Information Systems for Managers

An information system for managers is more than only a group of software applications and databases.

What is an Information System?

Definition of information systems (IS):

An information system is the coherent set of people, procedures, data, IT infrastructure, and software applications that collect, process, store, and communicate data for transaction processing at an operational level.

What is a Management Information System?

Definition of management information systems (MIS):

A management information system is an information system that gathers data from multiple business systems, analyzes the information, and provides reports used for decision-making (the coordination, control, analysis, visualization, and security of information in an organization).

IS and MIS started as data capturing and processing systems and evolved to becoming more operational intelligent with the aid of automation and cross-functional integration, big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and cyber security.

Dashboard for your Data, Products, and Services Life Cycle, Projects, Applications, Processes, IT Infrastructure.

Advantages of Dragon1 MIS

Dragon1 Information System for Managers is a systematic EA data-management platform for managing your information so that it remains secure and transparent and is aligned with the strategy, policies, business model, principles and standards.

  • Improve an organization's operational efficiency, add value to existing products, engender innovation and new product development, and help managers make better decisions.
  • Companies can identify their strengths and weaknesses due to the presence of revenue reports, employee performance records, etc. Identifying these aspects can help a company improve its business processes and operations.
  • Giving an overall picture of the company.
  • Acting as a communication and planning tool.
  • The availability of customer data and feedback can help the company to align its business processes according to the needs of its customers. The effective management of customer data can help the company to perform direct marketing and promotion activities.
  • MIS can help a company gain a competitive advantage.
  • MIS reports can help with decision-making as well as reduce downtime for actionable items.

Target Audience: CTO, CIO, CISO

The target audience is the CTO, CIO, and CISO, the main stakeholders of the EA Platform. They are responsible for steering fundamental changes visually.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

  • This officer is generally responsible for the overall technology strategy of an organization including evaluating how new and advanced technology systems, solutions, architecture, and applications can help the organization.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

  • This officer is generally responsible for the overall information strategy of an organization including keeping the organization processes and information aligned but agile and enabling future business innovation with future-proof information services

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

  • This officer is generally responsible for the overall information security strategy of an organization including the planning and control cycle and the quality and security of business information processes

Some content users (like managers in an organization) have people external to the company (consultants) who create visualizations (like Business Diagrams) for them and maintain the visualizations for them or hand over content maintenance to people within the organization. Both can be done on the Dragon1 software platform.

Build Your Information Management System

Create, collaborate, and share integral architecture solutions, enterprise views, and reports very easily. Dragon1 gives you the ability to save a lot of time and resources driving continual improvement.

  • You import your data (processes, applications, infrastructure, etc.) via an Excel sheet or automated via Rest-API, into the Viewer to improve and complete these data.
  • You adjust and redesign the generated visualization and export the improved, completed, and used data again into the Excel sheet.
  • You use the Visual Designer to design static and dynamic Business diagrams. With dynamic Business Diagrams you work with a view template, so you do not have to redraw a diagram when the data in the model changes.
  • You make the diagrams available (publish them) only for those who should be able to see them (and that could be only your director or manager or your team member or maybe even the whole world).
  • Viewers will use the published business diagrams and other content types to take and support their decisions and also give you feedback on the diagrams.

    MIS & Reporting

    In a corporate setting, the ultimate goal of the use of a management information system is to increase the value and profits of the business.

    This is done by providing managers with timely and appropriate information allowing them to make effective decisions within a shorter period.

    When managers evaluate the information in these reports, they can see which areas of the business are underperforming and adjust decisions accordingly. (source: Wikipedia)

    Get Started

    Just get an account for Dragon1 and log in. You will be able to use the Information Systems for Managers to create enterprise and business diagrams in no time and monitor the impact of your projects, strategy, and goals.

    Types of Information Systems

    The following are types of information systems used to create reports, extract data, and assist in the decision-making processes of middle and operational-level managers.

    • Decision support systems (DSSs) are computer program applications used by middle and higher management to compile information from a wide range of sources to support problem-solving and decision-making. A DSS is used mostly for semi-structured and unstructured decision problems.
    • Executive information system (EIS) is a reporting tool that provides quick access to summarized reports coming from all company levels and departments such as accounting, human resources, and operations.
    • Marketing information systems are Management Information Systems designed specifically for managing the marketing aspects of the business.
    • Accounting information systems are focused on accounting functions.
    • Human resource management systems are used for personnel aspects.
    • Office automation systems (OAS) support communication and productivity in the enterprise by automating workflow and eliminating bottlenecks. OAS may be implemented at all levels of management.
    • School Information Management Systems (SIMS) cover school administration, often including teaching and learning materials.
    • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems provide integrated software modules and a unified database that personnel use to plan, manage, and control core business processes across multiple locations. Modules of ERP systems may include finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, production, inventory management, and distribution.
    • Supply chain management (SCM) systems enable more efficient management of the supply chain by integrating the links in a supply chain. This may include suppliers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and final customers.
    • Customer relationship management (CRM) systems help businesses manage relationships with potential and current customers and business partners across marketing, sales, and service.
    • Knowledge management system (KMS) helps organizations facilitate the collection, recording, organization, retrieval, and dissemination of knowledge. This may include documents, accounting records, unrecorded procedures, practices, and skills. Knowledge management (KM) as a system covers the process of knowledge creation and acquisition from internal processes and the external world. The collected knowledge is incorporated into organizational policies and procedures and then disseminated to the stakeholders.
    • Local databases can be small, simplified tools for managers and are considered to be a primal or base-level version of an MIS. (source: Wikipedia: Management Information Systems)

    Read Also

    A nice blog about the history of management information systems: History of MIS

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