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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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January 2014 Archives

by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

A specific decision support vision and a well-defined architecture for a new application provides a direction for making design decisions. As technologies evolve computing and decision support architectures change and evolve, but new patterns are not common (cf., Power, 2007). Service oriented and message-based implementations of decision support systems (cf., Natis, 2003) are still not common. The REST/AJAX architectural style is an evolving set of standards for web-based and now smart phone applications. The four traditional DSS architectures, bridge, network, sandwich and tower identified by Sprague and Carlson (1982) continue to provide high-level design direction, but more architectural detail is desirable. REST is an architectural style. A RESTful DSS uses a REST architecture.

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Please cite as:

Power, D. "What is a RESTful decision support application?" Decision Support News, Vol.15, No. 2, January 19, 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/362.php .

Posted January 20, 2014 7:43 AM
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by Daniel Power
Editor, DSSResources.com 

Context matters. The situation in which a decision must be made influences the decision that is made. For example, a computer supported decision situation is vastly different than a non-supported situation. The decision context helps determine what information is needed to support decision making. Understanding the context of managerial decision-making is important in building decision support applications. The decision-making context defines both the potential for and the limits to decision support. We need to consider the whole decision cycle and process and all of the varied decision activities of managers and their staff. 

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Power, D. J. "What is the context of decision making?" Decision Support News, Vol. 15, No. 1, January 5, 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/361.php

Posted January 5, 2014 7:23 PM
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