Discussion 1: Information Systems as Organizational Resources

Through this week’s Learning Resources, you have been introduced to information systems and have examined
how information is changing the way businesses operate and interact. You have also read that there are three key
organizational resources that are relevant and important from the perspective of MIS and that help to create
competitive advantages for businesses: information, people, and information technology.
In this Discussion, you will identify an organization and explain how it incorporates management information
systems and hardware and software tools into its operations.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review this week’s Learning Resources.
Select an organization with which you are familiar (perhaps your own workplace) and consider the types of
management information systems and key hardware and software tools that allow the organization to perform its
basic operational functions.
By Day 3
Post a 150- to 225-word (2- to 3-paragraph) explanation of how a selected organization incorporates
management information systems and key hardware and software tools. In your explanation, include the
following:
Briefly describe the organization you selected, including a set of baseline functions that the organization requires
(e.g., human resources personnel, cost/accounting, customer management, inventory, etc.).
Explain the types of management information systems required to provide the baseline functions you identified.
Identify key hardware and software tools that would be part of the organization’s technology toolkit and explain
why they are necessary.
To support your response, be sure to reference at least one properly cited scholarly source.

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