Problem Analyst

Summary

At this level, you will be responsible for maintaining software systems once they are up and running and, where necessary, support the problem manager in coordinating the resolution of any problems.

Background

Background Components

Description Background

Demonstrates good communication skills with an aptitude for dealing with users, colleagues and suppliers. Understands IT concepts and architectures and the principles and processes of implementing and delivering IT services. Shows aptitude for analysing and managing problems arising from incidents in the operation of information systems.

Prior Knowledge and Skills

Work Activity Components

Title Details

Implementation and controls

Ensures implementation of information, and records management policies and standard practice, ensuring that information is protected, available and accessible, and can be retrieved as required. Complies with all relevant information and data security policies and procedures.

Monitoring and communication

Supports service level management in monitoring the impact of problems on agreed service

Problem reporting

Produces reports on defect/problem reporting data (e.g. data extracted from the known error database and/or configuration management system). Takes agreed actions as directed relating to problem investigation and resolution within the allotted timescales.

Knowledge/Skills

Knowledge/Skills Components

Title Depth Details Type

Analytical Thinking

Acquiring a proper understanding of a problem or situation by breaking it down systematically into its component parts and identifying the relationships between these parts. Selecting the appropriate method/tool to resolve the problem and reflecting critically on the result, so that what is learnt is identified and assimilated.

Behavioural Skills

Information Acquisition

Identifying gaps in the available information required to understand a problem or situation and devising a means of resolving them.

Behavioural Skills

Attention to Detail

Applying specific quality standards to all tasks undertaken to ensure that deliverables are accurate and complete.

Behavioural Skills

Verbal Expression

Communicating effectively using the spoken word.

Behavioural

Written Expression

Communicating effectively in writing, such as reports and via emails.

Behavioural

Teamwork

Working collaboratively with others to achieve a common goal.

Behavioural

Application Systems

Familiar with

Technical or functional understanding of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) applications and/or other bespoke software deployed within the organisation in order to provide system configuration, audit, technical, and/or functional support.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Application Development Tools

Aware of

Software tools which automate or assist part of the development process.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Networking and Communications

Aware of

The planning and management of the interaction between two or more networking systems, computers or other intelligent devices.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Operating Systems

Aware of

System software that controls activities such as input, output, dynamic resource allocation, and error reporting, within the operation of a computer configuration.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Operational/Service Architecture

Familiar with

Knowledge of the IT/IS infrastructure and the IT applications and service processes used within own organisation, including those associated with sustainability and efficiency.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Own Organisation’s IT Products and Services

Familiar with

The IT products and/or services supplied to internal and external customers by own organisation.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Third Party IT Products and Services

Aware of

The IT products and/or services supplied to own organisation by external suppliers.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Incident Management Tools

Familiar with

Including interrogation of incident database, creation of parent and child incidents, creation of queries to seek trends and use of known error logs/ databases.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

DevOps

Aware of

The collaborative approach consisting of agile practices, processes, and procedures designed to facilitate rapid IT service and product delivery. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture) and seeks to improve collaboration between development (Dev) and operations (Ops) teams with the aim of shortening the systems development life cycle to provide continuous release of high-quality software.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

Function or Department Operations

Aware of

The activities, structure, and position in the organisation of the functions or departments for which services are provided.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Risk Management

Aware of

Methods and techniques for the assessment and management of business risk including safety-related risk.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Time Management Techniques

Proficient in

Methods and techniques for making effective use of own time.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Problem Management Tools and Techniques

Familiar with

The use of systematic problem-solving tools and techniques to analyse and diagnose problems, including tools to troubleshoot and test hardware/software installations, and to record progress and report on the root cause analysis of incidents.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Service Level Agreements

Aware of

The purpose and composition of a service level agreement (SLA); the relationship between an SLA, an OLA (Operational Level Agreement) and an underpinning contract for the supply of services.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Information Assurance

Aware of

Information assurance methods, tools and techniques (including the Caldicott Principles) used to protect the integrity, availability, authenticity, non-repudiation and confidentiality of user data and manage the risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information.

Other Knowledge and Skills

Training Activities

Training Components

Title Details

Service Delivery

The service delivery processes: the systems, products, services, hardware and software environment.

Software Configuration

Installation, configuration and tuning of applications or systems software.

Infrastructure Hardware and System Software

Hardware, communication networks and system software that provides the organisation’s IT infrastructure; features of the infrastructure that need to be taken account of in hardware/software installation, with due attention to sustainability impacts e.g. back-up and recovery, virtualisation techniques to optimise efficient energy use of system hardware components, load sharing in communication networks; availability and use of Cloud services.

Data Protection and GDPR

Data protection legislation, regulatory framework and compliance, including GDPR (General Data Protection Act).

Supplier/Service Provider Training

The installation, testing and commissioning of supplier specific-products and services in a variety of situations and locations.

Security Awareness

Tools and techniques to help users and employees understand the role they play in helping to combat information security breaches and for IT and security professionals to prevent and mitigate risk.

Techniques for Effective Meetings

Understanding the value of meetings as a management tool; formal, informal, online, stand-up and the various types of meeting format and when to use them; supportive meeting technology, and the processes, techniques available to chair or participate, to handle counterproductive behaviour, and to facilitate effective discussion.

Health and Safety

Understanding statutory health and safety requirements relating to the working environment and/or the tools and techniques to promote, communicate, implement and maintain a health and safety culture.

PDAs

PDA Components

Title Details

Participation in Group Activities

Participating in group activities inside or outside of the working environment that can assist with the development of interpersonal skills.

Deputising

Standing in for supervisor or manager on a temporary basis during periods of absence.

Job Shadowing and Special Assignments

Undertaking temporary periods or secondments in other roles, inside or outside IT, particularly those that offer a new perspective on own function or exposure to other environments and cultures.

Gaining Knowledge of Employing Organisation

Gaining basic knowledge of the employing organisation, its business, structure, culture, policies, products/services, operations and terminology.

Gaining Knowledge of Surrounding Technical Areas

Gaining knowledge of IT activities in employing organisation external to own function.

Research Assignments

Exploring a topic which is not part of own normal responsibilities and presenting findings to colleagues and/or management

Involvement in Professional Body Activities

Attending meetings, seminars and workshops organised by professional body and reading published material, such as journals and web content.

Team Working

Undertaking learning and practice in the techniques of team and collaborative working. Gaining an understanding of the underlying concepts.

Communications

Undertaking learning and practice in oral and written communications, including report writing and presentation.

Qualifications

Qualification Components

Title Awarding Body

Registered IT Technician (RITTech)

BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT

Problem Analyst

APMG International

ITIL Foundation

AXELOS

FEDIP Practitioner

FEDIP

Organisation Skills

Framework » Organisation
Category » Subcategory
Skill Name and Description Level

DDaT » IT Operations Job Family

IT Ops – Asset and configuration management

You can conduct life cycle management for assets including hardware, software, intellectual property, licences and warranties. You can manage usage, disposal, compliance, inventory, sustainability, cost optimisation and protection of the asset portfolio. You can help to improve investment decisions and capitalise on opportunities. You can comply with international standards for asset management. You can document information relating to assets including identification, classification and specification of all items, and information related to storage, access and versions. You can apply status accounting and auditing in line with

1 – Awareness

You can track, log and correct information to protect assets and components.

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IT Ops – Availability and capacity management

You can define, analyse, plan, forecast, measure, maintain and improve all aspects of the availability of services, including power. You can control and manage service availability to meet business needs cost-effectively, including managing the capability, functionality and sustainability of service components (such as hardware, software, network resources, and software or infrastructure as a service).

2 – Working

You can manage service components to ensure they meet business needs and performance targets.

DDaT » IT Operations Job Family

IT Ops – Change management

You can manage service changes, configuration items, organisational change, supplier change and associated documentation. You can request changes in response to incidents or problems that provide effective control and reduction of risk to security performance and availability. You can ensure compliance of the business services impacted by the change. You can understand policy, principles and approach. You can apply understanding and knowledge in project or programme activities. You can develop experience in the use of change management tools and processes.

1 – Awareness

You can implement changes based on requests for change. You can apply change control procedures.

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IT Ops – Community collaboration

You can contribute to the work of the community, building successful teams through understanding team styles and influencing and motivating team members. You can give and receive constructive feedback, enabling the feedback loop. You can moderate conflict resolution within teams. You can ensure that the team is transparent and that the work is understood externally. You can help teams maintain a focus on delivery while being aware of the importance of professional development.

2 – Working

. You can contribute to the work of others. You can motivate and empower teams. You can create the right environment for teams to work in and can identify the best team makeup depending on the situation. You can recognise and deal with issues.

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IT Ops – Continual service improvement

You can identify and explore opportunities for service and business improvement. You can produce analysis and identify, prioritise and implement improvements and efficiencies, ensuring that the organisation derives maximum value from services. You can recognise the potential for automation of processes, determine costs and benefits of new approaches, and manage change or assist implementation where

2 – Working

You can identify process optimisation opportunities with guidance and contribute to the implementation of proposed solutions.

DDaT » IT Operations Job Family

IT Ops – Continuity management

You can provide service continuity planning and support. You can identify information and systems that support critical business processes, and assess the risks to their availability, integrity and confidentiality. You can co-ordinate planning, designing, testing and maintenance procedures and contingency plans, to address exposures and maintain agreed levels of continuity.

1 – Awareness

You can show an awareness of the IT standard continuity management processes and procedures.

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IT Ops – Incident management

You can co-ordinate the response to incident reports, ensuring relevant prioritisation and detail to allow effective investigation. You can identify the correct procedures or channels for resolution and monitor resolution activity and progress updates for customers. You can understand the relevant change management tools and processes.

2 – Working

You can diagnose and prioritise incidents, investigate their causes and find resolutions.

DDaT » IT Operations Job Family

IT Ops – Ownership and initiative

You can take ownership of problems and proactively resolve technical problems, ensuring that technical solutions continue to meet business requirements. You can take full accountability for the actions taken and decisions made.

2 – Working

You can own an issue until a new owner has been found or the problem has been mitigated or resolved.

DDaT » IT Operations Job Family

IT Ops – Problem management

You can understand and identify problems, analysing and helping to identify the appropriate solution. You can classify and prioritise problems, document their causes and implement remedies.

2 – Working

You can initiate and monitor actions to investigate patterns and trends to resolve problems. You can effectively consult specialists where required. You can determine the appropriate remedy and assist with its implementation.

You can determine preventative measures.

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IT Ops – Service focus

You can maintain focus on the whole life of service delivery (designing, developing, delivering and operating). You can ensure that a set of IT products, suppliers and vendors come together to deliver an IT service.

2 – Working

You can take inputs and establish coherent frameworks that work.

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IT Ops – Service management framework knowledge

You can show an in-depth understanding of service management framework principles and processes. You can apply the technical knowledge in project or programme activities.

1 – Awareness

You have a Level 3 service management framework qualification.

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IT Ops – Technical understanding

You can demonstrate knowledge of the specific technologies necessary to fulfil the responsibilities and tasks of the role. You can apply the required breadth and depth of technical knowledge. You can actively keep informed of industry developments to make cost-effective use of new and emerging tools and technologies.

1 – Awareness

You can show an awareness of the relevant subject matter and a high-level understanding of what it involves.

DDaT » IT Operations Job Family

IT Ops – User focus

You can understand users and identify who they are and what their needs are, based on evidence. You can translate user stories and propose design approaches or services to meet these needs. You can engage in meaningful interactions and relationships with users. You can show that you put users first and can manage competing priorities.

2 – Working

You can identify and engage with users or stakeholders to collate user needs evidence. You can understand and define research that fits user needs. You can use quantitative and qualitative data about users to turn user focus into outcomes.

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