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.
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Alteryx - applying technology to real world problemsFriday, 31st May 2019
This article looks at some of the issues explored in a recent webinar held by Alteryx, the data science and analytics software company, and presented by Nick Jewell and Sumit Paul-Choudhury. It looked at the history of computing and artificial intelligence and some of the issues that have started to emerge from its use. It also focused on the use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and ends with a useful checklist for AI projects.
Mini review of AnythingResearch - US industry and market dataFriday, 17th May 2019
In this mini review we look at AnythingResearch, a provider of market research, industry trends, business reports and financial ratios on up to 1,300 US industry and market sectors. As well as looking at the company and product, we also look at its users and value, its content and competitors, who cover a range of domestic as well as international markets and include, Markets and Markets, Grand View Research, GlobalData, and IBISWorld.
Q&A with SPi Global - technology to transform content assetsThursday, 16th May 2019
Business process outsourcing (BPO) is playing an increasingly important role in how businesses, governments, and other organisations operate. Its growth over the last 25 years has been driven in part by the rise of the internet, which has fuelled a burgeoning BPO industry in Asia, particularly in India, China, and the Philippines. Jinfo interviewed SPi Global's chief technology officer, Jishnu Gupta, to find out about its technology-driven solutions in this area and what makes it unique.
Q&A with Diligencia - shedding light on companies in MENA and Sub-Saharan AfricaThursday, 9th May 2019
Diligencia's ClarifiedBy provides company information in 67 countries across MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa. It gathers public record data from a range of official sources which is cleaned, indexed, analysed and cross-referenced to build accurate and comprehensive company records. Jinfo recently spoke to Ben Hedger, regional head in Dubai, and Nameer Kanderian, the company's brand director, to find out more about the company and its ethos and future plans.
Mini review of Company Watch - UK and international company data and analyticsWednesday, 24th April 2019
In this mini review, we look at Company Watch, a UK-based credit reference agency which provides risk analysis and data modelling tools to predict the exposure of companies to financial risk. Competitors include Equifax Business Insights and Experian, as well as companies offering business credit analytics such as Graydon, Dun & Bradstreet's D&B Credit, S&P Global Credit Analytics and Bureau van Dijk's Credit Catalyst.
Q&A with Synaptica - leading the way in taxonomy and ontologyThursday, 11th April 2019
Synaptica is a leading provider of enterprise taxonomy and ontology management software tools. Jinfo recently caught up with Dave Clarke, co-founder of the company who also leads research and development, to find out about the company, its products and what makes them unique as well as his thoughts on the future of the industry.
Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus - Centre of ExcellenceFriday, 5th April 2019
Read our highlights from content and events in our Research Focus, "Creating an Information Centre of Excellence". Andrew Lucas guides us through the models, research, practitioner articles and interviews as well as webinars and Community sessions which will help you map your services and practices against those of the most successful information teams.
Q&A with GSK - seamless access to global dataThursday, 4th April 2019
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. As part of our Research Focus, "Creating an Information Centre of Excellence", Andrew Lucas recently spoke to Helen Malone, director of the Global Information Hub at GSK and the president of Pharma Documentation Ring to find out about the company, Helen's recent talk at the ConTech conference, GSK's comprehensive data and analytics strategy and what role information professionals can play in the future.
Product walkthrough - Screen INFOmatchFriday, 1st March 2019
This product walkthrough looks at TRG Screen's INFOmatch, a database application for market and reference data contracts designed to assist market data business professionals to manage their market data costs, processes, and workflows more efficiently. We take a look at the company's background, the product's development and how it benefits market and reference data stakeholders, procurement, IT, finance and business users, as well as information departments. Sectors most likely to benefit from using INFOmatch include asset management, banks, and brokers through to corporates and data vendors.
Q&A with Steve Bynghall - the evolution of the digital workplaceMonday, 25th February 2019
The digital workplace means different things to different people but the evolution of its associated technologies means workers now expect an always-connected environment where they can access everything they need. Andrew Lucas recently spoke to Steve Bynghall, one of Jinfo's regular contributors, to find out about his experiences as a consultant and writer on the digital workplace, how organisations can most effectively use the tools they have, and what role he foresees for the information professional within this environment.
Q&A with Andy Tattersall - a hybrid role for the future information professionalTuesday, 19th February 2019
Andrew Lucas recently interviewed Andy Tattersall, an information specialist and long-time contributor to Jinfo, to find out how he uses technology in his work at The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield (ScHARR) and how his skills have helped to shape the university's approach to information. He also had some interesting things to say about where he thinks the information profession is headed.
Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus - the accidental technologistWednesday, 9th January 2019
This article reports on some of the articles and reports published as part of our Research Focus, "The accidental technologist - where your expertise meets the new world". It covers the pervading influence of technology on the information profession, in particular, the impact of artificial intelligence and its implications for information professionals and the organisations they work for. Also covered are the evolution of intranets and the increasing use of chatbots.
The impact of AI and data science on newsFriday, 14th December 2018
A key focus for information centres in many organisations is the provision of news and current awareness. The accuracy and veracity of news are increasingly being questioned in a "post-truth" world in which objective facts are considered less important in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. In keeping with this theme, Jinfo recently attended an SLA Europe meeting which looked at, among other factors, the role technology plays in enabling the potential manipulation of the news and this article looks at some of the issues raised as well as offering some tips on what both information professionals and end-users can do to avoid being deceived.
Product walkthrough - TDNet DiscoverThursday, 13th December 2018
This product walkthrough looks at TDNet Discover, a content and workflow management system, with up to 300 million citation and abstracts in its index. We take a look at the company's background, the product's development and how it benefits libraries and information centres in large companies, particularly pharma, biomed and electronics companies, along with hospitals and research organisations.
Mini review of IncFact - spotlight on privately held companiesThursday, 22nd November 2018
This mini review looks at IncFact, a company information and business discovery engine covering up to three million US companies with a focus on those that are privately owned and midsized. We look at how IncFact can be used by companies for strategy and competitive intelligence as well as by private equity firms, and hedge funds for originating and sourcing deals and for due diligence.
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
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.
Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus on intelligence systemsFriday, 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.
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.
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.
Q&A with ISI Emerging Markets - insights into product developmentThursday, 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.
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Market landscape - suppliers of information on venture capital and private equity activityThursday, 28th March 2019
In this market landscape we look at 20 products which help researchers seeking information on private equity and venture capital:
AVCJ from Acuris
D&B Hoovers from Dun and Bradstreet
Eikon from Refinitiv
FactSet for Private Equity...
Product review of Digimind IntelligenceWednesday, 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...
Product review of InfoNgenFriday, 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...
Market landscape - private equity/venture capital resourcesWednesday, 14th March 2018
This market landscape gives an overview of 12 private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) products:
Bureau van Dijk
Dow Jones - VentureSource
Perfect Information - PI Navigator
S&P Capital IQ...
Product review of AlphaSenseTuesday, 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...
Product review of S&P Capital IQMonday, 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,...
Product review of Credinform Globas-iWednesday, 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...
Product review of EMIS ProfessionalTuesday, 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.
Introduces EMIS Professional and how it has...
Product review of MarketScapeMonday, 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.
Product review of ReferenceUSAMonday, 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...
Product Review of PrivCoWednesday, 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...
Product Review of Cortera PulseWednesday, 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.
Describes the target audience and identifies how...
Product Review of FindoutFriday, 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.
Provides examples of key selling points and the value Findout provides purchasers.
Product Review of LexisNexis PublisherMonday, 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.
FreePint Report: Know Your CustomerFriday, 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...
FreePint Report: Product Review of EMISPROTuesday, 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...
"Creating an Information Centre of Excellence"
This Research Focus defines the characteristics shared by successful information centres who we define as "Information Centres of Excellence". (April - June 2019).
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