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Webinar examines 3000 sites' plans for 2012

MB Foster is putting together a 45-minute briefing, including time to pose questions, for planning 2012 IT projects. The "Planning for 2012" training session is scheduled for 2PM Eastern US time Wednesday (October 12). Signup is at the MB Foster website. Participants will be able to ask questions and discuss data management strategies and plans.

The company's CEO Birket Foster says the webinar is based upon the "big plans" his company has discussed with some customers.

Some of them are related to the synchronization of data between applications, Business Intelligence (BI) and dashboarding. In fact, we have even seen some substantial RFP requests for solutions that match this requirement.

In other areas, clients are looking to unplug legacy systems through decommissioning -- but quickly realized that there are processes that need to be followed for compliance, and where data needs to be available for warranty tracking, or sales tax audits.

The scope of the webinar series this year from MB Foster has been broad. The latest seminar looks at dashboarding as well as putting HP 3000s to rest. These are topics that can be related, since dashboarding is a concept built around improving data reporting for an entire enterprise, regardless of platform.

You won't hear much discussion about dashboarding among classic 3000 managers, but it's had management fans for as long as BI has been crucial to enterprise planning. BI is one of the top 10 strategic technologies companies are investing in for 2012, according to reports from agencies such as Gartner.

Dashboarding is essential to growing a business in a smart way. People are realizing that if they could be planning more proactively, doing reporting and getting to a "single version of the truth," they could stay on top of their business better.

One business consultant, Benny Austin, has posted a superior checklist to evaluate what the four types of user groups need from dashboarding tools.

• Information Consumers: The decision makers who drive change management strategies based on the information presented. (In certain cases Information Consumers could be the general public.)
• Power Users: Those who build and publish dashboards.
• Developers: Those who build and maintain the information sources for dashboards.
• Administrators: Those who manage and regulate the hardware, software and application infrastructure.

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