The Big Question: Why MIS?

by Shaleen S
The main purpose of MIS (Management Information Systems) is to increase the efficiency of an organization, and its people which many do not know with the use of information technology. Part of it also include to get the required technologies to do those tasks. MIS is broadly categorized into three categories: Human capital, IT, and relationships with other organizations.  I hope everyone will agree that those 3 components are critical to any organization, and like anything else requires upgrades.

Human capital is of the utmost important because they are the ones who perform the tasks required. They are basically divided into two focus points: Skills, and specificity. These two focus points look very similar but they are quite different in actuality. Skills refer to fulfilling of all the prerequisites to perform an operation, whereas specificity includes the knowledge and awareness of the organization and about its daily operations on how it does the things it does.  MIS is generally considered very task intensive and skill intensive, and that’s why human capital is evaluated on those two focus points. A lot of times good interpersonal skills are required to supply the products to the end user or the third party to whom the services are provided.

IT gives a basic foundation of technologies that are shared within the organization and helps to build a foundation for future. It also helps in monitoring the goals and determine if things are on track or not. A good IT will help in delivering and providing solutions quickly and effectively. The goal is to enable MIS solutions to the end user and filtering out the most common problems and generating solutions for it. All this should be done as fast as it can be, and for that it is healthy to have a good IT foundation in the organization. Moreover, a good IT base will help in easily adapting newer technologies for integration and synchronization with different devices and helpful for easy system updates.

The third, and the last is the relationship with other organizations/partners. A very cordial relationships with the managers, and outside vendors and service providers is really beneficial. Having a good understanding with the manager makes it easy to perform and creates the sense of friendliness. Even more important is to have a good rapport with the vendors because it really helps in timely deliveries and staying ahead of the other competitors.

In recent years, many companies & people have started to rely heavily on MIS, and have been investing huge amounts just to get the services effectively and timely. One might not realize the vastness of MIS, but it is really a very integral part of modern business. The ripple effect it creates carries all the way to the end, and the success of the task can be traced all the way back to MIS. Some of the MIS resources are intangible, and hence can only be felt by using it. Companies that have used MIS have agreed that it has greatly boosted up their performance.



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3 thoughts on “The Big Question: Why MIS?

  • May 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The integration of these levels of business is critical and I can see why MIS is much needed. Having the ability to plan and direct a company to properly utilize their technology and processes can lead to immense cost reduction and maximize efficiency. I think all companies should place an emphasis on MIS and design their business to run as efficient as possible.

  • May 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    This article was really interesting to me on knowing their are three categories in MIS. It is true that a majority of companies are relying on MIS to improve the companies performance.

  • May 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    A very informational article. I think before getting into the depth of MIS one should understand the basics of it.

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