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A Decision Support System

A Decision Support System

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A
decision support system
(
DSS
) is a computer-based information system that supports business or organizational decision-making activities. DSSs serve the management, operations, and planning levels of an organization and help to make decisions, which may berapidly changing and not easily specified in advance. Decision support systems can be eitherfully computerized, human or a combination of both.DSSs include knowledge-based systems.A properly designed DSS is an interactive software- based system intended to help decision makers compile useful information from acombination of raw data, documents, and personal knowledge, or business models to identifyand solve problems and make decisions.
Managers and Decision Making
Much of managerial work is decision making. Managers often have to consider large amounts of data,synthesis from them only relevant information and make decisions that will best benefit the organization. Hence,information should be conceived and able to prove their value as information system should support and assisteffective decision-making.Because of the importance of high-quality decision making, firms are investing heavily in decisionmaking and intelligence systems, which consist of technologies and applications designed to help users make
 better decisions. When we think of intelligence as applied to humans, we typically think of people’s ability to
combine learned knowledge with new information and change their behavior in such a way that they succeed attheir task or adapt to a new situation.Decision makers have to choose among the policies that contain various mixes of conflicting goals. Thisis especially evident in the strategic level. As a result, decision-making system such as the ESS and DSS areuseful to assist this situation. The decision making process can be broken down into five stages, namely:
 – 
 1. Trigger: (find what to fix): Find or recognize a problem, need, or opportunity (also called the diagnostic phaseof decision making). This phase involves detecting and interpreting signs that indicate a situation which
needs your attention. These ―signs‖ come in many forms: consistent customer requests for new
-productfeatures, the threat of new competition, declining sales, rising costs, an offer from a company to handleyour distribution needs, and so on.2. Information gathering: Identifies preliminary information needs; obtain information.
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