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Read our highlights from content and events in our Research Focus, "Creating an Information Centre of Excellence". Andrew Lucas guides us through the models, research, practitioner articles and interviews as well as webinars and Community sessions which will help you map your services and practices against those of the most successful information teams.
Chris Porter digs into recent Jinfo perceptions about how vendors treat them as customers and asks two long-established vendors - Dow Jones and LexisNexis - and one newer market entrant - Diligencia - how they capture and respond to customer needs and requests.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. As part of our Research Focus, "Creating an Information Centre of Excellence", Andrew Lucas recently spoke to Helen Malone, director of the Global Information Hub at GSK and the president of Pharma Documentation Ring to find out about the company, Helen's recent talk at the ConTech conference, GSK's comprehensive data and analytics strategy and what role information professionals can play in the future.
Information professionals inform, educate, and persuade internal and external audiences as a natural part of their jobs. You will have opportunities for public speaking and making presentations, whether to small groups for a "lunch and learn", internally to your organisation to pitch new services, or at an event in front of hundreds of your peers. Trust in your ability to deliver expert services is enhanced if your speaking and presentation skills reflect preparation, polish, and confidence. This article offers practical tips for crafting better presentations and speaking with ease.
In the last of our articles on Jinfo's latest survey we look at how information teams apply the elements of Jinfo's Centre of Excellence model to their work and planning. Robin Neidorf examines some of the key skill areas, temperaments and characteristics needed to run a successful Centre of Excellence, from consulting and project management to commercial and more.
Negotiating with information suppliers is a key skill needed by information professionals but is often faced with trepidation. This article looks at how to break down the negotiation process into more manageable parts so as to get the best outcome for everyone involved in supplier management and negotiations..
In our second article reporting on Jinfo's survey results on what makes an Information Centre of Excellence, we asked respondents about the core characteristics of an Information Centre of Excellence. We discuss the use of technology as well as the importance of stakeholders and partners.
In this article, we explore the results of part one of our latest research survey which focuses on how information teams apply the elements of Jinfo's Centre of Excellence model to their work and planning. Respondents came from a wide range of industries, locations, and organisation sizes and were asked to identify how important each of the three core functions of an Information Centre of Excellence was to the work of their department.
Information services teams who create a Centre of Excellence need to consider how they represent themselves to their users and stakeholders throughout their organisation. This article explores a few ideas and suggestions to help you do this, including building an effective online presence and how you can do this.
Information professionals have a unique set of skills that organisations really need but tend to overlook and underuse. Even when there are priority projects where information management is important, sometimes external consultants are the first point of call. You know you make a strategic contribution to your organisation and so does your boss but do your senior stakeholders and users know? This article looks at some ways you can highlight the strategic contribution you make and start to break down some of the outdated stereotypes and perceptions.
One of the biggest challenges facing information teams is balancing the time they invest in the urgency of the inbox against the bigger picture of where they know they need to go. The centrepiece of Jinfo's Information Centre of Excellence model is a focus on information strategy - you can't maintain that focus if your attention is constantly being pulled in a dozen directions. The best information teams use strategy on an ongoing basis and this article looks at how you can better optimise the time you have to do this.
When designing an information strategy, it's important to achieve a balance between meeting end-user needs and the overall business strategy of the organisation. This presents a challenge to the information professional who must consider other competing demands. Chrissy Street highlights what to think about when designing your information strategy whilst keeping in mind a balance between meeting end-user needs and strategic business needs.
Over the past few years, Jinfo has increasingly heard from information teams who want to increase the visibility of their resources, better support end-users in their work, both new and advanced, improve their approach to user training, and find ways to embed third-party information directly into the users' workflow. This article looks at ways information teams can address these challenges and highlights specific use-cases in the areas of technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.
Creating the time and space to focus on information strategy is of paramount importance to an information team but this can often feel like a luxury with so many other things competing for our time. This article looks at how you can go about creating the space to work on the business and not just in it. In particular, it expands on direction, management, and legwork enabling you to think clearly about your strategic goals and how they flow down into project plans and actual activities.
An Information Centre of Excellence is a forward-looking model designed by Jinfo that can be used to help an organisation mitigate risk and make use of the opportunities of information and data resources. This article explores the central elements of this model and how it can be used to help end-users and deliver value within your organisation. Adopting this model will help you envision and plan your future as an Information Centre of Excellence.
The digital workplace means different things to different people but the evolution of its associated technologies means workers now expect an always-connected environment where they can access everything they need. Andrew Lucas recently spoke to Steve Bynghall, one of Jinfo's regular contributors, to find out about his experiences as a consultant and writer on the digital workplace, how organisations can most effectively use the tools they have, and what role he foresees for the information professional within this environment.
Andrew Lucas recently interviewed Andy Tattersall, an information specialist and long-time contributor to Jinfo, to find out how he uses technology in his work at The School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield (ScHARR) and how his skills have helped to shape the university's approach to information. He also had some interesting things to say about where he thinks the information profession is headed.
Here we look at how partnership management, evaluation and continuous improvement and future planning fit into running a successful information centre. Jinfo's director of research, Robin Neidorf, also examines the importance of future planning and why this is essential element of how you manage your department on behalf of the interests of your larger organisation.
In the first of a two-part article, we look at what it takes to run a thriving information centre, focusing in particular on service design, service delivery and customer relations. Part two will focus on partnership management, evaluation and continuous improvement and future planning.
Information services, knowledge management and digital workplace roles often require multi-disciplinary skills. This article looks at how a competency and skills framework can help individuals and teams consider their own career and development needs, while also articulating conversations with others about what they do.
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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
Risk assessment is a required process for a healthy information department. It gauges the ability of your services, team, portfolio and overall value to withstand stress.
Focus on Risk Assessment