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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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May 2009 Archives

I promised to list the 35 fundamental questions related to decision support discussed in my upcoming book, Decision Support Basics .

Chapter 1: Decision support systems revisited

1.  What is the need for decision support?
2.  What technology skills do managers need?
3.  What is the history of computerized decision support?
4.  What is the theory of computerized decision support systems?
5.  What is different about modern decision support systems?

Chapter 2: Decision support concepts and key terms

6.  What is a decision support system?
7.  Do we (still) need Executive Information Systems?
8.  What is business intelligence?
9.  What is operational business intelligence?
10. Are BAM and BPM decision support systems?
11. What is knowledge management?

Chapter 3: Recognizing types of decision support

12. What is decision automation?
13. What is a computer supported special study?
14. What are the different types of DSS?
15. What are basic characteristics of a decision support system?
16. What are the features of a communications-driven DSS?
17. What are the features of a data-driven DSS?
18. What are the features of a document-driven DSS?
19. What are the features of a knowledge-driven DSS?
20. What are the features of a model-driven DSS?
21. What type of DSS is it?

Chapter 4: Decision support benefits and tradeoffs

22. What are potential benefits of decision support?
23. Can DSS provide a competitive advantage?
24. Can DSS impact decision outcomes?
25. What are substitutes for computerized decision support?
26. What are possible disadvantages of building and using DSS?

Chapter 5: Identifying decision support opportunities

27. What is decision support planning?
28. What is a decision process audit?
29. Is reengineering necessary to build an effective DSS?
30. What is a decision support system feasibility study?
31. What factors influence DSS implementation risk?
32. What are tradeoffs of outsourcing enterprise-wide DSS?

Chapter 6: Looking forward to innovative DSS

33. Do you need formative or summative evaluation?
34. What are ethical issues associated with DSS?
35. Can project champions reduce resistance to a new system?


Posted May 18, 2009 11:40 AM
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I have not been blogging recently because of a busy schedule. Yesterday, May 15, 2009, was the deadline for getting the draft of my new book to the Production Editor at Business Expert Press (http://businessexpertpress.com/). It was an intense work period, but I met the deadline and I should have corrections from the copy editor in about a month.  The book titled Decision Support Basics is scheduled for September 15, 2009 publication. The book advertising page on the web is at URL http://businessexpertpress.com/node/110.

The book addresses 35 fundamental questions that are relevant to understanding computerized decision support. In an upcoming post I will list the 35 questions. 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Decision support systems revisited

Chapter 2: Decision support concepts and key terms

Chapter 3: Recognizing types of decision support

Chapter 4: Decision support benefits and tradeoffs

Chapter 5: Identifying decision support opportunities

Chapter 6: Looking forward to innovative DSS

Glossary

 

 


Posted May 16, 2009 8:31 AM
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