Dr. Hugh J. Watson
is a Professor of MIS in the Terry College of Business at the University
of Georgia and a holder of a C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Chair
of Business Administration.
Dr. Watson is one of the world’s leading
scholars and authorities on decision support. He is the author of
22 books and over 100 scholarly journal articles. He helped develop
much of the conceptual foundation for decision support systems in
the 1970’s and applied his knowledge and expertise to executive
information systems in the 1980’s. Alan Paller, Editor of
the EIS Conference Report, described Hugh as “the nation’s
foremost EIS researcher…a walking encyclopedia of what works
and what doesn’t.” Over the past ten years, Dr. Watson
has specialized in data warehousing.
Dr. Watson is a multiple winner of the Society
for Information Management’s Paper Competition. This is the
field’s most prestigious award for applied information systems
work. In 1986, he was awarded second place for the EIS at Lockheed-Georgia.
In 1993 he won first place in the SIM competition for the methodology
used to assess the benefits of the EIS at Conoco, and in 1999 he
won the SIM competition for the customer-oriented data warehouse
at the First American Corporation. In 2000, he won honorable mention
for the business to business intelligent extranet at Owens&Minor.
Dr. Watson has consulted with numerous global organizations,
including the World Bank, Intel, IBM, Arthur Andersen, Conoco, and
Glaxo. He has also conducted hundreds of executive development programs.
Dr. Watson is a recognized leader in the academic
community. He was conference chair for DSS-90, program chair for
the 1995 Association for Information Systems conference, and serves
on the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences executive
committee. Dr. Watson was elected to the Decision Sciences Institute’s
Executive Council, served on the organizing committee for the Association
for Information Systems, elected as an AIS Americas Region Council
Member, and was twice a candidate for AIS president.
Dr. Watson is a Fellow of The Data Warehousing
Institute, the leading professional organization for data warehousing
professionals. He is a regular speaker at their conferences, serves
as the Senior Editor of the Business Intelligence Journal, helps
run TDWI’s Best Practices and Leadership Competitions, and
conducts TDWI sponsored research. Recently, he co-directed a major
industry study on customer relationship management.
Dr. Watson is the Senior Director of the Teradata
University Network, a free portal for faculty who teach and research
data warehousing, BI/DSS, and database. A companion resource, the
Teradata Student Network is used by students to learn about data
warehousing, BI/DSS, and database.
Dr. Watson is the Consulting Editor for John Wiley
& Sons Computing and Information Processing series. For the
past 17 years, he has helped Wiley develop all of their information
systems textbooks for the college and university market.