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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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May 2013 Archives

by Dan Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

In an information technology context, organizing means to 
arrange data in a coherent form and to systematize its 
retrieval and processing. When done well, organized 
data becomes an orderly, functional, structured collection. 
Today's reality is that data, including documents, come 
from many sources and can be used for multiple purposes. 
These data inputs need to be organized and stored for 
computer processing. How should we begin? What steps 
should we take to organize and reorganize data?

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Power, D. J. "What is the best approach for organizing data?" Decision Support 
News, Vol. 14, No. 11, May 26, 2013.

Posted May 26, 2013 6:24 AM
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by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Building decision support capabilities requires varied expertise. More complex data, parallel processing and inexpensive hardware has led to major innovations in data-driven decision support. A complex decision support system (DSS) built using either a Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) or a prototyping approach requires a team development approach. Once the system is developed a group may also be needed to maintain the system. Some large-scale decision support capabilities are built with teams of 2-3 people or with a larger group of 10 or more. Members of DSS development teams are drawn from many areas in an organization, in addition to the Information Systems/Technology group.


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Power, D. J. "Who should participate in building decision support capabilities?" Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 10, May 12, 2013

Posted May 13, 2013 7:29 PM
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