What is an IT Manager?

What is an IT manager?

Let's start at the beginning: what exactly is an IT manager? You probably know that ICT has something to do with computers and systems, but do you also know what the difference is between ICT and IT? In practice, these two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same.

ICT stands for Information Communication Technology. This concerns all programs and devices that ensure communication within an agency. Consider, for example, telephony, computers, printers and the Cloud, and what about IT? IT stands for Information Technology and is a lot broader. IT concerns all hardware, software and networks used within a company. You've probably already noticed: IT is part of IT. Everything that has to do with ICT falls under IT. But not everything that falls under IT is also ICT by definition.

An IT manager therefore focuses purely on the communication component, while an IT manager has broader responsibilities. But: the two functions are often used as synonyms for each other, also in vacancies.

Now that you know a little more about the salary, let's take a closer look at the tasks of an IT manager. Because what exactly does an IT manager do on a day-to-day basis? You probably understand that as a manager you are responsible for the IT team. You keep an eye on what needs to be done to improve work processes and communication in the company by consulting with other departments. You also keep an eye on general trends and make predictions based on them.

You then make an (annual) plan and divide the tasks among your team. You supervise their work and provide feedback where necessary. You are also responsible for managing and optimizing the information systems.