Executive Support Systems

7 Feb

Over the next few weeks I wish to look at each type of information system individually. In today’s blog I will focus on Executive Support Systems (ESS).

ESS, also known as Executive Information Systems, are designed to facilitate senior management in making key strategic decisions. An ESS is software which allows companies to sort their data into summarised reports. These reports enable executive-level management access to reports from all area of the business including billing, cost accounting, staff, scheduling and more.

Executive level management need to be able to make informed decisions quickly and decisively and don’t want to be wasting their time shifting through irrelevant information. An ESS can supply the summarized information executives need and yet provide the opportunity to drill down to more detail if necessary.

An executive’s needs are always changing and new dilemmas emerge on a daily basis, thus it is crucial for the ESS to be flexible and easy to manage. ESS uses graphical presentation as it is much easier for the end user to understand the information:


Companies can buy pre-designed software packages, usually designed for a specific industry or can get their own software package customised to their specific needs.

Some of the advantages of ESS’s include:

  • Provides timely delivery of company summary information
  • Provides better understanding of information
  • Filters data for better time management
  • Provides system for improvement in information tracking

I hope you have found this explanation of Executive Support Systems helpful and please leave a comment if you have any queries or feedback.






5 Responses to “Executive Support Systems”

  1. sad112759089 February 7, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    In your view, what do you think is the most biggest advantage of Executive Support Systems ?

    • sad111346076 February 7, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks for the comment sad112759089. In my opinion, timely delivery of summarised information for executive level management is the most important benifet of Executive Information Systems. Time is most firms most valuable asset in todays business world. Senior management need to be able to make decisions quickly and decisively so their business can overcome problems and move forward.

  2. sad111481958 February 7, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Very good blog, easy to understand and read, well laid out!

    • sad111346076 February 7, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks for the feedback!

  3. instructorcathaldoyle February 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Could you please add the category to this post. You can do this by editing the post, and choose the category at the bottom right. Thanks.

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