Managing Information Systems

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The aim of this assignment is to see the requirements for developing and managing a comprehensive Management Information system for an organisation. In today 's business environment it is getting harder and harder for organisation 's to not only survive but to compete against other organisation 's. Information technology plays a big part in helping companies compete and survive. Companies that have branches or franchises need to make sure that they can communicate with the head office so that orders can be passed down. Most of a mangers time is spent
1 Passing information and ideas upwards to senior management to aid their decision making
2 Providing other department managers with information which will help them do their jobs more
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Regular reports help managers perform their duties for example a summary report of sales figures of a particular period in the year would allow managers to predict sales figures for the coming year and plan ahead. This would not only help the manager of the store but it would also allow the person in charge of purchasing stock, distribution, transportation, and finance to plan ahead of time as well. The head of stock would have an idea of how much raw materials to buy, distribution manager would have an idea of where to send it to the parts of the organisation which are most likely to utilise it the most.
Characteristics of Management Information System
1. Management Information Systems support structured and semi-structured decisions at the operational and management control levels.
2. They are generally reporting and control oriented. They are resigned to report on existing operations and there fore provide day-to0day control operations.
3. The systems also rely on existing corporate data and data flows.
4. However Management Information Systems have little analytical capability
5. On the other hand they generally aid in decision making using past and present data
6. Management Information Systems are relatively
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