Decision Support Systems
concept of a Decision Support System (DSS) emerged in the 1970s following
developments in IT which allowed the interactive use of computer technology, see DSS History
at dssresources.com.. The DSS
concept reflected dissatisfaction with previous
inflexible modelling approaches which did not allow management
problem solving. The early definitions of DSS emphaised the role of DSS
as flexible systems combining database and model
components aimed at less structured decisions. These modelling and
database components are under the
of the user through an interface or dialogue system.
Consequently the DSS field combines elements of
OR/MS and IS
and members of CMSS have been working in the DSS area for many years.