by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

A system analyst is responsible for analyzing, designing and implementing systems to fulfill organizational needs. He/she plays a vital role in making operational the management information system. The role of the system analyst has however changed.



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

A Strategic Information System can offer competitive advantage to an organization in the following ways:

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

Organizations that plan their information system tend to achieve better results than organizations that do not, yet studies reveal that many organizations either do not plan or do it unsystematically.



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

Information as a necessary evil: - Information was regarded as a necessary evil, associated with the development, production and marketing of products or services. Information was thus merely considered as a by-product of transactions in the organizations.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

A wide variety of techniques are being applied for IS panning. However, organizations select these techniques based on the persuasive power of IS developers rather than on a sound logic.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

Richard Nolan (1974) has discussed a framework for IS planning, popularly known as Nolan stage model. The basic premise of the model is that any organization will move through stages of maturity with respect to the use and management of IS. While progressing, an organization must go through each stage of growth before it can move to the next stage.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

Enterprise resource planning involves procuring and accumulating the resources for their optimum utilization through integrating them at one place and giving multiple accesses to these resources. The broad sets of activities are supported by multi module application software.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: Information System Planning

The plan for development and its implementation is a basic necessity for MIS. In MIS the information is recognized as major resource likecapital and time. If this resource has to be managed well, it calls upon themanagement to plan for it and control it, so that the information becomesa vital resource for the system.



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: MIS

Management is the invisible force that keeps an organization going by continuously performing the tasks of planning, organizing, controlling and leading. Management plans for the goals and objectives of the organization, organizes men, materials, technology, money and other resources to enable the organization to attain the set goals and objectives, controls activities to ensure that everything goes according to plan and that there is no deviation from it and leads the organization to attain greater achievements. Without management, an organization cannot survive. The issue of management is therefore most important for any organization, business or otherwise.

 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: MIS

The means by which this data driven manager achieves his tasks on reports. Reports convey to the manager the following:

 
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Resistance to change is a normal human tendency. MIS when implemented, changes a lot of things within the organization. It ushers in a new way of working in the organization. It changes power structures, the way people view their work, changes skill requirements of employees, processes and also the entire organizational culture.

 
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Even though MIS has many benefits it has its limitations. MIS is sometimes considered a solution for every bane within an organization. While MIS may solve some critical problems but it is not a solution to all problems of an organization. The limitations of MIS may be stated as,

 
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MIS when properly developed and used in an organization brings in a lot of benefits for the organization. A list of the benefits of MIS for a organization are:

 
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Management information system is a set of systems which helps management at different levels to take better decisions by providing the necessary information to managers. Management information system is not a monolithic entity but a collection of systems which provide the user with a monolithic feel as far as information delivery, transmission and storage is concerned.



 
by Dinesh Thakur Category: MIS

Management performs several roles within an organization. Even though almost all managers perform multiple roles within an organization, some roles are performed by specific set of managers at certain levels. Before understanding the roles played by the management in an organization we must appreciate that management is the life blood of an organization. Managers get things done efficiently and effectively (mostly by others) thereby adding value to the organization. An organization without managers would have no cohesion, no purpose and no direction. It will simply collapse. Management helps in not only getting things done but also ensures that the organization works towards a common purpose and remains organized in this endeavor. Several management thinkers have dealt with this subject of role of management.

 
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Quality of information is an important concept. Information quality is a multi-attribute concept. If the attributes that define quality of information are of good quality or of high value then the information is said to have good quality. The attributes of quality of information are:



 
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The value of information is a very slippery concept as information per se does not have any universal value. Its value is related to the person who uses it, when he uses it and for what he uses it. Any assessment of the value of information is therefore related to the value of the decision-making supported by such information.



 
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This issue has been dealt with in each and every MIS text. The reason is that this issue is important from a conceptual standpoint in the study of MIS. The concepts of 'Data', 'Information' and 'Knowledge' are interlinked. In fact, data, information, knowledge and wisdom have been the building blocks of systems thinking and are sometimes referred in literature as DIK hierarchy. Data is raw facts, which is not of much use per se. When this data is processed it becomes information.



 
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Human beings have known information and its relevance to their existence from the beginning of human civilization. Our instincts and intellect have developed and evolved to take advantage of information. However, we have been unconscious about the role it played in human lives till the early twentieth century.



 
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Business and business environment have changed dramatically in the last one and a half decades. The transformation has been nothing short of being radical. Concepts and issues that were centre stage a decade back are now irrelevant and have been replaced by new ones.

 

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