+ 0 Votes Size does matter Roger99a 7 years ago You can't be an Admiral without a fleet and if you're managing a handful of Help Desk guys you aren't a CIO. It would probably also reflect your location on the pecking order. If you report directly to anyone other than the CEO you're probably not a CIO. Then there's the pay scale. A CIO would make much more than a Director or Manager. + 0 Votes Vision of IT in organization pradeepmanani 7 years ago CIO has the responsibility of entire IT departement whereas IT manager is responsible for a partiular Domain like network, servers, voice, security etc. CIO makes the decision and approval considering the views of all vertical IT managers and consolidate the budgets of all verticals and interact with business head. Also CIO's important function is to represent the overall vision for IT dept. and how it can value add in the growth of an organization. Hope this helps. + 0 Votes Business Vs. Technology stephendelkelley 7 years ago CIO's tend to focus on how technology can serve business strategy. CIOs focus on planning and controlling issues. IT Managers are basically middle managers that focus on performance issues. They take more of a leadership position. IT managers deal more with making sure the system is up and running and that the IT people such as network admins and help desk folks are doing there jobs. It's not the perfect answer. Hope this helps + 0 Votes 2 different persons jbakaev 7 years ago so are they 2 differnt persons and 2 different jobs or it is either one of the 2 . will the IT manager report to the CIO ? is there any clear job description for each title? + 0 Votes 2 different persons jbakaev 7 years ago so are they 2 differnt persons and 2 different jobs or it is either one of the 2 . will the IT manager report to the CIO ? is there any clear job description for each title? + 0 Votes CIO vs IT Manager kimrru 7 years ago Besides the fact that a CIO makes about $100,000 US Dollar more than an IT Manager, the CIO is expected to understand more of the business process of an organization and make IT decisions based on those processes. That's the quickie answer. + 0 Votes Yes the Job Decriptions are different rclark 7 years ago I don't have a good set at the moment as we are redesigning ours. But we recently hired a CIO for our Health System. The Director of IS operates at the director level. Which is fine for smaller shops. But when you start talking about enterprise wide initiatives and you are spending several million on software and maintenance each year, you need someone who is a peer of the C-Level decision makers who actually approve projects. Otherwise, you will have integration problems, contractual issues, and inefficiencies due to duplication of effort, waste of resources, and support problems with user and techs. Case in point. At the director level, a piece of departmental software is the best available for the department. The IS director has no choice but to approve it, because his/her peer is correct in stating that it is the best available to do the job for that department. At most, the director can look at other affected departments and limit the damage a poorly integrated software solution would cause. At a CIO level, the vision changes and while that department may need the software, it may not fit with the goal of the overall organization has for reducing maintenance costs, having a single supplier, or integrate with other departments at the level needed for overall efficiency. The CIO would work at the C-Level to minimize the impact of a less effective departmental solution so that the enterprise solution can reap economies of both scale and integration. + 0 Votes Definitely different positions mpasaa 7 years ago CIOs should be what I call the "big picture" person. In other words, they should see the company's long term plans, be able to convey technical concepts in business terms and basically act as sort of a liason between the technical folks and management. The IT Manager, on the the other hand, would be dealing with the day-to-day issues, implementations, security of the entire network, etc.. as well as attending meetings to disseminate some of the current projects which are ongoing and keep staff informed about issues that will affect them. I see the IT manager as one who oversees the technical staff doing the actual implementations, migrations, etc.. Just my opinion. Actually, I've yet to work for any person calling them a CIO who actually helps the IT staff. Most seem to be no better than the rest of the non-technical management staff and, consequently, become another hurdle for the IT staff to overcome. Peace! + 0 Votes CIO vs IT manager rsreeni 7 years ago IT manager's role is mainly for managing IT on line with business planning and strategy. Business strategy is discussed in a higher form than the IT manager level. So for that CIO should be a person in the top management level and should understand the Business well. His responsibility is to convert the Business strategy/Plan into an IT strategy and Plan and help the IT team to support the business according to that. Thanks, Sreenivas Ravindran Consultant IT infrastructure Management + 0 Votes Easy.. GSG 7 years ago IT Manager -- Over IT CIO -- Over many departments. In our organization, the CIO is over IT, Health Information Mangement, Transcription, Quality Assurance, and anywhere that health information may be aggregated or managed. In an odd move, she's also over Human Resources. + 0 Votes Difference is in the focus wg_hclim 7 years ago The key difference is probably in the focus. An IT manager would probably have a more daily hence more 'short-term' or operational focus in terms of JD while the CIO would be more 'long term' or would have a more strategic focus in the deployment of ICT resources to meet the needs of the business.