Building IS into our operational processes - Information System
Although information systems are becoming increasingly prevalent they are not always the correct solution to every business problem and a degree of caution must be exercised as there is no need to use technology for technologies sake. The advantages of IS must be considered prior to its implementation with the nature of both the task and the organisation taken into consideration. In addition to defining the degree of use of the proposed IS its level of integration with other business processes should also be considered - while highly integrated systems are becoming the fashion they are not always the best solution. Here are some factors to consider when implementing an information system into your organisation.
The implementation of an information system will be more beneficial when it is used to perform structured tasks. By this we mean activities that have:
On the other hand information systems are less useful when they are called upon to carry out unstructured tasks where there maybe:
In addition the nature of the organisation must be considered. The following features of the organisation should be understood when deciding the extent and level of integration that an IS should bring: