Thursday, August 12, 2010

Management Information System (MIS)

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The word Management Information System may seem very heavy for some and some may simply shrug their shoulders when asked what MIS is. But inadvertently, many of us utilize the services of MIS almost every day. Ever paid bills on line? Normally many of us schedule their domestic bills online every month or ask the bank to do so automatically without asking us (just notifying through e-mail or SMS that a bill for the month has been paid). The process which has gone into for the payment of bills or any other online transaction is in fact due to a MIS which takes care of all our worries.

Management Information Systems (MIS) is thus a term given to the discipline focused on the integration of computer systems with the aims and objectives on an organization to assist the people working inside the organization and the clients or users of a service outside the organization. It is thus a computer system designed to help managers plan and direct business and organizational operations.


To make the system work, an MIS basically hinges around a specially developed software that helps in decision making, data resources such as databases, the hardware resources of a system, decision support systems, people management and project management applications, and any computerized processes that enable the department to run efficiently.

Today MIS is used widely on internet for the benefit of people without them having to move out of their house of work station and go to a specific place to undertake a task. The filling of online forms, applying for jobs, booking seats for travel, hotel reservations and much are incidents of MIS. Behind each online facility, sit a number of people/operators specially trained to collect information and make it work as desired by the people. In fact such websites are used by the organizations to automate a process.

Look out for more information on the subject in my future posts.


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