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Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

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Management Information Systems
In order to make decisions, managers need theright information to serve a wider range of needs.A systems approach to managing this demandcan be met through management informationsystems (MIS).It has been said that MIS are what the nervoussystem is to the human body.
 
 
Definitions of MIS
We live in an information age
 
The original definitions of information were associatedwithknowledge.Now, instead of thinking about the information itself,knowing that we have got so much of it, we have tobecome much more aware of what we are going to dowith it.As the organisation grows, the management function isperformed by people who are more specialised and maybe removed from day-to-day activities. It is usually atthis time that management information systems (MIS)are required.
 
 
Definitions of MIS - history
The emergence of MIS goes back to the 1950s.The first electronic computer developed for businesspurposes in 1951 must have posed many interestingquestions as to what to do with it.In fact, early business applications centred onroutine clerical and accounting operations such aspayroll and billing.These were mainly
transaction applications,
named simply because they involved processingaccounting transactions.The machines were prone to failure, difficult tooperate and painstakingly slow

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