The Decision & Systems Sciences programs go beyond the tradition information systems major by focusing on technology related activities that enhance organizational transactions, sense making and decision making. DSS majors and business intelligence minors can work in the information systems field or any other discipline where strong technology and business intelligence skills are needed. Hence, the DSS programs are designed to equip the 21st century manager or analyst with the relevant skills to succeed in a technology driven, data intensive world.
Majors acquire general business skills plus knowledge and experience in programming, systems analysis & design, process analysis, database management, decision support systems, query and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), data mining, statistical analysis, quantitative analysis, forecasting, project management, competitive intelligence, knowledge management, business intelligence, supply chain, ERP, operations management, CRM, and telecommunications and enterprise security. Technology employed in the DSS curriculum includes Microsoft Office, Oracle, SAP, SPSS Clementine, and Visual Basic.
The business intelligence minor is designed to enhance the skill set of both business and arts & sciences majors so that they are fundamentally better equipped to succeed in a data-intensive world. Organizations typically gather information in order to assess their operating environment to conduct marketing research or customer relationship management, and to perform competitor analysis. Organizations accumulate business intelligence in order to gain sustainable competitive advantage and regard such intelligence as a valuable core competence.