Andrew Lucas
Contributing Editor

Andrew is a consultant with global experience in the online business information market. He has worked in executive roles for a number of leading business information companies, including Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters and Factiva. His expertise includes strategy, business development and M&A, as well as content licensing and managing third party distribution. As a consultant with FinTech Partners, Andrew has undertaken numerous projects in the content and information sectors. He is also the managing director of the Africa Alert current awareness service which provides coverage of local and international business news from across Africa.

Email: andrew.lucas@fintechp.com

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Articles by Andrew Lucas:


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Digimind Intelligence (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Monday, 8th October 2018

In the final part of our review of Digimind Intelligence, we examine how it performs in areas such as monitoring web and social media and enterprise-wide publishing, and plans for future developments. We also look at the competitor landscape, from Hootsuite to Commetric, Factiva and Comintelli.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3064


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Digimind Intelligence (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Friday, 5th October 2018

In part 3 of our review of the Digimind Intelligence platform for market intelligence professionals, we review the search and user interface, built around three different user experiences; the wide range of options for publishing and sharing information; and the administration functions.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3064


Jinfo Subscription Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus on intelligence systems
Friday, 5th October 2018

Current awareness continues to be a key focus for many information centres with the availability of more options than ever before. This article looks back at some of the content Jinfo has published over recent months in the Research Focus "Intelligence systems - beyond awareness to action", in relation to the provision of current awareness, content aggregation services, and intelligence systems and gives readers a chance to reflect on some of the issues involved when choosing a current awareness or intelligence platform.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Digimind Intelligence (sources - content & coverage)
Thursday, 4th October 2018

In part 2 of our review of market intelligence and web monitoring platform, Digimind Intelligence, we review how to set up search queries, key sources covered - from blogs to videos. We also look at industry sectors covered and news aggregator connectors, including the link with Factiva.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3064


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Digimind Intelligence (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

In part 1 of our review of Digimind Intelligence we look at the key advantages of this competitive and market intelligence product and how it supports the organisation's strategic decision-making. We also outline key customer groups, sectors, look at changes since last reviewed and how Digimind Intelligence and Digimind Social complement each other.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3064


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with ISI Emerging Markets - insights into product development
Thursday, 23rd August 2018

ISI Emerging Markets Group is a leading global provider of data, analysis and research on developing economies. Incorporating two well-known emerging market information and data brands, CEIC and EMIS, it brings together news, research and analytical data and peer comparisons for over 125 emerging markets. The company was sold in April of this year and having recently published a product review and product roadmap strategy, Jinfo wanted to learn more about the new company structure and the product development process at ISI.


Jinfo Subscription Mini review of Manzama Insights - market analytics and AI power strategic decision-making
Thursday, 19th July 2018

Manzama caters to those in the legal, accounting and financial fields with an easy-to-use market intelligence platform which offers innovative searching and filtering features, tailored to the needs of its audience. 

Our most recent review of Manzama Base, the specialised market intelligence platform, was published this time last year. In our latest review, we look at Manzama Insights, which was launched earlier this year and is the analytics application for Base. Insights uses the same content set of 80,000 websites and social media sources and this review provides some background information on Manzama Base and a detailed explanation of how Insights was developed; highlights its value and use-cases; explores its content and integration partnerships with premium content providers, such as D&B, LexisNexis and the Financial Times; reviews the platform's technology, particularly in relation to the user interface, ease of use and outputs and alerts; and covers product maturity and development plans along with pricing information.


Jinfo Subscription Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus on benchmarking models
Monday, 9th July 2018

Comparing our information services to others and looking at how we might improve or alter our services, structure and measures of value are at the heart of our Research Focus, "Benchmark information roles - Jinfo models of excellence". This article highlights some of the articles, interviews, models, webinars and Community sessions within the Research Focus and which organisations can use as fuel for innovation.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with NERA - using Altarama RefTracker to manage information flow
Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Jinfo spoke to Barbara Hirsh, director of Information Resources & Knowledge Management at NERA Economic Consulting, along with two of her colleagues to find out a bit more about the group and how they use Altarama's RefTracker, a browser-based reference and enquiry management system, to manage the information flow to and from its staff. She spoke about why they started using RefTracker, how they use it along with some of the benefits it offers.


Jinfo Subscription Mini review of TIBCO Spotfire
Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

With a growing number of companies needing data analytics tools, there are plenty of products available on the market to help them do this. One such tool is data analytics platform TIBCO Spotfire, which we last reviewed in 2015. We revisit this "enterprise-class analytics platform that helps both business and technical users quickly explore data to develop actionable insights, without requiring IT intervention".


Jinfo Subscription Product review of InfoNgen (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Wednesday, 18th April 2018

In the final part of our new product review of InfoNgen, a web monitoring and aggregation service from EPAM Systems, we highlight the product's key value, in particular, its search functionality, industry vertical focus, and distribution capabilities. We also look at the help and training available as well as its competitors from Cision and Meltwater in the PR market to Manzama and LexisNexis Newsdesk in the legal market, whilst in the corporate sector, there is Digimind, Dow Jones Factiva, and Comintelli. The company also has some exciting product developments in the pipeline including the enablement of artificial intelligence (AI) and voice-activated query building.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2989


Jinfo Subscription Product review of InfoNgen (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Tuesday, 17th April 2018

In the third part of Jinfo's fresh product review of InfoNgen, a web monitoring and aggregation service from EPAM Systems, we look at the mix of proprietary and open source technology used by the product, how searches can be filtered using facets, its taxonomies, and categories, as well as its visualisation features, alerts and newsletters. We also take a look at the administrative functions within the product, including the ability to set up alerts, newsletters, and widgets and receive monthly reports.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2989


Jinfo Subscription Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus "The information team with the right stuff"
Monday, 16th April 2018

We live in a fast-moving world and being able to adapt to change is a key requirement for information professionals. Whilst their existing knowledge and skills are still important, they are increasingly being called upon to provide services in new ways. This is what our Research Focus, "The information team with the right stuff", is all about and this article highlights some of the articles, interviews, webinars and Community sessions we've recently published which illustrate how information teams can achieve long-term relevance.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of InfoNgen (sources - content & coverage)
Monday, 16th April 2018

In the second part of our new product review of InfoNgen, a web monitoring and aggregation service from EPAM Systems, we take a detailed look at the wide range of business and professional sources available within the product, along with its coverage and how it processes content.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2989


Jinfo Subscription Product review of InfoNgen (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Friday, 13th April 2018

In the first part of our new full product review of InfoNgen, a current awareness solution serving the legal, pharmaceutical and financial markets, we give an outline of the company and product, look at some of its key advantages, use-cases, as well as all changes introduced to the product since our last review in 2013.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2989


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with EY - managing a multinational information team
Monday, 9th April 2018

We interview Jantinus Meints, global director of external content at EY, to find out how this leading multinational professional services firm organises its content and procurement to service its users around the world.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of AlphaSense (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 16th March 2018

The final part of our product review of AlphaSense, a company search engine for analysts, researchers, and other financial professionals, looks at the value the product provides to its users, as well as the help and training available and its competitors, including Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, FactSet, S&P Capital IQ, Acuris, Moody's Bureau van Dijk and Prequin. The company also has plans to improve the product and we take a look at some of the possible developments, pricing is also covered.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2973


Jinfo Subscription Product review of AlphaSense (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Thursday, 15th March 2018

In the third part of our product review of AlphaSense, a company search engine for analysts, researchers, and other financial professionals, we look at the way users can search and interact with the product. Specifically, its use of search and algorithms to index content, as well as machine learning. With its core focus on information on quoted companies, we look at the range of search filters and results that can be obtained and how users can upload their own content. As well as this, we take a look at the administrative functions.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2973


Jinfo Subscription Product review of AlphaSense (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Continuing our product review of AlphaSense, a company search engine for analysts, researchers, and other financial professionals, we look at the range of content available. Coverage is global and users can incorporate premium content, amongst other.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2973


Jinfo Subscription Product review of AlphaSense (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 13th March 2018

In the first part of our product review of AlphaSense, a company search engine for analysts, researchers, and other financial professionals, we look at the company and product, its key advantages and the many awards it has won. We look at who typically uses the product, including investment managers, global banks, research firms and corporations. We also take a look at some practical use-cases including investment research, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, private equity, investment banking and business research.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2973


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with InfoNgen - news aggregation & personalisation engine
Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Jinfo interviewed Serge Velychko of InfoNgen, a current awareness solution serving the legal, pharmaceutical and financial markets, to find out about its parent company, EPAM Systems, and how the product continues to evolve. We also focus on its tagging technology and industry-specific taxonomies and how these help clients build customised solutions.


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Reports by Andrew Lucas:


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Digimind Intelligence
Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

We review Digimind Intelligence, a competitive intelligence and web monitoring product aimed at market and competitive intelligence professionals in industries from banking to pharmaceutical and agro-food. Since our last review, in 2009 - when the product was known as Digimind 9 - it has...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of InfoNgen
Friday, 13th April 2018

We last reviewed InfoNgen, the web monitoring and aggregation service, in 2013 and in this fresh new review we revisit the product to see what's changed. The InfoNgen discovery portal is a semantic web discovery platform that provides content discovery and text analytics solutions for...


Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - private equity/venture capital resources
Wednesday, 14th March 2018

This market landscape gives an overview of 12 private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) products: Bloomberg Bureau van Dijk Dow Jones - VentureSource FactSet Research Mergermarket Perfect Information - PI Navigator PitchBook Prequin PrivCo S&P Capital IQ...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of AlphaSense
Tuesday, 13th March 2018

AlphaSense is a company search engine for analysts, researchers, and other financial professionals who wish to search and analyse corporate filings and other research documents. Having only been introduced to the market in 2011, it has already won many awards. It uses proprietary linguistic...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of S&P Capital IQ
Monday, 2nd October 2017

The S&P Capital IQ platform is a web-based platform providing highly structured, in-depth financial data and information on over 63,000 public and 4.5 million private companies, as well as data on markets, industries and people. The platform provides sophisticated tools for analysis,...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Credinform Globas-i
Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Credinform Globas-i is an online database of Russian companies and entrepreneurs as well as businesses from the Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. This review evaluates the English-language interface which gives access to very detailed reports on a wide range of companies, helping users to enhance...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of EMIS Professional
Tuesday, 8th November 2016

EMIS Professional specialises in providing business intelligence on emerging markets. It has evolved from EMISPro with significant redesign including a new user interface and improvements to navigation and functionality. This review: Introduces EMIS Professional and how it has...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of MarketScape
Monday, 19th September 2016

MarketScape MS4 is a content integration platform which is used by market intelligence and information management professionals in mid-size and large international companies to search, manage and access external open access and licensed information.  This review: Introduces...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of ReferenceUSA
Monday, 15th August 2016

ReferenceUSA, from parent company Infogroup, is an online research tool that provides business and consumer data on millions of US and Canadian businesses, households, consumers, and doctors and dentists. It is made available to end users through 85% of large public libraries in the US, as well...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of PrivCo
Wednesday, 24th February 2016

Private company and investor database PrivCo provides difficult-to-source data on non-publicly traded companies including family-owned, private equity-owned, venture-backed and international unlisted companies as well as information on mergers and acquisitions and private equity and...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Cortera Pulse
Wednesday, 27th January 2016

Cortera Pulse is a business credit risk monitoring and intelligence database. This review reveals how it has shaken up the analysis of business-to-business risk assessment and distinguished itself from other B2B players. This review: Describes the target audience and identifies how...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Findout
Friday, 22nd January 2016

Review of the recently-launched strategic decision support tool Findout, designed to identify relevant research content and competitive intelligence from the web. This review: Provides examples of key selling points and the value Findout provides purchasers. Considers the...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of LexisNexis Publisher
Monday, 12th January 2015

LexisNexis Publisher is a professional current awareness solution whose sources include premium news and legal content as well as web news and social media content. Users include those in corporate, legal and government, in areas from competitive intelligence to marketing. This review:...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Know Your Customer
Friday, 24th October 2014

This collection of FreePint articles on the topic of risk and compliance covers those included in the FreePint Topic Series: What You Need to Know Your Customer (KYC) . The articles tackle topics from the changing compliance culture to free resources for managing risk and keeping compliant. A...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Product Review of EMISPRO
Tuesday, 28th January 2014

ISI's Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) platform has been completely rebuilt and EMIS PRO has been launched as the professional version of the product aimed at investment bankers, researchers, credit analysts and business development users. An outstanding collection of emerging markets...


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