Lenovo selected as Laptop Program Vendor using Decision Lens Analysis

After an extensive selection process to evaluate vendors for the HSB Student Laptop Program, Lenovo has again been chosen as our preferred partner.  The process was spearheaded by Jeannine Shantz, Manager of the Laptop Program, with the assistance of members of the HSB Technology Committee and key SJU I.T. personnel. Request for Proposals (RFP)s, prepared by Jeannine, were sent to Sony, HP, Gateway, Dell and Lenovo in early October.  HP, Dell and Lenovo submitted proposals; CDW-G responded with a bid for Toshibia (to the proposal sent to Sony); Gateway declined to participate.  

 

Committee members used a Wiki to post documents, meeting minutes, updates, vendor references, independent laptop reviews and comments.  A consensus was reached that the decision would be between Dell and Lenovo.  Dr. Ginny Miori, one of the committee members, used Decision Lens, to guide the process through to a balanced conclusion. Decision Lens uses the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)  to assist in the evaluation of subjective decisions.  The AHP provides a structured framework for setting priorities on each level of the hierarchy using pairwise comparisons, a process of evaluating each pair of decision factors at a given level on the model for their relative importance with respect to their parent.

 

Dr. Miori constructed and sent an AHP instrument to each committee member, asking them to rate the priorities for the laptop program, on a given scale.  This information was then input into Decision Lens and Lenovo emerged as the clear winner.   To see the instrument used by the committee, click here. To access the report generated by Decision Lens, click here.

 

Faculty who are interested in using this software can download it by following the instructions below:

 

To download version 1.10 of the Decision Lens Suite software, go to
www.decisionlens.com and at the bottom click “Client Login”.

Username: release
Password: DLX7963Y

Once there, you will see a link to “Download Decision Lens Suite v1.10”.
Please click that link and save that file to your desktop; it is roughly45 MB in size, so it may take about 20-25 minutes to download over broadband. Once the download is finished, run the new installer and
reboot your computer.

The first time you attempt to run the software, it will prompt you for a license file and provide a unique 13 digit code.  Email that code to license@decisionlens.com and they will send you back the license file.

And the Survey Says…

All courses deliver course evaluation forms at the end of the term, to gather feedback from students on instructor and course effectiveness. Dr. Lucy Ford (Management) takes this concept a step further in her graduate MSHRM class. Using the Survey Manager in Blackboard, Dr. Ford posts a survey in her course for her students to answer about midway through the semester, asking them for feedback: what they like about the course, what they don’t like, what they would change, even what questions they think should be covered on the exam.  This gives her valuable insight into what is/isn’t working, and allows her to make adjustments if needed.  The surveys are anonymous and voluntary, and are available until the course’s end, so students can access it at any time to make suggestions.  Typically, she has had about a 30% response rate from her students.  Dr. Ford says this process has empowered her students to feel they are more a part of the learning process, and has helped her to achieve continuous course improvement in real time.  She plans to expand this strategy to use in her undergraduate courses.

 

For step by step instructions on using the Survey Manager tool, please visit: http://www.utexas.edu/academic/blackboard/tutorials/assess_d/create.html (courtesy of University of Texas at Austin) .  You may also contact the university’s instructional designer, Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu or at X 1772.

W.R.D.S. Training

WRDS training is now available online.  Please visit http://wrds.wharton.upenn.edu/elearning/calendar.shtml for a list of topics, dates and times that will be  offered. The site will be updated soon with next semester’s  sessions. Registration is required. Below is a calendar of the training that will be  offered for the Spring 2009 semester:

Date

Time

Duration

Topic

January 16, 2009    

3pm ET

1 hour

Using WRDS: Research and Teaching                

23-Jan-09

3pm ET

1 hour

Navigating Compustat Xpressfeed

 

 

 

 

13-Feb-09

10am ET

1 hour

Using WRDS: Research and Teaching               

20-Feb-09

3pm ET

1 hour

Navigating Compustat Xpressfeed

 

 

 

 

13-Mar-09

3pm ET

1 hour

Using WRDS: Research and Teaching               

20-Mar-09

3pm ET

1 hour

Navigating CRSP on WRDS

 

 

 

 

10-Apr-09

10am ET

1 hour

Using WRDS: Research and Teaching               

17-Apr-09

10am ET

1 hour

Compustat: Executive Compensation

 

 

 

 

15-May-09

3pm ET

1 hour

Using WRDS: Research and Teaching               

22-May-09

3pm ET

1 hour

SAS in WRDS

 

 

 

 

12-Jun-09

10am ET

1 hour

Using WRDS: Research and Teaching               

19-Jun-09

10am ET

1 hour

IBES data in WRDS

WRDS provides instant access to important databases in the fields of finance, accounting, banking, economics, management, marketing and public policy.  Currently, we have the following subscriptions through WRDS:

CSMAR
Compustat North America
CRSP
Eventus
Mergent FISD
NYSE TAQ

WRDS also provides free access to several other data sources. 
If you still have not requested a WRDS account, you may do so at http://wrds.wharton.upenn.edu

To get started with WRDS, please visit the user guide on the Wall Street Trading Room website at http://www.sju.edu/academics/hsb/finance/wstr/pdf/WRDS_GettingStarted.pdf