Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct the computer-related activities in an organization.
Computer and information systems managers determine their company's computer and information needs. Managers talk to technology vendors to get the right equipment.
Managers make sure computers are working and up to date. They plan for hardware and software updates. They direct network security and make sure electronic documents are secure.
Computer and information systems managers oversee workers in their department. They direct projects, assign workers to them, and evaluate the progress of projects. Managers evaluate the performance of workers. They document and record information on employee performance.
Computer and information systems managers estimate the costs and budget for projects. They determine the workers they need for projects. They analyze the costs of new technologies.
Computer and information systems managers may specialize as:
Chief information officers
Chief information officers manage technology strategies. They plan information goals and determine the technology required to meet those goals. They focus on long-term issues.
Chief technology officers
Chief technology officers evaluate new technology. They design and recommend technology solutions to support goals. They may oversee the development of new technologies.
IT directors are in charge of information technology (IT) departments. They supervise other employees. They help determine and implement computer systems. They manage data and network services. IT directors oversee the finances of their department, such as budgeting.
IT security managers
IT security managers oversee network and data security systems. They keep up to date on IT security measures. They supervise investigations if there is a security violation.
Computer and information systems managers are also called information technology managers.