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What are the key roles in an IT department?

For the BEC section of the CPA exam, you should understand the four key roles within an IT department. These four key roles are: Systems analyst, Operator, Data librarian, and Programmer.

Systems Analyst: A systems analyst is responsible for analyzing, designing, and implementing a company’s information systems. The systems analyst would be responsible for determining what software best serves the company’s needs.

Computer Operator: A computer operator oversees the running of a company’s computer systems. The computer operator schedules computer processes and makes sure the process is carried out properly. Any incidents or errors would be monitored by the computer operator.

Data Librarian: A data librarian is primarily responsible for maintaining systems and methods to preserve data. In addition, they would be responsible for making sure that data can be accessed as necessary by the rest of the company.

Computer Programmer: A computer programmer develops computer programs and software for use in the company’s operations.


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