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IPT: Anatomy of a DSS

posted Jun 1, 2009, 4:30 AM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Jun 1, 2009, 4:08 PM ]
Today we are going to have a close look at the features and goals of real-world decision support systems. The textbook identifies four of each: 

Features: scalability, presentation flexibility, analysis (drill-down, goal-seeking and simulation) and solution identification
Goals: to interact with actual problems, to support rather than replace people, to improve on existing solutions, and to incorporate data

We'll discuss each of these as a class, and then your task will be to (in a classwork post) critically evaluate these features and characteristics with regard to how important they are to a successful DSS. It may assist you to consider what might happen if some of these features or goals were not part of a DSS, perhaps with reference to a specific scenario.