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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!

Friday, November 9, 2007, I'm taking a late flight to San Francisco for Oracle Open World (URL http://www.oracle.com/openworld/2007/index.html).

A few years ago, I covered an Oracle Developer's Conference, but this will be my first Oracle OpenWorld. Why Oracle? Why now? Oracle is the enterprise database company and with acquisitions, Oracle is focused now on much more than transaction processing. When it comes to deploying customer relationship systems and tactical data-driven DSS, Oracle has some definite advantages over competitors. As far as the timing, I can fit the conference in my schedule, Oracle approved my media/press/analyst credentials, and my son Alex is now in the Bay area, so I can visit him, check out his new apartment and see what the Google campus is like. Alex seems to be enjoying his job as a site reliability engineer on the search team at Google. The Google work environment sounds outstanding based on his phone comments.

But my quest is to kick the Oracle product tires, listen to the operational BI and CRM sessions, especially case studies, and sort out how much commitment Oracle is making to decision support applications.

Readers probably know Oracle acquired Hyperion. The program materials claim "With the acquisition of Hyperion, Oracle offers the industry's most complete business intelligence product line for our customers. In this track, you'll learn how Hyperion's enteprise performance management software, coupled with Oracle's business intelligence tools and analytic applications, forms an end-to-end performance management system that includes planning, budgeting, consolidation, prebuilt operational analytics, and compliance reporting. Find out what's new and how to get better results with business intelligence and analytic applications from Oracle." I'll spend most of my time in this track. OpenWorld has more than 1,600 sessions! Clearly, I'll take the decision support slice of the pie.

If you are at Oracle Open World, check for me at sessions of the Business Intelligence and Analytic Applications track.

Well, the CSI: NY episode featuring Second Life should be starting soon. I'm teleporting to Kim Smith's aka Rissa Maidstone's CSI PARTY at Dr. Dobb's Island. Kim (Rissa) asks "Will we survive the 20,000 people expected to log into SL tonight for the CSI NY and SL episode?" I am sure I will survive, Second Life will too.


Posted October 24, 2007 6:23 PM
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