Robin heads the Jinfo Research division. Original research is at the heart of Jinfo and underpins all our activities, from editorial content to webinars, consulting and Community sessions. Robin has has been working with Jinfo since 2004 and is responsible for strategic planning, developing proprietary research-based tools, partnerships and alliances, and consulting.
She is proud to be a contributor of a chapter on strategic content portfolio management in "The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management".
Prior to joining Jinfo, Robin ran a research and communications consulting business for 10 years. As a consultant, she focused on strategic planning, change management, and using information to make better decisions.
Working with a wide range of organisations in the for-profit and non-profit sector. Robin has developed online communities, publications and distance learning modules for a range of business purposes. She is the author of Teach Beyond Your Reach: An instructor's guide to developing and running successful distance learning classes, workshops, training sessions and more (second edition, Cyber Age, 2012) and the co-author of E-Merchant: Retail Strategies for e-Commerce (Addison-Wesley, 2001).
Robin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Articles by Robin Neidorf:
Legal purchasing in the UK - Comparing satisfaction of LexisLibrary and Westlaw UKWednesday, 2nd December 2020
This is the second article of a three-part report on Jinfo's survey findings on the satisfaction levels amongst information managers in the top 200 law firms by revenue. Part two focuses on user satisfaction with content, technology and features and overall value of LexisLibrary and Westlaw UK.
Legal purchasing in the UK - needs and trendsMonday, 30th November 2020
Jinfo has been surveying the UK's top law firms in relation to their purchasing needs for more than 10 years. In the first of a three-part report, we take a look at this year's results, which reflects the significant impact of M&A activities within the industry. We look specifically at user comfort, integration of a product into their workflows and vendor relationships.
Research update - how many of these statements make you say "yes"?Thursday, 19th November 2020
With a new year just around the corner, now is the time to prepare for a more positive and productive 2021. Find out how Jinfo can help you do this with its worksheet and tailored Consulting sessions.
2021 budgets, the future of information, and youWednesday, 11th November 2020
Budget planning for 2021 will already be a challenging enough process without navigating the impact of the pandemic on your organisation. Jinfo Consulting enables you to meet the demands of preparing a budget by using our expertise to help you link value to your organisation's strategy. Take the opportunity to effectively align your goals and build strategic foresight for success.
Research update - contracts, risks, users... it's all about valueThursday, 5th November 2020
Jinfo's Consulting Pilot on Value Chain is helping its customers negotiate better and manage risk. Find out how we can also help you with strategy and team goals for the coming year.
Strengthen your information contract renewals with value chain analysisThursday, 29th October 2020
Negotiating information contracts with vendors can be difficult without enough data on the true value derived from a product. Jinfo's Consulting Pilot on Value Chain enables you to define the impact of products on generating revenue, enabling efficiency and managing risk. Take ownership of value and better navigate these negotiations.
Research update - counting down 2020, prepping for 2021Thursday, 22nd October 2020
As we approach the end of a challenging year, now is a good time to evaluate where your information team is and focus on the key areas where you can take positive action in the new year. Find out how Jinfo can help with Consulting, workshops and Community sessions.
Research update - transform your toughest contract renewalThursday, 8th October 2020
At the end of a challenging year, rely on Jinfo's support by signing up for one of our Community sessions for peer input and advice, along with our research for applying value chain concepts to your licensing conversations.
Research update - "What's the value?" Show the ROIThursday, 24th September 2020
With all the pressures this year, you're probably having to prioritise your time more than ever. Our prioritisation worksheet can help you justify the time and effort needed for value chain analysis.
Research update - pilot your organisation in the direction of valueThursday, 10th September 2020
Our Consulting Pilot on Value Chain can help you make the case for value chain analysis. Tailor your pilot to the unique characteristics, goals and challenges of your organisation with knowledge, guidance and the industry-wide perspective of our analysts.
Research update - Questions about value chain... answeredThursday, 20th August 2020
Join Jinfo's free online discussions in September and find out how value chain analysis can transform your information service, using real-world experiences of customers and providing exercises you can start immediately.
Research update - Let's talk about value and how to communicate itThursday, 6th August 2020
Join the conversation on value chain analysis by signing up to one of Jinfo's free online discussions in September and find out how you can use this transformative process to measure against your organisation's goals.
Facing the ROI challenge? Value chain analysis is the answerMonday, 27th July 2020
The challenge of connecting information to business goals like efficiency, innovation and generating revenue is top of mind for most information teams. Use Jinfo's framework of analysing value chains to demonstrate ROI, connect information with business outcomes, and develop metrics-based dialogue with stakeholders in terms they understand.
Research update - Measure impact - analyse your value chainThursday, 23rd July 2020
To demonstrate and improve value you need to be able to define it. Find out how Jinfo's Focus on Value Chain can help you measure, report and increase the value of your information team.
Research update - risk assessment for every information teamThursday, 9th July 2020
Jinfo offers a wide range of resources, including our latest Briefings, a confidential online service tailored to your needs and our Focus on Risk Assessment. Find out how we can help you in our latest newsletter.
Putting the value chain togetherThursday, 2nd July 2020
This article looks at how to compile effective reports to demonstrate the value of information expertise and products and show stakeholders that an investment of resources in this area is beneficial to the business overall. It also includes a practical worksheet to help you develop your reporting framework.
Note: This article is part of the Focus on Value Chain.
Measurement - selecting and collecting dataMonday, 29th June 2020
If you've been working through the activities in our recent series of articles on the value chain, you'll no doubt be some way towards creating your own set of components of success for your organisation, covering innovation, risk management and revenue. This article guides you in the next steps on this journey by helping you define and use your datapoints to optimise your workflow.
Research update - the risky business of information licensingThursday, 25th June 2020
Although you may not be able to attend in-person industry events this spring, you can still count on Jinfo for its wealth of resources and remote events to support your information licensing and risk assessment needs. Find out what's coming up in our latest newsletter.
Your contributions to the value chainWednesday, 17th June 2020
In this article, we take a closer look at the value chain and how you can further business goals such as efficiency, innovation, and risk management. Find out how you can document information products and services to enhance the value of information.
How well do you know the value chain?Tuesday, 16th June 2020
Whilst many information teams are already aware of the information needs of their users and its value, there's always room for improvement. The activity outlined in this article will help you reassess your assumptions about the components of success, whether for efficiency, innovation or risk management and help you better understand the value chain.
Research update - Think about - and act on - information risk assessmentThursday, 11th June 2020
Taking time to think and exchange ideas about the challenges of business information is an important way to support your organisation so why not sign up for Jinfo's next Community session and give yourself this valuable time to think.
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Jinfo survey - challenges facing information teamsMonday, 8th June 2020
Jinfo recently carried out a market research survey on behalf of Springer Nature designed to elicit the opinions of corporate information centres on open access materials, products and services and how they determine value.
The report provides analysis of user feedback from 108 respondents...
Jinfo survey - the role of information professionals in a data-driven worldThursday, 27th February 2020
This three-part report looks at the survey responses of information professionals to gauge current data-related needs and expertise amongst information teams.
This report includes three chapters:
Part 1 - introduction and survey population
Part 2 - evolving roles of information...
Jinfo model - closing the confidence gapWednesday, 5th February 2020
This model looks at the results of Jinfo's research on the professional landscape for information teams in the data-driven world, including how confident they feel in a number of data-related areas such as information sourcing and licensing. It also offers a framework for evaluating your own...
Jinfo model - real-world ROI of external dataThursday, 16th January 2020
To some, it may seem as if the ongoing value of the external data sources your organisation invests in is hard to quantify. Jinfo's model will guide you in developing your own approach, and show how your business goals should set the context on how to gauge return on investment.
Research Focus Insights and Actions "The Information Centre of Excellence - commercial, consultative, collaborative"Monday, 6th January 2020
The flexible model of an Information Centre of Excellence developed through Jinfo's research provides a framework for evaluating and improving your strategy, operations and impact by:
balancing focus on information strategy
enabling end-users throughout the organisation to access the...
Alignment with the Information Centre of Excellence modelThursday, 12th December 2019
Jinfo recently spoke to the heads of seven information services in order to better understand what contributes to an Information Centre of Excellence with our model as an example. We asked them to map their current services to the model and self-assess their departments with regard to the key...
Improving success through project pilotingThursday, 21st November 2019
In a series of articles on project piloting, we look at what it is, why it's important and how you can successfully implement projects with the use of carefully crafted purpose statements and a pilot plan. We'll also explore what you need to do at the end of every pilot project to increase its...
Jinfo research on UK legal purchasing preferences and needs 2019Thursday, 7th November 2019
Jinfo's research into purchasing trends and preferences in the UK legal market is now in its ninth year and for this year's survey we aimed for a more refined approach to create closer alignment between our questions relating to what teams value and the satisfaction ratings given to specific...
Maturity model on remote teamsTuesday, 29th October 2019
Jinfo's maturity model for successful remote teams is based on variables that make it successful including structure, process, transparency and governance. This model explores each of these in more detail with a particular focus on operations and communications.
Use these as a gauge to...
Jinfo model - "pillars of service"Monday, 7th October 2019
Your department probably has many areas of expertise that can be clustered together to form a "pillar of service" and this model explores what they are, how to define them and some worksheets to help you develop them.
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Jinfo model - recipe capture and optimisationMonday, 7th October 2019
Having an optimised workflow involves making more efficient use of people's time and to do this you need to identify common activities by creating a "recipe" for each of them. This model looks at how you and others can achieve this with the help of our framework which enables you to make the best...
Jinfo model - "known fors"Wednesday, 2nd October 2019
Realising your value as an information professional within your organisation is key. Jinfo's model "known fors", a visioning activity that can be used as part of the strategic planning process, can help you clarify where you have the best opportunity to provide value within the organisation....
Research Focus Insights and Actions "Intelligence systems - intelligence 2020"Tuesday, 1st October 2019
In the 10 years plus we've been researching developments in news and current awareness, we've predicted and then seen a significant shift from current awareness to intelligence systems.
However, the concept of "intelligence" can be difficult to describe let alone measure. Its purpose may be...
Jinfo survey - current awareness and intelligence 2020Monday, 23rd September 2019
Every year since 2007, Jinfo has been surveying its customers about their preferences in relation to news aggregation services and current awareness. This year's survey results reveal how current awareness and intelligence systems are managed and deployed throughout the organisation.
Adopting technology for discovery 2019Wednesday, 21st August 2019
Jinfo's research on discovery tools and priorities looks at the adoption of technology for content discovery by information professionals across a range of industries. Now in its third year, we set out to build on research from the last two years with a focus on science-based research...
Jinfo model - measuring the impact of current awarenessThursday, 1st August 2019
In the age of measuring value, it's important to be able to determine the ROI of your current awareness service. Jinfo's model breaks down the variables of value and guides you through the process of determining what you're trying to achieve, how well you are achieving it, and the balance of...
Jinfo model - evaluating information productsWednesday, 24th July 2019
Jinfo has been conducting in-depth product reviews for over 15 years and during that time we've been able to devise a model to help us better evaluate information products. Find out how our model can make the product evaluation process easier for you by saving time and informing your work with...
Documenting the value chainFriday, 5th July 2019
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation" , we look at how the information team adds value to the business in six different areas, from growing revenue to smarter decisions. In each area we identify the steps you take in the value...
Research Focus Insights and Actions "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation"Friday, 28th June 2019
Now in its third year, Jinfo's benchmarking Research Focus is a unique resource specific to information professionals and essential for information centres around the world.
In this report you'll discover our top three insights from our director of research, Robin Neidorf plus links to help...
Jinfo benchmarking research 2019Friday, 28th June 2019
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation" , we have added to the previous two years' worth of data in areas including organisational structure, team size, areas of strategic focus and approach to content purchasing and licensing. The...
Jinfo model - reporting into central strategyTuesday, 18th June 2019
Although not that common, there's been an increase in the number of information teams reporting into a central strategy group. It offers a strategic approach to addressing the most important cross-departmental challenges of the business and as a result, we're likely to see more organisations...
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Focus on Value Chain
Director of Research Robin Neidorf describes the benefits of a Consulting Pilot on Value Chain, to tailor this process to your needs and environment:
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Consulting Pilot on Value Chain