Decisions, decisions, decisions!

26 Feb

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. Put simply it is a system that supports decision making! Some decisions require an “optimization algorithm” (Hawryszkiewycz,2012). For example An Post schedules deliveries to reduce costs and minimize travel expenses.

The benefits of DSS are numerous:

  • They are time saving:speeds up decision making within an organization and enhance employee productivity
  • Improve interpersonal communication: efficient decision making results in better decisions. DSS improves employee to employee communication between departments and within the same department, it also improves employee to management communication, leading to a better, more open work environment
  • Improves competitive advantage:Use of decision support system in an organization provides a competitive advantage over other organizations which do not use DSS. As innovative and new ideas are made quickly and efficiently.
  • The use of DSS within an organisation supports learning: managers and employees learn new concepts regarding business and decision making.

I hope you enjoyed this blog,  stay tuned for more!


4 Responses to “Decisions, decisions, decisions!”

  1. sad111350396 February 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Great blog, lots of information on decision support systems. I think it is very beneficial that companies can benefit from these systems when not 100% sure of a decision that needs to be undertaken. I think the best benefits are time saving and competitive advantage. I wonder are there many disadvantages to DSS, and do advantages outweigh disadvantages??? Looking forward to your next blog 🙂

  2. sad111302881 February 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Thank you 🙂 glad to hear you enjoyed the blog. In my next blog I will introduce you to more IS that support decision making and I will discuss the various disadvantages of DSS , even though it supports competitive advantage etc,the implementation of DSS has lead to some researchers being let go from multinational companies. Next blog will be up soon, hope it answers all your questions! 🙂

  3. sad112540853 March 8, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    another great blog 😀 I also love the names of your blogs, they are always so creative! Great job 😀

    • sad111302881 March 8, 2013 at 4:33 am #

      thank you:) I wanted to create catchy titles for them!

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