Information Technology has shrunk the world into a global village, with people from all corners of the world communicating in real time, as if they were actual neighbors! Needless to say, Information System is one of the most promising fields today.
Businesses use information systems at all levels of operation to collect, process and store data. Management aggregates and disseminates this data in the form of information which is needed to carry out the daily operations of the business. Every individual who works in the field of business, from someone who pays the bills to the one who makes employment decisions, uses information systems. A car dealership could use a computer database to keep track of products that sell best. A retail store might use a computer-based information system to sell products over the Internet. In fact, many, if not most, businesses concentrate on the alignment of MIS with business goals 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 to meet the needs of managers, staff and customers. By working collaboratively with various members of their work group, as well as with their customers and 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 to design, implement, and use business information systems in innovative ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your company.
A common misconception is that MIS is only concerned with coding. While coding concepts represent some of the most fundamental principles of information systems viz. development, implementation, and use, many jobs in MIS do not utilize coding at all. A large portion of the MIS degree focuses on data analysis, teamwork, leadership, project management, customer service, and underlying business theories. The following questions are what set the MIS professional apart from a computer science specialist:
- Do you enjoy working with people?
- Would you enjoy the chance to work on global problems with people from all over the world?
- Do you enjoy analyzing and solving problems?
- Do you want to create innovative, cutting-edge technology solutions?
- Do you want to learn how to make businesses more efficient, effective and competitive?
Then you should consider the field that is experiencing a critical shortage of professionally trained individuals, as your major. A field where demand is skyrocketing with projected growth rates of 38 percent – the fastest as compared to any other business discipline.
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