Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
November 08, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 23

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 533.

In this issue

1) How do DSS differ from TPS?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) How do DSS differ from TPS?

by Daniel J. Power

Development of Decision Support Systems (DSS) is one of the rapidly changing frontiers in the application of computers in organizations. One reason we study DSS is to understand how they differ from other systems. We have successfully implemented computer-based Transaction Processing Systems (TPS), but knowledge of building these operational systems is not adequate to create effective DSS. So if DSS are to be successfully designed, developed, and implemented, then both managers and many MIS professionals need a more sophisticated technical and philosophical understanding of DSS. excerpted from Power, D. (2002, pp. 8-9).

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

11/05/2020 ABI Research details six smart home trends that will transform life in the home and beyond. Check release.

10/29/2020 Dr. Stephen K. Klasko named mainstage keynote speaker at hc1's Precision Health Virtual Summit. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. ICIS 2020 is Going Virtual on December 13-16, 2020, with pre-ICIS events beginning on December 12. Check the website at URL

2. 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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New book: Power, D. and C. Heavin, Data-Based Decision Making And Digital Transformation, Business Expert Press, 2018 at URL Click here. EBook Price $19.95, Print Price $34.95, In Stock June 10, 2018.

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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