As of 2015, some of the new trends in management information systems include increased focus on areas such as data mining, cloud computing, networking and digital preservation. The fields of analytic and mobile computing have also gained increased significance.
Management information systems refers to the combined use of hardware and software applications towards improving the performance and productivity of a company's operation. During the early 1960s and 1970s, most management information systems merely served as support tools for companies. Since 2000, however, management information systems applications have begun to play a more important role in the day-to-day operations of a modern company.
A key emerging trend is the emphasis of cloud computing. It allows computers to cut down on the amount of storage infrastructure, enables easy maintenance and promotes a more centralized management structure. Mobile computing is also a key trend. The ability to create special applications designed to run on smartphones and tablets, provides companies with a greater degree of flexibility. It allows for communication with employees and customers, beyond the workplace.
However, perhaps the biggest trend is the increased reliance on analytics. Companies turn to data analytic solutions to better access their overall performance. Managers are also able to plan better strategies based on the records of existing market trends.