Integrated DSS (Decision Support System) Development Tools for Micro Computers,
PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION RESEARCH CENTER
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With the rapid developments in the computer field during the last 30 years we are clearly in the midst of what has been referred to as the information age. Both the volume and complexity of information processing to support individual and organizational decision making has rapidly increased. Clearly the technological innovations in the computer field will create the potential for even greater emphasis on computer based support of decision making. However, the key challenge for the future, as it has been in the past, is the provision of software so that the integration of human thinking and computer processing can be done in an effective manner. Efforts to understand how best to configure hardware and design generalized software which can facilitate the rapid and cost effective construction of computer based systems to aid in decision making has lead to the development of a new field - Decision Support Systems DSS. While sharing the goals of the earlier Management Information Systems and Data Base Management, namely the efficient storage and selective retrieval of data, DSS attempts to go further with the integration of algorithms that can generate data as needed and a greater emphasis on integration of human thinking through menu selection and forms capability. DSS places emphasis on helping the decision maker in dealing wth less structured environments than MIS area had attempted.