A management information system (MIS) provides information that organizations requires to manage themselves efficiently and effectively.
Management information systems are typically computer systems used for managing:
Data (information for decision making)
Procedures (design, development and documentation)
People (individuals, groups, or organizations).
Management information systems are distinct from other information systems because they are used to analyze and facilitate strategic and operational activities.
For individuals, groups, and organizations we evaluate, manage, and utilize systems to generate information to improve efficiency and effectiveness of decision making, including systems termed decision support systems, expert systems, and executive information systems. Most businesses have an MIS department need, alongside departments of accounting, finance, management, marketing; we fill this gap.
Our Business Process Modeling (BPM) experts document processes of an enterprise, so that the current process may be analyzed and improved at Management, Operational, & Support Level.
Our designed business processes begin with a mission objectives and end with achievement of the business objectives. Process-oriented organizations break down the barriers of structural departments and try to avoid functional silos.
We decompose business processes into several sub-processes, which have their own attributes, but also contribute to achieving the goal of the super-process. We analyze business processes typically to ensure mapping of processes and sub-processes down to activity level.
We assure Business Processes are designed to add value for the customer and should not include unnecessary activities. Our objective is increased effectiveness (value for the client) and increased efficiency (less costs for the client).
Our developed practices and Business Process Modeling techniques can be used for drawing business processes in a workflow.
We design Business processes such that when operated by one business functional unit, it emphasize the importance of the “process chain” rather than the individual units.
In general, the various tasks of a business process can be performed in one of two ways:
- manually and
By means of business data processing systems such as ERP systems.
Typically, some process tasks will be manual, while some will be computer-based, and these tasks may be sequenced in many ways. In other words, the data and information that are being handled through the process may pass through manual or computer tasks in any given order.
Manual / administrative vs. computer system-based internal controls
Internal controls can be built into manual / administrative process steps and / or computer system procedures.
We assure, as many system controls as possible, since these controls, being automatic, will always be exercised since they are built into the design of the business system software. For instance, an error message preventing an entry of a received raw material quantity exceeding the purchase order quantity by greater than the permissible tolerance percentage will always be displayed and will prevent the system user from entering such a quantity.
However, for various reasons such as practicality, the need to be “flexible” (whatever that may signify), lack of business domain knowledge and experience, difficulties in designing/writing software, cost of software development/modification, the incapability of a computerized system to provide controls, etc.,
In such case we make sure that, the manual, administrative process controls outside the computer system are clearly documented, enforced and regularly exercised.