Chris Porter

Chris Porter is director of Porter Walford Consulting, an organisation which specialises in market research, market size and share and competitor analysis relating to the information industry. Clients include some of the world's leading information-intensive companies.

Chris is the co-author of a forthcoming report on global market size and share for Media Intelligence information and software services.

Chris previously worked for Dow Jones, Factiva and Reuters, analysing B2B and consumer information markets worldwide. Expertise includes corporate and legal, risk and compliance, financial and business and public relations and corporate communications markets.

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Articles by Chris Porter:


Jinfo Subscription Product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier (value - competitors, development & pricing)
Thursday, 17th October 2019

The final part of our product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier offers an overview of the value of the product, highlighting its improved coverage for quoted companies, and looks at the help that is available to users from within the product. We also look at competitors, including Dow Jones' Factiva, D&B Hoovers, InsideView, and some locally focused solutions. We finish by focusing on future product plans and outlining pricing information.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3270


Jinfo Subscription Product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 16th October 2019

The third part of our product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier looks at how the product has been entirely renewed since we last reviewed it and explores some of its search functionality, with a particular focus on news searching. We also look at its output options, alerts and administrative features.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3270


Jinfo Subscription Product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier (sources - content and coverage)
Tuesday, 15th October 2019

The second part of our newly updated product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier looks in closer detail at its content. Some of the well-known names it draws its data from include Dun & Bradstreet, Morningstar, and Refinitiv, along with content from a wide range of third-party publishers, including over 60 sources of company, industry and executive information. We also look at its news and analysis and company financials, as well as how often its content is updated.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3270


Jinfo Subscription Product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Monday, 14th October 2019

Jinfo last looked at LexisNexis Company Dossier a few years ago and, in the first part of our newly updated product review of the research database, which provides information about companies, executives and industries, we look at the company and product, key users, and what's changed since we last reviewed it. We also look at future plans for the product, which will include better integration of company data and news.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3270


Jinfo Subscription InfoDesk update - Making the most of external and internal data
Tuesday, 24th September 2019

Jinfo last reviewed the InfoDesk product suite in September 2017. Two years on, the data services provider has added new features and enhanced the capabilities of existing services. In this must-read mini review, Chirs Porter examines the key changes and describes what they mean for customers.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of FT.com (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Thursday, 5th September 2019

The final part of our product review of FT.com, the digital version of the Financial Times, looks at the value offered by the product along with help and training, its closest competitor, The Wall Street Journal, future product development plans, and its pricing model.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3245


Jinfo Subscription Product review of FT.com (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 4th September 2019

In the third part of our product review of FT.com, the digital version of the Financial Times, we explore the search and user interface, including its topic tracker. We also look at its variety of alerting options and popular article-sharing feature, its API support, and support for administrators.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3245


Jinfo Subscription Product review of FT.com (sources - content & coverage)
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019

The second part of our product review of FT.com, the digital version of the Financial Times, looks at its content, with its global view of the business and political environment, as well as its premium content and news archive dating back to 2005.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3245


Jinfo Subscription Product review of FT.com (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Monday, 2nd September 2019

FT.com is the digital version of the Financial Times, one of the world's leading providers of business intelligence. It is used by a wide range of corporate customers, educational institutions, and governments. The first part of our full product review of FT.com looks at the company and product and highlights some of its key advantages, as well as giving a brief overview of future developments.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3245


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Orbis from Bureau van Dijk (competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 9th August 2019

The final part of our product review of Orbis, a global company database from Bureau van Dijk, concludes with an overall verdict on the value it offers. We also look at the help provided within the product, pricing options, future development plans and its competitors, who include Hoover's from Dun & Bradstreet and DueDil.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3229


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Orbis from Bureau van Dijk (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Thursday, 8th August 2019

In the third part of our full product review of Orbis, the global company database from Bureau van Dijk, we focus on the technology, in particular, the significant overhaul of its most popular features and functions and more modern, intuitive interface. We also provide a comprehensive overview of the search functionality for news and companies as well as a detailed look at its customisable output options and alerts.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3229


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Orbis from Bureau van Dijk (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 7th August 2019

In the second part of this review of Orbis from Bureau van Dijk, we look at the breadth and depth of this global company database, paying particular attention to how it collects and validates its content, with a specific focus on its financial data, news and specialist content sets.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3229


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Orbis from Bureau van Dijk (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 6th August 2019

Orbis from Bureau van Dijk is a global company database that's used by a wide range of organisations for compliance, marketing and sales, and credit risk analysis, as well as general financial research. The first part of our full product review of Orbis looks at the company and highlights some of the key advantages of its product as well as giving a brief overview of future developments.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3229


Jinfo Subscription Mini review of FT Enterprise Tools
Wednesday, 31st July 2019

The Financial Times, a leading provider of business intelligence, launched FT Enterprise Tools in early 2018. In this mini review, we take a closer look at the platform that helps administrators set up and manage users on an enterprise licence to FT.com, the digital version of the Financial Times.


Jinfo Subscription Vendor customer relationships - improving conversations with vendors
Friday, 5th April 2019

Chris Porter digs into recent Jinfo perceptions about how vendors treat them as customers and asks two long-established vendors - Dow Jones and LexisNexis - and one newer market entrant - Diligencia - how they capture and respond to customer needs and requests.


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Monday, 18th March 2019

We conclude the final part of our latest product review of Nexis, a provider of premium global curated business, industry and news information with a look at the help and support options available, the value the service offers, its main competitor, Factiva, as well as its pricing model, and future development plans for the product.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3143


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Friday, 15th March 2019

Part three of Jinfo's new product review of Nexis, a provider of premium curated global business, industry and news information, we look at the technology, particularly its newly revamped product platform with its improved natural-language search, "as-it-happens" alerting, improved collaboration tools, and "timeline" feature as well as its new range of post-processing options.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3143


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (sources - content & coverage)
Thursday, 14th March 2019

In the second part of Jinfo's latest product review of Nexis, a provider of premium curated global business, industry and news information, Chris Porter looks at recent content enhancements, including greater web news coverage, additional languages, and an enriched index.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3143


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Wednesday, 13th March 2019

In the first part of Jinfo's new product review of Nexis, the global news and business information aggregator, we look at what's changed since our last review in 2017. We also look at where Nexis is headed, as well as its key audience and the value it provides.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/3143


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with Linguamatics - digging deep into unstructured text
Thursday, 28th December 2017

Jinfo talks to NLP text mining software provider Linguamatics about latest developments in the field and use-cases in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare industry. Interviewer Chris Porter finds out more about the Linguamatics software platform, known as I2E and how it makes use of AI, NLP and machine learning to make sense of unstructured text, how it saves time, and how I2E supports taxonomies and ontologies.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with LexisNexis - what's new in text mining?
Thursday, 21st December 2017

Chris Porter catches up with Pim Stouten, vice-president of global strategy at legal and business information provider LexisNexis to hear about the latest developments in text mining, particularly busy with developments to its front-end product interfaces in order to meet the needs of particular types of customers - "more specific user interfaces that return more precise results and make more sense for specific types of users".


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Reports by Chris Porter:


Jinfo Subscription Product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier
Monday, 14th October 2019

Our new in-depth product review of LexisNexis Company Dossier, a research database that provides information about companies, executives and industries, looks at how the product has evolved since our last full review a few years ago. This review: Introduces LexisNexis and Company...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of FT.com
Monday, 2nd September 2019

In Jinfo's full product review of FT.com, the digital version of the Financial Times, one of the world's leading providers of business intelligence, we take a closer look at this well-established service that's used by a wide range of corporate customers, educational institutions, and...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Orbis from Bureau van Dijk - A Moody's Analytics Company
Tuesday, 6th August 2019

Jinfo looked at Bureau van Dijk's Fame, a company information database focused on the UK and Ireland, a few years ago and in this product review we take an in-depth look at the company's flagship service, Orbis, a global company database that's used by government and financial institutions,...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis
Wednesday, 13th March 2019

In this new product review of Nexis, a provider of premium global curated business, industry and news information, we take an in-depth look at how this global premium news database and research platform has evolved since our last full review in 2017 and plans for the future. This review:...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis
Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Our in-depth product review of Nexis, a provider of premium curated business, industry and news information, looks at how this global premium news database and research platform has evolved since our last full review over two years ago. This review: Introduces Nexis and highlights...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Dow Jones DNA
Thursday, 12th October 2017

In our product review of the new Dow Jones Data, News and Analytics platform (DNA), we look at its unique ability to enable developers to extract, manipulate and analyse content from Dow Jones services. DNA Snapshots, the primary focus of this review, supports rapid downloading of very large...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of the InfoDesk product suite
Friday, 15th September 2017

In our updated product review of the InfoDesk product suite, the content integration and information management solution, we look at its unique ability to provide federated access to different types of content, typical use-cases, and we also highlight the value the service brings to its customers...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Manzama
Tuesday, 1st August 2017

In our new product review of specialised market intelligence platform Manzama, we look at typical use-cases including, business development and competitive intelligence, and we also highlight the value the service brings to its customers in the legal, accounting and financial services fields....


Jinfo Subscription Jinfo report - data analytics & licensing
Tuesday, 20th December 2016

This report brings together interviews with vendors and a market landscape on key vendors into a comprehensive report which looks at how providers of information services are supporting or planning to support customer data analytics needs. It encompasses five articles: What are...


Jinfo Subscription Market landscape - data analytics & licensing
Tuesday, 20th December 2016

This report complements recent articles on data analytics and licensing and interviews with key vendors: What are information vendors doing to support data analytics? Data analytics & licensing - the role of company data providers Data analytics & licensing - the role...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of OneSource platform
Thursday, 28th July 2016

OneSource is the flagship offering from business information company Avention, last reviewed shortly after its launch two years ago. It combines profiles of 38 million companies worldwide and contact information on 58 million people with news and industry reports. This review:...


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Fame, published by Bureau van Dijk
Thursday, 14th July 2016

Bureau van Dijk's Fame is a company information database focused on UK and Ireland, offering highly structured company and related data for both private and quoted companies, and the ability for users to integrate their own data and comments. This review: Introduces company Bureau van...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of DueDil
Wednesday, 20th January 2016

An in-depth product review of the Enterprise service from company information provider DueDil, covering UK and Irish corporate filings. This review: Sets out how users gain value from DueDil, and what makes it an intriguing, new-generation information vendor. Looks into...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Eikon
Friday, 8th January 2016

Review of the new version of Thomson Reuters Eikon, with particular reference to functionality aimed at the buy-side of portfolio managers and analysts at investment management firms. This review: Looks at search, alerting, exporting and personalisation features and highlights best...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence
Friday, 25th September 2015

An in-depth product review of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence. The service targets compliance professionals and aims to help them to track and respond to regulatory developments worldwide in a highly efficient manner. This review: Describes the product's news, analysis and...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of S&P Capital IQ
Thursday, 7th May 2015

S&P Capital IQ is a research, analysis and workflow tool, which provides information on more than 3 million companies worldwide. The platform is aimed at users in investment banking, investment management, private equity and venture capital, as well corporate, government and academic subscribers,...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Manzama
Thursday, 9th April 2015

Product review of current awareness service Manzama. Typical use-cases are identified such as business development and competitive intelligence, and the value the service brings to its customers in the legal, accounting and financial services fields is examined. This review:...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: News, and Beyond
Thursday, 29th January 2015

This collection of FreePint articles on the topic of news resources and awareness covers those included in the FreePint Topic Series: News, and Beyond . This FreePint Topic Series, which ran from October - December 2014, dived into these issues to support information managers with needs...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of D&B Hoover's
Friday, 23rd January 2015

Review of the D&B Hoover's company and executive information database, aimed primarily at sales and marketing professionals. It contains information on 86 million companies (quoted and private), more than 100 million executives and 900 industry segments, with in-depth reports on the top 43,000...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of Mergent Online
Thursday, 18th December 2014

In-depth review of Mergent Online, a highly structured company and industry research database with a very deep archive, which serves academic institutions as well as corporate libraries. It provides information on companies and executives from US and non-US public companies as well as private...


Jinfo Subscription Product Review of NewsEdge.com
Tuesday, 28th October 2014

NewsEdge.com from Acquire Media is a news management and delivery tool for business professionals that supports both current awareness and archive research. Data visualisation, substantial archives and multilingual capabilities make it worthy of attention. This review: Introduces...


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