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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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September 2013 Archives

by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Good decisions are important to organization success, but awareness of many important decisions is very low. Decisions may be hidden in business processes or identified using camouflage words like "responding to customers", "negotiating with vendors", or "evaluating an employee". Additionally, people are biased in decision making situations, under stress and overloaded with information. Decision support systems are built to improve decisions, but implementing analytics and decision support capabilities does not mean that improving decisions is a central concern of managers. If making decisions better is important to organization success, then managers should create a decision-centric organization design and culture.

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Power, D. J. "What is a decision-centric organization?" Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 19, September 15, 2013.

Posted September 24, 2013 9:11 PM
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by Daniel J. Power
Editor, DSSResources.COM 

Computer-based analysis and decision support began impacting global society in the early 1950s. By 1995 the Web was facilitating wider deployment of analytics and decision support. Sixty years of decision support technology progress has had many impacts on what managers do, how organizations operate, how people think, and what is considered important. In 2013, organization decision making is linked to data from many sources and analysis of data is viewed as important. Managers want insight into customer behavior, more predictability in the supply chain and faster, more agile responses in changing, competitive situations. Analytics and decision support are providing solutions for managers and organizations. Let's develop some hypotheses about what is changing and the impact of analytics, BI and decision support on society.


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Power, D. J. "How is analytics, BI and decision support shaping global society? " Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 18, September 1, 2013.

Posted September 2, 2013 8:11 PM
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by Daniel J. Power
Editor, DSSResources.COM

Database centered projects for decision support and transaction processing do fail. How often? According to a study of IT projects by The Standish Group reported in 1995, "Only 9% of projects in large companies were successful. At 16.2% and 28% respectively, medium and small companies were somewhat more successful." Hopefully not that often. Failure meant time and cost overruns and content deficiencies in IT projects. These were a variety of IT projects and perhaps project management has improved. Let's review some database centered project failures and more recent research on project failure.

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Power, D. J. "What are examples of database project failures? " Decision Support News, Vol. 14, No. 17, August 18, 2013.

Posted September 1, 2013 10:06 AM
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