Louise is an experienced information professional having worked at major global manufacturing companies Dow Corning and Dow Chemical over the last 27 years where she was a business intelligence manager and knowledge management specialist. She has a passion for bringing insight to technical and commercial professionals by combining her skills in competitive intelligence gathering, market research and technical information searching, including patent searching, with solid analysis, drawing on her previous background in R&D and marketing.
Louise can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Setting and implementing strategy for an information centreTuesday, 18th December 2018
During a recent Community session for those responsible for setting information strategy, facilitated by Jinfo's director of research Robin Neidorf, delegates shared their concerns and problems. Best practice and tips were offered with a particular emphasis on the use of technology and its place in information strategy. The group was able to explore the connections between their information strategies and the issues they faced and the part technology can play.
How technology is transforming manufacturing - key challenges and transformational changesMonday, 10th December 2018
This article discusses how technology is impacting information professionals who work in the manufacturing industry. It discusses the strengths and weaknesses of information centres, how they are positioned to meet the challenges of a typical manufacturing organisation in light of the changes in technology. It also suggests some follow-up actions you can take to transform your information centre and seize these opportunities.
Resolving common problems in current awareness workflowsFriday, 7th December 2018
This article reports on a recent Jinfo webinar which showed that the process of examining and adjusting workflows need not be complicated or overwhelming and that by applying a framework or appropriate model, the task can be split into manageable parts. This approach makes it easier to identify inefficiencies in the process and areas for improvement. It also provided a model for information professionals to work with and shared learnings from recent projects that Jinfo Consulting analysts have been involved in.
Benchmarking through the manufacturing lensThursday, 18th October 2018
It is important for information teams to identify, capture and analyse information which will help them improve their processes, ensure that they are using the right resources to achieve their goals, and demonstrate value to their stakeholders. Senior information managers and professionals working in the manufacturing sector took part in a Community session to compare and contrast Jinfo's benchmarking research findings specifically between the manufacturing sector and other industries. This article provides a view of those findings and offers some ideas on their practical application.
My Favourite Tipples from a business and patent information specialistWednesday, 5th September 2018
My Favourite Tipples are shared by Louise Brookes, an experienced competitive intelligence and knowledge manager with over 25 years in global manufacturing companies. She shares some of her go-to sources in the areas of patents, market research and withdrawn website content.
How do vendors work with users to facilitate customisation?Friday, 31st August 2018
Keeping on top of the news on customers, competitors, suppliers and the business environment is an ever increasing challenge for information teams to enable their organisations to make informed and better decisions. Over the last 10 years, Jinfo has been observing the evolution of current awareness tools used for this task and following the development of the next generation of tools, which allow for much greater integration of content, user collaboration and variety of outputs, including dashboards and visualisation of data. This article explores the potential for greater customisation and improvements in the process.
What should you look for in a leading edge current awareness platform?Tuesday, 17th July 2018
Suppliers have made great progress in developing their technology over recent years but there are still significant challenges for users and buyers within organisations when faced with creating successful solutions for integrating content. A recent Jinfo webinar explored some of the issues involved and guest panel speakers from Northern Light and Comintelli shared their experiences on some of the challenges they've encountered when implementing content solutions and highlights some of the obstacles information professionals are likely to face.
"The Information Centre of Excellence - commercial, consultative, collaborative"
Jinfo's flexible model of the Information Centre of Excellence provides a framework for any information team - any size, industry, or range of services - to operate nimbly in our changing world. (January - March 2020).
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