Computer-based systems known as decision support systems (DSS) play a vital role in helping professionals across various fields of practice understand what information is needed, when it is needed, and in what form in order to make smart and valuable business decisions. Providing a unique combination of theory, applications, and technology,
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topic of Decision-making support systems with the reader with a sense of zeal and oceans of enthusiasm.
I think that these attributes are reflected in this book and perhaps make it better.
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The DSS will enable examination of existing conditions, forecasting of future conditions, and simulation of
alternatives that will be ecologically sustaining and socially desired. The DSS will address watershed, water
quality, water quantity, groundwater and ecosystem restoration needs at the small watershed, major
watershed, tributary river, and main stem Minnesota River reach levels of spatial scale. The DSS will
enable forecasting future conditions.
A decision support system (DSS) will be developed, using the results of the MRB model system and other
existing watershed DSSs to enable decision-making about investments in watershed management, aquatic
ecosystem restoration, water quality, water quantity, and groundwater management measures in the MRB.
The DSS will be explicitly designed to meet sponsor needs. The DSS will be linked to the Basin GIS to
enable visualization of the spatial arrangement of management measures.
One implication of this ranking is that merely reporting the performance of a firm and its
competitors, which is the strength of many existing software packages, is not enough. A second
implication is that too many firms still view business intelligence (like DSS and EIS before it) as
an inward looking function.
Business intelligence is a natural outgrowth of a series of previous systems designed to support