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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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The DSS Research Resources home page started during late summer 1995 as a way of organizing the vast amounts of information on decision support systems (DSS) found during Webcrawler and Alta Vista searches for DSS-related web sites. 

From October 2, 1995 to January 1, 1997, the DSS Research Resources website transmitted more than 300,000 files to visitors in more than 50 countries. In 1997, almost 1500 files per day were transmitted from a Quarterdeck WebStar server running on an Apple Macintosh IIci at http://power.cba.uni.edu/ and from a SUN Sparc 4 workstation running Netscape Commerce server at URL http://dss.cba.uni.edu. By 1997, the DSS Research Resources home page had been transmitted to more than 12000 visitors.

The name of the site was changed to DSS Resources in Spring 1998. The domain name dssresources.com was registered at that time with InterNIC. In late 1998 and early January 1999 DSS Resources moved to a second generation design with a new logo and format. The revised DSS Resources home page was posted January 15, 1999. 

My son Alex and I activated the DSSResources.COM web site on 09/28/1999.

DSSResources.com is available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. It serves thousands of people world-wide. Help us build and maintain this site.


Posted September 8, 2009 8:24 AM
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DSS Research Resources began publishing decision support related materials on the World Wide Web during summer 1995. From October 2, 1995 to January 1, 1997, the DSS Research Resources website transmitted more than 300,000 files to visitors from more than 50 countries. In 1997, almost 1500 files per day were transmitted from a Quarterdeck WebStar server running on an Apple Macintosh IIci at http://power.cba.uni.edu/ and from a SUN Sparc 4 workstation running Netscape Commerce server at URL http://dss.cba.uni.edu.

By 1997, the DSS Research Resources home page had been transmitted to more than 12,000 distinct visitors (IP addresses). Approximately, 20% of the visitors had been at nodes located at U.S. Universities and more than 30% of the visitors had been at nodes of U.S. and multinational companies including Bell Atlantic, Cray Research, Chevron, Duke Power, Dupont, Hewlett Packard, IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Polaroid, Sony and Xerox.

The name of the site was changed to DSS Resources in Spring 1998. The domain name DSSResources.com was registered at that time with Internic. In late 1998 and early January 1999, DSS Resources moved to a second generation design with a new logo and format. The revised DSS Resources home page was posted January 15, 1999.

My son Alex and I activated the DSSResources.COM web site on September 28, 1999.

Alex Power still helps me with some technical issues, but he is now a full-time employee at Google and the b-eye-network now provides hosting and support for DSSResources.com.

Thanks everyone for 12 years of DSS Resources and especialy for 8 years as DSSResources.com. Without visitors, subscribers and advertisers and my interest in the topic, the site would not continue to exist. Please let me know how we can enhance our site and I am always looking for quality content, articles, cases and interviews.


Posted September 28, 2007 10:49 AM
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On August 12, 2007, the Business Intelligence Network began handling the electronic publication and advertising sales for DSS News. So far 4 newsletters have been published with Volume 8, Number 19 delivered in today's email. Since May 10, 2000, 185 issues of DSS News have been published. In most of the newsletters, I have written a column titled Ask Dan. The columns are in the DSSResources.com newsletter archive and most of the Ask Dan columns are also part of the DSSResources.com "Ask Dan! Frequently Asked DSS Questions" page at http://dssresources.com/faq/home.php? .

Some recent columns include:

What is a negotiation support system?

What is decision-oriented diagnosis for building DSS?

What are "best practice" guidelines for decision process flowcharts?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Second Life for decision support?

What are the best Second Life resources for communications-driven decision support?

Can multi-user visual simulations provide real world decision support?

What rules should guide DSS user interface design?


You can subscribe to DSS News by following the link: Subscribe.

DSS News is published bi-weekly on Sundays. Upcoming issues are scheduled for 10/7/2007, 10/21/2007, 11/4/2007 and 11/18/2007. Send your questions about decision support to me, Dan Power, at power@dssresources.com . You can also respond to blog entries.

Check the front page at DSSResources.com for a link to today's DSS News.


Posted September 23, 2007 7:55 AM
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