Implementation managers work with project managers to implement an information system or new process in an organization.They perform the duties that usually fall under the job description of a project manager. The implementation manager or coordinator disseminates information to affected workers and is responsible for training, but is not responsible for the creation of the process.
The implementation manager ensures each member of a project team completes the steps to implement a new process or information system on schedule. The coordinator informs the project manager of technological and communication difficulties in the implementation of the system. An implementation manager allocates resources, including team members, to implement the new process. A manager must address the needs and concerns of those the new process affects and communicate those issues to the project manager.
Employers require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business or information systems to qualify for a position as an implementation coordinator. The education program prepares the coordinator to communicate effectively with team members. A coordinator working in the information technology field should complete a degree program in computer science, management information systems or information science to qualify for the position.
The implementation manager should have experience working with the technology or software that the organization is implementing. Management experience prepares the implementation manager to direct the activities of others and lead the implementation team. The experience in business management demonstrates knowledge of business practices.
An implementation coordinator must have communication skills to explain technical information to a non-technical audience, work with vendors and provide feedback to the project manager. Coordinators must have the leadership skills to evaluate the work of team members and assign duties in the implementation process.
The median earnings for managers working on information systems projects were $112,210 as of May 2008 and $115,780 in May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top-paying states for project manager positions include New York, New Jersey, California, Virginia and Massachusetts.
2016 Salary Information for Computer and Information Systems Managers
Computer and information systems managers earned a median annual salary of $135,800 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, computer and information systems managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $105,290, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $170,670, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 367,600 people were employed in the U.S. as computer and information systems managers.