Guidelines for Implementing Computerized Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS). Second Edition, July 2006
(2006; 130 pages)

DELIVER. 2006. Guidelines for Implementing Computerized Logistics Management Information Systems (LMIS). Second Edition. Arlington, Va.: DELIVER, for the U.S. Agency for International Development.


A logistics management information system (LMIS) collects, processes, and reports logistics data. A well-functioning LMIS provides decision makers throughout a supply chain with accurate, timely, and appropriate data. The LMIS can be manual (paper based), partly computerized, or entirely computerized. In a computerized LMIS, computers take the place of humans in aggregating logistics data—performing calculations and producing reports and graphs for analysis.

This guide defines the computerized LMIS, recommends the components of a successful computerized LMIS, and explains development, implementation, and operations of such a system. It also provides lessons learned and sample reports and graphs.

These guidelines are intended for program managers who understand how logistics systems operate and who are planning to computerize all or part of their logistics management information systems. The creation of a computerized system—any computerized system—is a process and not an event. This guide should provide program managers with enough information to understand the process of creating a computerized LMIS; it is not, however, intended to make a program manager an information technology (IT) specialist or a business analyst. The authors suggest that, whenever possible, the program manager work with a business analyst who has experience in successfully managing the development of computerized information systems.

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