A framework for a distributed decision support network
McQuay, Dan S.
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This thesis develops a concept for integrating decision support technologies with global computer networks. It introduces a new paradigm for the distribution and use of algorithms, decision support applications, models, and simulations. Under this paradigm, all mechanisms to allow for interactions between providers of technologies and consumers who wish to use them are facilitated by a distributed decision support server. Additionally, this thesis analyzes the concept of distributing decision technologies as a service vice a software product. It develops the initial framework architecture and proposes an infrastructure for a distributed decision support network. Decision support systems have traditionally been developed as stand alone applications which conform to a specific users hardware and software requirements. This leads to reduced sharing and reuse of the application as well as the data, models, and algorithms incorporated within the application. The Internet, WwW, and enabling technologies allow for the dissemination of multimedia information to support diverse groups of remote users. This thesis demonstrates that decision support technologies can also be made available to users of a heterogeneous network in a similar manner.
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