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Working As An Application Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $118,404

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become An Application Manager

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Application Lead 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 8.8%
Manager 5.6%
Programmer 4.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.1%
Manager 6.7%
Director 3.4%

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Application Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

69.8%

Female

27.5%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.5%

German

16.4%

French

13.1%

Mandarin

8.2%

Chinese

4.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Dutch

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Bulgarian

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Bengali

1.6%
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Application Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.6%

George Washington University

6.7%

DePaul University

5.9%

San Jose State University

5.5%

University of Houston

5.0%

University of Delaware

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

New York University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

Youngstown State University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Georgia State University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

Northern Illinois University

3.4%

Cleveland State University

3.4%

University of South Florida

2.9%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Computer Science

14.9%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Information Systems

4.7%

Project Management

4.4%

Management

4.2%

Finance

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Information Technology

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Marketing

2.3%

Psychology

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Communication

1.7%

Chemistry

1.6%

Physics

1.5%

Computer Programming

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Masters

32.5%

Other

13.4%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Application Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
ERP Applications Manager Hydro Systems Company Cincinnati, OH Aug 15, 2016 $365,225
Enterprise Applications Tower Manager Snuvik Technologies Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 21, 2016 $213,803
Enterprise Applications Tower Manager Snuvik Technologies Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 05, 2016 $213,803
Global Finance SAP and Edm/Srm Applications Manager Bunge Management Services, Inc. White Plains, NY Apr 02, 2016 $200,928
Global Finance SAP and Edm/Srm Applications Manager Bunge Management Services Inc. White Plains, NY Mar 18, 2015 $188,900
Application Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Santa Clara, CA Jun 04, 2016 $172,000
Manager, Latin America Clinical Applications Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 30, 2016 $169,744
Manager, Latin America Clinical Applications Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 30, 2016 $169,744
Oracle Applications Manager I Arrow Electronics Englewood, CO May 16, 2016 $165,880
Manager, Application Operations Marin Software Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2016 $165,000
Manager, Latin America Clinical Applications Varian Medical Systems Las Vegas, NV Sep 11, 2015 $164,800
Manager, Applications Qlogic Corporation Aliso Viejo, CA Feb 04, 2015 $162,968
Global Applications Manager Thermo Fisher Scientific Madison, WI Apr 19, 2016 $160,000 -
$375,000
Application Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Federal Way, WA Jun 16, 2015 $158,100
Senior Customer Application Manager Alstom Grid LLC Redmond, WA Aug 31, 2016 $127,917
Application Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Sugar Land, TX Jun 18, 2015 $126,000
SIL Applications Manager Vertech USA, Inc. Fishers, IN Oct 14, 2016 $125,091
Global Applications Manager Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Madison, WI Dec 31, 2015 $125,070 -
$160,000
ERP Applications Manager Adventist Health System Sunbelt Altamonte Springs, FL Sep 11, 2015 $125,002
Manager, B2R Applications ELC Management LLC Melville, NY Oct 17, 2016 $125,000
Manager, B2R Applications ELC Management LLC Melville, NY Jul 13, 2015 $125,000
Manager-Applications Support (SR. Release Configuration ENG) DEX One Service, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 13, 2016 $124,800
Oracle Applications Manager I (Financials) The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, OH Mar 08, 2015 $113,347
Manager, Application Support Ares Operations LLC Los Angeles, CA May 01, 2015 $113,300
SAP Applications Manager Nimbl, LLC Denver, CO Aug 21, 2015 $112,965
SAP Applications Manager Nimbl, LLC Denver, CO Jun 22, 2015 $112,965
SAP Applications Manager Nimbl Denver, CO Apr 22, 2015 $112,965
Manager, Application Solutions Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Stamford, CT Nov 27, 2015 $112,260
Global Die Attach Applications Manager Alpha Metals, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Jan 30, 2015 $112,029
Corporate Applications Manager First Advantage Background Services Corporation Atlanta, GA Sep 13, 2016 $112,000

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Top Skills for An Application Manager

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  1. Project Management
  2. Web
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Initiated and managed an internal process improvement project to enhance existing project management methodology and support PMP certification for project managers.
  • Project Management for web-based applications: business social networking, shareholder registry integration, term sheet negotiation
  • Accomplished a step change in the BI/data warehouse team's project execution by improving the project management capability/discipline including status reporting.
  • Initiated and implemented Business Process Improvement study and subsequent application development effort resulting in annual operations saving of $450,000.
  • Developed user oriented front-end Microsoft Access applications to augment primary MS-SQL databases capabilities.

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