support systems, or DSS, refer to computer systems that allow decisions
makers to create data models and "what-if" scenarios to simplify
decision making. Many of the DSS resources found on-line deal with one
aspect of DSS systems, for example, DSS history, or case studies of
specific DSS systems. Take a look at several of the links below to help
you understand what DSS systems are and how they're used.
and History People have always had to make decisions--both in their
personal lives and in their jobs. Many decisions that we make in our daily
lives are simple enough that a formal decision-making system is not
needed. However, in a business setting, a standardized method of decision
making is often required. A complete definition of DSS and links to
additional Web resources is available at this Wikipedia.org
page. How did DSS evolve into its current state? When was DSS first
implemented? What changes has DSS undergone since it was first used? To
answer these questions, and gain a strong knowledge of the history and
development of DSS, visit www.umsl.edu.
For additional DSS resources, be sure to visit www.dssresources.com.
DSS Software Are
you looking for information about DSS software and software vendors? If
so, visit www.business.com,
which includes links to DSS software manufacturers, vendors, consultants,
Examples of DSS in
Everyday Life You've probably used a DSS without even knowing it! Many
Web sites are actually decision support systems that you can use to make
real-life decisions. For example, www.mcs.anl.gov/home/otc/Guide/CaseStudies/diet
is a DSS that details how you can set up a low-cost, yet healthy diet.
Thinking of moving? The Homebuyer's Fair at www.homefair.com/index.html
helps you compute equivalent salaries, calculate the cost of your move,
and rate cities based on factors such as crime, schools, and environment.
For travel decisions, connect to Microsoft's online "travel
agent" at www.expedia.com.
you'll also find an extensive list of links to DSS sites.