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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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March 2009 Archives

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Dan

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Posted March 19, 2009 9:09 AM
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Business computerized decision support is almost 40 years old.  Today's decision support is similar to the first generation systems in some ways and very different in so many ways.  After 40 years of building and deploying systems and 40 years of technology developments, we have many diverse DSS serving many specialized purposes.  In a broad way, thousands of support systems, including data warehouses, business intelligence, forecasting systems, cost estimation models, knowledge-driven advisors, and even document management systems, support business decision makers.

What should managers and MBA students know about modern decision support? I suggest the following columns at DSSResources.com:

What is a modern decision support system?

What do managers need to know about DSS?

Why study computerized decision support?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of computerized decision support?

What are substitutes for computerized decision support?

How has and will Moore\'s Law impact computerized decision support?

What is the technology adoption curve? Is it relevant to DSS?

What are Decision Support technology trends?

How does organization level impact decision support?

Can DSS provide firms with a sustainable competitive advantage? If so, how?

What companies have gained a competitive advantage by building a DSS?

Is there an "information culture" that encourages building Decision Support Systems?

How can managers identify opportunities to create innovative DSS?

What factors impact decision support project implementation risk?

Can DSS impact decision outcomes?

What is the output of a decision support system?

Is reengineering needed to build an effective DSS?

How can DSS impact steps in a general decision process model?

What evaluation criteria are used for decision support projects?

How should decision support projects be managed?

What are advantages and disadvantages of data warehouses?

Is it advantageous to outsource development and operation of Decision Support Systems?

How important is flexibility for a DSS?

How does the use of a Communications-Driven DSS impact a decision-making meeting?

What are benefits of Interorganizational DSS?

What is real-time decision support?

What are challenges of real-time decision support?

What are examples of decision support systems in global enterprises?

What are sources of data for building a data-driven DSS?

What is the expanded DSS framework?

What are the components of a decision support system?

What are the features of a communications-driven DSS?

What are the features of a data-driven DSS?

What is operational business intelligence?

Where can I find information about KPIs for building DSS in different industries?

What are the features of a document-driven DSS?

What are the features of a knowledge-driven DSS?

What are the features of a model-driven DSS?

What decisions are appropriate for model-driven DSS?


Posted March 5, 2009 5:34 PM
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