Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
November 11, 2018 Vol. 19, No. 23

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In this issue

1) What are issues in design and development of BI and DSS?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

Check Power, D., C. Heavin, J. McDermott & M. Daly (2018), "Defining business analytics: an empirical approach," Journal of Business Analytics, 1:1, 40-53, DOI: 10.1080/2573234X.2018.1507605 . Link to this article at

1) What are issues in design and development of BI and DSS?

by Daniel J. Power

Building data-driven business intelligence decision support, model-driven decision support for forecasting, inventory management, and many other systems that support a human decision maker or team are complex, time consuming tasks. The design and development issues continue to evolve as new technologies are developed and deployed. Eight specific issues/questions are especially important to assess and evaluate prior to building decision support including the design approach, sponsor wants, project requirements, appropriate technologies, relevant data availability, assumptions, potential user knowledge and expertise, and adopting design thinking.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

11/08/2018 Therap's dashboard analytics tool aggregates billing data and claims to track billable units efficiently. Check release.

11/08/2018 Information Builders' WebFOCUS named a FrontRunner for Business Intelligence software. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. DSI 2018 Annual Meeting November 17-19, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Check

2. Pre-ICIS SIGDSA Event, December 12-13, 2018 in San Francisco, California, USA. The theme is Decision Analytics Connecting People, Data, and Things at URL

3. Call for Papers: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check Deadline submission of full papers: 30 November 2018.

4. Call for Papers: Special issue Journal of Decision Systems on Cognitive Bias, Decision Styles and Risk Attitudes. Check call. Deadline: December 30, 2018.

5. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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Power & Heavin (2018) argue "Digital disruption is accelerating. Implementing a successful digital transformation strategy requires that senior managers make trade-off decisions to reinvent a business. Equally important all decision makers must learn to ask the right questions, use data and computer support in decision making, and increase their knowledge and skills. Creating a data-centric culture and rewarding data-based decision making leads to successful digital transformation."


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