Program Rationale – It is the information age. Data and information are available in plenty. Decisions are made based on data. Decisions decide the future plans. This program is critically important as we seek to make decisions, both short term and long term. Rational and Innovative thinking help define what we want to see at the end of an exercise. Goal or end objectives need to be fairly well defined before setting out. Authentic data is an important requirement for the veracity of documentation. Methods like survey questionnaires, interviews, periodicity, quick and timely use of data are important in the use of data. Practical hands on experiential learning to work with the fundamental principles in data collection and data management will be the focus. Arithmetic and statistical data management is not the focus. The program is designed to meet the needs of Managers of Retail, chemical, Hospitality, Health care, Services and Textile sectors who plan to meet the needs of today with plans which will be good long term. The challenges of a changing world, makes this effort, a real challenge. Workforce composition, skills levels change – do you want to plan manpower requirement Changing technologies, robotics, Hand phones, Access to information, Cyber security – how do you plan storage, access and safety of your information Design, aesthetics, trends, cross cultural availabilities – can you be the latest or even a little ahead be it cosmetics or health care You will find answers to many of these questions by debating and thinking through. The program will trigger thoughts and discussions by a facilitator, who is looking for developing your abilities to ask questions and find answers for your company. At the end of the program you will have a Plan on what data you need to collect to help you make decisions that will have a long-term impact Understanding of a few methods of collecting data in a consistent manner and wetting it for authenticity Set of questions you need to ask Holding data for supporting decisions – access, security Relevance of the data to decide the life of a decision Logical sequencing of information for the right information Program methodology : Experiential and interactive working on small details and very basic styles to ensure a sound base for higher levels of work in the same space.