37th e-Macao Seminar: Navigating in the Sea of Information, or Business Intelligence to Enhance Decisions that Matter
7 Dec 2011 10:30
7 Dec 2011 12:00
Dr. Henk G. Sol
Professor of Business and ICT and Founding Dean
Faculty of Economics and Business
University of Groningen
SAFP Auditorium, Public Administration Building, Rua do Campo, no. 162
In our ambient society information is anywhere anytime. But how do policy and decision makers navigate in the sea of information and use these abundant information in an organization to improve decision making?
Creating business process agility and providing decision enhancement services are two key drivers of research in the discipline of business and information and communication technology (ICT). Improving business processes in the public and private sector and enhancing decision making in an ambient society are of the utmost relevance.
The role of Business Intelligence and Decision Enhancement Services is illustrated around various issues that matter, like:
How can we provide health care in rural areas in an integrated way? How can we apply Business Intelligence instruments to develop customized care contracts? How do web-portals look like, integrating health care, community services and commercial applications? How to organize integrated wireless planning systems for patient logistics?
How do the applications in Europe compare with those elsewhere in the world? What are critical factors in e-Government in developing countries? Are authorities ready for the new wave of ICT abundancy? What is the effectiveness of intelligent agricultural information services? How to develop smart infrastructures for traffic, energy and water?
- e-Business processes
What are the consequences of applying the concept of Software as a Service in service industries, e.g. in logistics, in finance, in health care and cure? How to develop agile services for smart communities in an ambient society? What will be the role of the Internet of Things? What is the appropriate architecture of Traffic Management Systems? How to develop BI for SMEs?
This talk will elaborate on some of these applications of business intelligence and decision services, particularly those in the domain of e-government.
Henk Sol, Professor and Founding Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at Groningen University, The Netherlands, was born in 1951 near Groningen. In 1974 he received an M.A. in Econometrics, Operations research and Information Systems from the University of Groningen. In 1982 here he also received a PhD on the subject of "Simulation in Information Systems Development".
From 1974 to 1984 Sol was assistant professor at the University of Groningen, where he was involved in the development and control of a Masters Program in Information Systems within the School of Economics and Management Science. In 1984 he became professor of Information Systems Development at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), where he developed the Department of Information Systems to one of the leading Information Engineering Schools in Europe. In 1992 he became Professor of Systems Engineering at Delft University of Technology.
Since 2004 he is Professor of Business Engineering and ICT at Groningen University. From 1992 to 1998 Sol was founding Dean of the new School for Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at the TU Delft. He prepared the merger, in 1998, into the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM). From 1999 to 2004 he was appointed as Scientific Director of Delft Institute for Information technology in Systems Engineering (DITSE). From 2000 tot 2003 he was again Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Policy & Management. From 2004 to 2008 he was founding Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business at the University of Groningen. He is also an external review at the MIT Portugal Program that was launched in October 2006.
He serves or acts in editorial roles with journals as "Decision Support Systems", "Electronic Journal of E-commerce", "Organizational Science", "Communications of AIS" and "Information and Management". He is member of IFIP TC 8, W.G. 8.1, 8.2, 8.4 and one of the founding fathers of AIS as one of its first vice-presidents.
Sol has acted as a management consultant for several governments and large range of national and international organizations since 1972. He is chairman/member of the (Supervisory) Board of Directors of several companies, currently at Joh. Enschedé BV, and Groningen Airport Eelde NV.
He received the IFIP Outstanding Service Award as well as the IFIP Silver Core. In 2003 the TU Delft TPM Faculty initiated an annual Henk G. Sol Award for faculty members and PhD students for the best paper or publication, in honor of Prof. Henk Sol, who may be regarded as the "founding father" of TPM.