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Working As A Lead Integrator

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

  • Repetitive

  • $113,117

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Integrator 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 A Lead Integrator

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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Lead Integrator Career Paths

Lead Integrator
Integration Architect Architect Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Architect Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Integration Architect Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Lead Integrator Demographics

Gender

Male

68.7%

Female

29.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

66.9%

Asian

19.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

Swahili

4.5%

Chinese

4.5%

German

4.5%

Amharic

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%

Cantonese

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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Lead Integrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

Pennsylvania State University

9.1%

University of Southern California

8.2%

New York University

5.5%

University of Chicago

4.5%

Wayne State University

4.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

Oakland University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Harvard University

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

Northwestern University

4.5%

University of Connecticut

3.6%

State University of New York Albany

3.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.6%

University of California - Berkeley

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

Johns Hopkins University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%
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Majors

Business

21.0%

Electrical Engineering

11.9%

Computer Science

9.8%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Management

5.0%

Mechanical Engineering

5.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Marketing

4.4%

Finance

4.0%

Engineering

3.7%

Accounting

3.5%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Information Technology

3.3%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Information Systems

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.1%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Psychology

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

39.1%

Bachelors

38.1%

Other

13.5%

Associate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.4%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Lead Integrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dvlp/Prgm ENT. Integrated SOL. Lead Strategic Staffing Solutions, L.C. San Antonio, TX Feb 23, 2016 $201,917
Joint Integrity Leader Hydratight Operations Inc. Deer Park, TX Jul 03, 2016 $180,000
Joint Integrity Leader Hydratight Operations Inc. Deer Park, TX Apr 20, 2015 $180,000
CPU Integration Lead Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 06, 2013 $172,000 -
$192,000
Integrated Planning NOE Lead Conocophillips Company Houston, TX Feb 17, 2014 $165,948 -
$248,923
Global Integrated Insights Leader Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Deerfield, IL Jan 27, 2014 $165,651 -
$295,800
Technical Lead & Integration Developer (Application DEV.) CDI Corporation Minneapolis, MN Nov 17, 2014 $148,302
Lead, Integration Platform Services Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Oct 29, 2015 $145,600
Data Integration Lead Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Oct 26, 2015 $140,000 -
$159,000
Data Integration Lead Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. Burbank, CA Sep 17, 2015 $137,791
Integrity Management Lead Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2014 $135,000
IT Lead, Data Integration Purdue Pharma LP Stamford, CT Apr 29, 2016 $132,000 -
$145,000
Lead Integration Consultant Commerce Solutions, Inc. Petaluma, CA Dec 20, 2014 $130,400
Technical Lead I, Application Integration Sysco Corporation Houston, TX Mar 15, 2014 $116,126 -
$124,143
Data Integration Middleware Lead Dart Container of Mi, LLC Mason, MI Dec 21, 2016 $115,003
Tech Lead Integration Engineer, EAI NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR May 07, 2016 $115,000
Lead Program Integrator-Software GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI Dec 19, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Lead Tibco Integrator GATX Corporation Chicago, IL Mar 22, 2014 $115,000 -
$135,000
Passport 20 Nacelle Integration Leader General Electric Company Cincinnati, OH Sep 06, 2013 $115,000
Tech Lead Integration Engineer, EAI NIKE, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Aug 22, 2016 $115,000
ESB Integration Lead Sephora USA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 19, 2013 $97,000 -
$130,000
Lead Program Intergrator II-Hc GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI Aug 01, 2014 $96,000 -
$106,000
Lead Integration Consultant Successfactors, Inc. Reston, VA Oct 30, 2014 $96,000
Lead Integration Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Apr 16, 2013 $95,000
Lead Integration Engineer Finesse Solutions Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 20, 2016 $94,224
Lead Integration Specialist Successfactors, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 22, 2013 $93,891 -
$125,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Integrator

Go-LiveWebServicesUserInterfaceArchitectureStrategyPlatformBusinessProcessFinancialCustomResourceBusinessRequirementsLegacySystemXMLSAPECCPl/SqlSiebelToolsWindowsWorkflowOnlineCRM

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Top Lead Integrator Skills

  1. Go-Live
  2. Web Services
  3. User Interface
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated the creation and maintenance of a master job schedule for all required batch jobs for the go-live.
  • Integrated different application using web services.
  • Designed and implemented the work flow custom User interface on Java, J2EE on Struts framework.
  • SAP and Cognos Business Analyst and Project Manager responsible for data architecture, management, planning, execution and delivery.
  • Serve as solutions architect responsible for data architecture, strategy and integrity.

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