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ALSO CALLED: DSS (Decision Support Systems), Decision Support
DEFINITION: A decision support system (DSS) is a computer program application that analyzes business data and presents it so that users can make business decisions more easily. It is an "informational application" (to distinguish it from an "operational application" that collects the data in the course of normal business operation).Typical information that a decision support application might gather and present  … 
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Case Management: A Blueprint for Success
sponsored by EMC Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Now more than ever, organizations need to transform their critical business processes and leverage multiple sources of information to adopt a better way of working. To make this transformation a reality, leading organizations have turned to case management solutions.
Posted: 08 Jul 2010 | Published: 08 Jul 2010

EMC Corporation

How Organizations Make Better Decisions
sponsored by SAS
ANALYST REPORT: This report describes how organizations are attempting to improve specific decisions. Most analyses of decision-making address single capabilities, such as technology, leadership, or group process. In this research, the topics addressed were more comprehensive - the idea being to understand which improvements were used most frequently.
Posted: 13 Apr 2010 | Published: 13 Apr 2010

SAS

Analytics: The Art and Science of Better Webcast
sponsored by SAS
WEBCAST: This webcast takes a look at how organizations can consider analytics from two perspectives – the science of analytics and the art of how people apply this science in new and creative ways to make the world better.
Posted: 09 Apr 2010 | Premiered: Apr 9, 2010

SAS

Do-It-Yourself Business Intelligence Done Right: The Secret Sauce is SaaS
sponsored by myDIALS Inc.
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: This Presentation Transcript, featuring Forrester Research, explains how Software as a Service business intelligence can deliver a more cost-effective way to get relevant information to those who need it faster than traditional business intelligence can.
Posted: 18 Dec 2009 | Published: 18 Dec 2009

myDIALS Inc.

Understanding the Components of Business Confidence
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: With over 60% of CEOs saying they need to do a better job of capturing and understanding information to make more effective and timely business decisions, it's clear that there's a gap between capability and need. It's similarly fair to say that this shortfall is a leading reason why businesses aren’t as competitive as they’d like to be.
Posted: 08 Oct 2009 | Published: 08 Jul 2009

IBM

Information Agenda Assessment Tool
sponsored by IBM
ASSESSMENT TOOL: The cost and complexity of managing increasing volumes of data and content, plus the need to provide trusted information to all users, are driving CIOs to rethink approach to information delivery. This quick self-assessment is the first step to find out how IBM's Info Agenda approach can help your company unlock the business value of information.
Posted: 07 Oct 2009 | Published: 07 Oct 2009

IBM

Business Analytics and Optimization for the Intelligent Enterprise
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Executives recognize that new analytics capabilities, coupled with advanced business process management, signal a major opportunity to create business advantage. Those who have the vision to apply new approaches are building intelligent enterprises positioned to thrive.
Posted: 07 Oct 2009 | Published: 08 Apr 2009

IBM

Full Demo: IBM Cognos 8 Business Intelligence
sponsored by IBM
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: Complete capabilities in one product, on a single architecture. See key features for both business and IT users, including Framework Manager, the Administration Console, and integration with Microsoft Excel.
Posted: 06 Oct 2009 | Published: 06 Oct 2009

IBM

Choosing a Standard for BI and Reporting: Simplify the IT Environment Reduce Your TCO Increase Your ROI
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: The reasons driving standardization in BI and reporting are core to every company—cutting costs, boosting revenue, and increasing profits. IBM Cognos 8 BI lets business users move among capabilities in a guided way, get the answers they seek, and collaborate while giving IT complete control over the BI environment.
Posted: 05 Oct 2009 | Published: 05 Jan 2009

IBM

6 Mistakes Companies Make and How to Avoid Them
sponsored by SAP America, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper highlights common mistakes companies make in a down economy and discusses how organizations can use business intelligence to avoid them. Use the self-assessment questionnaire at the end of this paper to determine the level of business intelligence opportunity across your organization.
Posted: 28 Sep 2009 | Published: 28 Sep 2009

SAP America, Inc.

Sybase IQ 15: Addressing the Need for Speed
sponsored by Sybase, an SAP company
WEBCAST: Bill Jacobs, Director of Technical Marketing, Sybase IQ, discusses the speed and performance capabilities of Sybase IQ 15. These enhancements are designed to help make IQ 15 remain the smartest choice for analytic, reporting, business intelligence, data mining, and related applications.
Posted: 31 Aug 2009 | Premiered: Aug 1, 2009

Sybase, an SAP company

JReport Solution Study: KANA Software
sponsored by Jinfonet Software
CASE STUDY: This case study looks at the Success KANA has had after implementing JReport from Jinfonet. KANA needed a reporting solution that could provide easy setup, intuitive reports for end-users, and the ability to run ad hoc reports and change settings like report type, date, etc. Read on to learn more about this great reporting solution.
Posted: 28 Jul 2009 | Published: 28 Jul 2009

Jinfonet Software

Got Bad Data? Part 2 - Applying Business Analytics Webinar Series
sponsored by SAS
WEBCAST: SAS presents part 2 of their webinar series “"Got Bad Data?”. In this latest installment, we'll be discussing the Business analytics framework, data quality as a process, data collection, following data flows and uses, data quality and metrics, and continuous learning and improvement.
Posted: 25 Jun 2009 | Premiered: Jun 25, 2009

SAS

Leveraging Integration to Weather the Economic Storm
sponsored by Information Builders
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights four primary ways to use integration to make your business better during a down economy. You'll discover how, with the right integration plan and supporting software in place, your company can increase efficiency, minimize expenses, and streamline and accelerate core processes.
Posted: 22 Jun 2009 | Published: 01 Jun 2009

Information Builders

Expanding BI's role by including Predictive Analytics
sponsored by SAP
WHITE PAPER: In today's economic downturn, organizations are looking for ways to improve the way they do business, to keep ahead of the competition, and to grow revenue. With reduced funding for new initiatives, it can be difficult to meet these objectives. Read on to learn how expanding your business intelligence with predictive analysis can help.
Posted: 19 Jun 2009 | Published: 19 Jun 2009

SAP

Making Business Relevant Information Instantly Available to More Users
sponsored by SAP
WHITE PAPER: Executives, managers, and business users need the ability to quickly discover, collect, analyze, and share relevant information and they need to be able to answer their own questions as they have them. Read this quick report to learn more about a solution that addresses just these needs.
Posted: 19 Jun 2009 | Published: 19 Jun 2009

SAP

Smarter system development: a systems engineering trade study to support green initiatives with model-driven development
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Trade study analysis is an effective method of comparing potential solutions to a given problem. Using a model-driven approach allows you to perform trade studies before development or implementation begins and saves time, money, and development headaches. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 14 May 2009 | Published: 01 Apr 2009

IBM

Sole Technology Skates Past Reporting Obstacles with Business Objects
sponsored by SAP
CASE STUDY: Read this case study and see why Sole Technology purchased BI from Business Objects. Sole Technology was struggling with getting data into the hands of people that needed it, when they needed it, to make better business decisions. Business Objects supplied them with the means to retrieve their data and disperse it to the right people.
Posted: 31 Mar 2009 | Published: 04 Jun 2008

SAP

The Evolution of Data Integration and Quality Software
sponsored by Business Objects
WEBCAST: In this seminar hosted by Business Objects, an SAP company, Colin White of BI Research will examine the evolution of the data integration and quality industry, and explain the benefits of moving toward a single data services architecture.
Posted: 19 Sep 2008 | Premiered: Apr 3, 2008, 12:00 EDT (16:00 GMT)

Business Objects

Project and Portfolio Management eBook
sponsored by CA Technologies.
BOOK: To better understand how to take your organization to the next level of PPM maturity, view this eBook, Project and Portfolio Management Maturity Model to obtain a higher level of Project and Portfolio Management performance.
Posted: 21 Aug 2008 | Published: 21 Aug 2008

CA Technologies.

Business Intelligence: The Strategic Imperative for CIOs
sponsored by Information Builders
WHITE PAPER: Business intelligence (BI) allows organizations to integrate applications and databases essential to users and enables analysis of information to optimize decision-making.
Posted: 18 Jun 2008 | Published: 01 Jan 2007

Information Builders

Benefits of Automating Data Warehousing
sponsored by UC4 Software, Inc
WHITE PAPER: Data warehousing can be defined as a copy of data specifically structured for querying and reporting.
Posted: 02 May 2008 | Published: 01 May 2008

UC4 Software, Inc

In Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision-making
sponsored by Business Objects
WHITE PAPER: Decision-making is at the core of all business activity, as executives set strategy and manage operations by weighing a vast array of factors to arrive at the desired balance of risk and reward.
Posted: 03 Apr 2008 | Published: 01 Sep 2007

Business Objects

EDM: A Systematic Approach to Smarter Decisions
sponsored by FICO
WHITE PAPER: This white paper details the benefits associated with Enterprise Decision Management (EDM). Discover how to automate, improve and connect critical decisions for enhanced business performance.
Posted: 04 Mar 2008 | Published: 01 Jun 2007

FICO

The Performance Manager: Turning Information into Higher Business Performance
sponsored by IBM Cognos
BOOK: The Performance Manager, Proven Strategies for Turning Information into Higher Business Performance, strengthens the partnership between decision-makers and the people who provide the information that drives better decisions.
Posted: 26 Jan 2007 | Published: 26 Jan 2007

IBM Cognos
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DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS DEFINITION (continued): … A decision support system (DSS) is a computer program application that analyzes business data and presents it so that users can make business decisions more easily. It is an "informational application" (to distinguish it from an "operational application" that collects the data in the course of normal business operation).Typical information that a decision support application might gather and present would be: Comparative sales figures between one week and the nextProjected revenue figures based on new product sales assumptions The consequences of different decision alternatives, given past experience in a context that is describedA decision support system may present information graphically and may include an expert system or artificial intelligence (AI). It may be aimed at business executives or some other group of knowledge workers.
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