Your Group Decision Support System


A complete and user-friendly electronic meeting system is the Group Decision Support System (GDSS), also called Group Decision Room (GDR) or acceleration room. Spilter is a Group Decision Support System that enables you to analyse knowledge and opinions quickly and accurately.

What is a Group Decision Support System?

A Group Decision Support System provides support and assistance with creative sessions, selecting solutions, evaluating projects, strategic planning and budgeting.  A Group Decision Room (GDR) is also ideal for creating a summary of the opinions and the relationships within the group.  You can use the GDR to assess points of view, but you can also use it to evaluate a product or to come up with a (new) strategy.

Reduce meeting time

Group Decision Support Systems were created around 1980 with the purpose to help senior management and professional groups to come to a consensus.  The effectiveness of a Group Decision Support System has been regularly studied these past few years.  Research shows that meeting time can be reduced by up to fifty percent when using a GDSS like Spilter. An added benefit is that decisions can be made easier and much more rationally.

Different time and place

A Group Decision Support System session can be set up in different ways: at the same time and the same place (Spilter Decision Room), the same time and at different places (Spilter Online) and at different times and different places (Spilter Online).

The four phases of the Spilter Group Decision Room

The phases of the decision making process in the Group Decision Room follow the Spilter funnel.

1. Assessment: The creative thinking phase, an open mind. During this first phase you gather information, hold discussions and you gauge opinions.

2. Categorisation phase: The phase of applying structure.  You sort the input given by the participants into categories, for example, main issues versus minor issues, short-term versus long-term.

3. Prioritisation phase: This phase is all about setting priorities. You take the results from the earlier phases and gauge the collective opinion. The session will now start to focus more on decision making.

4. Decision making phase: The final confirmation phase where you make decisions, possibly by conducting a vote.

The advantages of Spilter:
  • Meeting time can be cut in half
  • It is easier to make rational decisions
  • You can begin a session at different times and places
  • An unlimited number of people can participate in the process, regardless of where they are located and without any additional costs
  • Clearly formulated graphs and reports help to make ideas easy to understand

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