12 August 2016
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Management Information Systems
The purpose of any Information System is to help an Organisation manage its business better. For instance, an Inventory Management System would assist the organisation in keeping track of stocks and optimising stock levels. An HR Information system would help in managing the key Human Resources of the organisation, and so on. With ever increasing complexities of business as well as management, now a days, Information systems are not merely required for improving efficiency of business operations; rather these systems are used for effective business decisions and achieving strategic advantage. As a result of the increasing role of Information Technology (IT) in an enterprise, the functions of information systems are changing. It is transforming from a technology provider to a strategic partner and from a resource to a strategic tool. Because of the increasing use and participation of IT in all processes and projects, all the managers, irrespective of their functional areas, need to understand, deploy and effectively manage Information Systems (ISs)/IT.
The research on IS has clearly established that in many cases, Information Systems do not meet the business needs for which they were originally intended and thus fail to provide the expected return on investment/ business value. There are several reasons for this failure that include lack of planning; lack of alignment of business and IT, communication gap between the business and IT professionals; lack of effective IT project management and implementation and so on. Most organizations tend to delegate the planning process to the IT Department, which in most cases views this as a technical problem rather than a solution to a business need. The key to successful IS Implementation, therefore, is to create a “Business – linked Information Systems Plan”. Accordingly, IS planning forms a key component of this MIS course.
The other important issue in the area of MIS is the underlying IT technologies that support Information Systems. Most managers need to take decisions with regard to these technologies. Unfortunately however, most of them do not have sufficient understanding of these technologies, and therefore leave key decisions to technologists – with disastrous consequences. Therefore, another component of this course will cover the basics of IT technologies that are today commonly used in organizations, along with implications for managers.
Finally, once the IS Plan is in place; the systems decided upon must be either bought out or developed, and ultimately implemented. The last component of the course would therefore focus on ERP systems (which are the most commonly available bought out systems in the market). It would also cover the process of Information System Analysis and Design, with emphasis on Requirements Analysis, which would be used when systems are to be developed.
D. P. Goyal
Level: Master's level
EUR 680: Danish and EU/EØS (tomplads): 680 EUR
EUR 1704: NON-EU-EØS students (free-mover): 1704 EUR
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