Why would a systems analyst have to act as a translator?
A systems analyst has to act as a translator to translate technical information into a simplified form that a non-technical person can understand. This occurs when they interact between a client and the IT department.
A systems analyst has to have the vision and ability to explain, in “layman’s terms”, what technology the client needs for their business to function properly and without confusing them. Alternatively they need to be able to take a client’s business requirements and translate them into options and solutions that can be performed by the IT department.