Following are the pitfalls of the MIS development :
(A) Fundamental Weaknesses : Following are the fundamental weaknesses of the MIS development :
(a) No Management System to Build Upon : The MIS must be built on top of a management system that includes the organizational arrangements, the structure and procedures for adequate planning and control, the clear establishment of objectives, and all the other manifestations of good organization and management. The lack managerial and operational application is serious because it implies that the process not being performed well. if we can say that the information is the raw material of decision making , and if information is not generated, disseminated and used for management, then no system-manual or computer-is going to solve the problem.
(b) What business are we in? : Not having the crispy stated mission and purpose for the company is a common weakness. Since if it is not terrible clear what business we are in, each major challenge the company must face is a completely new challenge and must be analyzed from the ground up. If there was a mission statement,some of these problem could be dealt with routinely as opposed to their being major crises.
(c) Company Objectives : written objective are also often missing in the company. A firm without objectives is much like a company without a statement of mission and purpose.
An effective MIS requires continuous, consistent, long-range planning with involvement and commitment from the management as an institutionalized planning process involving everybody concerned. There is a need for an information steering committee and it may take more than one iteration to establish the process firmly. It has to undergo an application development cycle consisting of analysis, synthesis and implementation phases. Systems feasibility (consisting of technical, economic and operational feasibility) is a most important starting point of MIS development. In other words, the development process should take into account the rationale, definition and characteristics, economics, design, specification; schedule, implementation plan, implementation status and review. Some of the usual pitfalls and problems in developing and running effective Information System are mentioned below along with -some ways of increasing effectiveness: