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 Untangling the terminology of content aggregation
Tuesday, 18th July 2017

The development of news aggregation in recent years has led to blurring in the use of the term and confusion with other technology applications, such as content and knowledge platforms, competitive intelligence and business intelligence. In this article, Andrew Lucas seeks to clarify the differences between these terms.


Jinfo Subscription Best practices in measuring the value of information professionals
Monday, 10th April 2017

Contributing editor, Andrew Lucas, attempts to answer a question frequently put to Jinfo - how do you measure the seemingly intangible value provided by information professionals? He looks at best practices identified in a variety of reports and books on the subject.


Jinfo Subscription Data analytics & BI business models - moving from a perpetual licensing model
Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Prompted by the Tableau Software announcement that it is moving away from a "perpetual licence" to a subscription model for customers, Andrew Lucas has looked at what lies behind the move and how data analytics and content vendor business models may be beginning to converge.


Jinfo Subscription Five activities sure to engage your audience in learning
Thursday, 23rd March 2017

Andrew Lucas reports on a recent Jinfo webinar which looked at how to develop an effective learning curriculum for information literacy, and how to design activity-based learning materials for a variety of environments to improve information skills.


Jinfo Subscription Trends in risk and compliance
Monday, 6th March 2017

Risk and compliance continues to be an important topic for information managers as the volume of regulation grows. Andrew Lucas explores the latest sector trends, as well as the cost of compliance and, more significantly for some companies, non-compliance. He also highlights recent Jinfo coverage in this area.


Jinfo Subscription Picking the best partners to drive information skills development
Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Engaging with staff to improve information literacy can sometimes be difficult. The most effective approach is to create strategic partnerships with other groups in the organisation to make use of their different skills. Andrew Lucas reports on a Jinfo webinar which discussed how to identify the right partnerships.


Jinfo Blog Changes in financial research - an opportunity for information professionals?
Tuesday, 14th February 2017

The implementation of the "Markets in Financial Instruments Directive" (MiFID II) next year will impact the way in which some financial service firms, such as investment banks, provide research to clients. Information professionals can play an important part in the implementation of these changes.


Jinfo Subscription The decline of complex search
Friday, 10th February 2017

As data analytics becomes the value-add for information providers, is the use of complex search by both end-users and information professionals in decline and is there resistance to training in this area? Andrew Lucas talks to industry leaders, academics and professional associations to find out their views on this and see how their organisations are responding. Commentary includes comments from Charlie Inskip of UCL and Nick Poole of CILIP, plus representatives from Dow Jones, InfoDesk and LexisNexis.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Credinform Globas-i (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Monday, 6th February 2017

The final part of the product review of Credinform Globas-i looks at some of the competitor offerings for Russian company data, including its business partner Bureau van Dijk's Ruslana service; Dun & Bradstreet's joint venture with the Russian news agency Interfax; Interfax's own service, SPARK; Euromoney's EMIS; and other major content aggregators. Andrew Lucas also considers the English-language help and training available, the pricing model, and some new features in development.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2776


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Credinform Globas-i (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Friday, 3rd February 2017

In part three of the Jinfo product review of Credinform Globas-i, the Russian company information service, Andrew Lucas reviews the English-language user interface and the search capabilities of the product. He considers how well it works for non-Russian speakers, including having to cope with Russian official industry classifications. He also looks at the outputs, including company reports, alerting functionality and the product administration.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2776


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Credinform Globas-i (sources - content & coverage)
Thursday, 2nd February 2017

In the second part of the Jinfo product review of Credinform Globas-i, Andrew Lucas looks at the extensive Russian company data collection in the product, giving a breakdown of the number of companies by region and the frequency of updates. He also covers sources and how the data is normalised.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2776


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Credinform Globas-i (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Wednesday, 1st February 2017

In the first part of Jinfo's product review of Credinform Globas-i, Andrew Lucas gives an overview of the Russian company information service and considers the key advantages it provides, which includes its extensive provision of business data and analytics from Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. He assesses how the online service, updated this year, addresses the challenges in accessing data on Russian companies for international organisations.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2776


Jinfo Subscription How good is your organisation's information literacy?
Monday, 30th January 2017

Assessing the information literacy of an organisation can be challenging. At Jinfo we have developed a methodology and template to make the process of identifying information skills levels easier; Andrew Lucas presents highlights from a recent Jinfo webinar on the subject.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with Ideagen - new frontiers for risk & compliance
Tuesday, 10th January 2017

Ideagen is a rapidly expanding supplier of compliance, safety, risk and information management software to a wide range of industrial sectors, including healthcare, transport, manufacturing, life science and banking and finance. Andrew Lucas has interviewed Ideagen's public relations and marketing spokesman, Joseph O'Brien, about the company and its approach to the risk and compliance markets.


Jinfo Subscription Reflecting on the Jinfo Research Focus "Data analytics - ready your information service"
Tuesday, 20th December 2016

As the Jinfo Research Focus "Data analytics - ready your information service" reaches its conclusion, producer Andrew Lucas reviews the Focus and highlights some of the key articles, market landscapes and research, on subjects ranging from the perceived risks and uncertainties in analytics projects to the role of information managers in them and the standards and ethics in the use of big data.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with Findout & ReportLinker - using technology to find answers
Friday, 16th December 2016

Andrew Lucas talks to Benjamin Carpano, the CEO of ReportLinker and Findout, about how they use data analytics in the analysis of millions of unstructured documents to discover, disambiguate and normalise complex concepts resulting in new structured knowledge of industries, companies and technologies.


Jinfo Subscription Factiva - unleashing the power of data
Friday, 18th November 2016

Andrew Lucas talks to William Ashworth, general manager, and Matthew Donahue, market specialist director, of Dow Jones's Knowledge and Insight division, about how Factiva is embracing data analytics as part of its initiative to "unlock the power of Factiva".


Jinfo Subscription Product review of EMIS Professional (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Thursday, 3rd November 2016

In the concluding part of the product review of EMIS Professional, the emerging markets business intelligence information service, Andrew Lucas looks at competitors, such as Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, S&P Global Market Intelligence and the big content aggregators, but can any of them compete with the EMIS focus on emerging markets? He covers help functions, which are available throughout the product, likely future developments and pricing strategy.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2736


Jinfo Subscription Product review of EMIS Professional (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

In the third part of our product review of EMIS Professional, the business intelligence information service for emerging markets, researcher Andrew Lucas looks at some of the recent improvements to the structure of the product around Companies, Industries and Countries, which has improved the navigation. He also puts the new user interface design to the test; reviews languages and outputs; and takes a detailed look at company, industry and country analysis.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2736


Jinfo Subscription Product review of EMIS Professional (sources - content & coverage)
Tuesday, 1st November 2016

In part 2 of our product review of EMIS Professional, the emerging market business intelligence information service, Andrew Lucas looks at the wide range of emerging market content available in the product, which includes news, industry reports, economic and country data as well as an extensive collection of company data. He looks at reorganisation of the content following its redesign, and how company data, industry coverage and news coverage is collected and added to its own research and data collection.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2736


Jinfo Subscription Product review of EMIS Professional (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Monday, 31st October 2016

We introduce EMIS Professional, the emerging market business intelligence information service, which has evolved through significant redesign with a new user interface and improvements to navigation and functionality, and a recent rebranding. Researcher Andrew Lucas describes the jobs and segments it is targeted at and how it provides value to both users seeking information on developed markets as well as emerging markets.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2736


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Reports by Andrew Lucas:


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...