About Decision Support
Discovery is at the heart of our university and the discipline of Decision Support exists to facilitate that mission of discovery. Decision Support systems are computer-based information systems that support decision-making activities.
Decision Support Services is UW's team that supports that computer-based information system, also known as the Enterprise Data Warehouse. Our primary goal is to help the university work smarter and learn answers to strategic and operational questions.
We combine data from around the university into the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), the university's single source of data truth. From this data, helpful reports and meaningful analytics are created that allow the discovery of trends and uncovering of patterns - trends and patterns upon which informed operational and strategic decisions can be made. In addition, we provide data access, support staff report development as well as the university's reporting environment, and provide data and tool education and training.
DSS is part of Information Management, inside of UW Information Technology (UW-IT). Beyond the University, DSS is a leader in applying business intelligence and data warehousing best practices within an academic environment and we regularly participate in Higher Education Data Warehousing (HEDW) and Educause events.
Learn more about Information Management's strategic priorities for the Enterprise Data Warehouse here.
Decision Support Services Team
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The DSS team organizes itself according to disciplines within data warehousing: data design, technical design, and Business Intelligence. In addition, our group includes metadata management, testing/QA and training & communication.
View the org chart to see DSS team members by name and role.
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