Logistics And Management Information Systems

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Logistics and Management Information Systems and Their Effect on the Aviation Industry Technology surrounds us in the new information age. It is small, portable, and very advanced compared to 50 years ago when computers took up a whole square city block and could only solve basic mathematical equations. Today, it seems that everyone has a smartphone that can use wireless technology to connect to the Internet from any location. People are used to having instant access to information; if they don’t know the answer to a question, they can Google it. They can go online and order pizza, tickets to a sporting event, or airline tickets to visit their relatives in New York. This instant access to technology creates expectations from the general…show more content…
The output consists of reports or graphs that help managers organize and make sense of the data and use it for presentations and decision making processes. Outputs can also be in the form of Bills of Lading, invoices, and shipping documents (Ballou, 1999). Definition of Management Information Systems Management Information Systems (MIS) are also a part of a company’s overall information technology system and are very similar to LIS in that they collect data from inside and outside the business to help managers at every level organize it into usable information to make strategic, tactical, and operational decisions for the company. The outputs of this data are formatted as graphs, spreadsheets, and detailed reports (MIS Definition, 2016). History of Logistics Information Systems in the Air Industry Before the concept of computers, logistics was mainly thought of as a military function. It dealt with procurement of supplies, maintenance, and transportation of troops and equipment to support military operations and facilities. Logistics was fragmented throughout a company and managers focused on what made their individual departments successful; they did not see the whole company picture. Management courses were not focused on the integration and coordination of logistics throughout the entire company. In 1956, Howard T. Lewis, James W. Culliton, and Jack D. Steele published a comprehensive study on the aviation industry called
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