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Working As A Director Of Business Systems

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $124,489

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Business Systems 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 Of Business Systems

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
Systems Director 4.1 years
Business Partner 3.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 8.9%
Consultant 7.6%
Director 6.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.9%
Director 5.3%
Owner 2.3%

Director Of Business Systems Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Female

24.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.5%

Asian

10.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.6%

Italian

10.5%

Swedish

5.3%

Portuguese

5.3%

Bulgarian

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Dutch

5.3%

French

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Hindi

5.3%

Cantonese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%
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Director Of Business Systems Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Michigan State University

7.5%

Syracuse University

6.0%

University of Washington

6.0%

Johns Hopkins University

6.0%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

Saint Joseph's University

4.5%

Western Governors University

4.5%

New York University

4.5%

Boston College

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Pace University - New York

4.5%

Suffolk University

4.5%

University of Chicago

4.5%

Villanova University

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%
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Majors

Business

38.4%

Computer Science

8.9%

Finance

7.9%

Management

4.6%

Marketing

4.6%

Accounting

4.3%

Project Management

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Operations Management

3.0%

Political Science

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Psychology

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.6%

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

11.2%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Director Of Business Systems Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Business Systems Programming/Analysis Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jul 03, 2016 $184,122 -
$248,500
Director of Business Systems Elasticsearch, Inc. Los Altos, CA Feb 02, 2015 $183,872 -
$214,864
Director, Business Systems Projects Liberty Mutual Group, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Mar 10, 2014 $171,000
Director of Business Systems Practice Accretive Solutions-Northern California Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 02, 2016 $166,587
Global Business Systems Director Population Services International Washington, DC Jun 18, 2012 $145,000
Director of Business Development/BIZ Systems ANA Trustgo, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 10, 2013 $140,000
Director, Business System Analysis Light Labs Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 12, 2016 $134,971 -
$145,000
Director Business Systems True Software, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 22, 2016 $124,758
Director Business Systems True Software, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 24, 2016 $124,758
Director Business Systems True Software, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 27, 2016 $124,758
Director Business Systems Us It Solutions Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 27, 2016 $124,758
Director Business Systems True Software, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 28, 2016 $124,758
Director, Business Systems Development Discovery Communications, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 11, 2012 $124,220
Director, Business Systems Development Discovery Communications, Inc. Evanston, IL Sep 18, 2010 $118,450
Director-Oracle Business Systems Igloo Products Corporation Katy, TX Sep 01, 2012 $115,000
E-Business Systems Cons (CAP Mkts-Application Syst Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Dec 21, 2012 $114,623
Director of Business Development-System Integrat ANUE Systems, Inc. Calabasas, CA Aug 20, 2012 $110,511 -
$186,000
Director of Global Business Systems Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. Romeoville, IL Sep 26, 2015 $107,786
Director Global Business Systems Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. Romeoville, IL Nov 05, 2016 $107,786

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Top Skills for A Director Of Business Systems

BusinessSystemsFinancialSystemsBusinessStrategyERPBusinessIntelligenceProjectManagementBusinessUnitsBusinessProcessProductsComplianceWebInfrastructureProcessImprovementDataWarehouseArchitectureHRSuiteCustomerServiceInformationTechnologyManagementSystem

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Top Director Of Business Systems Skills

  1. Business Systems
  2. Financial Systems
  3. Business Strategy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led Business Systems in strategic planning efforts and aligning business strategic objectives to IT projects and resources.
  • Performed strategic financial systems planning and set the direction for the organization through consistent leadership, motivation, and direction.
  • Developed, initiated, and executed the business strategy to bring an acquired business to a core customer channel.
  • Developed strategy and plans for implementing global business system utilizing Oracle's enterprise business software.
  • Key member of BI Core Team that directed Mercury s Business Intelligence initiative.

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