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Competitive intelligence training workshop in Pune, India

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Internet and social media tools to effectively track your competition: A workshop from ValueNotes to help attendees search the web effectively with use of advanced and complex functions. This…Continue

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6 mantras for choosing the right offshore business research partner

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 3:56am 0 Comments

There are a large number of companies offering business research services across offshore destinations like India (which is the most favoured one), Malaysia, Philippines and several others. How can you ensure that you select the right offshore research partner?

Do they have relevant expertise and experience?…


Is your offshore research partnership in good hands?

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 7:51am 0 Comments

It is people who create effective relationships…or destroy them. And this certainly holds true for research offshoring partnerships. No doubt research offshoring relationships need to have robust institutional and process frameworks at their base. You need a comprehensive contract, service level agreements (SLAs), a defined workflow, processes for…


Why do companies offshore business research?

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 7:59am 0 Comments

Duh! Isn’t it all about cost?

Perhaps… perhaps not. When one talks about off-shoring, the first thought that pops up is cost arbitrage. Indeed, cost arbitrage between developed countries and most offshore destinations is significant. But this is not the only reason, or in some cases it is not even the most important reason for…


7 Business Research Off-shoring Myths

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:16am 0 Comments

Confused about off-shoring business research? There is so much hype among both, the proponents and opponents of off-shoring that it is hard to distinguish fact from fiction.

Here are a few myths I have encountered in the last more-than-a-decade I have been associated with offshore business research.

1. Off-shoring research is a new phenomenon

I mentioned that I have been connected with business research off-shoring for more than a decade and the practice…


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At 3:29am on February 17, 2012, Vivek Raghuvanshi said…

Pleasure is mine Varsha. It is good to know a very humble woman such as you.

At 7:49pm on February 16, 2012, Vivek Raghuvanshi said…

It was great talking with you Varsha. 

At 11:28pm on July 14, 2011, Pradhuman Singh said…

Hi ma'am

That was a very informative session @ Ahmedabad that you had taken.

More than CI professionals, it was meant 4 all CxOs.

gr8 work.



At 11:56am on February 12, 2011, Trip Krant said…

Hello Varsha,

I am not a member of the CI India group and thus cannot respond to your thread, but I wished to respond nevertheless.

Just as intelligence needs must be determined for successful CI, key information must be selected for protection.  It is fruitless to try and protect everything, just like it is fruitless to try and “collect everything” about a target. 

The Key Intelligence Topic framework can be reverse-engineered and applied to protecting information.  John Nolan has written about this, and introduced the concepts of Key Protection Topics and Key Protection Requirements.


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