Information systems are identified as enablers of agile manufacturing. Despite the continuous utilisation of IT/IS applications, there is growing evidence that information technology/systems do not deliver their expected benefits. In this work we investigated three main issues related to information systems: competitive bases-general goals, development and infrastructure. We tested our approach with information gathered from 14 manufacturing companies based in the UK. The results of this work make it possible to link information systems to other dimensions of agility like competitive bases and agility attributes to define an assessment framework.