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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.
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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Let me host your first virtual meeting on my island in Second Life called Iowa. I live in real life Iowa and Iowa Metaverse, Inc. promotes technology entrepreneurship among other objectives (see iowametaverse.com).
No charge for BeyeNETWORK readers for your first meeting.
On Friday, August 29, I conducted a workshop on the possibilities of using Second Life at Loyola College in Maryland (http://www.loyola.edu). Gloria Phillips-Wren, Chair of the Information Systems and Operations Management Department, invited me to meet with a campus team investigating Loyola's potential involvement in and use of Second Life for distance education, recruiting, marketing, and constituency collaboration. For more than three hours Friday morning, a group of seven on the steering committee asked me hard, probing questions and I shared my experiences with DecisionSupportWorld.com and IowaMetaverse.com. We toured virtual Iowa and all of the participants signed up for avatars and learned to walk and talk. I think the workshop was a successful start to an investigation of strategic use of virtual world technology.
Many thanks to Gloria and to the other attendees, Louise Finn, CIO at Loyola, Karyl Leggio, Dean of the Loyola Sellinger College of Business, Richard Siegler and Tracy McMahon, Loyola Technology Services, Jeannie Pridmore, Loyola faculty of Information Systems, and Suzanne Keilson, Assistant Dean of the Loyola College of Arts and Sciences.
ALSO -- this coming Friday, September 5 at 8 am PDT/SLT, we will again start the Decision Support workshop series at TechTalk in virtual Iowa. I will be leading the discussion on "Modern Decision Support." Please join us.
Dan Power aka Leinad Meriman
My jet lag is almost corrected. On Friday morning, July 4th, I listened to Tung Bui (U Hawaii) on the question "Is DSS research running out of steam or ready to perk?". Tung's web page is http://itm.shidler.hawaii.edu/ITMBui.html .
What was Tung's answer? Maybe ready to perk ...Tung is most excited about research possibilities related to using virtual environments for advanced modeling. He attended my talk on training managers to use Second Life to support distributed decision making. Thanks for the comments Tung.
My sense is that a big infusion of research money on virtual worlds will stimulate tremendous research related to advanced decision support systems. Let's see what the typical funding agencies and corporations do with targeting funds.
So overall a good conference, thanks to Conference Chair Pascale ZaratĂ© and the program and organizing committees.
Also, on the virtual world front. Google has a new virtual world in beta testing, check http://www.lively.com . I activated an account and created an avatar and started creating my first meeting room. The approach is different than Second Life, and in many ways easier for new users because it is so limited right now, eg., no building tools for regular users, few choices for avatars. We shall see what happens. The client runs in Internet Explorer so that is a plus compared to Second Life. My biggest complaint is the slow performance. It took almost 4 minutes for the Superhero HQ room to load for me. Navigating is also a problem. For some reason my avatar looked like a girl so I changed to John Doe.
Are virtual worlds the future of decision support?
As part of my Iowa Metaverse project (IowaMetaverse.com), I created a Ning. Ning is a Web 2.0 tool for creating "your own social network for anything". Supposedly Ning was a made-up word that does mean "peace" in Mandarin Chinese. Some of the Web 2.0 crowd talk about "ning ing" too.
The website was very easy to set up using the templates and so far it is free and advertising supported. So I had no costs to set up the network other than my time. The URL is IowaMetaverse.ning.com . The Iowametaverse ning includes photos, discussion board, hopefully videos, mashups ...
If you are an Iowan, a friend of an Iowan or former Iowan and are in Second Life or want to be, join my Ning. It is open for viewing.
Will the Ning (http://www.ning.com/)help in making decisions and building the Second Life Iowa community? I think so. More later as the experiment continues.
I will be traveling to Paris and Toulouse starting Saturday, June 28. My plan is a quick stop in Paris to see Tour Eiffel then fly to Toulouse to attend the IFIP working group 8.3 decision support systems conference. Check www.irit.fr/CDM08. I should be back in Cedar Falls by July 7, 2008.