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Product Review of InfoNgen: Technology & Delivery Platform; User Interface
Thursday, 12th December 2013
The technology which underpins discovery engine InfoNgen is discussed in the third part of Yulia Aspinall's review. InfoNgen is also known as a news aggregation system; its workflow automation can eliminate a huge amount of the "heavy lifting" of manually searching through multiple sources, reading them, cutting/pasting/emailing, aggregating them together, formatting, and publishing, and hence save researchers time and make their work more effective and productive. Export options include custom newsletters which can be delivered manually or automatically via email or RSS feed.
Product Review of InfoNgen: Sources, Content & Coverage; Products
Tuesday, 10th December 2013
The second part of Yulia Aspinall's review of discovery engine InfoNgen examines the sources, content and coverage which can be aggregated. These range from traditional newspapers to blogs and social media, subscription databases, customer-specific resources and private companies. Tagging and translation capabilities cover eight languages but InfoNgen can aggregate content in any language. Yulia also introduces the Discovery Portal, Enterprise Knowledge Management Portal and Text Analytics Services.
Product Review of InfoNgen: Introduction, Value and FreePint's View
Thursday, 5th December 2013
Yulia Aspinall reviews InfoNgen, a "discovery engine" which combines the ability to do metasearches of all or selected internal and external sources of information with flexible tagging and customer specific needs. The foundation of InfoNgen is an automated classification system that analyses unstructured content and organises it into a variety of taxonomies, making it easier to manage. The first part of her review introduces the product and offers feedback on the value and return on investment it offers.
Silobreaker Premium: Encompassing Aggregation, Collaboration and Knowledge Management
Wednesday, 4th December 2013
Penny Crossland looks at the latest release of Silobreaker Premium, the well-established open source intelligence tool. Like its competitors, over the past year it has developed enhanced workflow and collaboration features. New customisation and reporting functions have made this an excellent monitoring tool and a workflow tool for the enterprise. As well as providing around 300,000 news items a day, it also offers unique content in the form of fact sheets on companies and individuals.
Mini Review: Silobreaker Premium
Wednesday, 4th December 2013
Silobreaker Premium is much more than a content aggregator, finds Penny Crossland in her mini review of the online intelligence product. She concludes that its ability to store both external and internal content and to allow shared access and editing also makes this a knowledge management tool, which will appeal to information professionals working in a range of industry sectors. This Software as a Service (SaaS) tool has moved a long way beyond content aggregation for news, reports, blogs, audio, video and more - into the fields of competitive intelligence and risk analysis.
Extract More Meaning with a Northern Light SinglePoint Strategic Research Portal
Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
A Northern Light SinglePoint strategic research portal can aggregate a company's entire market research, both internal and external, and can be customised to deliver timely and accurate information to specific user groups. Sophie Alexander finds SinglePoint an easy-to-use portal containing a wealth of useful and focused research content for market and competitive intelligence staff, sales teams, marketing and purchasing managers, executives and more.
Product Review of Northern Light SinglePoint: Executive Summary
Monday, 2nd December 2013
If you're looking to significantly speed up and enhance the process of analysing markets, tracking competitors, forecasting technologies or developing new products, then a Northern Light SinglePoint strategic research portal may be just what your company needs. Aggregating all of a company's internal and external market research via a single point of access, the portals are fully customisable. Using powerful text analytics to filter search results according to industry, they are also able to deliver more focused search results. Sophie Alexander's executive summary of SinglePoint highlights some of the product's best features and identifies how it offers a high return on investment.
Q&A with Comintelli: Combining KM and Competitive Intelligence
Friday, 29th November 2013
Jesper Martell of Comintelli tells Sophie Alexander how their products can improve a company’s decision making process and what changes he sees for the future of news delivery to organisations. Comintelli's Knowledge XChanger™ provides solutions for knowledge management and competitive intelligence. The Enterprise Information Access Software can aggregate a variety of content, from external and internal sources from research companies, news agencies, websites and RSS feeds, to content from a client's network drive, email or SharePoint site.
FreePint Report: Product Review of Northern Light SinglePoint
Friday, 29th November 2013
Sophie Alexander's review of Northern Light's SinglePoint strategic research portal introduces the solution and gives FreePint's view of this fully customisable portal which aggregates news from the web, secondary research and a client's own internal market research. She also examines the value...
Product Review of Northern Light SinglePoint: Customer Support, Pricing & Contact Details
Thursday, 28th November 2013
The help options available for Northern Light's SinglePoint strategic research portal range from on-screen prompts to webinars although their strategic dashboards are designed so that you do not need training or experience when using them, finds final part of Sophie Alexander's review. She also provides an overview of the pricing structure and contact information.
Q&A with Northern Light: a SinglePoint for a Company's Strategic Research Needs
Wednesday, 27th November 2013
Sophie Alexander interviews David Seuss, CEO of Northern Light, to find out more about the company's strategic research portals, business research content and search technology solutions. She finds out more about how their technology delivers high quality results that are targeted to the specific needs and interests of each user, offering primary research, secondary licensed sources, and business news all in a single portal. Northern Light is the company behind strategic research portal SinglePoint.
Product Review of Northern Light SinglePoint: Search and Outputs
Wednesday, 27th November 2013
Northern Light's SinglePoint strategic research portal offers extensive search options for the expert or more casual user, finds Sophie Alexander in the third part of her review. Sales people, product managers and executive business leaders represent 80% of SinglePoint's users but there are still plenty of options available for the more experienced searcher, such as those in market or competitive intelligence.
Product Review of Northern Light SinglePoint: Sources, Content and Coverage
Friday, 22nd November 2013
The second part of Sophie Alexander's review of Northern Light's SinglePoint strategic research portal considers the sources, content and coverage that can be included. A typical SinglePoint research portal will contain 5-40 licensed external research sources, an internal primary research repository, Northern Light Business News as well as a licensed news feed and custom harvesting of content from the government databases and the web.
Product Review of Northern Light SinglePoint: Introduction, Value and FreePint's View
Thursday, 21st November 2013
The first part of Sophie Alexander's review of Northern Light's SinglePoint strategic research portal introduces the solution and gives FreePint's view of this fully customisable portal which aggregates news from the web, secondary research and a client's own internal market research. She also examines the value offered along with examples of return on investment from client case studies. Clients include Hewlett-Packard and Verizon along with other Fortune 100 market leading companies.
Product Review of Meltwater News and Meltwater Buzz: User Interface, Customer Support, Pricing & Contact Details
Friday, 18th October 2013
Concluding her review of Meltwater Buzz and Meltwater News, Jan Knight covers the user interface, customer help options, pricing and contact information of these online monitoring tools for social media and editorial. She finds both user interfaces very intuitive and easy to use. Meltwater is happy to demo its products and also provides a 14-day free trial for interested companies.
Product Review of Meltwater Buzz: Sources, Search & Outputs
Thursday, 17th October 2013
The online social media monitoring and engagement services provided by Meltwater Buzz offer a variety of ways for users to easily review and analyse information from major social media outlets including Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia. It provides PR and communications professionals with a way to track where the conversations are happening, who is having them, how many of them there are and how robust they are (the volume) of those conversations.
Product Review of Meltwater News: Sources, Search & Outputs
Tuesday, 15th October 2013
The online media monitoring services from Meltwater News provide PR professionals with a variety of options to access, monitor and share information that is important to them and their brand or their clients’ brands. Jan Knight explores sources, search and output options and finds key factors of note include the day and night searches which ensure that information is up-to-date, while significant user interface factors include impressive amounts of information included in one search result page complemented by hyperlinks to dig deeper.
Product Review of Meltwater News and Meltwater Buzz: Introduction, Value and FreePint's View
Monday, 14th October 2013
Reviewing Meltwater News, which focuses on more traditionally official journalistic sources and Meltwater Buzz, which focuses primarily on the user-generated content in social media, Jan Knight looks into what value the products offer and finds that using the online monitoring tools to monitor competition, industries, news, potential partner companies, customers, executives and more opens up many opportunities for even smaller companies to be competitive.
Is Our Private Data Due to Become More Open?
Monday, 7th October 2013
Data privacy has been in the headlines once again and more consumers are beginning to recognise the commercial value of their data. Will recent government initiatives, such as the UK's midata and the US MyData, and the EU's proposed data protection laws be the impetus companies need to rethink their personal data strategies?
Collecting Human Competitive Intelligence: Challenges and Solutions
Thursday, 26th September 2013
Human intelligence or humint is one of the most valuable sources of information a company possesses, particularly for competitive intelligence purposes. However, as Yulia Aspinall discusses, it is also one of the most difficult to collect and analyse.
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