Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
June 7, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 12

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 522.

In this issue

1) Why is anticipatory technology decision-making important?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) Why is anticipatory technology decision-making important?

by Daniel J. Power

Technology change is accelerating and advancing. Technology optimism, a belief that improved technology will always solve more problems than it creates, remains a mantra and guide for some. Technologies, especially information technologies, have improved most people's lives. Also, most people displaced by technology change or those challenged to learn new technologies to function effectively accept, even if grudgingly, the necessity and inevitability of technology disruption. Sadly some of the disruptions from technology innovations were not anticipated and could have been avoided. For example, Facebook was slow to give users control over information about themselves that was broadcast by the News Feed. Privacy abuses and concerns remain a problem for social media. Senior managers and government policymakers must anticipate and be vigilant in identifying potential harms. Once a risk, no matter how small, is identified, then steps must be taken to eliminate or mitigate the risk.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

06/03/2020 DataGen launches new BPCIA tools to map changes in episode participation. Check release.

06/02/2020 KFC Selects Restaurant Analytics Solution From Manthan for its Canadian Business. 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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