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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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by Dan Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Software and system designers can use a number of differing technologies to build a system to automate decision making. Technologies range from very simple to complex and the inputs may be one or a few values to many values based on queries of a database. Designers need to be familiar with the range of technologies and distinct benefits and limitations of each. With decision automation it is easy to focus on one technology like business rules and ignore other possibilities that may have different implementation trade-offs. Quantitative models, heuristics, IF-THEN rules, statistical approaches and other Artificial Intelligence technologies can all potentially be used to build a decision automation system. 


Power, D., What technologies are used for decision automation?  DSS News, Vol. 13, No. 11, May 27, 2012.

Posted May 30, 2012 5:22 AM
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