Information Systems and Software Applications

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Information Systems and Software Applications

Richard Lawson

BIS/219 - Business Information Systems

Matthew Little

March 8, 2010


Information Systems and Software Applications

Businesses and organizations are constantly seeking out more proficient and productive ways of doing things. They use information systems and try to acquire the latest software applications, which will help improve their business. Information systems are built so that they support the present and future goals of the organization. These systems can even give a business a competitive advantage.

Accounting software and information systems are crucial for maintaining any business. A business that is without these necessary tools is basically running blind. The organization that was chosen for this report uses SouthWare Innovations accounting software. SouthWare combines traditional accounting functions with innovative products and services to make work easier for organizations of all sizes in many industries (SouthWare Innovations Inc.,

2008). This software provides the organization with financial tools like payroll, cash flow, general ledgers, accounts payable, and more. The organization also uses an accounting information system. This system records all of the information on sales, purchases, and other financial processes that the business partakes in. The accounting information system keeps track of the costs associated with production and services. This data allows the accounting department to track resources and it shows the company how it is performing.

The management department of the organization relies heavily on the management information system. This system allows managers to achieve more production in less time. When the management information system is used properly, it can make an organization more productive. The management information system collects, processes, stores and disseminates data in the form of information needed to carry out the functions of management (O'Brien, 1999). A...