Information systems managers, or IT managers, are responsible for the secure and effective operation of all computer systems, related applications, hardware and software that is used within a wide range of public and private sector organizations.
- oversee installation;
- ensure back-up systems operate effectively;
- purchase hardware and software;
- provide the ICT technology infrastructures for an organization;
- contribute to organizational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning.
As an information systems manager, you could work in any organization in the industry and service sector. You will be in charge of a staff of technicians, programmers and database administrators.
Employers for information systems managers
- Financial organizations
- IT companies
- Management consultancy firms
- Software companies
- Local authorities
- Central government
- Online retailers
- managing a team of staff including programmers, analysts and support specialists
- evaluating the functionality of systems
- consulting computer users to ascertain needs and to ensure that facilities meet user or project requirements
- selecting and purchasing appropriate hardware and software
- managing IT budgets
- ensuring software licensing laws are followed
- implementing and managing security or integrity and backup procedures
- scheduling upgrades
- providing user training, support, advice and feedback
- testing and modifying systems to ensure that that they operate reliably
- managing secure network access for remote users
- keeping up to date with new technology
- designing maintenance procedures and putting them into operation
- training new staff.
Although this area of work is open to all graduates with relevant industry experience, a degree in information technology or related fields may increase your chances.
The following subjects may also help:
- business management with computer science;
- computer science;
- information science;
- software engineering.
- Analytical and problem solving skills
- Strong technical skills
- The ability to work well under pressure
- Attention to detail
- Team-working skills
- Organization and time management
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Management and leadership skills