Home : Technical Terms : MIS Definition


Stands for "Management Information System." An MIS is a system designed to manage information within a company or organization. This includes employees, departments, projects, clients, finances, and other types of data. At its most general level, an MIS may include non-computer based elements, such as the structural hierarchy of an organization. However, in the computing world, an MIS typically refers to the hardware and software used to manage information.

The hardware required for a management information system can vary widely depending on the size and data processing requirements of an organization. A small business, for example, may only need a single machine to store information, such as employee data, projects, and invoices. A large business may require several systems that allow employees to share data securely across multiple locations. Data stored in an MIS is often backed up in multiple locations for redundancy.

Of course, hardware must have the appropriate software installed to assist in a management information system. Some common functions of MIS software include employee record keeping, invoicing, inventory management, project planning, customer relationship management, and business analysis. Some software programs are designed for specific tasks, such as maintaining financial records or backing up data. Other programs are designed to be comprehensive solutions that perform multiple MIS functions in a single software package.

Examples of MIS software include Microsoft Dynamics, Fleetmatics WORK, Clarity Professional MIS, and Tharstern Limited. MIS programs designed specifically for the graphics and print industry include Avanti Slingshot, EFI Pace, and DDS Accura. Most MIS software programs are available as desktop applications, though many solutions now include web-based interfaces and mobile apps as well.

Updated: July 26, 2014

Cite this definition:


TechTerms - The Tech Terms Computer Dictionary

This page contains a technical definition of MIS. It explains in computing terminology what MIS means and is one of many technical terms in the TechTerms dictionary.

All definitions on the TechTerms website are written to be technically accurate but also easy to understand. If you find this MIS definition to be helpful, you can reference it using the citation links above. If you think a term should be updated or added to the TechTerms dictionary, please email TechTerms!

Subscribe to the TechTerms Newsletter to get featured terms and quizzes right in your inbox. You can choose to receive either a daily or weekly email.

Sign up for the free TechTerms Newsletter

How often would you like to receive an email?

You can unsubscribe at any time.
Questions? Please contact us.