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Newsletter 539

26th March

Robin NeidorfOur purpose could be summed up as "Jinfo enables you to realise your own vision as an Information Centre of Excellence."

Use our resources to define your vision, analyse the gaps between current reality and desired future state, and create the improvements that close those gaps.

Short on time? Here's my list of shortcuts to help you get to that result:

  • Alignment with the Information Centre of Excellence model: use this article to orient yourself within our model, and compare your real-world challenges and strengths with those of the seven information managers we interviewed. Time: 8 minutes to read.

  • Jinfo model - "known fors": this report walks you (and your team) through discussion to define your "known fors" - the aspirational vocabulary you want others in your organisation to use when they describe you. One team we worked with added "Better than Google!" to their aspirational "known fors" - what will you aspire to? Time: 45 minutes in a team meeting.

  • Commercial awareness as part of strategy: even if you missed this webinar, you can catch the recording by signing in on the description page. Learn from industry expert, Barbara Hirsh, on what this toughest-of-characteristics means for information teams and how to develop it. Time: 60 minutes to listen to recording.

  • Construct your roadmap to an Information Centre of Excellence: this Jinfo Consulting workshop, tailored to your specific needs, brings our analyst into your department to walk you through and provide detailed feedback and guidance on crafting your unique roadmap. Time: 90 days, workshop delivery through three web-based sessions.

Articles, reports, webinars and Community sessions are all included with your Jinfo Subscription. Jinfo Consulting workshops are fee-based projects designed to be cost-effective and value-driven. Start the conversation, and we'll design the package that turns your vision of a Centre of Excellence into reality. Whether you prefer DIY or hands-on assistance, Jinfo gets you to the result you need.

Robin Neidorf
Director of Research and Head of Consulting

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Jinfo Blog


  • Remote teams communicate better when they pay attention to three things on 19th March
    A number of information teams, like much of the working world, may be facing up to the challenge of remote working as a team for the first time. Jinfo has a deep bank of knowledge and advice to call on, built up over years of work within its own operations and those of its customers. Here, we go through the three key things you need to get right.

  • Research update - Closing the gap between strategy and action on 5th March
    For professionals struggling with time, strategy and resistance to change, Jinfo's Research Focus "The Information Centre of Excellence - commercial, consultative, collaborative" is a must. This final insight of the focus offers various options to help professionals move forward with strategy and optimisation.

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"Our aim is to develop a roadmap that will allow us to forge our own path that aligns with the company, but does not flux in reaction to every change. Creating a strategic plan has been on our agenda for a couple of years; it was Jinfo's structure and the accountability of deadlines that finally moved us forward."
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