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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!

August 2008 Archives

About 30 researchers and some practitioners will discuss the how, why, and when of using Information Technology to support real time decision making on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris. If you are on the leading edge, I invite you to submit a paper or panel proposal by September 22 to my good friend Prof. Frada Burstein.

Please check the workshop website: http://www-poleia.lip6.fr/~brezil/RTDMC-08/.

"Traditionally decision support systems (DSS) address strategic and long-term decision situations. However, due to the dynamic nature of organisations and of the environment that impose a continuous and rapid replanning, it is equally important to study the possibility of providing some support for making time-critical operational decisions in real time in the best possible way. The complexity, multiple goals and various time-critical imperatives associated with such decision support increases the importance of learning the right context for making a good choice. Organized by SIGDSS, this workshop will explore issues associated with the design and use of the real-time Decision Support Systems. The workshop will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of research regarding systems which support real-time decisions 'on the move'. This includes the current state, challenges in design, theory, practice, methods and techniques, new developments, and applications of computing technologies to support extracting the context of real-time decision processes and decision-making by individuals, groups and organizations in time-critical situations. The challenges of context management as a component to knowledge management for decision making and support will be also addressed."

Check my columns on this subject. I hope to update my past work and submit a paper.

Power, D. "What is real-time Decision Support?" DSS News, Vol. 3, No.
24, 11/24/2002, URL
http://dssresources.com/faq/index.php?action=artikel&id=31 .

Power, D. "When is "real-time" decision support desirable and needed?"
Vol. 3, No. 25, 12/08/2002, URL
http://dssresources.com/faq/index.php?action=artikel&id=32

Hope to see the thought leaders in real-time BI in Paris.

Technorati Tags: Real-time DSS, Business Intelligence, Decision Support .


Posted August 23, 2008 8:22 AM
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Julio Cesar Molino Orrego's thesis developing 3-D tools for business meetings in Second Life is complete. Please check the release at DSSResources.com, URL http://dssresources.com/news/2579.php .

I will be restarting the Second Life Decision Support workshops beginning Friday, September 5 at 8am PDT. Join us.


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Posted August 19, 2008 4:10 AM
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Today I am writing this blog entry from Hong Kong. Local time it is 4:10 pm and back in Iowa it is 3:10am.

Time zones expose some of the problems of operational business intelligence. If I happen to have my corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA, it is 1:10am and if I am checking the prior days sales, are sales in Asia for today mixed in with the results? Some might argue it doesn't matter, sales are displayed for the prior 24 hour period. Others may say all of the sales should be for "Monday".

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Posted August 12, 2008 2:09 AM
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Last night, Friday, August 1 at 5 PM PST (SLT)/8 PM EST, I attended an event hosted by World2Worlds (check http://www.world2worlds.com).

The event was a cross world conversation about Lively.com. Initially, I attended in Second Life and then I joined the event in Lively.com and listened to the conversation in a realtime Web feed.

This event was billed as "an informal conversation with software architects Mark Young and Greg Spencer, key contributors to Google's new Lively virtual world."

I have been curious about how Lively.com works, so I attended. What did I discover?

1) There were about 20 avatars at the Second Life meeting place and I had lots of lagg. I had to watch the event held in Lively.com in my web browser because for some reason I was not getting a video stream or sound.

2) Logging into Lively was easy this visit and I quickly found the World2Worlds meeting room. I had some trouble navigating, but the room was nicely laid out and better for a meeting that the World2Worlds room in Second Life.

3) I am familiar with using the arrow keys to navigate my avatar, change the camera, etc in Second Life. That doesn't work in Lively.com. Eventually during the discussion with Mark and Greg I figured out dragging my avatar with the mouse. Motion of an avatar in Lively.com is more drag and drop. So the 3D interface is more 2D in Lively.com.

4) I hate the chat bubbles in Lively.com. Also, listening to the sound on another web page was annoying. The questions and responses were very informative and voice is so much better than chat for conversation.

5) I like Lively.com much better now than the first few times I tried it. In general, it may be a much better environment for business meetings than Second Life. Why? Infrequent users should have a shorter learning curve. The environment is more controlled and more restrictive.

6) Because Lively.com is tightly integrated with a web browser, the developers should be able to integrate other web capabilities.

7) Unless Lively.com expands its capabilities it will not be a serious player in the virtual world space.

8) At the end of the session I went to the Google meeting room in Lively.com and changed my avatar name to Dan Power. Sadly the lagg was horrible and I eventually crashed to get out of Lively.com.

So the bottomline! Lively.com should be watched and investigated as a viable virtual world platform.

PS: I need to read the Lively.com Help manual, http://www.lively.com/help/ .

PPS: Thanks to Kimberly F. Smith, CEO of World2Worlds (check http://www.world2worlds.com).


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


Posted August 2, 2008 5:47 AM
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