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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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 https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3233
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.
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.
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.
Coping with reorganisation - working with a new reporting lineMonday, 29th July 2019
The information centre may be subject to sudden changes in reporting lines and often does not get a say in this. But when they do have advance notice, they need to make a good case for themselves to ensure they have a preferred position in any reorganisation. This article highlights some of the challenges faced by information groups who have encountered a shift in reporting line and the importance of creating or updating a strategic plan to ensure it's in alignment with the requirements of the new organisation.
Guide to value in the Jinfo Research Focus - benchmark information servicesFriday, 5th July 2019
Jinfo contributing editor Andrew Lucas provides an overview of the articles, models, research and tools published within the Jinfo Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation", looking at areas from the importance of tracking time to reporting lines and how to identify your peer group for benchmarking.
The impact of changing reporting lineThursday, 4th July 2019
We interview an information manager who has changed reporting line, to find out how that impacted on their services, stakeholders and how the information centre was valued and perceived. The article also includes tips and recommendations for others who may face a shift in reporting line.
My Favourite Tipples from a researcher in the information and knowledge sectorsWednesday, 3rd July 2019
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Andrew Lucas, a freelance researcher, writer and consultant working in the information and knowledge sectors. Here he shares his go-to sources for information on digital topics, company reports and more.
Service complexity in the pharmaceutical industryFriday, 28th June 2019
We find out more about the Scientific Intelligence (SciIntel) group at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, the global French pharmaceutical company and whether technology innovations such as text mining and options for full text search are enabling them to handle complex queries more efficiently.
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.
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Company landscape - Refinitiv and Thomson ReutersThursday, 15th August 2019
In this company landscape we look at six products offering financial and risk data from Refinitiv:
Elektron Data Platform
Thomson ONE Wealth
World-Check Risk Intelligence.
We also look at eight products from Thomson Reuters covering...
Product review of FactivaMonday, 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.
Introduces Dow Jones and Factiva and highlights the value the...
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...
"Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation"
This Research Focus gives you tools, analysis and the original data you need in order to benchmark your information service against peers. (July - September 2019).
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