Agile MIS Infrastructure is the combination of an organization’s hardware, software and telecommunication equipment, all working together as a system to support the goals of that organization. The system must be scalable such that, if an organization demand for resources grow by a percentage, the existing infrastructure must be able to handle the percentage growth without having any adverse effect on the functionality of the company’s operation.
The following are characteristics of an Agile MIS Infrastructure that can ensure a system meet and perform under any unexpected or unplanned changes
- Accessibility – The operation of the system must be easily accessible at any time without restriction by all users of the system, according to their authorization or access level.
- Availability – In today’s world where Ebusiness mean the operation of a system must be 24/7/365, availability means the period within which the system must be operational. When the system is unavailable, then it cannot be used. A system that is tagged High Availability, like the type used by Internet Service Providers, mean the system is continuously operational at all times
- Maintainability – The system must be flexible enough to meet all types of company changes and business changes, without a complete system failure. For example, some businesses fail to plan for global customers. Soon as the first order comes from a global customer, it may cause a business process issue. Systems must be built with flexibility to meet business change.
- Portability – This is the ability of an application to operate on any device or software platforms. These days, applications are built to run on any device like PC, mobile phones and tablets. They are also able to run on operating systems like Windows, Mac or Linux.
- Reliability – This is the ability for a system to function accurately and provide reliable information to the users.
- Scalability – This describes how well a system can scale up or adapt to growing demands. If a company grows fast, it may find it difficult to function properly if it has to rely on limited resources from an existing system. For example, a SOHO router built for 50 users will have operational difficulty, and may eventually break down, if users on the network increases to 100.
- Usability – This describes the user friendliness of a system. The system must be easy to use while also being efficient. Windows Operating Systems are always perceived to be more user friendly than Apple Mac’s IOS
- Paige Baiztan. (2016). Business Driven Information Systems: Fifth Edition. New York NY. 10121 McGraw-Hill Education