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Working As A Director, Applications

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $155,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Director, Applications 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 Director, Applications

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 Director 4.1 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 6.8%
Consultant 5.6%
Director 4.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.3%
Director 6.6%
Principal 2.9%

Director, Applications Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Female

22.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Asian

11.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.2%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

13.3%

Italian

13.3%

Chinese

6.7%

Vietnamese

6.7%

German

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%
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Director, Applications Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

New York University

7.3%

University of Iowa

7.3%

Northwestern University

5.8%

Villanova University

5.1%

George Washington University

5.1%

Ohio State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Babson College

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Cornell University

4.4%

University of Central Florida

4.4%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

The Academy

3.6%

Harvard University

3.6%

Drexel University

3.6%

Seton Hall University

3.6%

Oakland University

3.6%

University of Arizona

3.6%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

Computer Science

16.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Management

5.9%

Finance

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Information Technology

4.3%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Accounting

4.0%

Project Management

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Information Systems

3.1%

Marketing

2.4%

Mathematics

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Nursing

1.3%

Economics

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Chemistry

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Masters

36.9%

Other

13.3%

Certificate

4.0%

Doctorate

3.5%

Associate

3.0%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Director, Applications Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Application Services The Capital Markets Company New York, NY Sep 16, 2015 $220,000 -
$250,000
Director, Applications Programmer Senior Manager Merrill Lynch New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $215,000 -
$235,000
Director, Enterprise Applications Glassdoor, Inc. Mill Valley, CA Jun 06, 2016 $205,000
Director, SAP Saas Cloud Delivery Applications Management Successfactors, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Mar 05, 2016 $200,366
Director of Product Management-Cloud Application Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2012 $200,000
Director, Application Architect UBS Services LLC New York, NY Jan 15, 2015 $195,000
Director of Application Support Management & Operations The Gymboree Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2015 $188,822
Director, Application Services for Finance & Supply Chain Providence Health and Services Renton, WA Jun 06, 2016 $185,000
Director, Global Business Applications Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2013 $180,000 -
$190,000
Director, Applications Management (Om/Dm) Herbalife International of America, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Sep 01, 2014 $170,000
Director, Applications Management (Om/Dm) Herbalife International Winston-Salem, NC Jan 02, 2016 $170,000
Director, Global Corporate Applications Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 07, 2012 $168,000
Director, Global Corporate Applications Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 31, 2013 $168,000
Director of Cloud Applications Complete Genomics Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 26, 2011 $166,650 -
$185,000
Director, Mobile Applications Audible Inc. Newark, NJ Dec 01, 2009 $150,000
Director, Applications Architecture Americold Logistics, LLC Atlanta, GA Nov 02, 2016 $149,760 -
$160,000
Director, ERP Applications Jackson Family Enterprises Santa Rosa, CA Nov 03, 2016 $148,740
Director, Business Applications Ids USA Inc. Mira Loma, CA Dec 26, 2009 $148,000
Director of Oracle Applications Newpark Resources, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Apr 18, 2011 $145,000
Director, Application Architecture Americold Logistics, LLC Atlanta, GA Oct 15, 2014 $143,000
Director, Application Architecture Americold Atlanta, GA Sep 30, 2012 $143,000
Director, Tour Sound Product & Application Enginee Harman Professional Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2010 $127,000 -
$153,000
Director, Underwriting Applications Arch Insurance Group Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 10, 2015 $125,000
Director, Enterprise Applications Product Manageme Intralinks, Inc. MA Nov 21, 2012 $125,000 -
$160,000
Director, Global Casino Applications Carnival Corporation Miami, FL Jan 01, 2016 $123,198 -
$125,000
Director of Application and Data Security Practice Syntegrity Networks, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 25, 2015 $122,000 -
$142,000
Director, Application Architect UBS Services LLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2013 $121,500 -
$150,000
Director of ERP Application Housing Secure-24, Inc. Southfield, MI Jan 02, 2012 $121,000 -
$141,000
Director of Application Sciences Tecan U.S. Inc. Durham, NC Oct 12, 2010 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Director, Applications

FinancialApplicationsWebDeliveryProjectManagementInfrastructureArchitectureERPApplicationDevelopmentComplianceDataWarehouseBusinessIntelligenceResourceBusinessUnitsBusinessProcessesGovernanceSoftwareDevelopmentSQLServerSuiteBusinessApplicationsCRM

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Top Director, Applications Skills

  1. Financial Applications
  2. Web
  3. Delivery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Streamlined workload by delivering web based automation to manage Unclaimed Property and Investment Pool operations.
  • Assume overall responsibility for computer applications platforms that provided front office, back office and client service delivery support and delivery.
  • Develop methods and tools for requirements definition, process and data modeling/design, workflow, and project management.
  • Established and implemented DOA technical applications and infrastructure architecture.
  • Convert business requirements into functional and technical design requirements within current architecture.

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