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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 2009 Archives

The DSS Research Resources home page started during late summer 1995 as a way of organizing the vast amounts of information on decision support systems (DSS) found during Webcrawler and Alta Vista searches for DSS-related web sites. 

From October 2, 1995 to January 1, 1997, the DSS Research Resources website transmitted more than 300,000 files to visitors in more than 50 countries. In 1997, almost 1500 files per day were transmitted from a Quarterdeck WebStar server running on an Apple Macintosh IIci at http://power.cba.uni.edu/ and from a SUN Sparc 4 workstation running Netscape Commerce server at URL http://dss.cba.uni.edu. By 1997, the DSS Research Resources home page had been transmitted to more than 12000 visitors.

The name of the site was changed to DSS Resources in Spring 1998. The domain name dssresources.com was registered at that time with InterNIC. In late 1998 and early January 1999 DSS Resources moved to a second generation design with a new logo and format. The revised DSS Resources home page was posted January 15, 1999. 

My son Alex and I activated the DSSResources.COM web site on 09/28/1999.

DSSResources.com is available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. It serves thousands of people world-wide. Help us build and maintain this site.

Posted September 8, 2009 8:24 AM
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The cover story for the Aug. 31, 2009 Information Week is titled "Next-Gen BI Is Here" by Doug Henschen.

What does Doug think is next-gen BI?

more timely data and more future oriented analysis

He sees the following driving factors:

1. predictive analytics

2. stream processing technologies for real-time performance monitoring

3. in-memory apllications for faster analysis

4. software as a service (SaaS)

These technology developments will enhance operational BI. Historical data warehouses or classic BI is still needed and important. So improved technology, but not next-gen BI.

Doug is the editor of IntelligentEnterprise.com.

Posted September 3, 2009 2:56 PM
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