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Executive Information Systems (EIS) provide high level views of an organisation by aggregating data from various sources from within the organisation and also external sources. Ad hoc enquiries provide performance data and trend analysis for top level management. Ease of use is an important feature so that enquiries can be made without a detailed knowledge of the underlying data structures. Graphical interfaces (GUI) make it possible to request reports and queries without resorting to programming
These tools provide extremely easy to use means to query and analyze certain information. Generally they are designed for the user who needs to 'get at' the data but wants to spend little time understanding how to use the tool. The EIS tools let system developers puts business context around diverse information.
This paper describes research done in the field of Executive Information Systems (EIS) or Executive Support Systems. The main reasons for implementing EIS were: a need for more rapid reporting, a need for better availability of information and a need for more consistent and standardized information.
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