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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.

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The election of Barack Obama may be a turning point in U.S. history, but some economic/political/social forces are so powerful that change may be slow and difficult. Let's look at the momentum and decision support opportunities.

Population growth. Our population on this planet will continue to grow and migration pressures and an aging population will continue to challenge the United States. We will need to use technology and decision support responsibly to provide benefits to people and to track guest workers and visitors.

Resource depletion. Petroleum resources are finite, but information technologies can help reduce and monitor consumption. Companies and organizations can monitor fleet fuel consumption, improve maintenance and incorporate smart monitoring into homes and offices.

Religious radicalism. The stress of an increasingly secular, global economy creates strains in some parts of the world. Decision support can assist in military operations, but also in "peace" operations.

Global supply. Goods and services are delivered globally. Extended supply chains for both goods and services can benefit from more sophisticated decision support.

Wealth distribution. Rich and poor nations want a high quality of life for citizens. Technology can accentuate wealth differences or potentially reduce the impact. Databases on needs and consumption, productivity and resources can help global economic development groups target investments and encourage sustainable growth.

Education deficiencies. We all need to know more and learn faster. Computerized decision support can help track student achievement and reward differentially those tasked with creating and disseminating knowledge. The trick is identifying useful performance indicators that can't be manipulated and that show areas for improvement and "real" improvements as they occur.

Financial management. Any meaningful regulation of the global financial system will require complex decision support capabilities.

This list is a start. I think we have many opportunities for using decision support to create positive change.

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