"Business Information Systems play a pivotal role in the new economy and enterprise setting characterised by strategic procurement, global outsourcing, physically distributed operational environments, and global business alliances. Business Information Systems is a boundary-spanning field of study relating to how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be deployed to improve business processes and enhance the organisation’s value chain networks, which organisations use to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services all over the world, through efficient, effective and competitive use of ICT.
Information systems when used for providing information to managers for their decision-making needs become a management information system. The goal of such information systems is to provide relevant information to management so that it helps in its functioning.
Since decision-making is the most important task performed by the management at different levels, information that helps managers to take decisions is the most important objective of any management information system. Other information that is relevant for managers in helping them in their planning, controlling, organizing and directing activity is the secondary objective of any MIS.
However, an information system is normally not dynamic enough to alter itself to a degree that it can handle changing requirements from users. Hence, information systems are planned to take care of every possible eventuality as far as type of information is concerned. Management may require diverse types and combination of information and this is factored in the planning process. The system is planned in a way that it can handle future new requirements of information from managers.
The business strategy of the company is very important in planning for information systems. The information systems plan is drawn up in a way that it supports the strategic objectives of the organization even in the near future. It is for this reason that the strategic role of information system has to be clearly defined in the planning processes itself.
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