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Working As A Manager Of Business 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

  • $121,243

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager Of Business 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.


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 Manager Of Business 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.


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.


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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Real Manager Of Business Applications Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager Enterprise Business Applications Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Feb 13, 2015 $171,000 -
Manager, Business Applications and Systems SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA May 07, 2016 $160,605
Head of Consumer and Business Applications Practic Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Oct 01, 2010 $157,830 -
Business Applications Manager Echelon Corporation San Jose, CA Jul 12, 2015 $155,000
Manager, Business Applications Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Columbus, OH Jul 10, 2016 $153,878
Senior Manager of Business Applications Champion Home Builders, Inc. Troy, MI May 10, 2015 $150,000
Senior Manager of Business Applications Champion Home Builders, Inc. Oviedo, FL May 10, 2015 $150,000
Manager Senior, SAP Business Applications Shure Incorporated Niles, IL Feb 05, 2016 $149,094 -
Engineering Manager, Business Applications New Relic, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2015 $146,000 -
Manager, Business Applications and Systems SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 05, 2013 $143,904
Manager, Business Applications Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC New York, NY Jun 16, 2016 $142,000
Manager of Business Applications Plantronics, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA May 16, 2011 $141,066 -
Manager, Business Applications Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Florham Park, NJ Jun 06, 2016 $132,600
Business Applications Manager SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 15, 2016 $132,456
Business Application Manager Welch Allyn, Inc. Skaneateles, NY Oct 01, 2011 $131,381
Manager, Business Applications Pricewaterhousecoopers Milwaukee, WI Sep 12, 2015 $131,373
Business Application Manager Welch Allyn, Inc. Skaneateles, NY Aug 19, 2010 $130,000
Business Applications Manager Janus Management Holdings Corporation Denver, CO Mar 02, 2015 $130,000
Business Application Manager Welch Allyn Inc. Skaneateles, NY Jul 01, 2011 $130,000
Product Manager-Saas Business Applications New Relic, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 15, 2015 $115,378 -
Business Applications Manager Acadia Realty Trust White Plains, NY May 16, 2011 $115,000 -
Manager, Business Applications Pricewaterhousecoopers Advisory Services LLC Florham Park, NJ May 08, 2016 $113,500 -
Business Applications Manager Medimpact Healthcare Systems, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 29, 2016 $111,405 -
Senior Manager, Business Applications Mobileiron, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 19, 2015 $110,000 -
Manager, Business Applications Platform Standard Microsystems Corporation Hauppauge, NY Sep 09, 2012 $108,500
Manager, Enterprise Business Applications Pitney Bowes Inc. Shelton, CT Jul 20, 2015 $108,098 -
Business Applications Manager TTI Floor Care North America Glenwillow, OH Jul 07, 2009 $106,700

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Top Manager Of Business Applications Skills

  1. Business Applications
  2. Delivery
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage business application strategy, design, development and operation of business applications to support and automate training business focused processes.
  • Delivered projects using Agile Development Methodology and Extreme Programming techniques for rapid, iterative system delivery.
  • Implemented Agile (SCRUM) software development and project management principles.
  • Generate, review, analyze and communicate financial data that reflects actual financial performance against approved budgets.
  • Manage several strategic business applications for both web and middleware platforms.

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