TAMIS, DAI’s Technical and Administrative Management Information System, is a tool to assist our project managers worldwide to meet complex information management and monitoring needs.
Most development projects require multi-office interactions, multilayered monitoring and evaluation and collaborative planning and information sharing among partners. Without sound and efficient information management, these requirements can easily become burdensome and take the focus away from critical activities.
TAMIS integrates workplan management, impact and performance monitoring, and project administration into an easy-to-use information system. In its most common form, TAMIS focuses on the tasks and activities in a development project’s annual workplan. In addition to specifying and tracking timing and resource allocation, TAMIS compiles, sorts, and distributes information pertinent to each task. In this way, it assists project managers in tracking progress and coordinating the efforts of their team.
A tremendous advantage of TAMIS for projects operating with teams in multiple locations is that the tracking and reporting requirements can become a shared responsibility. Because everyone on the team taps into a central database and uses it in day-to-day management, as data are entered in one location, they are automatically aggregated with data from all locations. This reduces what can be a very heavy burden on management staff. While our project directors have ultimate responsibility for monitoring the results of a project, with TAMIS they have a management system at their fingertips to assist them in this effort.