Research Focus

Jinfo Research focuses on a different area of information strategy every calendar quarter.

Current Research Focus

Benchmark information roles - optimise your structureBenchmark information roles - optimise your structure
July - September 2017

Jinfo works from the "three-legged stool" model of information expertise: source expertise, technology expertise and value expertise. Regardless of the way your business is organised, all three legs of the stool must be in place and connected with each other for information to be fully activated as an asset to the business.

The Research Focus: Benchmark information roles - optimise your structure provides in-depth research, benchmarking and expert articles on the many configurations of information expertise.

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Future Research Focus

Next Research Focus

Define and manage value for current awarenessDefine and manage value for current awareness
October - December 2017

Many, if not most, information services provide current awareness and newsletters of various kinds to their stakeholders. Many, if not most, of the services that do so have a difficult time documenting and justifying the value of the time and money they invest to do so.

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Upcoming Research Focus

"Stake your claim in the success of data analytics"
(January - March 2018)

Previous Research Focus

Developing an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignmentsDeveloping an information-savvy workforce through strategic alignments
April - June 2017

Designed to help you place information skills firmly on the strategic agenda for workforce development.


Data analytics - ready your information serviceData analytics - ready your information service
October 2016 - March 2017

Looked at how information staff position themselves and their expertise within the evolving world of data analytics to best offer strategic and practical support to their organisations.


Content and technology for current awarenessContent and technology for current awareness
July - September 2016

Looked at how to recognise, and act on, emerging best practices for evaluation of content and technology to support and enhance current awareness in your organisation.


Source Expertise - What It Means in a Google WorldSource Expertise - What It Means in a Google World
April - June 2016

Looked at how we can consult with project teams and departments about sources, stay informed about what's changing in the world of sources and understand specialist sources in detail.


Strategic Alignment of IS and ITStrategic Alignment of IS and IT
January - March 2016

Enabled content experts and technology experts to better understand, work together and achieve mutual goals around the value of information in their businesses.


In January 2016 we renamed the "Topic Series" as "Research Focus".
Read on the Blog about the reasons behind the name change »


News, and Other CommoditiesNews, and Other Commodities
October - December 2015

Examined the tricky question of "value" when applied to news, basic company information, basic "people" information and the like: These categories behave much like commodities -- there are lots of sources, including plenty where the direct cost is negligible.


All About UsageAll About Usage
July - September 2015

Looked broadly at what "usage" means to today's users and their organisations. We start from the desktop: what do users want to be able to do with information?


Best Practices in Information Skills DevelopmentBest Practices in Information Skills Development
April - June 2015

Examined skills development from the perspective of information managers who need to train their centre staff and users in other departments.


Making Information VisibleMaking Information Visible
January - March 2015

Examined "discovery" from the perspective of technologies that enable it, content required and user behaviours driving success.


News, and BeyondNews, and Beyond
October - December 2014

Dived into issues to support information managers with needs analysis, product reviews, source monitoring, and reporting on value.


What You Need to Know Your Customer (KYC)What You Need to Know Your Customer (KYC)
July - September 2014

Took a deeper, more focused look at one element of compliance: the many tools, approaches and critical elements to KYC regulations.


Next-Generation Competitive IntelligenceNext-Generation Competitive Intelligence
May - June 2014

Updated you on the latest tools and techniques, whilst providing valuable refreshers on core knowledge and skills. Given the pace of change in our industry, no one with CI skills can afford to let up on perpetual professional development.


The Social EnterpriseThe Social Enterprise
January - March 2014

Explored success stories as well as challenge points for making organisations socially adept. We take into account technology, tools, enterprise opportunities and barriers around making organisations more social.


Beyond AggregationBeyond Aggregation
October - November 2013

Combined our history of research and product reviews with a higher-level look at what organisations are trying to accomplish - not bringing news into the organisation for its own sake but to support decision-making, strategic planning, competitive intelligence and other goals.


Compliance in ContextCompliance in Context
September - October 2013

Broke down the many elements of regulatory compliance and the products that support it. With articles, product reviews, comparisons, checklists and webinars, your engagement with this series will be rewarded with up-to-date knowledge of how you can best support the information components of your organisation's regulatory requirements.


Big Data in ActionBig Data in Action
April - June 2013

There's plenty of talk and even hype about Big Data, but very little in the way of practical suggestions or guidelines for information managers who want to create a sensible, prioritised plan for incorporating the concepts and tools into their operations. This topic series closed the gap with articles, reports, webinars and discussion opportunities closely focused on practical business value.


What is a Research Focus?

A Research Focus is Jinfo's quarterly project to examine a critical topic in information strategy each quarter.

Select any of the listed Research Focus titles to learn about that project and request a free copy of the Insights & Actions report -- our top findings, plus a thematic index to resources.


With a Jinfo Subscription to Content and/or Community you also get:

  • Access to all articles and reports produced in that Research Focus

  • Monthly webinars, working through our findings and showing how to apply them to different environments

  • Community sessions, connecting you with peers for facilitated dialogue on the findings.

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