Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
February 3, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 03

In this issue

1) Are soft skills important in a digital business?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Are soft skills important in a digital business?

by Daniel J. Power

Some observers claim the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Automation will create more soft skills jobs in transformed organizations. Also, a recent ManpowerGroup (2019) survey report found that 87% of employers plan to increase or maintain headcount as a result of automation. The ManpowerGroup report had seven recommendations including Bet on soft skills: "Organizations should fine-tune talent strategies to account for the fact that human skills are harder to develop than technical skills". Perhaps more jobs will involve "soft skills". The problem is determining what the term means. Managers must define what specific skills are needed for a specific job -- both hard and soft.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

01/31/2019 Bernoulli evangelizes continuous clinical surveillance. Check release.

01/30/2019 TIBCO named a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for data science and machine learning platforms. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Call for Abstracts: 30th European Conference on Operational Research, June 23-26, Dublin, Ireland. Deadline February 8, 2019 at URL

2. Conference: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check

3. 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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