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Dan Power

Greetings to all of my friends who work in the area of computerized decision support. This blog is a way for me to share stories from my encounters related to decision support, to comment on industry events, and to comment on other blogger's comments, especially those of my friends on the Business Intelligence Network. I'll try to state my opinions clearly and provide an old professor's perspective on how computers and information technology are changing the world. Decision making has always been my focus, and it will be in this blog as well. Your comments, feedback and questions are welcomed.

About the author >

Daniel J. "Dan" Power is a Professor of Information Systems and Management at the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa and the editor of DSSResources.com, the Web-based knowledge repository about computerized systems that support decision making; the editor of PlanningSkills.com; and the editor of DSS News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Dr. Power's research interests include the design and development of decision support systems and how these systems impact individual and organizational decision behavior.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Dan's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

Actions speak louder than words and the Teradata Partners conference demonstrates the commitment of BI Network experts to bridging the gulf between the realm of practice and the realm of teaching. Let me cite some examples:

Tuesday morning Jill Dyche, Claudia Imhoff and Ron Powell took the time to attend the Teradata University Network (TUN) board meeting. I've covered the board meeting for 6 years and TUN has made extensive progress, but the key is getting the "real world" experts to interact with those in higher education who are teaching the next generation of data warehousing, decision support and business intelligence practitioners. That's happening thanks to people at Teradata like Ron Swift, Scott Gnau and Mary Gros and University Faculty like Hugh Watson, Jeff Hoffer and Barbara Wixom.

Ron Powell and Shawn Rogers have been recording podcast intereviews here at Partners and they even interviewed a few academics. I'll listen to the podcasts and point to some of the best ones in a later blog entry. My major problem is finding time to listen to all of the podcats at b-eye-network.com . Perhaps I'll spend a few days and try to catch up and put together my list of the 10 "best" podcasts on the b-eye-network.

Finally, last night I chatted briefly with Richard Hackathorn. Richard taught DSS for many years and he understands how important it is that we share our knowledge. Richard has a Thought Leader interview in today's Teradata Times. A few quotes:

Hackathorn: "I think anybody who is following current best practices is realizing business value from their data warehouse."

Hackathorn: "We need to tap into what frontline workers are doing, seeing and experiencing and feed that knowledge back into the data warehouse."

I've gotta run to a meeting with Shawn Rogers about enhancing DSSResources.com, PlanningSkills.com, DecisionAutomation.com and DecisionSupportWorld.com. I wish I had time to report on the great sessions here at Partners ... more in my trip report.

Posted October 10, 2007 11:29 AM
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