Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
July 19, 2015             Vol. 16, No. 14

In this issue

1) What companies have gained a competitive advantage by building a DSS?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What companies have gained a competitive advantage by building a DSS?

by Daniel J. Power

Software vendor salespeople and their sales materials often claim that a specific software product like an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, or a Sales and Operations Planning (SOP) system will provide a company a competitive advantage. Proving or disproving this claim is challenging. The problem in answering this question is that managers want to maintain any advantage they gain and hence they are reluctant to release details about the effectiveness and advantages of new decision support and analytic systems. Also, DSS that provide an advantage at one point in time may seem dated or ordinary after only a few years time has elapsed. Any advantage from software and technology can be fleeting and short-term (cf., Feeny and Ives, 1990).

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

07/16/2015 Machine learning helps IBM boost accuracy of U.S. Department of Energy solar forecasts by up to 30 percent. Check release.

07/08/2015 Electronic health record clinical decision support linked to better care quality. Check release.

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

1. August 30, 2015 Call for chapter proposals: decision support systems case studies. Check website Click here.

2. December 12-13, 2015, pre-ICIS Business Analytics (BA) Congress, Dallas. Check website Click here.


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