Systems Designer (Information Technology)

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Systems designers (IT) create detailed design documentation for the development and integration of computer systems to meet the needs of businesses.

Systems designers (IT) may perform the following tasks:


Applications System Designer

An applications system designer undertakes design tasks for business computer systems such as payroll or stock control.

Database Design Specialist

A database design specialist plays an important role in devising databases to suit large data acquisition, storage and retrieval requirements. Designers develop database solutions that satisfy clients' needs for high-speed access, multiple views of the same information, accuracy and security, and the sharing of information between systems.

Network Designer

A network designer is generally involved in design functions in contexts that include in-house networks or larger, distributed mainframe systems. Design work in this context can be very complex, with large numbers of protocols, platforms and software solutions that need to communicate with each other.

Operations Systems Designer

An operations systems designer is involved in the design and implementation of operational systems, with the objective of optimising systems performance. The focus is on operational systems such as mainframes, desktop and mid-range solutions.

Software Designer

A software designer works in the area of design and modification of the operating environment software that links computer software and hardware. The role is sometimes also described as Software Engineer, implying some knowledge of the associated hardware on which the software runs.

Systems Architect

A systems architect examines the hardware requirements that support systems implementation across personal computers, mainframes or networks.

Systems Designer (Research)

A systems designer (research) specialises in systems investigation and research for the ongoing development of hardware and software.

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