What does a Information System (or IT) Manager do?
Information System Managers are also often called information technology (IT) managers. The primary role is to manage, design, and monitor information systems in a variety of settings. They oversee staff that plan, install, and maintain hardware and software upgrades in various technology systems.
Most IT managers work full time hours and may need to work overtime; especially when a technology crisis occurs at the organization or company they are managing at. They must be effective communicators and have the ability to multi-task.
How to become an Information System Manager
Most employers want a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science. To be an IT manager, you will also want work related experience. Many information system’s managers have a graduate degree.
Job Description of an Information System (or IT) Manager
As an IT manager, you will continually analyzing your organization’s technology needs and recommend upgrades along with security solutions. You will manage the roll-out of new software and technologies while maintaining budget, and deadlines. You will most likely not be involved in the hands-on aspect of updating technology. Rather, you will be leading a team of IT professionals.
Some positions that may directly report to you include computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and employees providing the staff’s computer support. In addition, you will be involved in the negotiation process with potential vendors along with ensuring the vendors meet the quality standards your organization expects. A firm grasp of project management is useful for this position.
Interview with a Project Manager
Title: IT Project Manager
What does a typical day in your profession look like?
Review schedule for projects and check with team on upcoming task due dates to see progress and ensure they will meet their dates. Prepare team meeting agendas, prepare status reports, run financials for projects, write charters for new projects, assist team with roadblocks and project challenges.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
Leading a team.
What do you find challenging about your career?
Running reports to ensure project stays within budget.
What personal characteristics do successful people in your career field possess?
Ability to lead a team, create schedules, and hold people accountable for delivering on time with quality.
What advice would you give others who are interested in pursuing your profession?
There is great satisfaction in leading a team from nothing to a finished product. A project manager is often blamed for projects going wrong, but the key is to be transparent from the start and use the data to support the project health you are delivering good or bad. Never be afraid to escalate risks and issues. Personalize relationships with your team and with business partners are the keys to success. Your team will deliver if they know you are behind them.