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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!

September 2008 Archives

Six days ago I downloaded Google Chrome and I use it more now than I use Microsoft Internet Explorer. Why? Less junk at the top of the screen. Stable with no crashes (cross my fingers). New features like easy creation of new windows. Tabs at top. Dynamic Tabs. Incognito mode for private browsing. Simple bookmarking. Thumbnails of your top sites. My only negative is that it doesn't work with my University mail system which is Oracle Collaboration Suite Mail.

You can read the press release at DSSResources.com, http://dssresources.com/news/2614.php .

Google Chrome browser is based on Webkit and includes Google Gears and a Javascript engine called V8. You can download it for free at: http://www.google.com/chrome .

Now if Google Lively.com gets voice and runs really well in Chrome, we may have a winner for Web 3D.

Posted September 8, 2008 4:24 PM
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On Friday, August 29, I conducted a workshop on the possibilities of using Second Life at Loyola College in Maryland (http://www.loyola.edu). Gloria Phillips-Wren, Chair of the Information Systems and Operations Management Department, invited me to meet with a campus team investigating Loyola's potential involvement in and use of Second Life for distance education, recruiting, marketing, and constituency collaboration. For more than three hours Friday morning, a group of seven on the steering committee asked me hard, probing questions and I shared my experiences with DecisionSupportWorld.com and IowaMetaverse.com. We toured virtual Iowa and all of the participants signed up for avatars and learned to walk and talk. I think the workshop was a successful start to an investigation of strategic use of virtual world technology.

Many thanks to Gloria and to the other attendees, Louise Finn, CIO at Loyola, Karyl Leggio, Dean of the Loyola Sellinger College of Business, Richard Siegler and Tracy McMahon, Loyola Technology Services, Jeannie Pridmore, Loyola faculty of Information Systems, and Suzanne Keilson, Assistant Dean of the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences.

We all have much to learn about virtual world applications. You can check my slide shows at http://iowametaverse.com/. My new presentation is titled "Building Virtual Iowa".

ALSO -- this coming Friday, September 5 at 8 am PDT/SLT, we will again start the Decision Support workshop series at TechTalk in virtual Iowa. I will be leading the discussion on "Modern Decision Support." Please join us.

Dan Power aka Leinad Meriman

Posted September 1, 2008 7:23 PM
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