4.3.8 - Management Information Systems - Bad Features

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  • Created on: 07-05-13 13:48
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  • Bad Management Information System (Features)
    • Lack of management involvement in intial design
      • This can lead to ICT professionals taking the lead in developing the product, which can mean that it doesn't fully meet the particular needs of the business
    • Poor communications between professionals
      • Poor communications lead to poor results
    • Inadequate Initial Analysis
      • The first stages of analysis are done poorly, so the potential need for more detailed analysis is missed
      • This can happen if the initial requirements for the system were poorly specified or poorly implemented
    • Lack of management knowledge about computer systems and their capabilities
      • This can lead to an overly simplisitc system that doesn't enable managers to dig into data and analyse the data in greater depth
      • Needs managers and ICT professionals to be able to work together
        • Ideally on an ongoing basis to ensure the latest analysis tools are available
    • Inappropriate hardware and software
      • This typically refers to a poor speed for the MIS
        • If it runs too slowly, it won't be readily usable for processing or for producing printed clear output
    • Lack of professional standards
      • Referring to the British Computer Society (BCS) Standards
        • Avoiding bias and self interest whilst developing systems so the client gets a system which best meets their needs
      • A lack of standards may see ICT professionals attempting to complete jobs for which they have insufficient experience
        • The BCS Standards should stop or reduce this likelihood
    • Complexity of the System
      • Balance needs to be achieved between ease of use and the potential for more details analysis
      • Without the intial "ease of use", it is unlikely that the managers will use it and then become inclined to be more demanding of it


Mr A Gibson


This is one of three valuable mind maps which cover MIS. They are good to use as printed posters for familiarisation. Use the "Test Yourself" feature to review your learning.

Resource 1 - Mind Map of general information relating to MIS

Resource 2 - Mind Map of good features of MIS

Resource 3 - Mind Map of bad features of MIS - this document

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