Organizations are facing constantly changing problems, diverse styles of working, and ever changing information needs, which offer a challenging context for developing computer based Management Information Systems (MIS). MIS uses computer technology to provide information and decision support to managers, helping them becomes more effective.
A MIS provides information that is needed to manage organizations efficiently and effectively. MIS are distinct from other information systems as they are used to analyze operational activities in the organization. Managers require data which is timely, precise, detailed, internal, and historical. Upper level managers need data which is aggregated, external as well as internal, future oriented as well as historical and covering a longer span time.
An effective MIS cannot be built without viable data management tools. Such tools were not generally available previously. An important key to a successful MIS is the effective management of an organization’s data resources.
Over the years computers have become an integral part of the office environment. In any organization, creating and maintaining documents is an essential activity that requires use of an efficient word processing application. Word is one such word processing application that enables users to manage documents.
Modern day business is dependent on analysis. Fast and accurate analysis of data is required for making business decisions and planning strategies. Information systems need to integrate and analyze large volumes of data from several sources in order to present an accurate picture of the business situation. The organizations use spreadsheets to perform these activities, as spreadsheets are fast and accurate tools for performing complex data analysis.
Modern day business handles large amount of business communications, including correspondence. A fast and effective way of correspondence is required for making business decisions and planning strategies.