Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
May 10, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 10

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 520.

In this issue

1) What is Technology Leapfrogging?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What is Technology Leapfrogging?

by Ciara Heavin and Daniel J. Power

The Winter 2020 global coronavirus outbreak created a significant impetus to adopt new technologies to support and manage the response to this pandemic. Some might say that we are currently witnessing "Technology Leapfrogging" in areas such as education and healthcare. In some situations, it possible to "move forward rapidly through the adoption of modern systems without going through intermediary steps" cf., Leapfrog Digital Strategies (2019). Technology leapfrogging occurs when decision-makers choose to adopt leading-edge technology, skipping one or more technology generations. For example, going straight from only using face-to-face to exclusively using Zoom or Microsoft Teams for collaboration and meetings.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

05/07/2020 After amassing a record US$46 Billion in 2019 funding, the Robotics Industry is braced to weather the coronavirus storm. Check release.

05/06/2020 Surgical introduces new surgical intelligence and sensing platform to revolutionize surgery. 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 is Going Virtual! Check the 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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