Accounting Information System Requirements

by Gilbert Manda; Updated September 26, 2017
Accounting information systems are used to process data used by management and other users.

An accounting information system involves collecting data and converting it into information used by those who need it, such as a company or business management and investors. The process is accomplished through the use of computer systems, which range from personal computers to big company servers. A good system is carefully planned and designed, installed, managed and improved in order to meet changing demands.

Analysis

Before developing an information system, the needs of the internal and external users need to be established. Then the source of the information, records and procedures for collecting and reporting data must be identified. The system must be cost-effective. The benefits must supersede the costs.

Input Devices

Input devices used in accounting information systems include personal computers, scanning devices and keyboards, among others. Output devices include computer display, printers, printed information on a paper and financial reports.

Designing the System

The system designed must be useful to the stakeholders and information must be easy to understand. It must also be relevant, up-to-date, dependable and accurate. In order to make it usable by everyone, a designer of an accounting information system must take into account the needs and knowledge of various users.

Changing Information Needs

The system must be easy to change in order to meet evolving demands. It must be able to accommodate a variety of information users and changing information needs. Personnel must be trained and the system must be wholly operational.

About the Author

Gilbert Manda has written financial news since 2000. He holds a professional diploma from the London School of Journalism, a Bachelor of Science in global business and public policy from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University London.

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