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.


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Articles by Andrew Lucas:

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Data Planet (value - help & training; competitors; development)
Thursday, 20th August 2020

The final part of Jinfo's product review of Data Planet, an online statistical aggregation
database covering both public and private data on economics, politics and social science,
looks at the overall value offered by the product. We also look at the help and training available to its users, upcoming changes including a new user interface, and how it compares to its two key competitors, Statista and ProQuest Statistical Premium Collection. Finally, there is a brief look at some of the freely available offerings such as DataHub, Google Dataset Search and Google Public Data Explorer.

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Data Planet (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 19th August 2020

The third part of Jinfo's product review of Data Planet, an online statistical aggregation database containing both public and private data on economics, politics and social science, focuses on The Data Planet Statistical Datasets and its search functionality, the export options available and the administrative portal.

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Data Planet (sources - content & coverage)
Tuesday, 18th August 2020

The second part of Jinfo's product review of Data Planet, an online statistical aggregation database containing both public and private data on economics, politics and social science, looks at the impressive amount of statistical data it contains, all derived from reputable sources and thoroughly vetted before its inclusion. We also take a look at its data hosting services, which allow users to integrate their private data into the platform and compare it against the entire database, all via a single interface.

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Data Planet (key advantages, introduction; contact details)
Monday, 17th August 2020

Data Planet from SAGE Publishing is an online statistical aggregation database and includes a wide range of public and private data related to economics, politics and social science. The first part of Jinfo's product review looks at the product and the company behind it, who uses it, its key advantages and the product's value.

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)

Jinfo Subscription Trends in data analytics
Monday, 17th February 2020

The increasing prevalence of digital discovery of information highlights how important data is to organisations and information professionals need to be able to keep ahead of this fast-changing world. This article looks at some of the top business intelligence trends for this year such as data discovery and real-time analytics. It also covers augmented data and analytics and the Internet of Things and looks at how information professionals can ensure they're keeping up.

Jinfo Subscription Making FAIR data accessible to everyone - Q&A with Dr Michel Dumontier
Thursday, 6th February 2020

The impact of the FAIR Data Principles is spreading beyond the world of scientific research with many other organisations, including commercial companies, looking at how they can incorporate the principles into their research and data policies and practices. Jinfo interviewed Dr Dumontier, a leading Canadian biomedical researcher, to find out what inspired his interest in FAIR data, how the principles can be used within an organisation and the benefits of doing so, and how applicable the FAIR Data Principles are beyond medical and scientific research.

Jinfo Subscription Activating global teams
Monday, 2nd December 2019

Globalisation has produced a more interconnected world but this has also meant information teams are often having to work longer hours with fewer resources. Jinfo has spoken to senior information managers at a range of organisations about how they are navigating these challenges to create a more collaborative and motivated work environment. In this article, we focus on the variables needed to create a successful global team, what tools can be used and how to improve over time.

Jinfo Subscription Emerging technology for centres of excellence: chatbots & digital adoption platforms
Friday, 22nd November 2019

Technology plays an increasingly key role in enabling information professionals to work with optimal efficiency and productivity. In this article, Andrew Lucas looks at how two emerging technologies - chatbots and Digital Adoption Platforms - could be used to improve things, if deployed smartly.

Jinfo Subscription The importance of communicating strategy to your team
Monday, 18th November 2019

Jinfo has consistently highlighted the importance of setting a strategy to support the organisation and manage risks and opportunities but if it isn't implemented in the right way it will be ineffective. This article looks at the important role of information centre staff in communicating and developing a strategic plan and what practical steps you can take within your own organisation to bring this about.

Jinfo Subscription Super users as partners and advocates
Thursday, 17th October 2019

Super users can be found in every organisation but what are they and how can they help bridge the gap between the information centre and the rest of the organisation? In this article, we take a look at some of their key characteristics and how the information centre can use them for awareness, training and feedback.

Jinfo Subscription Mini review of Acquisdata and Reportal
Monday, 7th October 2019

Acquisdata is a business intelligence company that provides reports on key industries, companies and executives whilst its sister company, Reportal Snd Bhd, offers a company reports database which consists of full-text reports from global quoted companies. In this mini review we take a look at both offerings along with third-party information vendors who distribute the company's data, such as Dow Jones' Factiva, FactSet, IHS Markit, EBSCO, Thomson Reuters and ProQuest. We also find out who uses the product, the range of industries covered, as well as the different ways the data is packaged.

Jinfo Subscription Technology update - auto-summarisation and web scraping
Tuesday, 24th September 2019

This article looks at auto-summarisation and web scraping technologies, explaining what they are and how they came about, and highlights specific use-cases. We also look at some of the key players in this area, including Moreover, which forms the basis of the LexisNexis news monitoring product, Newsdesk, Ozmosys, M-Brain's Opoint, Wide Narrow, and InfoNgen, as well as a number of free tools that can be used for these tasks.

Jinfo Subscription Case study of Comintelli Intelligence2day in action
Monday, 23rd September 2019

Comintelli's Intelligence2day is a cloud-based competitive intelligence platform that provides a single point of access to multiple sources of information, both internal and external. Jinfo reviewed the product earlier this year and, in this case study, we see how Comintelli partnered with a Germany-based manufacturer to implement Intelligence2day so it could more effectively share information across the company.

Jinfo Subscription The ins and outs of intelligence system APIs
Thursday, 12th September 2019

Interest in the adoption of intelligence platforms is growing, with organisations using them to manage multiple content streams and to enable workflow collaboration around the discovery and insights generated from the analysis of the combined datasets. Jinfo takes a look at the use of APIs within intelligent systems and at some of the vendors in this area, along with their offerings.

Jinfo Subscription Mini review of Ozmosys
Wednesday, 4th September 2019

Ozmosys is a content aggregation, search and alerting tool used primarily by those in the legal and financial sectors. We last spoke to the company's founder and president, Eric Gross, earlier this year and in this mini review we take a look at the latest iteration of the product, how it is used, its value and its competitors, Manzama and LexisNexis Newsdesk.

Jinfo Subscription APIs - what are they and what do they do?
Friday, 30th August 2019

If you're an information manager working with content, you'll need to know about APIs. This article looks at what APIs are, how they can be used, what propelled their growth, and the benefits of using APIs from an information manager's perspective. Plus, we examine what to look out for when considering their use within the organisation, along with some useful resources to learn more about them.

Jinfo Subscription Wide Narrow in action
Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Jinfo wrote a full product review of Wide Narrow, workflow software designed to support the work of an intelligence team, last year. We were recently given the opportunity to talk to Anders Bretz, founding partner at the company, about how it works with clients to implement its software solution. We also take a specific look at a US financial services company and how the product was used to increase efficiency for its information resources team.

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Factiva (purchasing, development and competitor landscape)
Thursday, 15th August 2019

In the final part of Jinfo's new product review of premium global news database Factiva, we take a look at its value, the help and training available, key future product development plans and pricing. We also examine the competitor landscape, which includes Nexis, Naviga's NewsEdge, and ISI Emerging Markets in the traditional business news and information market, along with Meltwater, Cision, D&B's Hoovers, Alacra, Manzama Insights, and InfoDesk in the media monitoring space.

Note: Full review (PDF) at

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Factiva (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 14th August 2019

In the third part of our new product review of Factiva, global news aggregator, we explore some of its latest enhancements, particularly in relation to its search performance and interface. We also take a closer look at Dow Jones Intelligent Indexing and its migration to a full machine learning model, its API and wide range of uses, as well as the various reports that are available to administrators.

Note: Full review (PDF) at

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Factiva (sources - content & coverage)
Tuesday, 13th August 2019

In the second part of our updated product review of Factiva, global news aggregator, we look at some of the content that has been added since our last review, as well as user feedback from Factiva's annual content survey.

Note: Full review (PDF) at

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Factiva (key advantages, introduction and contact details)
Monday, 12th August 2019

In the first part of our new in-depth product review of Factiva, Dow Jones' premium news aggregation service, we highlight its key advantages and provide an overview of the company and product. In addition, we outline some of the main changes that have been incorporated since our last review and take a look at likely future developments.

Note: Full review (PDF) at

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Reports by Andrew Lucas:

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Data Planet
Monday, 17th August 2020

Data Planet is an online statistical aggregation database with an extensive collection of public and private data covering a wide range of economic, political and social science topics. The product offers access to the data via a suite of visualisation, search, and analysis capabilities and is...

Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - Linguamatics' competitors
Friday, 6th March 2020

Using its Natural Language Processing (NLP) platform, Linguamatics is a leading developer of enterprise text mining and search solutions for the healthcare and life science sectors. In this market landscape, we look at 10 companies operating in the healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) and data...

Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - digital adoption platforms
Tuesday, 17th December 2019

Digital Adoption Platforms (DAP) provide a software layer integrated on top of other applications or websites, which guides users through tasks and functions and makes it easier for them to learn how to use a software platform, website or app. DAPs are usually customisable for specific...

Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - chatbots
Friday, 6th December 2019

Information managers are starting to think about whether they should incorporate chatbot technology into their information strategy to help boost both the productivity of their teams and to improve response times for users. There are a multitude of chatbot providers on the market, with most of...

Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - web scraping
Wednesday, 25th September 2019

Web scraping service providers extract data from websites either through the web or using Hypertext Transfer Protocol or via a web browser. Whilst web scraping can be done manually, it usually involves automated processes carried out using a bot or web crawler. The copied data is usually added to...

Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - auto-summarisation
Wednesday, 25th September 2019

Auto-summarisation service providers are often either start-ups or tech community, nonprofit websites. Their websites are typically free to use for those wanting to summarise an individual document, but also offer developer tools for API access that allows the summarisation tool to be embedded in...

Jinfo Subscription Company landscape - Refinitiv and Thomson Reuters
Thursday, 15th August 2019

In this company landscape we look at six products offering financial and risk data from Refinitiv: DataScope Select Datastream Eikon Elektron Data Platform Thomson ONE Wealth World-Check Risk Intelligence. We also look at eight products from Thomson Reuters covering...

Jinfo Subscription Product review of Factiva
Monday, 12th August 2019

Our new in-depth product review of Factiva, Dow Jones' premium news aggregation service, looks at how this news database and research platform has evolved since our last full review a couple of years ago. This review: Introduces Dow Jones and Factiva and highlights the value the...

Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - suppliers of information on venture capital and private equity activity
Thursday, 28th March 2019

In this market landscape we look at 20 products which help researchers seeking information on private equity and venture capital: AlphaSense AVCJ from Acuris Bloomberg CB Insights D&B Hoovers from Dun and Bradstreet Eikon from Refinitiv FactSet for Private Equity...

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...

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