systems analysis (SA)

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1. In a broad sense, a general methodology (not a fixed set of techniques) that applies a 'systems' or 'holistic' perspective by taking all aspects of the situation into account, and by concentrating on the interactions between its different elements. It provides a framework in which judgments of the experts in different fields can be combined to determine what must be done, and what is the best way to accomplish it in light of current and future needs. Although closely associated with data or information processing, the practice of SA has been in existence since long before computers were invented.
2. In a narrow sense, analysis of the current and future roles of proposed computer system in an organization, The system analyst (usually a software engineer or programmer) examines the flow of documents, information, and material to design a system that best meets the cost, performance, and scheduling objectives.

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After the systems analysis was over, the men told us what our problems were and how to fix them in a productive manner.
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When all inputs to a larger task may seem to be in working order, a program manager will generally need to do a systems analysis to look at the broader interactions between the inputs, as one mechanical system may have a conflict with the electrical system and further conflicts from software compatibility.
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The company underwent a systems analysis to look at all aspects of the company including financial expenditures, travel fees, and company investments in order to determine the cause of the financial crisis the company was experiencing.
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