, manufacturers and government agencies, to name a few. However, in adddition of these skills, system analysts and programmers must possess certain personality traits that are essential in the computing environment. Systems analysts use information technology tools to help enterprises of all sizes achieve their goals. Often, referred as business analyst, enterprise architect, system engineer, a system analyst play a vital role in the system development process .A successful system analyst must perform three different functions in their jobs. First, system analysts work with users to find out what information the users expect the computer to generate. System analyst are also investigators who gather facts about existing systems and then analyse them to determine the effectiveness of current processing methods and procedures. ...read more.

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As noted by Schneider (2002) in his research on factors contributing to the success of information technology projects, ??teamworking and motivation are more important than technical competence or formal training.? Like system analysts, computer programmers play a key role in the information technology field. A programmer is the person who writes software. test, debug, and maintain computer programs, that the computer must follow to perform their functions. Computer programmers write instructions that tell computers what to do in codes, that the computer understands. Before actually writing the program, a programmer must analyze the work request, understand the current problems, and desired resolutions, decide on an approach to use in order to attack the problems, and then plan what the machine should do to produce the expected results. Knowing how to solve problems well and quickly is very important in programming. That's why Weinberg (2008) said that a critical personality trait for programmers is ??assertiveness, or force of character. A programmer's job is to get things done, and getting things done sometimes requires moving around obstacles, jumping over them, or simply knocking them down.? They must have a lot of patience and persistance to debug a program, going through the codes and carefully examining them for error. ...read more.

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Whereas the Systems Analyst must look at the big picture, the programmer must focus on details, interprete, and give meaning to variables. The two functions are totally different. To confuse or merge the two functions together does a disservice to both. With the recent rapid growth in technology, programmers and system analysts are expected to be in especially high demand. Both occupations require high levels of technical skills. However, in addition to those technical skills, a successful programmer and system analyst should possess certain personality traits that are important in the information technology field. The way they perceive, plan, and execute any activity is influenced by their personality traits. Many researches have shown that better results are achieved when people with specific personality traits are given the roles that are best suited to their abilities. Indeed it increases the chances of a successful outcome for the project. Using judgements provided by subject matter experts, the following personality traits are linked to system analysts: extroversion, open minded, analytical mind, and motivation. Whereas, programmers like to think independently, independence. They are patient, detailed-oriented, assertive, and persistent. Network technology changes very fast, so employers care both about a person's current knowledge and also their ability to learn and adapt for the future ...read more.

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