DEVELOPMENT OF LONG RANGE PLANS OF MIS
Any kind of business calls for long range plans for success, the same being true for MIS. The plan for development and its implementation is a basic necessity for MIS. In MIS the information is recognised as a major resource like capital, time and capacity. We need an MIS system flexible enough to deal with the changing information needs of the organisation. Hence an ideal MIS system is an open system which interacts with the outside business environment and provides necessary required information. Hence designing of such systems is a complex task . It can only be achieved through MIS planning. The plan of MIS is concurrent to the business plan of the organisation. This is because the implementation of the business plan is based on the information provided by MIS. To ensure such an alignment possibility, its necessary that the business plan-strategic or otherwise, states the information needs. Long range MIS plan provides direction for the development of the systems, and provides a basis for achieving the specific targets or tasks against a time frame.
CONTENTS OF THE MIS PLAN
(IN THE CONTEXT OF MIS PLAN IS LINKED TO BUSINESS PLAN)
1)MIS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
It is necessary to develop the goals and objectives which will support the business goals. The MIS goals and objectives will consider management philosophy, policy constraints, business risks, internal and external environment of the organisation and the business.
2)STRATEGY FOR THE PLAN ACHIEVEMENT
a)Development strategy- An online, a batch, a real time
b)System development strategy- Any approach to the system development-operational versus fucctional; Accounting versus Analysis; Database versus Conventional approach; Distributed versus Decentralised processing; One datsbase versus Multiple datsbases SSAD vs OOT. c)Resource for system development: in-house versus external, customized development versus...