Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
August 3, 2014             Vol. 15, No. 16

In this issue

1) What kind of DSS does Mr. X need?
2) Recent DSS News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What kind of DSS does Mr. X need?

by Daniel J. Power

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.

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2) Recent DSS News Headlines

07/31/2014 The best Core HR software, based on reviews from HR professionals. Check release.

07/31/2014 Deloitte's cyber threat war-gaming services help C-Suite, technical staff prepare, respond and be resilient to cyber attacks. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. Nov. 22-25, 2014, 45th Annual DSI meeting - Tampa, FL, Click here.

2. Dec. 28-29, 2014 “Big Data and Analytics For Business(BDAB-2014)”, New Delhi, India. Check the website Click here.

3. May 27-29, 2015 ICDSST 2015 organized by the EWG-DSS/ The theme is “Big Data Analytics for Decision Making”, Belgrade, Serbia. Check the website Click here.


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