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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!

At 7am today Standard Linden Time, i.e., Pacific Daylight Time, I visited Tom Samson, known in Second Life (SL) as Samson Francis, at his new office and meeting facility in SL. Teamwork Dynamics is part of an entire island called Association Works dedicated to supporting team collaboration, meetings and training of managers and staff of not-for-profit associations.

Tom is managing partner of Teamwork Dynamics, a real life (RL) Dallas, Texas consulting firm that works with executive and senior management teams. Association Works Island was developed to provide an introduction to the use of virtual technology as a communications platform for real life teams.

Tom's facilities are very attractive and professional and have many useful meeting tools. The entire island is beautiful and yet very functional. Check http://www.associationworks.com/secondlife.htm. I am impressed that John Paul, principal with Association Works, and Tom Samson have made such an extensive commitment to supporting managers in Second Life.

For more than a decade, Tom and his associates have conducted research about the critical success factors that allow teams to create a dynamic environment that consistently delivers expected results. Now Tom has decided that Second Life can support training team members, facilitating team processes and support ongoing team activities. Both Tom and Paul are carrying their enthusiasm for virtual worlds to real managers.

Two developers, Karly Charlton and Murgatroid Mincemeat (SL names) developed Association Works Island. They did a great job! Tom did some of his own scripting and developed some interesting meeting tools. Thanks for the tour Tom. I look forward to future interactions with Tom in SL.

Another impressive meeting and convention facility in Second Life is called Alpine Executive Center on MeetingSupport Island. Tony Adams aka in SL TonyEMS Heying developed and operates the facility. Tony is based in Zurich and has been a long time advocate of computer supported meetings. Alpine Executive Center is also worth a visit for managers interested in holding meetings in SL. Tony can support small as well as 70-80 person group meetings, lectures and multi-day conventions with speeches and breakout rooms. Tony has built a complete Alpine environment that includes skiing and snow boarding. So recreation can be programmed into an SL meeting event. For more information check www.groupvision.ch and www.meetingsupport.com".

I recommend readers try a meeting in Second Life, it will change your perception of the future. Check DecisionSupportWorld.com.

Also, for more information read my article: Power, D., "What are the best Second Life resources for communications-driven decision support?" DSS News, Vol. 8, No. 14, July 15, 2007, URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/194.php.

Posted October 19, 2007 7:14 PM
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