DSS News
D. J. Power, Editor
April 15, 2012             Vol. 13, No. 8

In this issue

1) What is the job of a decision support analyst?
2) Featured article: Castellina and Hatch
3) Recent DSS News Headlines
4) Upcoming DSS Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is the job of a decision support analyst?

by Dan Power

Job titles often summarize job duties and sometimes the title conveys prestige or reflects the responsiblity of the person holding the job. Decision support analyst is a somewhat ambiguous job title. For example, a major hospital wanted to hire a decision support analyst who knew SPSS to prepare studies and analyses for administrators and outside agencies. This job function is certainly important, but some use the job title to describe an Information Systems specialist who helps with building and using decision support systems. So when is it appropriate to seek a decision support analyst and when is it best to hire a DSS/Business Intelligence analyst. In general, an analyst refers to an individual whose primary task is a detailed examination of a specific, limited problem area.
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2) Featured article:"Financial Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting in the New Economy"

by N. Castellina and D. Hatch
Aberdeen Group

A sound financial plan is the vehicle which clearly states strategic business objectives in financial terms. A well-prepared budget forms the foundation of decision-making throughout the fiscal year. However, it is the forecast which allows the business to adjust future expectations based on recent actual performance. With a renewed focus on growth as a strategic goal, and alignment of strategy with corporate performance, companies that hope to achieve Best-in-Class status must be armed with tools that provide visibility and flexibility to strike a balance between aggressive plans for recovery and caution.
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3) Recent DSS News Headlines

04/13/2012 The age of connection. Check release.

04/12/2012 Big Analytics 2012 Conferences go beyond latest hype to real-world business solutions. Check release.

04/11/2012 Hyatt expands revenue management capability with MaximRMS technology. Check release.

4) Upcoming DSS Conferences/Call for Papers

1. Call for IS/T book proposals. Click here

2. DSS’2012 – 16th IFIP WG8.3 International Conference on Decision Support Systems, Anávissos, Greece, June 28-30 2012. Click here

3. Social Media Analytics Summit, April 17-18, San Francisco, CA. Check Click here

4. 20th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2012), Track: "Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management", Barcelona, Spain June 10-13, 2012. Click here

5. Call for papers: Decision models and social commerce, submission deadline July 1, 2012. Click here


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