With the massive amount of data collected in the System Center Operations Manager from all servers and other monitored equipment, IT Operations departments are sitting on a gold mine of data just begging to be used. One of the areas that can benefit from such internal data capital is forecasting. By implementing forecasting processes you can predict the behavior of managed objects some months into the future. This knowledge enables you to act in advance in order to prevent service failures and service level breaches. Most business areas use some kind of forecasting methods when planning new investments, calculating yearly budgets etc. We believe that IT organizations should be no different and start using operational data to gain insights and learn from the past while planning their future.