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Working As A Technical Solutions Director

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $155,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Solutions Director 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 Technical Solutions Director

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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Technical Solutions Director Demographics

Gender

Male

74.9%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

75.9%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Carrier

25.0%

German

12.5%

Technical Solutions Director Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

7.3%

University of Akron

7.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

7.3%

George Mason University

7.3%

University of Connecticut

4.9%

North Carolina State University

4.9%

Saint John's University - New York

4.9%

University of North Dakota

4.9%

New York University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Georgia State University

4.9%

University of New Haven

4.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.9%

Southern Polytechnic State University

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.9%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.9%

Defense Acquisition University

4.9%

Syracuse University

2.4%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

2.4%

Norwich University

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.9%

Business

17.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Computer Information Systems

6.8%

Information Technology

6.8%

Management Information Systems

5.1%

Management

4.3%

Information Systems

4.3%

Biology

3.4%

Engineering

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Fine Arts

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Small Business Management

2.6%

English

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

25.4%

Other

23.1%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

0.6%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Technical Solutions Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director-Technical Solutions Criteo New York, NY Jul 14, 2016 $200,928
Director, Technical Solutions Rocket Fuel Inc. Redwood City, CA May 10, 2015 $188,823
Director, Technical Solutions Adroll, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 10, 2016 $175,000
Tech Solutions Professional Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA Jun 15, 2015 $171,550
Director/Allegro Technical Solutions Capspire, Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 19, 2013 $160,000
Tech Solution Professional-MTC Microsoft Corporation Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2012 $149,774
Director of Technology Solutions Intueor Consulting, Inc. Jackson, MS Dec 01, 2014 $145,392
Director, Partner Technology Solutions Caradigm USA LLC Chevy Chase, MD Nov 07, 2012 $142,792 -
$164,194
Director of Technology Solutions and Architecture Alere Toxicology Services, Inc. Frisco, TX Jan 10, 2016 $139,000
Technical Solutions-Business Relationship Management (BRM) SONY Pictures Entertainment Inc. Culver City, CA Nov 23, 2016 $138,740
Tech Solutions Prof Mobility Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $135,035
Business Intelligence (BI) Technical Solutions Arc The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2013 $135,000
Director of Technology Solutions Intueor Consulting, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 17, 2013 $135,000
Director of Technology Solutions Inland Intermodal Logistics Services LLC Memphis, TN Jun 03, 2015 $132,000
Tech Solution Professional-Lync Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Jul 02, 2012 $128,411
Technical Director Global Mobile Solutions Tis America Inc. New York, NY Oct 18, 2013 $125,000
Director of Technology Solutions Endochoice, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Mar 17, 2014 $125,000
Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2016 $115,000 -
$130,000
Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. Newtown, PA Sep 17, 2013 $115,000
Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jun 27, 2016 $115,000 -
$125,000
Tech Solutions Professional Microsoft Corporation Edina, MN Dec 08, 2016 $115,000
Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Oct 12, 2015 $115,000
Director of Technology Solutions Ovation, Inc. Nashville, TN Oct 01, 2015 $110,000
Technology Solutions Director IMC Companies LLC Memphis, TN Sep 01, 2015 $110,000
Director of Technology Solutions Endochoice, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 25, 2016 $108,160 -
$140,000
Tech Solution Professional Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Sep 04, 2014 $106,000
Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. Newtown, PA Sep 20, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000

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Top Skills for A Technical Solutions Director

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Top Technical Solutions Director Skills

  1. Technology Solutions
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Delivery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Vet vendors, negotiate contracts, select software and solutions providers and implement technology solutions that align with business goals.
  • Consulted technology intensive companies on strategy, emergent infrastructure technology.
  • Identified, prioritized and drove delivery of application enhancement to ensure improved stability while reducing operational expenses.
  • Support ADP objectives internally and externally by serving in combined recruiting and project management position.
  • Led program and enterprisewide audit resolution functions consisting of business processes, internal and external policy development, and strategic planning.

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