Detroit Regional Chamber opens Mackinac registration: Registration for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference is now open. The Chamber’s signature event to move Michigan forward is once again being held at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island from May 29 -31. Register to be a part of the state’s premier public policy event focused on culture, education and the 21st century global market. The 2013 Conference will feature national experts who will challenge influential decision-makers to work collaboratively to create a globally competitive, financially attractive business environment in Michigan. Island hotels will begin taking reservations for the event on Feb. 1.

Holiday Mixer with Michigan CHI, Michigan UPA, and STC-SM: The Michigan CHI, the Michigan Usability Professionals Association, and the Society for Technical Communication – Southeast Michigan will meet for a joint Holiday Mixer Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St. in Ypsilanti. The event begins with networking at 6, followed by talks, raffles and presentations from 7 to 8, and a Usability Game Show at 8:15. The event is $5 for members of the organizations and $8 for others.  Visit for more information and to register. Presenter Caitlin Potts will offer a talk on “Helping Site Maps Get Their Groove Back.” The Michigan CHI is a local Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Registration Opens for iDashboards’ Annual Users Conference: The Troy-based business intelligence dashboard software developer iDashboards has scheduled its second annual users conference for May 20-23 at the JW Marriott New Orleans in Louisiana. The event is expected to bring dashboard fanatics from around the world together to share their knowledge and experience in the effective design and presentation of business dashboards.  Information regarding the conference and registration can be found at The conference has been designed to provide attendees with a diverse collection of speakers and breakout sessions, offering a well-rounded platform for continued education centered upon iDashboards’ product functionality and business intelligence best practices. This year’s agenda has been based largely around attendee feedback, and will feature business, product and case study tracks. Keynote speaker Tom Wujec will set the tone for the conference as he shares his unique methodology on how to adopt visual thinking as a principal tool to foster innovation. Wujec is widely recognized as a world-renowned expert on innovation, Fellow at Autodesk, and the author of several books including Return on Imagination, Five Star Mind and Imagine Design Create. The conference will also feature customer speakers, a deep dive in iDashboards v8.0’s new product features, networking opportunities and a valuable opportunity for post-conference iDashboards training. iDashboards has issued a “Call for Speakers” for the 2013 Users Conference and is open to all iDashboards Customers and Partners.  Users of iDashboards with a unique or engaging presentation are urged to fill out the application and submit their topic idea.  A link for the “Call for Speakers” application can be found at

Compuware Presents Live Webcast Featuring Independent Research Firm: “Turn APM Data into APM Answers: 5 Best Practices” is the title of a Webcast from Compuware Corp. detailing best practices to help organizations transform application performance data into answers that solve user experience issues. A Webcast for United States attendees will be held twice on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern time and 1 p.m. United Kingdom time. Presenters are Mike Gualtieri, principal analyst at Forrester Research, and Steve Tack, vice president of product management at Compuware.   During this free webcast, attendees will learn trends driving the requirement for APM to deliver more answers, not more data; how new generation APM solutions can collect, store and analyze increasingly complex performance data; and how predictive analytics can be used to provide immediate answers, deeper insight and make it simpler to take preventative action. Register at for the U.S. event and for the Europe event.


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