An information systems manager is responsible for the computer systems within a company, overseeing installation, ensuring back up systems operate effectively, purchasing hardware and software, providing the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation and contributing to organisational policy regarding quality standards and strategic planning.
Information systems managers work in every size of organisation in the industry and the service sector, usually with a staff of technicians, programmers and database administrators reporting to them.
Although the title of information systems manager is becoming more common in the ICT sector, job titles may vary. For example, you might be a service delivery manager, a functional manager, or simply a systems manager.
Information systems managers are responsible for the implementation of technology within an organisation and direct the work of systems and business analysts, computer programmers, support specialists and other computer-related workers. The post holder will usually be an experienced worker with technical expertise coupled with an understanding of business and management principles. Duties within the role are ultimately dependent on the employing organisation and the complexity of its information systems.
Standard activities are likely to include:
Companies going through business process re-engineering may well look to the information systems manager to deal with change management. Business process re-engineering entails re-designing the way work is done so that the organisation's goal is met and costs are reduced. This requires an understanding of the capabilities and constraints of technology and resource implications in terms of budgets, as well as the training and recruitment of specialist staff.
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