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Working As A Business Intelligence 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

  • $114,798

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Intelligence 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 A Business Intelligence 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
Analytical Manager 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.0%
Manager 3.4%
Top Employers After
Manager 6.3%
Consultant 6.0%

Business Intelligence Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

72.5%

Female

24.5%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

68.6%

Asian

17.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

3.3%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

French

11.5%

Mandarin

11.5%

Portuguese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Chinese

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Slovak

3.8%

Shan

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Business Intelligence Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

Arizona State University

7.3%

Villanova University

7.3%

Southern Methodist University

6.4%

University of Texas at Austin

6.4%

University of Southern California

5.5%

California State University - Fullerton

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

Northwestern University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

Saint Joseph's University

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

Boston University

3.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.7%

Auburn University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Stanford University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

28.4%

Computer Science

10.0%

Finance

8.9%

Management

6.6%

Accounting

5.1%

Marketing

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Management Information Systems

4.0%

Economics

3.6%

Project Management

3.4%

Information Technology

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Management Science

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

International Business

1.3%

English

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

44.0%

Bachelors

39.8%

Other

8.3%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Business Intelligence Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Business Intelligence Bartech Group, Inc. New York, NY Oct 15, 2015 $495,663
Head of Business Intelligence Bartech Group, Inc. New York, NY Oct 23, 2015 $495,663
Business Intelligence Tower Manager Snuvik Technologies Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 25, 2016 $214,864
Business Intelligence Tower Manager Snuvik Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 23, 2016 $213,803
Data Architect and Business Intelligence Manager AQR Capital Management Greenwich, CT Aug 27, 2015 $196,000
Business Intelligence Tower Manager Snuvik Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 23, 2016 $175,000
Business Intelligence Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 05, 2016 $173,056 -
$193,056
Business Intelligence Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 04, 2015 $172,900
Business Intelligence & Analytics Manager Groupon, Inc. New York, NY Feb 29, 2016 $169,541 -
$175,000
Data Architect and Business Intelligence Manager AQR Capital Management, LLC Greenwich, CT Mar 28, 2016 $165,000 -
$185,000
Global Business Intelligence Manager Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 28, 2016 $160,000
Enterprise Business Intelligence Manager Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Sep 07, 2015 $155,000
Manager, Business Intelligence Transamerica Life Insurance Company Plano, TX Jul 14, 2015 $153,566
FSO-Enterprise Intelligence (EI) Manager-Business Analytics Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $131,980 -
$135,500
FSO-Enterprise Intelligence (EI) Manager-Business Analytics Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $131,980 -
$135,500
Manager, Business Intelligence Netapp, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 13, 2016 $131,500 -
$140,500
Business Intelligence Development Manager Lowermybills.Com Vista, CA Mar 10, 2016 $130,000 -
$170,000
Business Intelligence Manager Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Nov 27, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Business Intelligence Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 27, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Business Intelligence Platform Manager Bloomberg L.P. Dayton, NJ Apr 26, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Manager, Business Intelligence Analytics Remedy BPCI Partners LLC Darien, CT Feb 17, 2016 $117,000
Business Intelligence Product Manager Clever Devices Woodbury, NY Aug 26, 2016 $116,699
Manager, Business Intelligence Kareo Irvine, CA Mar 10, 2015 $115,274
Business Intelligence Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Sep 18, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
Business Intelligence Analytics Manager Xaxis, Inc. New York, NY May 04, 2015 $115,000
Manager, Business Intelligence Sirius XM Radio Inc. New York, NY Dec 13, 2016 $115,000 -
$135,000
Manager, Business Intelligence Transamerica Life Insurance Company Plano, TX Dec 25, 2015 $113,901 -
$155,000
Business Intelligence Manager SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 18, 2016 $113,357

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Top Skills for A Business Intelligence Manager

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Top Business Intelligence Manager Skills

  1. Business Intelligence Solutions
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Business Strategy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided vision and leadership for developing and implementing business intelligence solutions.
  • Manage SQL Server security through database chaining within our divisional data warehouse.
  • Identified and analyzed industry or geographic trends with business strategy implications.
  • Developed dashboards, scorecards, and advanced analytics based on business requirements.
  • Moved incremental reporting to SQL server and reporting BI tool.

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