Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
June 12, 2016             Vol. 17, No. 12

In this issue

1) Why do organizations need databases?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Why do organizations need databases?

by Daniel J. Power

A data base or database is an organized collection of data. Data is stored and it continues and persists. Ideally a database is a logically coherent collection of meaningful data that is useful. A database is a requirement for most business operations. A database is no longer a "want", rather a database is now essential in even small businesses with only a few employees and sales around one million US dollars. Databases need to expand and grow with an organization. Databases are at the core of many business operations. For example, you buy something and the entire transaction is recorded in a database from finding the item, to ordering, to paying for it, to adjusting the inventory on-hand, to providing for shipping and tracking of the item.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

06/09/2016 Assessment and management of cyber-related risks in supply chain management. Check release.

06/09/2016 This AI will understand not just what you're doing, but why. Check release.

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

1. 2016 Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8, June 22-24, 2016, University College Cork, Ireland. Check here.

2. Call for papers: 2016 IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Systems (DSS 2016), 12-14 Dec. 2016, Sydney, Australia. Check here.


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