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 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".


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Monday, 18th December 2017

We conclude the new product review of Nexis, a provider of premium curated business, industry and news information. In the final part of the review, Chris Porter looks at help and support options available, the value the service offers, competitors, including Factiva as well as pricing, product maturity and development plans.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2925


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Friday, 15th December 2017

In part 3 of our product review of Nexis, provider of premium curated business, industry and news information, Chris Porter looks at the technology, particularly enhancements to the search and user interface and the quick search and power search features. He also looks at the wide range of post-processing and output options and possible future improvements to the system.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2925


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (sources - content & coverage)
Thursday, 14th December 2017

In part 2 of Jinfo's product review of Nexis, a provider of premium curated business, industry and news information from across the world, Chris Porter looks at recent content enhancements as well as additional languages, the expansion of web news coverage as well as the newly-enriched indexing.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2925


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Nexis (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Wednesday, 13th December 2017

We introduce the newly-enhanced Nexis in the first part of Jinfo's product review of the provider of premium curated business, industry and news information from across the world.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2925


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Dow Jones DNA (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Tuesday, 17th October 2017

In the final part of Jinfo's review of Dow Jones DNA, we look at the value it brings to customers, specifically for text mining, the help options available, the various use-cases for the product, the competitor landscape, product development plans and pricing.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2891


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Dow Jones DNA (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Monday, 16th October 2017

In the third section of Jinfo's four-part review of Dow Jones DNA, a developer's toolkit, we look at the user interface, specifically how it enables developers to extract, manipulate and analyse content from Dow Jones services. We also look at filtering options, particularly Dow Jones Intelligent Indexing which is a key differentiator against competitors, and output options in the form of DNA Snapshots and its related API.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2891


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Dow Jones DNA (sources - content & coverage)
Friday, 13th October 2017

In the second part of Jinfo's review of the Dow Jones DNA, Chris Porter takes a look at the comprehensive range of content sources available to platform users, including newspapers, newswires, magazines, television and radio transcripts and social media and the benefits of access to Factiva's pre-configured source groupings for text mining and data analysis.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2891


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Dow Jones DNA (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Wednesday, 11th October 2017

The new Dow Jones DNA platform integrates premium news, data and analytics from Dow Jones directly into workflows and builds insight capabilities through analytics. In part one of Jinfo's review we introduce the company and platform, its client base, key advantages, value and development plans and look at the DNA Snapshots and Streams services and the DNA Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2891


Jinfo Subscription Product review of the InfoDesk product suite (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Wednesday, 20th September 2017

In the final part of Jinfo's review of the InfoDesk product suite, we look at the value it brings to large organisations in recognising information challenges. We also cover the competitor landscape, product development plans with InfoDesk's strong technological development capabilities, plus help options and pricing.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2881


Jinfo Subscription Product review of the InfoDesk product suite (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Tuesday, 19th September 2017

In the third section of Jinfo's updated four-part review of the InfoDesk product suite, the content integration and information management solution, we look at the search interface, including its semantic search capability, created using artificial intelligence and expert knowledge workers, API support, its mobile app, popular with companies that do not want information sent to email, as well as its wide variety of outputs and alerts.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2881


Jinfo Subscription Product review of the InfoDesk product suite (sources - content & coverage)
Monday, 18th September 2017

In the second part of Jinfo's review of the newly updated InfoDesk product suite, Chris Porter takes a look at the platforms wide range of content sources including commercial content providers and aggregators, video and radio, social media as well as open-web specialised news content and how its API can be used by clients.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2881


Jinfo Subscription Product review of the InfoDesk product suite (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Friday, 15th September 2017

The InfoDesk product suite provides content integration and information management solutions that can be used across multiple electronic sources. In part one of Jinfo's latest review we introduce the company and platform, its client base, key advantages, value and development plans as well as the changes that have been made to the product since it was last reviewed in 2014, including its Business Insight tool, semantic search, InfoPro and InfoDirect.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2881


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Manzama (value - help & training; competitors; development; pricing)
Friday, 4th August 2017

In the final part of Jinfo’s review of the specialised market intelligence platform Manzama, we look at the help options available, the competitor landscape and product development plans, pricing and the value it offers through its clear understanding of the content needs and working practices of its legal and professional services customers.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2866


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Manzama (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Thursday, 3rd August 2017

In the third section of Jinfo's new review of Manzama, the specialised market intelligence platform, we look at the profile and search set-up, the extensive filtering options, charts and trends as well as the administrative functions and post-processing options.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2866


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Manzama (sources - content & coverage)
Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

In the second part of Jinfo's review of the newly updated market intelligence product, Manzama, Chris Porter takes a thorough look at the platform's breadth of sources, from news websites to regulatory and legal case filings, source groupings and the addition of non-English language content.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2866


Jinfo Subscription Product review of Manzama (key advantages; introduction; contact details)
Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Manzama is a specialised market intelligence platform aimed at lawyers and other professional services users. In part one of Jinfo’s updated review, we introduce the company and platform, its client base, key advantages, value and development plans as well as the changes that have been made to the product since it was last reviewed in 2015, including improvements to the user interface, expansion of languages and Boolean support.

Note: Full review (PDF) at https://web.jinfo.com/go/sub/report/2866


Jinfo Subscription Dun & Bradstreet integrates Avention - what's the impact on customers?
Thursday, 27th April 2017

The announcement was made in January that Dun & Bradstreet was acquiring Avention, provider of the well-known OneSource suite of services. Jinfo spoke to Dun & Bradstreet about what the acquisition means for customers of OneSource, users of D&B's previous Hoover's offering, and what it means for those who are currently using D&B data through other third-party services.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with CID - from analysis to action
Monday, 20th March 2017

Jinfo contributor Chris Porter talks to the managing director of information retrieval and analysis company CID, Alexander Stumpfegger, about how his company's software can help organisations to make the most out of their structured and unstructured data using text mining, semantic analysis and data analytics.


Jinfo Subscription Q&A with LexisNexis Risk Solutions - detecting & managing relationship risk
Friday, 13th January 2017

We catch up with recent developments in risk and compliance in an interview with UK-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions director, Steve Arnison. Jinfo contributing editor, Chris Porter, finds out what's driving growth and more about use-cases for tools including the WorldCompliance Data solution, LexisNexis Bridger Insight and LexisNexis TraceIQ. 


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Reports by Chris Porter:


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...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Product Review of Factiva Companies & Executives
Tuesday, 30th September 2014

The Companies & Executives component of the Dow Jones Factiva service is designed for researchers and analysts in information-intensive organisations and those in sales and business development. Chris Porter evaluates features including company and executive screening, list-building and company...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Product Review of LexisNexis Company Dossier
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

LexisNexis Company Dossier is a research database providing information about companies, executives and industries. The product is often sold in association with either the Nexis or Lexis core research platforms. Around 80 million quoted and private companies across the world are included, plus...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Product Review of Reg-Track
Friday, 1st August 2014

Reg-Track is a regulatory tracking service aimed at compliance professionals focused on the financial services industry. It provides succinct summaries of regulatory developments around the world, with daily updates and links to primary source documents and has over 15,000 users from banks to...


Jinfo Subscription FreePint Report: Product Review of Precise MediaPlatform+
Monday, 30th June 2014

Precise MediaPlatform+ is a subscription-based, web-delivered service for PR and corporate communications professionals, brand & marketing teams and sales professionals. Launched in July 2013, it covers traditional and social media sources and added the analytics component in October 2013....


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