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Chris Porter Mini Review: Nexis Analyser
Monday, 22nd September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

Chris Porter looks at latest developments in Nexis Analyser, an add-on tool to the Nexis business aggregation database. The service generates easy-to-use analysis charts to help users dig into changes in news coverage over time. Users include those working on competitive intelligence, mergers & acquisitions and journalism.

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Topic Categories: Media monitoring - News sources - FreePint Reports: Product reviews


Chris Porter Product Review of Factiva Companies & Executives (Sources - Content & Coverage)
Monday, 22nd September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

In the second part of his review of Factiva Companies & Executives, Chris Porter drills down into the detail of the sources, looking at what's available for company profiles and news content, company financials, executive content, and industry profiles. He also investigates the Company Snapshot and Corporate Signals features.

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Topic Categories: Company sources - Industry sources - People sources


James Mullan Introducing Delve - Improving Interaction with Information in Office 365
Monday, 22nd September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

The way we search for and find information has changed significantly over the last 10 years, not just because of the advent of new technologies and an increasing focus on mobile technologies but also because of the amount of information we're both creating and having to manage. This trend has led to many companies looking at ways to make finding information easier. The latest company to jump on the "information discovery bandwagon" is Microsoft with the introduction of a new search tool called "Delve".

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Topic Categories: Collaborative and social tools - Content management - Search


James Mullan How To Increase User Engagement With Knowledge Tools
Friday, 19th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

One of the many things that information and knowledge professionals can be tasked with is encouraging and developing user engagement with knowledge tools. This can be a thankless task given the complexity of both the organisations that users work in and the tools that organisations provide. James Mullan examines how information and knowledge managers can encourage use of the knowledge tools for which they're responsible.

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Topic Categories: Collaborative and social tools - Knowledge management


Chris Porter Product Update of Compliance Catalyst
Thursday, 18th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

Chris Porter catches up with some of the latest developments in the Compliance Catalyst service from Bureau van Dijk (BvD) and highlights key changes since FreePint's full review in August 2013. Compliance Catalyst is a workflow application that helps organisations to take an informed, risk-based decision on whether to accept a potential new customer, supplier or other business partner. BvD has made numerous enhancements to the content and functionality of the service, driven by customer feedback.

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Topic Categories: Information purchasing - Compliance sources - Risk management


Chris Porter Product Review of Factiva Companies & Executives (Introduction; Contact Details)
Tuesday, 16th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

Chris Porter looks at the Companies & Executives component of the Dow Jones Factiva service. This component contains data and tools relating to companies, executives and industries. It was previously sold separately, but is now fully integrated into the main Factiva product. Factiva Companies & Executives is aimed at researchers and analysts in information-intensive organisations, as well as those involved in sales and business development. In the first part of the review Chris introduces the product and company and provides contact details.

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Topic Categories: Company sources - People sources


James Mullan Are Companies Making the Most of SharePoint?
Tuesday, 16th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

SharePoint is much more than just a document collaboration tool; its social and collaborative elements are continually being strengthened and it now also serves as a social computing platform. But how many companies are actually taking advantage of all of its features? This is a question that often remains unanswered, so it was with some interest that I read an article which looks at research into the ways companies are really using SharePoint.

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Topic Categories: Collaborative and social tools - Content management - Intranets


Sophie Alexander Market Research using Pay As You Go Online Sources - Search Features and Account Management
Friday, 12th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

If you're looking for company, industry or country information on a Pay As You Go basis, the wealth of online market research sources can seem quite overwhelming. In her second article on this topic, Sophie Alexander highlights the product offerings of four well-known market research vendors and explores the search options available as well as account management features including payment and subscription options and report formats.

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Topic Categories: Information purchasing - Industry sources - Market sources - Regional sources


James Mullan The Benefits of Knowledge Management
Thursday, 11th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

All organisations should be taking advantage of the benefits that having a well-established knowledge management programme can deliver. Yet all too often knowledge managers spend a lot of their time selling knowledge management within their organisation. If this is the case then it can be useful to have a list of the benefits that knowledge management can deliver. James Mullan explains how this list of benefits can be repurposed dependent on the audience and should make it easier to "sell" knowledge management internally.

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Topic Categories: Knowledge management


Sophie Alexander Market Research using Pay As You Go Online Sources - Publishers, Content and Coverage
Thursday, 11th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

If you're looking for company, industry or country information on a Pay As You Go basis, the wealth of online market research sources can seem quite overwhelming. In her article, Sophie Alexander highlights the product offerings of four well-known market research vendors, including the type of content, publishers, search features, account options as well as geographical and language coverage.

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Topic Categories: Information purchasing - Industry sources - Market sources - Regional sources


Anne Jordan Source Update for Nexis
Tuesday, 9th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

The latest additions and takedowns in Nexis, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.

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Topic Categories: News sources - Regional sources - FreePint Articles: Source updates


James Mullan Dealing with Information Silos
Tuesday, 9th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

As information professionals we're told that information silos within organisations should be discouraged as they often mean that information can't be shared easily. Whilst there are many tools available which can help break down information silos and increase knowledge sharing, James Mullan asks whether some of the new style social media tools that organisations have been implementing are actually adding to the problems associated with silos.

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Topic Categories: Collaborative and social tools - Content management - Intranets


Anne Jordan Source Update for ProQuest
Monday, 8th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

This month's additions in ProQuest, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.

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Topic Categories: News sources - Regional sources - FreePint Articles: Source updates


Tim Buckley Owen Big Data Analytics - Useful, Yes, But Still Prone to Hype
Monday, 8th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

Big data analytics is now starting to prove its worth in many fields, including scientific research and criminal investigation as well as business and finance. But as it becomes more commoditised, and presented as neatly packaged solutions involving big names such as IBM, Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis, Tim Buckley Owen argues that information professionals must have the courage to pass on warnings when experts believe it’s becoming over-hyped. One recent warning suggests that the sheer number and complexity of predictive analytics tools used by financial institutions can make it difficult to monitor their performance or ensure they comply with regulations, and another counsels against uncritically accepting the concept of the data lake.

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Topic Categories: Information services management - Information strategy - Risk management


Tim Buckley Owen LinkedIn - Game Changer, But It's Not Alone
Friday, 5th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

LinkedIn may hitherto have facilitated the recruitment process rather than managing it. But it’s already proving a serious disruptor to the recruitment sector and there’s evidence to suggest that its ambitions go far further. However it is not alone; existing online recruitment services can be expected to fight back, and LinkedIn has some not so well known but possibly serious rivals.

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Topic Categories: Information strategy - People sources - Social media sources


Anne Jordan Source Update for Factiva
Friday, 5th September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

The latest additions and takedowns in Factiva, researched and compiled by Anne Jordan.

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Topic Categories: News sources - Regional sources - FreePint Articles: Source updates


James Mullan Managing Your Intranet Search
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

James Mullan discusses what intranet managers should be doing to improve the search within their intranet, looking at options from tailored search to one size fits all.

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Topic Categories: Intranets - Search


Chris Porter Product Review of LexisNexis Company Dossier (Value - Competitors, Development & Pricing)
Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

In the final part of his review of LexisNexis Company Dossier, author Chris Porter considers what kinds of research needs it best meets and how its data and functionality stack up against some of its major competitors in the company information field. The service contains information on around 80 million companies and around 75 million business executives.

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Topic Categories: Information purchasing - Company sources - People sources


Tim Buckley Owen Not Enough or Too Much? A Data Protection Dilemma
Monday, 1st September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

Companies know that compromising privacy is bad for business, which is why Microsoft is challenging official disclosure demands in the United States courts. Meanwhile a United States congressional thinktank has concerns about the protection of personal financial records, and a British survey shows just how much customers will punish companies that play fast and loose with their data. But has the pendulum now swung too far in the privacy direction? One survey suggests that the protectionist barriers against digital trade could cause a measurable contraction in gross domestic product - but governments know that privacy wins votes.

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Topic Categories: Risk management - Security


Chris Porter Product Review of LexisNexis Company Dossier (Technology - Search, Outputs & Alerts, User Interface & Help)
Monday, 1st September 2014 Please login top-right to be able to star items

The third part of Chris Porter's review looks at the searching, filtering, list-building and exporting capabilities within LexisNexis Company Dossier, a research database providing information about companies, executives and industries. His scrutiny includes the "Compare Companies" feature and "Custom Report" tool.

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Topic Categories: Company sources - Industry sources - People sources


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