Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
December 06, 2020 Vol. 21, No. 25

Inaugural newsletter issue was May 10, 2000, this is issue 535.

In this issue

1) What evaluation tools are appropriate for DSS?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What evaluation tools are appropriate for DSS?

by Daniel J. Power

Managers evaluate many types of projects, but those involving information technologies are often considered challenging. Evaluating DSS projects is especially difficult and yet it must be an ongoing process for large-scale DSS projects. Evaluation activities should be commensurate or proportionate to the scope, complexity, and cost of a proposed DSS project. Project scope refers to the number of potential users, the size of the project staff, the potential impacts on existing systems, and the amount of programming or development effort that will be required. Also, project sponsors and project managers must decide what amount and type of evaluation is appropriate and necessary in their company's IT management environment. A very bureaucratic or political IT environment may necessitate additional evaluation activities.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

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12/02/2020 More than 155,000 smart AI-based cameras will transform traffic management by 2025. 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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