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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!

March 2013 Archives

by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Decision support applications often contain sensitive data that should be secured. Also, a common source of decision support functionality, an analytical model, may be important to protect as well. Sadly security may be an afterthought that is not addressed until a problem arises. Organizations need to secure and protect decision support capabilities in advance as forethought not as an afterthought. Security is a important issue for creating, managing and using decision support. How important is security? How much should be spent to secure decision support capabilities?

Continue reading at http://dssresources.com/faq/index.php?action=artikel&id=266

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Power, D. J. "Is security important for decision support applications?" Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 07, March 31, 2013.

Posted March 30, 2013 8:56 AM
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by Daniel J. Power
Editor, DSSResources.COM 

Big data is a colorful phrase for a significant change in data capture, retrieval and storage. Each day, every one of us generates very large amounts of digital data. We send and receive email, visit Web sites and make online purchases, use tools like Google Docs, make phone calls, upload photos to Facebook, use Google Search, chat with friends, take our cars for service, workout at a gym on a machine with an Internet connection, pay bills online, and have our utilities, Internet and cable usage recorded. This data and much more from our activity is recorded and often backed-up in the Cloud. Now we can capture, store and perhaps analyze the data incidental to personal and organization activities and actions. Machine data can also be stored and analyzed.

Power, D. "Does the term big data have utility for managers?" Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 06, March 17, 2013.

Posted March 19, 2013 8:51 PM
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by Dan Power
Editor, DSSResources.com

Managers want to create capabilities that provide a competitive
advantage. Decision support, analytics and business intelligence
can provide advantage, but the mere existance of a capability
does not create sustainable advantage. Understanding how a proposed
decision support capability may provide advantage is crucial to
evaluating opportunities. Also, it is important to assess how
likely it is that a successful implementation will provide advantage.

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Power, D., "How can decision support create competitive advantage?"
Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 5, March 3, 2013. 

Posted March 3, 2013 6:57 AM
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