View Full Version : Where can I find information on what a Management Information System is?

Royal Sampler
10-29-2001, 01:47 AM
And yes, I tried using a search engine.

Bill H.
10-29-2001, 02:22 AM

10-29-2001, 07:02 AM
Being in the business, I'd call it a buzzword (although a better buzzword than the current "Information Technology" that I always associate with pencils and telephones and such).

Your best bet is a dictionary definition, such as Bill H. supplied, but if you have particular questions about it, you could throw thoses out here for our viewing.

10-29-2001, 10:26 AM
It's a pretty vague term and pretty self-explanatory: a system that supplies information for managers to make decisions. That's probably not much help, but since there are managers at all sorts of levels and information of all sorts of types, it's going to be pretty vague.

In general, it's a system that takes the sum total of business transactions or information sources and can summarise them, report exceptions, report patterns and trends, analyse them to project future trends and allow data manipulation to try out 'what if' ideas by management.

The higher the level of management using it, the greater the need for accurate summarised data with an ability to drill-down and manipulate the data (more qualitative than quantitative). The lower the level of management, the greater the need to see summaries and exceptions, not to be able to project and plan (more quantitative than qualitative).

Mind you, it is such a buzzword and a hugely catch-all term that you could pretty much write an entirely different definition to that and it would still be on the mark.

From whatis.com (http://search390.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid10_gci214098,00.html):

MIS (management information systems) is a general term for the computer systems in an enterprise that provide information about its business operations. It's also used to refer to the people who manage these systems.

Typically, in a large corporation, "MIS" or the "MIS department" refers to a central or centrally-coordinated system of computer expertise and management, often including mainframe systems but also including by extension the corporation's entire network of computer resources.

In the beginning, business computers were used for the practical business of computing the payroll and keeping track of accounts payable and receivable. As applications were developed that provided managers with information about sales, inventories, and other data that would help in managing the enterprise, the term "MIS" arose to describe these kinds of applications. Today, the term is used broadly in a number of contexts and includes (but is not limited to): decision support systems, resource and people management applications, project management, and database retrieval applications.

Royal Sampler
10-30-2001, 09:22 PM
Thank you for the responses.