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Working As A Business Solutions 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

  • $111,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Solutions 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 Solutions 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
Business Partner 3.6 years
Solutions Manager 2.9 years
Solutions Director 2.8 years
Business Executive 2.8 years
Engagement Manager 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Business Solutions Manager
Consultant 5.5%
Manager 4.3%
Top Careers After Business Solutions Manager
Consultant 6.4%
Manager 5.0%
Director 4.3%
Principal 3.5%

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Business Solutions Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

31.1%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.3%

German

13.2%

Portuguese

5.3%

French

5.3%

Swedish

2.6%

Turkish

2.6%

Dutch

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Armenian

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Cree

2.6%

Italian

2.6%
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Business Solutions Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.8%

George Washington University

6.6%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

San Jose State University

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

George Mason University

4.1%

Bentley University

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.3%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Georgia State University

3.3%

Texas A&M University

3.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

Salisbury University

3.3%

Northern Illinois University

3.3%

Eastern Connecticut State University

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Capella University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

37.6%

Marketing

6.6%

Management

5.6%

Computer Science

5.4%

Communication

5.2%

Finance

5.2%

Project Management

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Accounting

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Psychology

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Supply Chain Management

1.7%

International Business

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Economics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.5%

Masters

29.8%

Other

13.3%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.8%
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$78,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Business Solutions Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Business Solutions Manager in the United States is $112,014 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $159,000.

Real Business Solutions Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Business Solutions Oakley, Inc. CA Feb 02, 2015 $153,534
Business Solution Senior Manager Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2014 $145,000
Business Solution Senior Manager Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Sep 29, 2015 $145,000
Business Solutions Architecture Manager Lennox International Inc. & All Subs. & Affiliates Richardson, TX Aug 10, 2015 $142,805 -
$156,000
Expert Business Solutions Manager Nestle Regional Globe Office North America, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Aug 22, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
SR. Business Solutions Manager Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2009 $132,642 -
$144,600
MGR, Business Solutions Archtecture (Functional AR Lennox International Inc. Richardson, TX Oct 23, 2014 $132,621 -
$156,000
Manager, Business Solutions Coach, Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2016 $131,997
Manager Business Solutions Architecture (Funct. AR Lennox International Inc. Richardson, TX Oct 23, 2011 $131,969
Business Analytic Solutions Manager Cognilytics, Inc. Herndon, VA Apr 04, 2011 $130,000
Business Solutions Manager Giant Eagle, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Dec 26, 2015 $129,000
Business Solutions Project Manager Southern California Edison Rosemead, CA Jul 08, 2013 $129,000
Business Solutions Project Manager Southern California Edison Rosemead, CA Aug 01, 2011 $129,000
Business Solutions Manager Ohm Laboratories, Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Nov 24, 2009 $129,000
Manager, Business Solutions Coach, Inc. New York, NY Jun 12, 2016 $128,600
SR. Business Solutions Product Manager Southern California Edison Irwindale, CA Mar 25, 2015 $128,000
Senior Business Solutions Manager Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Edison, NJ Jun 23, 2014 $125,000 -
$140,000
Senior Business Solutions Manager Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Edison, NJ Jun 16, 2014 $125,000 -
$140,000
Manager GIT Business Solutions Fico Movado Group Inc. Paramus, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $120,000
Manager, Enterprise Business Solutions Pharmavite LLC Los Angeles, CA Oct 05, 2010 $120,000 -
$150,000
Business Solutions-Merchant Product Manager Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) Elk Grove Village, IL Sep 30, 2015 $116,000
Business Solutions/Business Development Manager Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Houston, TX Jul 05, 2010 $110,000
Business Solutions Manager ACS Recovery Services, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 06, 2010 $105,000
Business & Solutions Consulting Manager Subex, Inc. Broomfield, CO Dec 16, 2012 $105,000
SAP Business Solutions Knowledge Manager Firmenich, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Sep 10, 2014 $105,000
Business Solutions Manager National Instruments Corporation Austin, TX Feb 22, 2013 $103,000
Manager, IT Business Solutions Verifone Holdings, Inc. Rocklin, CA Jan 15, 2014 $101,171 -
$151,250
Manager, Business Analytics-Data Solutions Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA May 02, 2011 $99,600 -
$160,800

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Top Skills for A Business Solutions Manager

  1. Business Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Customer Service
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  • Leverage cross-divisional business development opportunities.
  • Supervised overall project management of nationwide transition project involving switching of voice services to new vendor.
  • Collaborate with local retail stores and provide customer service and support to facilitate outstanding customer relations and increase sales opportunities.
  • Experience in full cycle of product management; including business process analysis, requirements gathering and documentation, implementation and delivery.
  • Worked with internal clients and external vendors to ensure business requirements are accurately captured for application design.

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