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Computer Systems Industry

Knowledge of computer industry’s trends, directions, technologies, products, services and providers.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Identifies major industry segments and customer groupings.

Cites examples of major products, technologies and services.

Names industry leaders, major players and trendsetters.

Identifies key industry publications, professional associations and other reference sources.

Demonstrates insight into a specific segment of the computer systems industry.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Describes major existing and emerging platforms, strategies, initiatives, and key issues.

Analyzes marketplace experience; highlights major successes, failures, and lessons learned.

Identifies key customer segments and how products and services compete in each grouping.

Explains benchmarks, best practices and key processes associated with the industry segment.

Provides insight into all major computer platforms and products across multiple segments.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Describes major industry segments and their interactions and interdependencies.

Compares and contrasts major players and the competitive landscape.

Articulates key benefits and drawbacks of existing industry products and services.

Provides insights into strategic technology development plans across major segments.

Describes the economic environment and impact on the industry and each segment.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Discusses all major segments, market forces and trends across the global marketplace.

Explains key business and technology benchmarks for all industry segments.

Describes the trends and opportunities for the future; makes business recommendations.

Compares management philosophy, applications and experiences across the computer industry.

Monitors and analyzes major technologies, issues, marketplace trends and competitive landscape.

Speaks to the history, evolution and future of the industry.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me how you or your organization changed a particular strategy in response to changes in the industry as a whole.
  • What experience do you have working in or with the computer systems industry?
  • How did you balance technological innovation with functionality and usability when developing computer systems or solutions?
  • What steps did you take when evaluating an emerging computer-based technology for value to your organization?
  • What types of benchmarks or metrics did your organization use to assess its position in the computer industry?

Titles with Shared Competencies