IT CAREER: INFORMATION ANALYST What does an Information ...


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  • The Ethics and code of conduct for Competitive Intelligence Professionals strives to maintain a professional boundary between information and action.
  • Mention Aimee Zahora, who works with one other person at Dow AgroScience, a fairly large corporate entity. Aimee Zahora spends a very large time processing raw data into information. Numerous emails, spreadsheets, and business reports
  • SCIP is becoming the industry choice.
  • Explain that these lists come from the Strategic Intelligence class taught by Carol Choksy, or Blaise Cronn.
  • Primarily, competitive intelligence functions in the business sector, mostly engaged with business processes at larger corporations. The CIA and NSA regularly recruit Competitive Intelligence people into analyst or intelligence analyst positions, so there is a fairly strong connection to the federal government.
  • Results of a 2003-04 survey by the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (495 responses) Analysts saw an 11% increase in median salary from $46,400 to $51,542 (Avg salary for 2003: $56,055) 70% of respondents reported receiving a median bonus of $7,500 (an increase of 50% over 2000) Median salary for respondents with less than 5 years experience increased from $44,500 to $50,000
  • Computer systems analysts are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2012. Employment of these computer specialists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies. Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer system design and related services, which is projected to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. economy. In addition, many job openings will arise annually from the need to replace workers who move into managerial positions or other occupations or who leave the labor force. Job growth will not be as rapid as during the previous decade, however, as the information technology sector begins to mature and as routine work is increasingly outsourced overseas. (source for a 3 rd slide if needed:
  • IT CAREER: INFORMATION ANALYST What does an Information ...

    2. 2. 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
    3. 3. <ul><li>Example Job Titles: </li></ul><ul><li>-Information Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>-Business Analyst with Data Modeling Experience </li></ul><ul><li>-Technical Information Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Job Descriptions: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Conducts technical and business analysis of user needs and systems” </li></ul><ul><li>New York Department of Labor </li></ul><ul><li>“… Provides support and development for the firm’s knowledge management activities…Coordinates…the assessment, development and management of …resources” </li></ul><ul><li>Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Attorneys at Law) </li></ul>
    4. 4. 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
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. <ul><li>Highlights of Interview: </li></ul><ul><li>-Information Analysts enable and facilitate </li></ul><ul><li>According to Plater: </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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…” </li></ul><ul><li>-more analysis of information by informed professionals </li></ul><ul><li>What an Information Analyst Does: </li></ul><ul><li>-go to project meetings </li></ul><ul><li>-provide reports to help make informed decisions </li></ul><ul><li>-work as part of a group </li></ul><ul><li>-use databases such as Medline and Current Connects </li></ul><ul><li>(2001) $3.6 billion to spend, now what to buy? Information World Review (167) p.14-15. Retrieved from Business Source Premier Database. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Responsibilities <ul><li>Controlled analysis of events, data, and information that avoids unwelcome or otherwise biased conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding the relevancy of information, and guiding that intelligence to decision-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Adherence to a Code of Ethics and professional conduct </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Aimee Zahora Dow AgroScience Global Competitive Intelligence </li></ul>
    8. 8. Working Conditions <ul><li>Very academic and professional. </li></ul><ul><li>Small, focused teams in larger organizations </li></ul>
    9. 9. Code of Ethics <ul><li>A strong sense of professional ethics throughout the Competitive Intelligence industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect Confidentiality </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Conflicts of Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Accurately disclose all information </li></ul><ul><li>To provide honest and realistic recommendations and conclusions in the execution of one’s duties </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the Code of Ethics throughout the company, contractors, and the entire profession </li></ul>
    10. 10. Professional Organizations <ul><li>Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>___________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>All SCIP information available from: http:// / </li></ul>
    11. 11. SCIP Facts: <ul><li>SCIP is a global, nonprofit organization providing education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of CI. </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting CI as a discipline bound by strict ethical guidelines and practiced by trained professionals is the paramount goal of the Society. </li></ul><ul><li>___________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>All SCIP information available from: http:// / </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>A membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing business knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>SCIP provides education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of competitive intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Many SCIP members have backgrounds in market research, strategic analysis, or science and technology. </li></ul><ul><li>____________________ </li></ul><ul><li>All SCIP information available from: http:// / </li></ul>SCIP Facts con’t:
    13. 13. The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>___________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>All SCIP information available from: http:// / </li></ul>
    14. 14. Professional Resources <ul><li>Society for Completive Intelligence (SCIP) </li></ul><ul><li>Hoover’s online-Analysis of business and corporate enterprise information, largely helpful to private-sector jobs and information seekers </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Academic Resources <ul><li>Competitive Intelligence Magazine-SCIP’s member publication-” a format that is sharp, succinct, and journalistic “ </li></ul><ul><li>Studies in Intelligence-A government Publication-Unclassified articles from Classified studies </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 16. Information Analyst Career Paths <ul><li>Bright job outlook </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs growing much faster than economy </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of possible industries </li></ul><ul><li>High starting salaries </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple career paths </li></ul>
    17. 17. Career Paths Cont. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Background & Experience <ul><li>Systems and Technology Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Programming Experience </li></ul><ul><li>General Business Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-Solving Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Communications Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Relations Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility and Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>Character and Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Analysis and Design Skills </li></ul>
    19. 19. Requirements For Interview <ul><li>Self-motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Technical proficiency & diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Clear, concise communication </li></ul><ul><li>Team collaboration skills </li></ul><ul><li>General business acumen </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul>
    20. 20. CI Professionals Source: (SCIP)
    21. 21. Outlook <ul><li>Expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Job increases will be driven by very rapid growth in computer system design and related services </li></ul><ul><li>Job growth will not be as rapid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IT sector beginning to mature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Routine work increasingly outsourced overseas </li></ul></ul>Source: