2. Programmable thermostats
Global Differences and the Flat World
The basics and fundamentals of the knowledge/DSS never talk about the decisions thatvary according to geographic locations. By geographic locations I mean, a problem indecision in USA may not have the same solution for the same problem in India or elsewhere, because of geographic constraints. The constraints might be the people, their mindsets and most important "buying power-Money".
Of course geographic locations affect decisions but so does culture, history, religion, social status, education, financial, intelligence etc.We are focusing on developing DSS techniques to make better decisions. Better decisionsmust take all aspects under consideration. “Tailored approach”
Huge organizations are often the leaders in implementing and/or deploying technology. New technology development and/or deployments require resources that many small companies do not have. Also many small companies develop products for the big companies
for their first customers.Small companies are often at the mercy of the larger corporations and their decisionsand they will be a part of their system and as a system they will never be able to makedecisions on their own. It’s all a chain mechanism. Example of UTA andPeopleSoft, SAP
For example, in the 60’s only large companies had computers; today everyone does. In fact at Lockheed Martin many other large companies use Excel. Excel does not cost much and only requires a PC.You could therefore ues Excel to schedule your labor pool, how to best buy power bykeeping records of energy costs, analyze them analytically and then make better decisions, etc. Use excel to determine how much taxes you owe. Look at the many low cost technologies that available today. Internet, cell phones withinternet, GPS and camera, smarter cars, ATM, Gas pumps with credit cards, bar codes, RFID.Companies are always at the mercy of something (government, competition, vendors,trends, consumers,economic conditions , new technologies etc.)Many large companies transition to failure (Jeep, Digital Equipment, Enron, Pan Am,locomotive companies, telegraph, etc. )