Student ID NumberIntroduction In formation quality (IQ) is the term that is used in describing the quality of what is contained in information systems. Information systems in an organization are normally loaded with data and information (Al-hakim, L. 2007, pp. 35). It tells how good the available information is for use. Information quality is important to organizations for purposes of change, communication, making decisions and understanding and responding to issues in the environment and avoiding certain failures and faults. Information quality is paramount to the functions and operations of any organization. Information quality is important for proper relationships between the organization and its clients, employees, stakeholders and the community (Eppler, 2006).
The management, the organization and the stakeholders all need information quality in its three dimensions. Information quality should be timely, in the right form and with the right content. This paper will discuss the importance of information quality to an organization. Information Quality to Individual UsersJust like the management and the organization, individual users need information quality to be able to make decisions at the personal level and help achieve the objectives of the team.
The exact decision taken by a person varies from one individual to another and from time to time. It all depends on the nature of the tasks being performed in an organization (Hinton, 2012, pp. 56). Some individuals need to make more decisions than others as compared to implementing these decisions. Therefore, every individual in the organization must make some sought of decision and information quality is very important to such individuals. The individual user needs information quality in its three dimensions. The user must get information in time in order to make timely decisions that will not negatively affect the work being done.
For example, an individual may be required to decide on the type of products to be produced for a particular season and compile a report of a particular process in the organization. Information delivered on time helps the individual to decide on the production and to avail the report on time (Wijnhoven, 2009, pp. 39). For such processes to be smooth, the individual user also needs accurate information that carries the right content and in the right form.
All these help to improve the quality of decisions made by the individual and eventually the performance of the organization. The collective work done in the organization is the individual output of many people put together. Therefore information quality is important to individual users because at the end, it is the entire organization that needs that information (Al-Hakim, 2007, pp. 98). Information Quality to managementThe management of an organization needs information quality at the right time, in the right form and with the right content. Managers spend a lot of time making decisions about the organization (Al-hakim, 2007, pp.
67). An organization is part of a larger system. This is the environment in which the organization operates. The management needs information quality for them to make decisions about the government and its policies affecting the business, other organizations it deals with, employees, customers and the stakeholders. This environment has many dynamics and all the time there is something happening. There are good and bad new developments taking place. There are events that have the capacity of causing trouble to the business especially when they are not dealt with properly and opportunities that the management must take advantage of (Slone, 2006, pp.