What Is Technology Management?
Merriam-Webster defines information technology as “the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data.”
But what about the role of IT management? Techopedia states, “the central aim of IT management is to generate value through the use of technology. To achieve this, business strategies and technology must be aligned.”
So, who ensures that business and technology strategies are in sync? IT managers. These individuals may have job titles such as CTO, CIO, IT Director, Information Systems Director, IT Project Manager, Database Manager, among others.
IT managers help guide the technological direction of their organizations by constructing business plans, overseeing network security, and directing online operations. IT managers may plan and coordinate larger projects, such as installing and upgrading hardware and software, programming and systems design, and implementation of websites.
A large part of their daily responsibilities includes directing the work of other IT employees, such as systems analysts, software developers, and support specialists.
Another extremely important IT manager task? Helping the organization stay up to date.
A CIO magazine article states: “This is, in essence, the top responsibility of today’s technology leaders—navigating the waters of change, separating reality from hype, and understanding not only what digital technologies their organizations should use, but how to implement multiple disruptive technologies holistically and get the most out of them.”