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The evaluation of products and information sources is a core activity for information professionals. It involves assessing current and future needs of users, whether any gaps are being addressed and ensuring value is being delivered to the organisation.
In a five-part series of articles,...
In this last article in a series of five, we look at the output of the final evaluation stage of the project. It covers aggregating and analysing data, and presenting recommendations and learning points. As with the previous articles, we use the example of a comprehensive comparative analysis of patent research projects conducted by the InfoCenter at Cargill and present activities and examples of best practice.
In this fourth article in a series of five on the product evaluation process, we look at what needs to be done to test the products. We look at how to identify a list of products, how to create an initial review of them, as well as user testing of the products and capturing data. We focus on a comparative analysis of patent research projects conducted by the InfoCenter at Cargill, along with activities and examples of best practice.
In this third article in a series of five, we look at what needs to be done to lay the foundations for a successful evaluation process. We look at how to get participants involved and develop criteria for testing and documentation. We focus on a comparative analysis of patent research products conducted by the InfoCenter at Cargill, along with activities and examples of best practice.
In this second article in a series of five, we look at what needs to be done to lay the foundations for a successful evaluation process. This includes defining the business need and planning the project methodology. We demonstrate this using the example of a comprehensive comparative analysis of patent research products conducted by the InfoCenter at Cargill.
In the introduction to a five-part series of articles, we look at the steps involved in laying the foundations for a successful evaluation process. This includes how to evaluate comparative products and sources, and factors impacting product evaluation. By way of example, we look at the value of following a set process and evaluating patent search products at Cargill.
With the business world beset by challenges, what has been the impact on negotiations between suppliers of content and data and their clients in the information management world? Here, we outline and examine the changes we're seeing in vendor-client relationships as both sides try to react and adapt in pressured times.
In this market landscape, we look at six of the more popular document delivery tools available. A brief description and explanation of key features of each service or research platform is outlined, with additional information on typical users, geographic scope, and pricing:
The final part of Jinfo's product review of XPansion XMon, a fully managed platform that addresses usage, compliance and data operation challenges faced by financial institutions, looks at the value offered by the product, and the help and training available to users. It also considers the competitor landscape with direct competition from Easyfeed, product development plans, and pricing.
Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)
The third part of Jinfo's product review of XPansion XMon, a fully managed platform that addresses usage, compliance and data operation challenges faced by financial institutions, looks at the technology used within the platform, in particular the many ways users can connect their data. We also explore the many reports available to enable subscribers to review their consumption of market data across multiple systems as well as the wide range of APIs that are available.
The second part of Jinfo's product review of XPansion XMon, a fully managed platform that addresses usage, compliance and data operation challenges faced by financial institutions, we look at how users can connect any provider of reference financial market data, both internal or external, as well as data contracts.
Xpansion XMon is a fully managed platform that addresses usage, compliance and data operation challenges faced by financial institutions, helping them to manage data from external providers and internal data consumers. In the first part of Jinfo's product review, we take a closer look at the company behind the product as well as typical users and some of its key advantages. We also take a look at anticipated product enhancements and some of the challenges the existing product helps to overcome.
With organisations consuming increasing amounts of data, it's becoming more difficult to manage it, especially for those businesses within the financial services market that need almost constant access to data. XPansion offers a solution to this problem in the form of its XMon platform, an...
Download the deck and notes from our March Community session, "Commercial awareness for information professionals" led by Rebecca Brizi.
This Community session discusses how to:
Develop the right skills for commercial awareness
Position the information department as a commercial...
Content and data product licensing is an area beset by misconceptions, with many failing to grasp that when you pay for data, you're paying for usage within defined terms rather than ownership of data. How well you can negotiate those terms can benefit your organisation greatly, or affect it negatively. Here, Jinfo explains the key factors to bear in mind when approaching data licensing.
A product in the portfolio from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), RightFind Business Intelligence is aimed at library content managers, providing them with analytical tools to generate insights on content usage and spending, and budgeting tools to turn those insights into data-driven content investment plans. This mini review looks at the company and product and finds out who uses it and how it's used as well as looking at the competitive environment.
A Jinfo product review isn't there to take the place of hands-on testing within an organisation, but it should help establish whether a product is worth an in-house review. Scott Vine looks at how the Centre of Excellence approach can be used as an integral part of that in-house evaluation.
If you are liaising with suppliers on a regular basis then you need to read our article on using Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) techniques. We look at how it's defined and outline five key benefits of adding SRM to your licensing approach when dealing with high-value relationships.
Jinfo has consistently highlighted the importance of setting a strategy to support the organisation and manage risks and opportunities but if it isn't implemented in the right way it will be ineffective. This article looks at the important role of information centre staff in communicating and developing a strategic plan and what practical steps you can take within your own organisation to bring this about.
The enterprise subscription model will be familiar to anyone responsible for negotiating subscription agreements with vendors of digital content. Whilst it may be convenient, it can also become very costly. This article looks at why vendors are so keen on the enterprise model and how you can make it work for you, particularly if you work in a mid-sized organisation.
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Document the value chain, and transform the way you think about, manage and report on your product portfolio and your information service contributions to your organisation goals.
Focus on Value Chain
Director of Research Robin Neidorf describes the benefits of a Consulting Pilot on Value Chain, to tailor this process to your needs and environment:
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Consulting Pilot on Value Chain