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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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August 2014 Archives

by Daniel J. Power
Editor, DSSResources.com

A person-machine interface is central to the effective use 
of a computerized system like a decision support system (DSS). 
The user interface (UI) shapes the user experience (UX). 
Decision support application developers must be kinowledgeable 
about user interface design concepts and principles. This article 
discusses what it means to elicit values in the context of 
building a model-driven DSS, reviews three approaches for 
eliciting values, and then proposes some hypotheses and design 
guidelines for a DSS interface design that is "best" for 
eliciting values.

Please continue reading this classic column at

Power, D. J. "What DSS interface design is 'best' for eliciting values" Decision Support News, Vol. 15, No. 17 August 17 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/377.php

Posted August 17, 2014 9:00 AM
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by Dan Power
Editor, DSSResources.com

There are many "kinds" of decision support for diverse decision making 
situations. Both IS/DSS software designers and managers should ask about 
appropriate decision support for a situation. Decision support analysts 
and designers should know enough to answer the question given the facts 
about the decision making situation. The "kind of DSS" needed is a 
generic question. If we analyze a business decision as a situation, 
abstractly we can define elements like a decision maker, impacted parties, 
the decision setting, and the business environment. We can also analyze a 
specific decision at a specific time and identify the specific decision maker, 
the impacted parties with specific characteristics, the specific setting, 
the decision content, and the interpersonal dynamics that were occurring. 
We can view the situation from the point of view of the specific decision 
maker, a specific stakeholder, an interest group, or an outside observer. 
Let's explore a specific scenario and review questions or criteria to evaluate 
an array of situations. A number of years ago, "Jimmy" posted a decision 
support scenario and asked this question.

Continue reading this classic column at

Power, D. J. "What kind of DSS does Mr. X need?" Decision Support News, Vol. 15, No. 16, August 3, 2014 at URL http://dssresources.com/newsletters/376.php

Posted August 3, 2014 7:08 AM
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