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Decision Support System for the Agri-food Sector – The Sousacamp Group Case

  • Frederico Branco
  • Ramiro Gonçalves
  • José Martins
  • Manuel Pérez Cota
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 353)

Abstract

The agri-food organizations evolution, and its inherent need for well supported decision making, has led to an increase on the integration of IT/IS into their business and operational processes. With this in mind, an analysis was performed to the use of systems designed to support business decisions, thus allowing to acknowledge that there was none that answered to the needs inherent to organization from the mushroom production sector. This led to the definition and implementation of a DSS system, with the necessary features and qualities, which would help the mentioned activity sector needs. This DSS was designed and tested in a real environment through the implementation of a case study within a eatable mushrooms production company named “Sousacamp Group”. With the implementation of the proposed DSS, the referred business group has reported an increased in their performance levels and decision making accuracy.

Keywords

IS Data Visualization BI SSBI DSS Agri-food Sousacamp Group 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederico Branco
    • 1
  • Ramiro Gonçalves
    • 1
    • 2
  • José Martins
    • 1
  • Manuel Pérez Cota
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TECUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Universidade de VigoVigoSpain

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