The modern picture of System Analyst profession in Russia was formed in 80s. The appropriate educational programs and professional standards are primarily based on the concept of business process automation. That concept still works in some areas, but the whole software world is much wider now.
The attempts to use some practices based on the old concept are not efficient under the new conditions. As a result, analysts feel useless in new areas. On the other hand, the new areas ignore existing practices and methods that could be successfully applied anyway.
Some cases will be considered in the speech, together with analysis of their sources. Possible ways to overcome the probelms will be also suggested.