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                         DSS News 
                    D. J. Power, Editor 
             December 19, 2004 -- Vol. 5, No. 26
         A Bi-Weekly Publication of DSSResources.COM 


             Check the article by Peter Keenan
              "Using a GIS as a DSS Generator"


* DSSResources.COM Year in Review 2004
* What's New At DSSResources.COM
* DSS News Releases


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DSSResources.COM Year in Review 2004

I have been involved with Web publishing for almost 10 years and the
possibilities and prospects remain exciting and limitless. This review is a look
back and a look forward. Every 18 months or so I contemplate redesigning and
updating DSSResources.COM and I evaluate the knowledge that is accumulating in
our field. Recently, I have been developing additional related Web sites to
better define the knowledge domain and I have been focusing on traditional book
publishing to formalize some of the materials from DSS News, especially the Ask
Dan! columns.

It may seem hard to believe, but on September 28, 1999, we activated
DSSResources.COM as an independent, commercial web site. It has survived more
than 5 years and we can pay the bills and contemplate new ventures.  DSS Research
Resources was operated as an academic Website hosted at the University of
Northern Iowa from October 2, 1995 to September 27, 1999.

Our revenues from advertising and subscriptions pay for web hosting, the Topica
newsletter service for DSS News, the cable modem connection, computer hardware
and software, some travel expenses, subscriptions and some wages. My oldest son
Alex is the Webmaster of DSSResources.COM.  He checks the error logs, helps with
DSS News and periodically works on new capabilities.  This past 9 months he has
been working with MySQL and PHP to develop the new Web resource sites,
DecisionAutomation.COM and PlanningSkills.COM.  We hope to completely redesign
DSSResources.COM in coming months. My son Ben handles the follow-ups with vendors
when we post a news story and he is the subscription specialist.  He sends out
the welcome messages, deals with issues and does some marketing work.  He has
been working on the CookingMaven.COM website as a school project. My wife Carol
handles the business side of DSSResources.COM and our publishing ventures.  She
pays the bills, monitors the revenues and files the tax forms. My youngest son
Greg, age 9, and I do everything else! This is a family business.

So what happened in 2004?

We published 8 articles, 5 case studies, and 4 DSS Thought Leader interviews. We
published about 45 DSS news articles each month, we published 26 issues of DSS
News and I wrote 19 Ask Dan! columns. I attended Oracle AppsWorld, the
DAMA + Meta-data Conference and the Crystal Ball User Conference. I attended
AMCIS 2004 and the Decision Sciences Institute Conference in Boston.  The
University of Northern Iowa Department of Management provided funding for some of
my travel.  

We have served about 5,400 distinct hosts each week. From Tuesday, 31-August-2004
to Sunday, 19-Dec-2004, our logs show that we had 647,319 total successful page
requests and 13,593 average successful requests per day. During that period we
served 60,864 distinct hosts. In September 2004, we had 189,824 requests for
pages; October 2004: 193,866 requests for pages; November 2004: 164,828 requests
for pages.

What pages are popular at DSSResources.COM?

From Tuesday, 31-August-2004 to Sunday, 19-Dec-2004 we had 21,456 requests for
my paper "A Brief History of Decision Support Systems", 17,331 requests for a "A
Brief History of Spreadsheets", and 17,002 requests for "What is a DSS?". During
that most recent period, we had 4,488 requests for the Decision Support Systems
Web Tour at Other popular resources include:
3,782 requests for the Decision Support Systems Glossary 1999; and 1261 requests
for the DSS Researchers Web Page Directory .

Popular articles and cases include Databeacon Staff, "East of England Observatory
adopts hosted services decision support solution" with 1244 requests and Todd
Freter's article "XML: Document and Information Management" with 1243 requests.

The Thought leader interviews have proved popular and news stories are read on
average 150 times. The Decision Support Readiness Audit Questionnaire PDF was
downloaded 505 times in the past 3 months.

So where is DSSResources.COM headed in 2005?

The DSS FAQ book should be published in January by iUniverse.  The paperback is
priced at USD$ 20.95 and the hardcover at USD$ 30.95. Also, we are moving the Ask
Dan! questions into a MySQL database. The home page for DSSResources.COM will be
evolving.  We'll be adding new pages on DSS Tools and on common Decision Making
Tasks. I'm working on an Ask Dan! on these two content areas.

DecisionAutomation.COM and PlanningSkills.COM should receive more attention in
2005.  The plan is that they will remain as free, advertising supported websites.
CookingMaven.COM will be reviewed for progress and potential in February 2005.

Every week day you will find the latest DSS News at DSSResources.COM and every
two weeks the current headlines will be listed in the DSS News e-newsletter.

We are always looking for new cases and articles.  Please contact us so we can
review your materials. Also, we want to do some additional field research case
studies. Let us know if we can write about decision support efforts at your
company or organization.

We at DSSResources.COM wish all of our readers Happy Holidays and we pray for
Peace in the World. Shalom Alex, Ben, Carol, Dan and Greg Power


What's New at DSSResources.COM

12/17/2004 Posted an article by Peter Keenan, "Using a GIS as a DSS Generator".
Check the articles page.


DSS News - December 6 to December 19, 2004
Read them at DSSResources.COM and search the DSS News Archive

12/17/2004 DataMirror leads ETL technology innovation.

12/16/2004 Deloitte & Touche identifies top trends in Banking, Securities and
Asset Management for 2005. 

12/15/2004 Email, research, news and weather, information about hobbies or
special interests top the list of how people use the Internet as it continues to

12/15/2004 Omniture's SiteCatalyst 11 delivers web analytics to managers,
executives and C-level decision-makers.

12/15/2004 New Standard Keyboards announces alphabetical keyboard that offers
user-friendly benefits and quick data entry for all levels of users.

12/15/2004 Apprentice winner Bill Rancic puts Genesys Meeting Center to work in
building Chicago's Trump International Tower.

12/14/2004 Shopping for a shiny new motorcycle? Before you buy, do your homework

12/14/2004 It's 2005. Do you know what's keeping your Chief Information Officer
awake at night, and how it can impact your business?.

12/14/2004 SIRIUS Satellite Radio selects NAVTEQ Traffic to enable company's new
real-time traffic service.

12/14/2004 Real-Time ATM transaction surveillance now a reality.

12/14/2004 Qatar Islamic Bank chooses Captaris Workflow to automate core business

12/13/2004 The Children's Place selects ProfitLogic's markdown optimization
solution to improve gross margin dollars and mitigate risk of inventory
management decisions.

12/13/2004 comScore study reveals the impact of search engine usage on consumer

12/13/2004 Wells' Dairy bolsters market leadership with Informatica data

12/13/2004 SAS(R) to sharpen performance at Duke University Hospital.

12/13/2004 Spotfire's DecisionSite application selected by Kerr-McGee.

12/13/2004 New Cognos Planning Series delivers a flexible, connected planning
environment for enterprise customers.

12/10/2004 FORTUNE 500 reap early cost benefits from offshoring initiatives;
Duke/Archstone Consulting study reveals new plans for more offshoring

12/09/2004 SAIC announces next generation features for the Financial Services

12/09/2004 Cognos ReportNet(TM) and MetaBroker from Ascential Software deliver
enhanced enterprise data access.

12/09/2004 Dean & Deluca expands use of TCI Solutions; pricing, inventory and
reporting solutions support growth.

12/08/2004 Ellison on data hubs: Information Age answer for business

12/08/2004 'Recommended Credit Limit On Businesses' to be offered by infoUSA on
its Business Credit Reports.

12/08/2004 Intergraph's Geospatial World 2005 Focuses on Technology and Solutions
for Enabling the Spatial Enterprise.

12/08/2004 Leading organizations realize immediate benefits from Oracle real-time
collaboration software.

12/08/2004 Cognos extends open data strategy with IBM.

12/08/2004 Microsoft Technology Centers worldwide to feature Panorama Software's
business intelligence solutions.

12/08/2004 PeopleSoft and Algorithmics to deliver new enterprise risk and
profitability management solution.

12/07/2004 Intergraph's geospatial data management solutions replace traditional
desktop GIS in the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Canada, to improve local government

12/07/2004 LexisNexis RiskWise launches service to combat insurance fraud.

12/06/2004 Oracle builds case for Information Age leadership.

12/06/2004 Hummingbird setting the standard for document management and e-mail
archiving systems.

12/06/2004 Oracle introduces Oracle(R) Business Intelligence 10g - the industry's
first complete BI solution.

12/06/2004 SGI transforms defense and intelligence decision cycle with integrated
solutions that turn data into insight.

12/06/2004 The Sports Authority sports 18,000-employee license from Kronos.

12/06/2004 J.R. Simplot relies on Hyperion for powerful query, analysis and
reporting functionality.


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