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Working As A Director Of Systems Integration

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $130,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Systems Integration 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 Systems Integration

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 4.2 years
Top Careers Before Director Of Systems Integration
Director 11.9%
Manager 8.7%
Consultant 4.7%
Top Careers After Director Of Systems Integration
Director 9.6%
Consultant 8.1%
President 3.6%
Principal 2.8%
Owner 2.4%

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Director Of Systems Integration Demographics

Gender

Male

68.9%

Female

23.6%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.8%

Japanese

15.4%

Carrier

15.4%

German

11.5%

French

11.5%

Bashkir

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Italian

3.8%
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Director Of Systems Integration Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

George Washington University

8.1%

University of Houston

6.6%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

Johns Hopkins University

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Webster University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

University of Chicago

5.1%

Northwestern University

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Columbia University

4.4%

Xavier University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

San Diego State University

3.7%

Case Western Reserve University

3.7%

Naval Postgraduate School

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Electrical Engineering

7.9%

Management

7.3%

Computer Science

7.1%

Finance

5.8%

Marketing

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

4.9%

Accounting

4.7%

Project Management

3.4%

Communication

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Economics

2.2%

Nursing

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Public Administration

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%

Education

1.3%

Operations Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

42.8%

Bachelors

36.6%

Other

11.2%

Doctorate

3.2%

Associate

3.0%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.0%
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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 Director Of Systems Integration make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Systems Integration in the United States is $130,713 per year or $63 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $94,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $180,000.

Real Director Of Systems Integration Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Integrated Production Team Detroit Inc. New York, NY Apr 30, 2012 $200,000
Director of Integrated Production Team Detroit Inc. New York, NY Apr 12, 2012 $200,000
Director, Global Computer Systems Integration Criteo Corp New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $200,000
Director Integrated Lean SIX Sigma Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Northfield, IL Sep 27, 2015 $198,064
Director Integrated Lean SIX Sigma Kraft Foods Group Inc. Northfield, IL Feb 23, 2015 $180,000 -
$250,000
Director Integration John Wiley and Sons Inc. Hoboken, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $180,000
Director, Integration & Operations Boingo Wireless, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 29, 2015 $180,000 -
$200,000
Director, SCR System Integration & Furnace Tech Development Heurtey Petrochem Houston, TX Sep 06, 2013 $165,000
Director, SCR System Integration & Furnace Tech de Heurtey Petrochem Houston, TX Sep 06, 2013 $165,000
Director, Integration & Operations Boingo Wireless, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 12, 2014 $160,000 -
$200,000
Director, Systems Integration CTIS, Inc. Rockville, MD Nov 13, 2014 $156,416
Integration Director-Finops Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 01, 2011 $155,000
Program Director-Systems Integration (SAP HCM) Northgatearinso, Inc. Cumming, GA Feb 14, 2016 $154,565 -
$205,700
Director, Systems Integration CTIS, Inc. Rockville, MD Jul 09, 2014 $153,387
Integration Director NCS Pearson, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Feb 11, 2015 $150,925 -
$170,000
Director, System Integrator (SI), Strategic Alliances IXIA Calabasas, CA Oct 19, 2015 $150,571 -
$165,000
Director, Systems Integration and V&V Theranos, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 18, 2013 $145,000
Program Director-Systems Integration (SAP HCM) Northgatearinso, Inc. Norcross, GA Jun 01, 2012 $139,922 -
$150,000
Director, Global Systems Integrators Cloudera, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 02, 2016 $135,000 -
$165,000
Director of Integration Zynga Game Network, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 30, 2010 $135,000 -
$165,000
Director, M&A Integrations General Electric Co. (GE Healthcare) Wauwatosa, WI Sep 03, 2015 $135,000 -
$165,000
Director Systems Integration at&T Mobility Services, LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 05, 2014 $133,122
Executive Director of Systems Integration and Perf Oakland Physicians Medical Center Pontiac, MI Nov 19, 2012 $132,000
Director, Integration (Device & Process) First Solar, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Mar 16, 2015 $130,728 -
$163,000
Director, Systems Integration General Energy Services Inc. Kent, NY Aug 24, 2010 $125,500 -
$135,500
Director of Integrated Production Systems Lieberman Reseach Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 14, 2010 $120,000
Program Director-Systems Integration (SAP HCM) Northgatearinso, Inc. Norcross, GA Feb 14, 2013 $117,500 -
$150,000
Director of Exchange Integration Adomik, Inc. New York, NY Mar 09, 2015 $112,500

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Top Skills for A Director Of Systems Integration

  1. Project Management
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Implemented project management procedures to ensure timely completion of company system initiatives.
  • Designed and implemented strategic planning process to align business objectives and resources with market opportunities.
  • Direct Application & Infrastructure Security teams that are responsible for detecting, reporting and consulting on Vulnerability Management issues.
  • Provided oversight in rejuvenated sales and marketing effort through introduction of new products into the marketplace.
  • Defined strategy and architecture, development and implementation of software systems and integrate client systems or data.

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