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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!

Thursday, October 11, I took a "red eye" flight from Las Vegas and Teradata Partners back to Cedar Falls, Iowa. Then, I taught my Business Planning and my Decision Support Systems classes that afternoon. My body and brain are still recovering from the lack of sleep and the caffeine. So why did I go? To learn about Teradata products and those of their partners, to meet with vendors, to identify sources of articles and case studies, to meet with people in the front lines of data-driven DSS in Fortune 2000 companies. Mission accomplished!

Since then I worked on a new article, caught up on grading and prepared an Excel assignment on Pivot Tables for my DSS students. At Teradata, I especially enjoyed talking with Kristina Kerr, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft Business Intelligence. The team in Redmond seems to finally be taking decision support as a serious market niche. "Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, 2007." But it is Excel 2007 and PerformancePoint Server that are the future of decision support at Microsoft. Kristina was in London today for the UK launch of Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. Hope it went well Kristina -- check http://www.microsoft.com/bi/ .

I also met with Michael Whitehead, CEO of WhereScape. WhereScape is all about prototyping tools for building data warehouses. I'm looking forward to an article for DSSResources.com from Michael and Marc Demarest on data warehousing prototyping. Marc is working with WhereScape.

Well back here in Cedar Falls I have also been working in Second Life. I added some SLUrls to the DecisionSupportWorld.com web page. Also, I met with colleagues from Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) about a workshop we are holding in Second Life on November 17, 2007.

This morning at 8am SLT, I attended an interview with Giff Constable aka in SL Forseti Svarog, VP of Business Development for The Electric Sheep Company, conducted by Mitch Wagner aka in SL Ziggy Figaro, Executive Editor of Information Week. About seventy people met at Dr. Dobbs Island in Second Life for the interview. Television is finding Second Life. The October 24, 2007 episode of CSI: NY will send detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) into Second Life to solve a murder. Electric Sheep has been working with CBS's Anthony Zuiker to create the media integration. CSI: NY will invite fans (16 million) to visit Second Life with a new "easy-to-use" viewer from Electric Sheep. The CSI fans can visit a virtual New York and solve crimes. Sounds like a game, but this development demonstrates the media convergence that is occuring. Also, the new SL viewer sounds exciting for bringing managers into Second Life and for integrating the 2-D and 3-D webs..

Also, on October 25, the comedy called The Office will visit Second Life. As Mitch Wagner jokes The Office will paint Second Life "as yet another haven for slightly twisted, socially inept, loser oddballs." I'm not a fan of The Office, what do those losers know!

Also, I'm not a gambler. Only Shawn Rogers, Hugh Watson and I discussed Second Life at Partners ( recall my prediction in a previous Blog posting). The reality is that after October 25, 2007, Second Life and virtual worlds will be a much more viable platform for business decision support. I may even have a chance to attend a future Teradata Partners Conference hosted in Second Life or a similar virtual world in the not too distant future. I'm sure you will soon find workshops on business intelligence and decision support in Second Life. I'll even host some of them. Stay tuned. It will sure be nice to reduce the "red eye" trips and the caffeine.

Please IM me when you visit Second Life, Dan Power aka in SL Leinad Meriman, attend a decision support workshop, or come chat at my virtual office. Also, join the SL Decision Support group.

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10/12/2007 - Microsoft is positioned in leaders quadrant of latest magic quadrant for data warehousing, check http://dssresources.com/news/2269.php.

Wagner, M., "'The Office's' Dwight Joins Second Life," posted Oct 15, 2007 06:13 PM at
www.informationweek.com. Check http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/10/the_offices_dwi.html;jsessionid=VJAEAKZSBQ5SMQSNDLPSKHSCJUNN2JVN .

Disclaimer: Teradata provided financial support for my participation in the Partners conference.


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