Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
April 12, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 08

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 518.

In this issue

1) What is the factory of the future?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is the factory of the future?

by Daniel J. Power, Ciara Heavin and Shashidhar Kaparthi

The "Factory of the Future" (FoF) is a vision of automated production. In some descriptions, raw materials would arrive at the input end of an autonomous production machine and then at the output end a fully operational car, truck, TV, or toaster would appear with no use of human labor ready for delivery. It seems plausible that in the near future, smart industrial robots with a variety of sensors, effectors, payload capacities and capabilities will produce much of what is consumed. Tomorrow's factory will be interconnected, data-driven, and adaptive. Creating a smart factory requires vision, patience, experimentation, and technology progress.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

04/08/2020 Automation Anywhere launches new RPA solutions to respond to global COVID-19 pandemic. Check release.

04/08/2020 Bright Pattern launches AI solution packs for easy to deploy Artificial Intelligence in contact centers. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. IFIP WG8.3 Decision Support 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland, June 24-26, 2020 will take place via the ICT system. Check website.

2. AMCIS 2020 SIGDSA, August 12-16, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah. Check website.

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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