For those of you that missed my last blog, I explained how I would be taking each of the types of information systems separately over the next few weeks and explaining them in a bit of detail. If you who missed my last blog which looked at Executive Support Systems(EIS), please check it out at http://wp.me/p34AHx-t9.
As outlined in my colleague sad112425878’s blog on the second of February, the next type of information system I will be focusing on will be Management Information Systems (MIS).
In contrast to ESS, MIS is designed for the middle level management, used to analyze and facilitate strategic and operational activities. MIS are generally used to for managing three areas in particular: People, technology and data.
MIS work by continuously gathering both external and internal data and storing it in a centralised database, also known as a data warehouse. This data is then summarised into a series of management reports. The diagram below makes it easy to visualise the process.
Some advantages and disadvantages of MIS:
- Co-ordination between departments
- Limits information overload
- Better planning and control
- Aid decision-making
- Costly to set up, maintain and upgrade
- Integration issues
- Constant monitoring issues
- Quality of outputs governed by quality of inputs
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I hope it has helped your comprehension of MIS. In my next blog I will be discussing Decision Support Systems so stay tuned!