MEGAPUTER Intelligence Inc. announced that it has partnered with Prentice Hall and provided a suite of Megaputer data analysis software tools to accompany two new Prentice Hall books: Decision Support Systems in the 21st Century and Modern Data Warehousing, Mining, and Visualization by Prof. George M. Marakas.

These new Prentice Hall textbooks, aimed at MBA and information systems students, discuss the utilization of modern IT systems in the decision making process of business managers. The first edition of the book Decision Support Systems in the 21st Century was used as the main textbook for various decision support-related courses at dozens of universities worldwide.

The current aggressive industry trend for using advanced DSS tools to make better business decisions created the need for a new generation of textbooks going beyond an overview of the field and providing students with the hands-on experience in using standard data analysis systems. Responding to this challenge, a recent addition of the leading data mining tools from Megaputer helps the new Prentice Hall books stand out as the first textbooks supplementing the theoretical background of business students with practical data analysis skills sought by employers.

"I selected the Megaputer software suite to accompany my new books because it offered means for meeting key analytical challenges faced by today’s decision makers," says Professor George Marakas, book author. "Efficiently discovering and reporting knowledge dispersed in data, Megaputer tools help introduce students to leading data analysis and visualization techniques. In addition, Megaputer Educational Program facilitates a smooth continuation of the joint use of the textbooks and the software tools beyond the evaluation period."

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