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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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July 2009 Archives

According to Charles Handy in The Age of Unreason, "People think they are clever at adapting to the changing world; however, people must do more than just adapt to change. They must jump out of their changing world and take charge of it if they are not to be boiled alive while they sleep."

With data warehousing we need to jump out of the relational database model. Moving normalized data to a data warehouse sets us up for failure.  The data warehouse needs to be as carefully planned as the transaction database.  Now is the time to stop relying on historical, normalized data from transaction databases to build a data warehouse.  To stop the reliance on insufficient, convenient data, companies need to start collecting data specifically for decision support.

What do we need to know to make decisions in each decision process that is important to our firm?  Ask that question, then get and store the data.

We have relied too much on convenient historical operating data. We will suffer the fate of the frog!

Posted July 8, 2009 7:28 PM
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