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Jinfo contributing editor Andrew Lucas provides an overview of the articles, models, research and tools published within the Jinfo Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation", looking at areas from the importance of tracking time to reporting lines and how to identify your peer group for benchmarking.
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation" , we look at how the information team adds value to the business in six different areas, from growing revenue to smarter decisions. In each area we identify the steps you take in the value...
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American Financial Group's Information Research Centre explains the benefits they find of tracking time, from demonstrating value to identifying most engaged customer groups. They also highlight the tool they use and the downfall of the tools they've used in the past.
We interview an information manager who has changed reporting line, to find out how that impacted on their services, stakeholders and how the information centre was valued and perceived. The article also includes tips and recommendations for others who may face a shift in reporting line.
Sean DeNora of PwC Canada's Research & Insights team gives his tips for solid contract negotiation and examples of where he's used a variety of techniques to negotiate more appropriate contracts for information tools and databases.
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation", we identify which is the most influential datapoint for determining the highest value of and potential for your department in your organisation.
Now in its third year, Jinfo's benchmarking Research Focus is a unique resource specific to information professionals and essential for information centres around the world.
In this report you'll discover our top three insights from our director of research, Robin Neidorf plus links to help...
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus, "Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation" , we have added to the previous two years' worth of data in areas including organisational structure, team size, areas of strategic focus and approach to content purchasing and licensing. The...
We know that information expertise is a prerequisite when it comes to helping us make smarter decisions but being able to evidence this and measure its impact over time can be problematic. What we can do is try and document the characteristics of the environment in which this goal is achieved and how information services contribute to creating those characteristics, this article looks at how we can set about doing this.
Although information teams have long known that their services are essential to creating transparent business operations, it is difficult to demonstrate those contributions through metrics. Breaking down what it means to be "transparent", and then documenting your contributions to those smaller elements goes a long way towards making your value more visible and quantifiable, Robin Neidorf explains how to achieve this.
Data for content purchasing and licensing can be very difficult to collate given the differences in how organisations license information, however, Jinfo has been able to create benchmarks around some of the key variables giving us insight into how information teams approach this and we explore some of these approaches in this article.
This article explores how information professionals help organisations manage risk and how they can better communicate their work in areas such as copyright, terms and conditions, licensing, and ensuring accurate information for decision-taking.
In the third of our six articles on documenting the value chain, we look at innovation and ask what it looks like, as well as exploring some of the requirements and characteristics that contribute to an innovative environment. We also look at what activities you may currently undertake that supports each of the characteristics and requirements of innovation in your organisation and some qualitative insights you can share with stakeholders to give them a clearer picture of the impact your expertise has on it.
Communicating the value of information services to budget holders and decision-makers is challenging. One way to enhance that communication is to interview leaders in your organisation to show where their ideas align, and where there may be gaps or misalignment. This article looks at how to shape leadership alignment interviews to deepen your engagement with stakeholders, to increase your understanding of their thoughts on value, and to build their buy-in for strategic efforts.
To create meaningful comparisons across information teams you first need to define what the teams do. This is what Jinfo set out to do as part of its benchmarking research and this article highlights some of that data, including what services and activities take place such as contract negotiation and taxonomy development, and in which department, as well as the impact and value of these services.
Whilst it can be difficult to provide meaningful data to demonstrate the impact on efficiency that an information team provides, it is possible to highlight how you help an organisation become more efficient. In the second article on documenting the value chain, we provide practical examples of how information services contribute to efficiency and a useful set of metrics and reporting that can be used to demonstrate this.
There are many different reporting lines within organisations, such as IT, research and development, marketing, HR and procurement, and Jinfo has previously written about the impact these reporting structures can have on how an information team can deliver value. This article looks more closely at Jinfo's 2019 research on benchmarking, and in particular reporting lines, including some of the common trends, and the importance of strategy in delivering value.
Winning new business is a crucial part of the business development process but without the valuable input of the information team, this couldn't happen. In the first article on documenting the value chain, we offer practical advice on how information professionals can demonstrate their value in this process and includes useful charts and steps you can take to do this.
Jinfo's benchmarking project has amassed three years of data submitted by 82 information teams who have provided data on everything from organisational structure to how they deliver their services and areas of strategic focus. With so much information to draw on, this article provides an overview of what we have learned through analysing this data, including the most important variables to consider when creating the right peer group against which to benchmark any given information team, as well as our findings on reporting structures, provision of services and team capacity.
The subject of how an information service can effectively work with IT is something Jinfo has touched on previously and is still as pertinent as ever. With the ever-increasing pace of technological change and the information department's dependence on IT, Anne Rogers of Cargill takes another look at this area and ask what makes an effective relationship and how you can establish a "functional" relationship with IT.
"Benchmark information services - progressing towards transformation"
This Research Focus gives you tools, analysis and the original data you need in order to benchmark your information service against peers. (July - September 2019).
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