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Working As A Business Systems 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

  • $118,715

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Systems 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 Systems 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
Systems Manager 4.2 years
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Manager 4.5%
Top Careers After Business Systems Manager
Consultant 7.5%
Director 4.5%

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Business Systems Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

65.4%

Female

32.8%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.0%

Chinese

11.1%

French

11.1%

Portuguese

7.4%

Mandarin

7.4%

Filipino

3.7%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Carrier

3.7%

Tagalog

3.7%

Cantonese

3.7%

Thai

3.7%
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Business Systems Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.1%

George Washington University

7.2%

Northwestern University

6.3%

San Francisco State University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Ferris State University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

Villanova University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Babson College

3.6%

George Mason University

3.6%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.6%
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Majors

Business

34.6%

Computer Science

8.3%

Finance

8.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.0%

Management

5.4%

Accounting

5.0%

Project Management

4.6%

Information Systems

4.0%

Information Technology

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.0%

Marketing

2.4%

English

2.2%

Management Science

1.6%

International Business

1.4%

Operations Management

1.4%

Supply Chain Management

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

Economics

1.2%

Industrial Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.8%

Masters

35.5%

Other

11.7%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.9%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Systems Manager SRS Consulting Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 06, 2015 $183,000
Manager Business Systems Design Valero Energy Corporation San Antonio, TX Jan 10, 2016 $178,707
Business Systems Manager (Americas) Wood MacKenzie Houston, TX Oct 27, 2014 $171,000 -
$177,000
Manager, Business Systems Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 31, 2015 $165,000
Manager, Business Systems Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2015 $165,000
Manager, Business Systems Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2016 $164,382 -
$165,000
Business Systems Manager Zynga, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 11, 2015 $155,000
Business Systems Manager Neophotonics Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 02, 2015 $151,500
Head of Business Systems, Americas ABB Inc. Cary, NC Sep 09, 2016 $150,363 -
$238,100
Business Systems Manager Phonak LLC Warrenville, IL Jun 15, 2013 $148,190
Manager, Business Systems Neophotonics Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 02, 2012 $147,500
Manager, Business Systems 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 11, 2015 $146,696
Senior Business Systems Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 28, 2016 $145,350 -
$190,000
Manager, Business Systems Neophotonics Corporation San Jose, CA Dec 06, 2011 $144,560
Manager, Business Systems 3 EBAY Inc. Frisco, TX Dec 14, 2015 $128,125
Manager, Business Systems Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 14, 2016 $128,003 -
$148,003
Business Systems Analysis Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 27, 2016 $126,000 -
$167,500
Manager, Business Systems (Sap/Plm) Sloan Global Holdings, LLC Franklin Park, IL Feb 29, 2016 $125,000
Manager Business Systems Geokinetics Inc. Houston, TX Sep 24, 2015 $125,000
Business Systems Manager The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 15, 2013 $124,987 -
$135,200
Business Systems Analysis Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2016 $124,915 -
$185,000
Business Systems Manager The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2016 $122,300
Manager, Business Systems Caremark, LLC Sanford, FL Nov 23, 2015 $111,509 -
$137,100
Manager, Business Systems Greystar Management Services, LP Charleston, SC Aug 08, 2016 $111,363 -
$130,000
Manager, Business Systems Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, CA Feb 21, 2011 $110,361
Business Systems Manager Links Snacks, Inc. Minong, WI Dec 22, 2013 $110,045
Manager, Crane Business System Crane Co. Williston, SC Sep 14, 2013 $110,000
Crane Business System Manager Crane Co. Los Angeles, CA Sep 14, 2013 $110,000
Manager, Business Systems Caremark, LLC Cockeysville, MD May 12, 2014 $108,181 -
$109,000

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Top Skills for A Business Systems Manager

  1. Business Systems
  2. ERP
  3. Business Requirements
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  • Provide senior management with timely status updates of capital projects relating to business systems.
  • Created an automated purchase order transmission system integrating vendors into ERP, resulting in lowered costs and more efficient resource utilization.
  • Create technical and functional documentation in cooperation with Business Leads to verify software functionality and adherence to business requirements.
  • Project management activities including business case development, risk identification and mitigation, resource and budget allocation.
  • Worked with business and engineering clients to develop requirements for business processes and data transmissions between the office and manufacturing networks.

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