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Working As An Implementations Lead

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $110,143

    Average Salary

What Does An Implementations Lead Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become An Implementations Lead

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Implementations Lead Career Paths

Implementations Lead
Senior Project Manager Owner, Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Coordinator Project Manager/Analyst
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Implementation Manager Business Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Support Lead Information Technology Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President/Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Functional Lead Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Implementations Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

63.8%

Female

33.9%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

55.2%

Asian

15.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

French

23.6%

German

7.3%

Italian

7.3%

Japanese

5.5%

Russian

3.6%

Tamil

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Armenian

1.8%

Korean

1.8%
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Implementations Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

New York University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

George Mason University

5.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.6%

DePaul University

5.6%

University of Houston

5.6%

Regis University

4.8%

University of Florida

4.8%

Georgia State University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

University of Miami

4.0%

George Washington University

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

San Francisco State University

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

University of Louisville

3.2%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Computer Science

10.2%

Management

8.1%

Accounting

5.6%

Finance

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Project Management

4.4%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Marketing

3.2%

Psychology

3.1%

Education

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Engineering

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

35.8%

Other

14.6%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Implementations Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Technical Implementation Lead Leeyo Software, Inc. Frisco, TX Jan 15, 2016 $179,300
Product Implementation Lead Riversand Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 16, 2015 $143,915
Software Technical Implementation Lead Leeyo Software, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 03, 2013 $143,000
Software Technical Implementation Lead Leeyo Software, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 19, 2011 $130,000
Esampling Client & Channel Implementations Lead Aptus Health, Inc. Reading, MA Nov 13, 2016 $128,544
Implementation Technology Leader Actimize, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 09, 2015 $113,955
Implementation Technical Lead Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $113,631
Lead Implementer Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. White Plains, NY Feb 16, 2015 $112,500 -
$114,500
Lead Implementer Twofour Systems, LLC White Plains, NY Nov 23, 2015 $112,500
Lead Implementer Twofour Systems, LLC White Plains, NY Apr 24, 2015 $112,500
Lead Implementer Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. White Plains, NY Jan 10, 2016 $112,500 -
$126,000
Implementation Technical Lead, Eikon Platform Thomson Reuters Markets LLC New York, NY Oct 29, 2014 $112,154
Implementation Leader for Work Processes The Dow Chemical Company Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $110,000 -
$160,000
Implementation Technical Lead Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Nov 29, 2013 $105,100
Senior Implementation Leader (Pharma/Clinical Studies) Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 29, 2015 $103,771 -
$176,800
Strategy Implementation Lead Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Oct 31, 2016 $100,000
Business Systems Implementation Lead Sutter Physician Services Rancho Cordova, CA Nov 04, 2013 $95,000
SAS Production Implementation Lead Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Nov 16, 2015 $90,000 -
$135,000
Technical Implementation Lead Riversand Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 01, 2015 $90,000
Site Implementation Lead Shipcom Wireless Inc. Houston, TX Jul 01, 2015 $85,000
SAS Production Implementation Lead Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Jul 21, 2014 $85,000 -
$105,000
BA Implementation Lead Insurity Inc. Hartford, CT Oct 14, 2014 $84,000
Successfactors Implementation Lead Veritas Prime LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Dec 04, 2015 $80,000
Successfactors Implementation Lead Veritas Prime LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Apr 12, 2015 $80,000
Success Factors-Implementation Lead Veritas Prime, LLC Culver City, CA Nov 03, 2016 $80,000
SAS Production Implementation Lead Analyst Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Dec 20, 2013 $80,000 -
$100,000

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  1. Process Improvement
  2. Procedures
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  • Led team revising System Integrity and Quality Control methods and procedures for internal and external corrosion inspection.
  • Validated project implementation documents, assisted users in formulating business requirements, and identified gaps and inconsistencies before submission for approval.
  • Managed a cross-representative team specifically focused on expanding and enhancing career developmental information for Logistics & Customer Service employees.
  • Implemented talent development system; compensation module including bonus and merit processing and support for numerous other modules.

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