Information professionals have a range of skills at their disposal to deliver information services within their organisations, but it can be quite demoralising when those skills aren't recognised. It's essential to stand out and make your voice heard and this article looks at what it takes to be an effective communicator and get your message across. It also shows you how to successfully collaborate with others to do this and offers many useful tips to put this all into practice.
Almost half of all failed projects are caused by poor decision-making, so the importance of good project management (PM) skills, particularly for information professionals, is paramount, Yulia Aspinall explains.
To succeed in the information profession requires many skills and a knowledge of a wide range of information resources and tools but to keep organised it's essential to have project management skills. In this article, we take a look at the importance of these skills to the information professional and highlight some of the leading software that can be used to better manage your workload along with some practical steps you can incorporate in your daily work.
This article looks at how return on investment (ROI) is measured in the information profession and explores some of the changes that have taken place over the past 15 years, how to best measure ROI and what information professionals need to deliver high value.
Find out how Jinfo's resources relevant to data analytics could help you develop a use-case, get to the heart of licensing matters and ensure you're involved in organisation-wide projects.
With artificial intelligence (AI) becoming ever more sophisticated, its role in research is certain to grow considerably in the coming years. Yet AI is nowhere near matching human intelligence in some areas, and that's likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. A recent Jinfo webinar looked at ways in which information professionals can forge the most effective partnerships with machines in order to make their teams fit for the future.
Moving away from day-to-day, transactional tasks, is an effort for us all. Find out how Jinfo's latest Insights and Actions report can help you to focus on the future and push back on tasks which don't aid strategy or streamlining.
Don't miss our sessions and workshops on strategy, value and team skills. Join us at this year's Perfect Information Conference in May, network with peers and come away inspired. There's a special Jinfo discount code too.
This article concentrates on three key research frameworks (Porter's Five Forces, PESTEL, and value chain analysis) to illustrate how they can improve the research question and how you can work with them.
We live in a fast-moving world and being able to adapt to change is a key requirement for information professionals. Whilst their existing knowledge and skills are still important, they are increasingly being called upon to provide services in new ways. This is what our Research Focus, "The information team with the right stuff", is all about and this article highlights some of the articles, interviews, webinars and Community sessions we've recently published which illustrate how information teams can achieve long-term relevance.
As part of Jinfo's Research Focus,"The information team with the right stuff", we conducted 14 in-depth interviews with respondents across five sectors such as finance, consulting, and manufacturing, to tease out what a thriving, valuable information team should look like, what it needs to...
We interview Jantinus Meints, global director of external content at EY, to find out how this leading multinational professional services firm organises its content and procurement to service its users around the world.
In the final part of her analysis of Jinfo's latest research, into rethinking the role of information teams, director of research, Robin Neidorf, examines the five primary barriers to achieving change in information services plus suggestions on how to overcome them and transform information work for the team and end-users.
When analytics projects don't deliver it's usually because the use-case wasn't clearly defined and insufficient thought went into measuring the benefits. In a recent Jinfo webinar, Marc Vollenweider of Evalueserve took a detailed look at everything that goes into defining a use-case, as well as the future role of information professionals in the brave new world of data analytics.
Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, continues analysis of Jinfo's latest research, into rethinking the role of information teams. What are the four fundamental areas of future information services? What skills do you need to carry out higher level analysis? How important are information qualifications versus technical or business acumen or diplomas? Why is resilience so important?
Co-facilitator Scott Brown reflects on the Community series "Future-proof your information service" which offered participants the opportunity to work on structured approaches and to take practical frameworks and models back to their organisations.
Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, presents analysis of Jinfo's latest research, into rethinking the role of information teams. Can we learn lessons from the role of other shared services, such as HR and IT? What do departments need to give up to get to a more strategic level of service provision? What's the new vision for information teams?
How can you create a thriving, valuable information team and how can you convince the C-suite of its value? Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, introduces Jinfo's latest research into rethinking the role of information teams.
Integreon provides a variety of outsourced services, including contract review, document processing, business support and research. We last interviewed them a couple of years ago and recently caught up with Mark West, its operations director of knowledge and business information services, to find out what's changed since we last spoke, including some of the challenges faced with outsourcing and where it might be headed.
UCB's Scientific Information Service (SIS) held a Futures conference in 2017 for its users and select vendors to explore emerging ideas and technologies in the areas of content access and procurement. The conference was invitation-only, to make it more compelling for users to attend and keep it to a manageable size. It consisted of an introductory keynote, break-out sessions and short presentations covering relevant topics and this article looks at what was learnt as well as offering some practical next steps to help your organisation if wanting to plan a similar conference.
This Research Focus provides analysis, expert articles, product reviews, webinars and Community sessions on how information teams can adapt and evolve to meet the new skills required in today's dynamic environment. (April - June 2018).
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