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Mobile Strategy in the Investments Business
Tuesday, 21st May 2013
Carlos Ramon of retirement investments provider VALIC tells FreePint how the company developed a mobile app to allow its customers to check their fund positions, get news updates and contact their financial adviser. He also provides valuable tips for other organisations considering their own mobile strategy, whether for smartphones or tablets.
LinkedIn Today - Another News Aggregator on the Block
Monday, 20th May 2013
LinkedIn's recent purchase of the Pulse news app appeared to signal a move towards news aggregation. This was confirmed last week, when the business networking site launched a revamp of its social news service, LinkedIn Today. Users can now read content from credible news sources covering a range of business categories.
NewsEdge Delivered to the Palm of Your Hand
Monday, 20th May 2013
Delivering news headlines to mobile devices nowadays seems straightforward but early adopters TD Bank and NewsEdge have been delivering headlines and full text articles (on seamless click-through) to BlackBerrys since 2006. Linda Larsen tells FreePint how the service came about and gives us a glimpse of the information research centre's plans for the future.
Internal Communications in an Attention-Deficit World
Wednesday, 1st May 2013
This collection of FreePint articles on internal communications presents a fascinating range of topics. Communications professionals now have a plethora of choices both of device and tool. Identifying the strengths, weaknesses, appropriateness and security of internal tools from SharePoint to email is essential along with familiarity with external tools such as Twitter and LinkedIn. And presentation of information is just as important - interactive figures or multimedia can be much more effective than lines of text...
Has LinkedIn Got its Finger on the Pulse of its Contacts?
Wednesday, 1st May 2013
There have been a number of very interesting announcements from LinkedIn recently. Amongst these was their purchase of Pulse, a newsreader application that aggregates news sources. How will this acquisition and other announcements such as the new LinkedIn Contacts App enhance our LinkedIn experience?
An Array of Needs in Mobile Content: A View from the FreePint Community of Practice
Thursday, 25th April 2013
The mobile environment is a dynamic one. Robin Neidorf offers an update into how organisations are tackling the challenge of making content mobile, which devices are proving the most popular and which barriers to implementation remain. Security and authentication issues are discussed alongside BYOD and softer challenges such as users' lack of information literacy skills.
LinkedIn Purchases Pulse & Moves Closer to Being a Publishing Platform
Wednesday, 17th April 2013
LinkedIn's purchase of the Pulse news app is the company's latest move in news aggregation, building on its introduction of LinkedIn Today and the Influencer discovery tool over the last couple of years. The acquisition of mobile news specialist Pulse is the next step towards the business networking site becoming "the definitive professional publishing platform".
The Smartphone: Mini Missile in the Competitive Intelligence War
Wednesday, 10th April 2013
Technology has always been at the forefront of new developments in CI techniques, and the smartphone has provided a new dimension in intelligence-gathering techniques. GPS capabilities, barcode-scanning, cameras and mapping tools are all innovations which, when some creativity is applied, can be used to gather sophisticated intelligence about the competition.
Alternatives to Google Alerts - Is it Next for the Cut?
Monday, 8th April 2013
Google is the topic of conversation for the wrong reasons at the moment, from its copyright battles to disgruntlement over the recent cull of Google Reader. Now it seems free web monitoring service Google Alerts is providing poor results, leading to speculation about its closure. Penny Crossland looks at some alternative free alerting services and puts them to the test.
Security - Appraise the Doomsayers but Believe the Authorities?
Thursday, 28th March 2013
Risks from the Bring Your Own Device movement or email phishing attacks inevitably attract their fair share of security scare stories from vendors keen to peddle their own solutions. Recently there have been BYOD warnings from Dell and Varonis and a phishing scare seized upon by Proofpoint. Technological solutions such as mobile device management (MDM), encryption or sender authentication may provide a short term fix - but recent reports from Britain’s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the European Network & Information Security Agency (ENISA) suggest that human behaviour matters too.
Product Review of just-auto's QUBE: Outputs, Reports & Alerts
Monday, 25th March 2013
just-auto's QUBE allows subscribers unlimited prints and downloads along with the ability to create customised PDFs. Victor Camlek continues his review of the automotive industry source and looks in detail at the information that can be included in the reports, the reporting choices available, and anticipates the upcoming mobile options for smartphones and tablet devices.
US Politico Bucks the Trend by Printing a New Magazine
Wednesday, 20th March 2013
While major newspaper publishers in Europe, such as the Financial Times, the Telegraph Group and the Irish Times have re-stated their commitment to digital business models, there is one journalistic anomaly in the US, which appears to be going against the trend. Politico, the must-read website for all observers of Washington news is preparing to launch a print magazine. Is this a genuine commitment to print or a marketing tool for its subscription business?
Small Businesses Stand to Gain from CRM Lite
Wednesday, 13th March 2013
Customer relationship management (CRM) tools are becoming increasingly accessible to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and investment in CRM technology is now a top priority. But while separate reports from Constant Contact and the Economist Intelligence Unit suggest that even micro businesses can deploy effective CRM systems, Gartner is warning that creating a "single view of the customer" requires a complex master data management strategy. In between these two extremes, there may be opportunities for astute info pros capable of exploiting such systems to the benefit of the business.
Product Report: CODiE Finalists - Best Science and Technology Information Solution
Tuesday, 12th February 2013
Three products were named to the final round for the CODiE category of Best Science and Technology Information Solution. All three demonstrate understanding of the workflow and content needs of researchers that require scientific information. FreePint reviewers provide a good look at Safari Books Online, Udini from ProQuest and Infotrieve’s Mobile Library Rx. Only one can take the CODiE, but all three deserve kudos for excellence.
Mini Review: Safari Books Online
Friday, 8th February 2013
Electronic reference materials such as ebooks and videos can present businesses with a time, cost efficient and environmentally friendly way to keep up-to-date with business and technology developments. Yulia Aspinall reviews Safari Books Online, a comprehensive digital library designed to help business, creative and technology professionals to easily access information relevant to their business and career.
Mini Review: Udini
Monday, 28th January 2013
Researchers often require the kind of high quality research and news articles available from an academic library but don’t always have access to those services. Yulia Aspinall reviews Udini from ProQuest, a vast database of high quality articles available in a variety of options from Pay As You Go to monthly subscription. As well as access to news articles, research, conference proceedings et al, it also offers a variety of useful ways to work with those articles, from commenting to sharing with colleagues.
Can You Lengthen Your Skills Ladder?
Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Despite the uncertain economic times, there do seem to be potential opportunities for information professionals. Companies are concerned to build up the information architecture they will need to deal with mobile, social and cloud developments. There’s greater emphasis on compliance, big data and the monetising of information assets, and concern about the continuing risks of rapidly spreading disinformation. So, with learning new skills the top goal of respondents in a recent LinkedIn survey, perhaps now would be a good time for information professionals to do the same.
Mini Review: Infotrieve Mobile Library Rx
Tuesday, 15th January 2013
Aileen Marshall reviews Infotrieve's Mobile Library Rx™, the iPad-based ePrint delivery solution for pharmaceutical professionals/sales representatives/marketing, interacting with healthcare professionals or other external organisations. Unlike some other products, it does not focus on internal document delivery but rather on sharing ePrints with external clients while complying with all applicable copyright/digital rights regulations.
Community of Practice: Mobile Deployment in the Enterprise
Thursday, 10th January 2013
FreePint's Director of Research announces the launch of our first Community of Practice, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of mobile deployment of content in the enterprise. Using a blend of learning materials, distance learning principles and peer-to-peer education, this first CoP can be a valuable tool for your 2013 strategic initiatives.
Mini Review: InfoArmy
Monday, 24th December 2012
Aileen Marshall reviews InfoArmy, the iPad-based intelligence service which uses an army of researchers to create in-depth, innovative competitive intelligence reports. It plans to produce reports for virtually every company on the planet, in multiple languages, using its crowdsourcing model.