Executive information systems (EIS) have become an established part of the information systems infrastructure for large organizations. A review of how UK organizations have applied EIS was undertaken, the results from the study are presented and discussed. The findings show many successes in the implementation of EIS, such as the accessibility to managers of the organization's information resources. The monitoring of internal activity by middle management was identified as the principle application of EIS. However, to deliver their full potential, EIS need to be used by senior management to analyse the organization's strategic goals. By comparing the development methods in the study with the theoretical and experiential approaches shown in the literature, the paper shows how the techniques currently utilized could be improved to provide executives with better technological support.