At the start, in businesses and other organizations,
was mademanuallyandonly periodically, as a by-product of
and with some
, and gavelimitedanddelayed informationon management performance.
In their infancy, business computers were used for the practicalbusiness of computing the payrolland keeping track of accounts
As applications were developed that provided managers withinformation about
that would helpin managing the enterprise, the term
arose to describe thesekinds of applications. Today, the term is used broadly in a number of contexts and includes (but is not limited to):
decision support systems, resource and people management applications, project management and database retrieval application.