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IT CAREER: INFORMATION ANALYST. What does an Information Analyst Do?. Definition: Gather and collect information from different sources. Take a look at existing information and make suggestions on how it can be better organized to help people. On a Simplistic Level:. Take Information.

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what does an information analyst do
What does an Information Analyst Do?

Definition:

Gather and collect information from different sources. Take a look at existing information and make suggestions on how it can be better organized to help people.

On a Simplistic Level:

Take

Information

Look at it in

Detail

Provide

Information

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Example Job Titles:

-Information Analyst

-Business Analyst with Data Modeling Experience

-Technical Information Analyst

Job Descriptions:

“Conducts technical and business analysis of user needs and systems”

New York Department of Labor

“…Provides support and development for the firm’s knowledge management activities…Coordinates…the assessment, development and management of …resources”

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Attorneys at Law)

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You can work in any Field, the work Intelligence Analysts do crosses traditional boundaries.

Examples:

- Business

- Geography

- Medical

Main Duties:

-conduct studies related to the development of information systems

-work with clients to provide advice about information

Canada’s National Occupational Classification

http://www.23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/2001/e/groups2171.shtml

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Interview:

With Michael Plater of Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceutical Company located in Stevenage, England.

Platers Background:

degree in Microbiology, PHD in genetics and diploma in Information Mangement

GSK Background:

-One of the larges pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in the world.

-R&D Budged estimated to be $3.6 Billion U.S

Why are We talking about this Company?

-Can work in any field

-This is a good example of what an IA does

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Highlights of Interview:

-Information Analysts enable and facilitate

According to Plater:

“The drive at the moment is to deliver as much information as possible to the R&D scientist’s desktop so that they can answer routine queries…”

-more analysis of information by informed professionals

What an Information Analyst Does:

-go to project meetings

-provide reports to help make informed decisions

-work as part of a group

-use databases such as Medline and Current Connects

(2001) $3.6 billion to spend, now what to buy? Information World Review (167) p.14-15. Retrieved from Business Source Premier Database.

responsibilities
Responsibilities
  • Controlled analysis of events, data, and information that avoids unwelcome or otherwise biased conclusions
  • Deciding the relevancy of information, and guiding that intelligence to decision-makers
  • Adherence to a Code of Ethics and professional conduct

Source: Aimee Zahora Dow AgroScience Global Competitive Intelligence

working conditions
Working Conditions
  • Very academic and professional.
  • Small, focused teams in larger organizations
code of ethics
Code of Ethics
  • A strong sense of professional ethics throughout the Competitive Intelligence industry.
  • Respect Confidentiality
  • Avoid Conflicts of Interest
  • Accurately disclose all information
  • To provide honest and realistic recommendations and conclusions in the execution of one’s duties
  • Promote the Code of Ethics throughout the company, contractors, and the entire profession
professional organizations
Professional Organizations

Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)

  • The mission of the Society is to help professionals develop expertise in creating, collecting, and analyzing information; disseminating competitive intelligence; and engaging decision-makers in a productive dialogue that creates organizational competitive advantage.

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All SCIP information available from: http://www.scip.org/

scip facts
SCIP Facts:
  • SCIP is a global, nonprofit organization providing education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of CI.
  • Promoting CI as a discipline bound by strict ethical guidelines and practiced by trained professionals is the paramount goal of the Society.

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All SCIP information available from: http://www.scip.org/

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SCIP Facts con’t:

  • A membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge.
  • SCIP provides education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of competitive intelligence
  • Many SCIP members have backgrounds in market research, strategic analysis, or science and technology.

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All SCIP information available from: http://www.scip.org/

the society of competitive intelligence professionals scip
TheSociety of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)
  • Established in 1986, today SCIP has  over 50 chapters around the world, with individual members in more than 50 nations. In addition, SCIP has alliance partnerships with independent  affiliate organizations in many countries.

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All SCIP information available from: http://www.scip.org/

professional resources
Professional Resources
  • Society for Completive Intelligence (SCIP)
  • Hoover’s online-Analysis of business and corporate enterprise information, largely helpful to private-sector jobs and information seekers
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology-Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department\'s Technology Administration. NIST\'s mission is to develop and promote measurement, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.
academic resources
Academic Resources
  • Competitive Intelligence Magazine-SCIP’s member publication-” a format that is sharp, succinct, and journalistic “
  • Studies in Intelligence-A government Publication-Unclassified articles from Classified studies

http://www.odci.gov/csi/studies.html

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Information Analyst Career Paths

  • Bright job outlook
  • Jobs growing much faster than economy
  • Wide range of possible industries
  • High starting salaries
  • Multiple career paths
career paths cont
Career Paths Cont.
  • Information analysts can work in a wide range of jobs. Through maintaining the current technology in place at a given company or relating this technology to other workers in the business, these are two critical characteristics that an analyst must be able to achieve.
background experience
Background & Experience
  • Systems and Technology Knowledge
  • Programming Experience
  • General Business Knowledge
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Interpersonal Communications Skills
  • Interpersonal Relations Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Character and Ethics
  • Systems Analysis and Design Skills
requirements for interview
Requirements For Interview
  • Self-motivation
  • Technical proficiency & diversity
  • Clear, concise communication
  • Team collaboration skills
  • General business acumen
  • Flexibility
ci professionals
CI Professionals

Source: http://www.scip.org/Library/salsamp03.pdf (SCIP)

outlook
Outlook
  • Expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2012
  • Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer system design and related services
  • Job growth will not be as rapid
    • IT sector beginning to mature
    • Routine work increasingly outsourced overseas

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos042.htm

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