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Working As A Technology Strategist

  • 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 Technology Strategist 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 Technology Strategist

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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Technology Strategist Demographics

Gender

Male

81.3%

Female

17.9%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

74.6%

Asian

12.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.4%

Unknown

3.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

16.7%

French

16.7%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

Romanian

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Cantonese

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Technology Strategist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Cornell University

6.9%

MidAmerica Nazarene University

6.9%

Stanford University

6.9%

University of Chicago

6.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.2%

George Washington University

5.2%

University of Arizona

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

Syracuse University

3.4%

Washington State University

3.4%

Case Western Reserve University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

San Jose State University

3.4%

Emory University

3.4%

Harvard University

3.4%

American University

3.4%

State University of New York Stony Brook

3.4%

Florida International University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

19.8%

Computer Science

14.8%

Electrical Engineering

8.6%

Management

7.4%

Computer Engineering

6.2%

Finance

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Human Resources Management

4.3%

Information Technology

3.7%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Communication

3.1%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

English

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

General Studies

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Masters

38.3%

Other

11.9%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

4.0%

Associate

1.3%

License

0.4%
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Real Technology Strategist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2015 $193,891
Information Technology Strategist SPT Media Group, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 22, 2014 $174,283
Senior Technology Strategist Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Jul 13, 2016 $165,426 -
$206,700
Acct Tech Strategist Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Aug 20, 2014 $160,558
Partner Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Woodbridge, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $158,454
Technology Strategist and Planner Harman International Industries, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2012 $157,000 -
$225,000
Strategist, Marketing Solutions-Technology Facebook, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 01, 2011 $150,000
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 07, 2015 $147,500
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Oct 22, 2013 $146,593
Clinical Provider Technical Solutions Strategist North Shore-LIJ Health System Lake Success, NY Jan 12, 2015 $142,100
Business Technology Strategist American Heart Association, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 28, 2016 $141,100
Partner Technology Strategist Smsp Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Dec 16, 2016 $140,700
Partner Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA May 11, 2016 $140,700
Technology Development Strategist IV Sprint Corporation Overland Park, KS Aug 06, 2015 $140,402
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 28, 2015 $130,255
Technology Strategist Citrix Systems, Inc. Redmond, WA Jul 18, 2016 $130,000 -
$140,000
Technology Development Strategist III Sprint Nextel Corporation Overland Park, KS Jul 11, 2011 $130,000
Technology Strategist-Ecosystem Engineering Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 10, 2014 $130,000
Strategist, Pre-Sales Technical Spclst (Cloud Solution Arch) Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Atlanta, GA Aug 31, 2016 $129,854 -
$209,000
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 08, 2014 $127,071
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 05, 2016 $122,510
Technical Strategist Clear Wireless LLC Herndon, VA May 06, 2012 $122,000
Acct. Tech. Strategist* Microsoft Corporation Austin, TX Jan 22, 2016 $121,735 -
$141,735
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Miami, FL Sep 03, 2015 $119,210
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Malvern, PA Aug 24, 2014 $118,000
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $115,600
Technology Strategist Citrix Systems, Inc. Redmond, WA Aug 26, 2015 $115,000 -
$125,000
Account Technology Strategist Microsoft Corporation Irvine, CA Jan 05, 2016 $114,000

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Top Skills for A Technology Strategist

InformationTechnologyStrategyArchitectureNetworkInfrastructureMicrosoftPlatformCloudSolutionsPortfolioManagementRoadmapAmazonWebProjectManagementFinancialComplianceBusinessProcessAdvisorRelationshipsWindowsServerRFPHealthcareCTOTechnologySolutionsCRMCIO

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Top Technology Strategist Skills

  1. Information Technology Strategy
  2. Architecture
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created SOA Reference architecture and reference implementations for the future projects to refer and reuse.
  • Supported 624,000 Air Force enterprise users with a newly written memorandum of agreement between two global network infrastructure and management agencies.
  • Develop solution architectures and technology strategies for clients based on their needs utilizing the Microsoft platform/product lines.
  • Lead Cloud solutions architect responsible for guiding client's transition to IaaS and PaaS services.
  • Developed 1st ever comprehensive strategies for portfolio management, governance and information security.

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