What Is Management Information System?

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Prima Nanda Wicaksono
What is Management Information Systems?
Management Information Systems (MIS) is the study of people, technology, and organizations and the relationships among them. MIS professionals help firms realize maximum benefit from investment in personnel, equipment, and business processes. It’s a people-oriented field with an emphasis on service through technology. If you have an interest in technology and have the desire to use technology to improve people’s lives, a degree in MIS may be for you. All businesses use information systems at all levels of operation to collect, process, and store data. This data is aggregated and disseminated in the form of information needed to carry out the functions of business. Everyone who works in business, from someone who pays the bills to the person who makes employment decisions, uses information systems. A car dealership could use a computer database to keep track of which products sell best, and a retail store could use a computer-based information system to sell products over the Internet. In fact, all businesses are concentrating on the alignment of MIS with Business to achieve competitive advantage over other businesses. MIS professionals create information systems for data management (i.e., storing, searching, and analyzing data). In addition, they manage various information systems so that the needs of managers, staff, and customers are best served. By working collaboratively with various members of their work group, as well as with their customers/clients, MIS professionals are able to play a key role in areas such as information security, integration, and exchange. As an MIS major, you will learn how to design, implement, and use business information systems in innovative ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your organization. There is a common misconception that MIS is all programming. However, programming is just a small part of the MIS curriculum and there are many jobs...