Importance of Information Systems

1230 WordsJun 9, 20125 Pages
The Importance of Information Systems in Business Jane Doe INF 220 Kimberly Smith March 5, 2012 As far back in my work career as I can remember I have utilized Information Systems (IS) to do my job, yet have always taken for granted their capabilities and purpose. They were simply systems that were in place when I got to the job and I learned how to use them to the best of my ability. But a well-developed and managed IS is often the backbone of a successful business, and is in itself big business. IS are the foundation for conducting business in today’s world, and success and sustainability are almost inconceivable without their existence because they play such a significant role in productivity.…show more content…
Within each function, management is structured to include senior management, middle management, operational management, knowledge workers, data workers and production or service workers. Many different systems are available to support each major business function; sales and marketing systems help a company identify customers, develop products and services to meet those customer’s needs, promote these products and services and provide ongoing customer support. Manufacturing and production systems cover the planning, development and production of products and services as well as control the flow of production. Finance and accounting systems keep track of financial information such as assets, flow of funds and invoices. Lastly, human resources systems maintain information about employee’s such as training, performance, compensation and disciplinary actions (Laudon & Laudon, 2009). The capabilities of these information systems are transforming business through the ability to share and process information with lightning fast speed. The internet, E-mail, cell phones and wireless handheld devices are just a few examples of the tools used that allow for this rapid rate of business by eliminating the need for such things as long distance phone calls and expensive travel in order for information to be shared between parties. Today, getting information where it needs to go is cheaper and easier
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