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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!

October 2009 Archives

The printed version of my new book, Decision Support Basics, should be available November 10, 2009 for USD $25.  You can preview the front materials and first 12 pages at http://businessexpertpress.com/books/decision-support-basics .  

The E-Book is available now for USD$15.

Power, D.J. Decision Support Basics, Business Expert Press, 2009.

Because of increasing complexity, rapid change and risk, managers have an obligation to shareholders to learn about and understand computerized decision support systems (DSS). Managers must know much more about information technology solutions and especially computerized decision support. This book is targeted to busy managers and MBA students who need to grasp the basics of computerized decision support. Some of the topics covered include: What is a DSS? What do managers need to know about computerized decision support? And how can managers identify opportunities to create innovative DSS? Overall the book addresses 35 fundamental questions that are relevant to understanding computerized decision support.

In a short period of time managers can "get up to speed" on decision support, analytics and business intelligence. The book then provides a quick reference to important recurring questions. The questions are arranged in a logical order from more general questions to more specific, including specialized questions of interest to managers and future managers.

Posted October 19, 2009 11:41 AM
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A few months ago I stopped participating in Second Life. I still feel the withdrawal pangs, but my first life is much better because of the change. I am exploring the open sim project for decision support projects so my interest continues in visual simulations.  The fantasy and social aspects of Second Life are now gone for me and that is good.  I will no longer be writing about that venue.

Posted October 11, 2009 7:39 AM
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