What is MIS?
In the digital printing world MIS stands for Management Information Systems, it is a computer-based system designed to manage information within a company or organization.
All the information on an MIS is organized and programmed in a way that you can routinely and easily obtain reports on operations. MIS are at the HUB of integrating and driving automation.
The majority of the MIS programs are available as desktop applications, but some of these also have the web-based interface and mobile app option.
How does MIS work?
MIS automatically collects some of its data from computer-linked checkout counters and some data is entered periodically. The rest of the data comes from units and functions from the company.
After MIS collects data, stores and classifies it, these data is accessible to be analyzed by running reports. The information provided by MIS is the “most up-to-date” and is compared with “planned” results, and results from previous years. All these data can also be used to measure progress against goals.
The routine reports are programmed in advance and run at intervals or on demand, managers can also check on status from computers connected to the MIS network.
What is the purpose of MIS?
The main purpose of an MIS is to improve decision-making, giving managers feedback about their own performance, by providing the most recent, accurate data on many organization assets. Another goal of MIS is to help top managers monitor the company as a whole.
What kind of data does MIS provide?
MIS basically studies how much systems work, it gathers data from multiple online systems, analyzes the information, and reports data to help in management make decisions.
Some of the data you can obtain from MIS are organizational assets such as:
- Personnel (employees, departments)
- Project timelines
- Raw materials
MIS helps organize and automate back office functions like:
- Creating estimates (win/loss ratio)
- Processing product and sale orders
- Managing approval cycles
- Job tickets
- Job creation
- Step and repeat tasks
Who provides the data MIS uses?
In order to guarantee the success of MIS you need the collaboration of employees, customers, and suppliers.
Dedicated MIS for Graphics and Printing
MIS programs designed specifically for the graphics and print industry include Avanti Slingshot, EFI Monarch, EFI Pace, EFI Radius, EPMS, DDS Accura, HIFLEX, PresWise, PrintVIS Theurer, to name a few.
Advantages of using MIS
Automates and boosts production performance by improving:
- Real-time information
- Stock information
For the graphics and printing industry the advantages include quoting tools, asset tracking, live order information, artwork upload, and online approval. All these advantages result in automation and saving time on very job.
Some of the over-looked advantages of MIS because of it provides easy, fast and accurate access to information, are:
- Employee empowerment
- Better customer experience
- Improves communication
- Increases billing accuracy
- Improves business profitability