As computer technologies developed during the 1950s and ‘60s, a number of associations sprang up to support people working in the new electronic engineering fields.
However, it was not long before a need was identified for representative bodies devoted more specifically to the needs of people engaged in using and managing these computer systems in the business environment.
The Data Processing Management Association and the Institute of Data Processing were established in the early 1960s.
They focused specifically on the practical applications of the new technologies for business, and education standards for information systems managers.
In 1978 the DPMA and the IDP merged to form the Institute of Data Processing Management (IDPM). The new, larger association combined the strengths of its predecessors, continuing their unique focus on information systems education and management issues.
The IDPM rapidly developed into the leading body for setting standards and promoting the emerging profession of IS Management in the UK and beyond.
Its Examination Syllabus became one of the most widely respected information systems qualifications in English speaking countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
In 1997, in the context of the constantly evolving IS environment, the IDPM undertook a total review of its systems and services.
As part of this review and subsequent restructuring, the Institute changed its name to the more appropriate Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS), by which it is known today.