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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!

My jet lag is almost corrected. On Friday morning, July 4th, I listened to Tung Bui (U Hawaii) on the question "Is DSS research running out of steam or ready to perk?". Tung's web page is http://itm.shidler.hawaii.edu/ITMBui.html .

What was Tung's answer? Maybe ready to perk ...Tung is most excited about research possibilities related to using virtual environments for advanced modeling. He attended my talk on training managers to use Second Life to support distributed decision making. Thanks for the comments Tung.

My sense is that a big infusion of research money on virtual worlds will stimulate tremendous research related to advanced decision support systems. Let's see what the typical funding agencies and corporations do with targeting funds.

So overall a good conference, thanks to Conference Chair Pascale Zaraté and the program and organizing committees.

Also, on the virtual world front. Google has a new virtual world in beta testing, check http://www.lively.com . I activated an account and created an avatar and started creating my first meeting room. The approach is different than Second Life, and in many ways easier for new users because it is so limited right now, eg., no building tools for regular users, few choices for avatars. We shall see what happens. The client runs in Internet Explorer so that is a plus compared to Second Life. My biggest complaint is the slow performance. It took almost 4 minutes for the Superhero HQ room to load for me. Navigating is also a problem. For some reason my avatar looked like a girl so I changed to John Doe.

Are virtual worlds the future of decision support?

Technorati Tags: lively.com, Business Intelligence, Decision Support

Posted July 10, 2008 10:52 AM
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