Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
December 10, 2017             Vol. 18, No. 25

In this issue

1) Is the traditional Sprague DSS still relevant?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Is the traditional Sprague DSS still relevant?

by Daniel J. Power

In 1980, Ralph Sprague, a long-time Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, wrote a frequently cited foundational article about computerized decision support. He defined what can be termed a "Sprague DSS" that has three components: 1) a data base, 2) a model base, and 3) dialog generation and management software. The purpose of a "Sprague DSS" was "to support the decision-making activities of managers." Sprague's invited article in MIS Quarterly is titled "A Framework for the Development of Decision Support Systems." Google Scholar statistics show 1416 citations as of December 2017. Is an article written almost 40 years ago still relevant to analytics and decision support research? Is the Sprague DSS framework still worth discussing? YES!

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

12/07/2017 Big data sniffs out consumers at risk for getting the flu. Check release.

12/06/2017 Deloitte's annual tech trends: The Symphonic Enterprise. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. December 15, 2017 submission deadline for the 2018 Open Conference of IFIP WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems, June 13, 2018 - June 15, 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Check here.


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