Competitive Intelligence

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Intuition and competitive intelligence

In the real world, it is impossible to have perfect information on the competitive environment, although that is what everyone would ideally like to have.

In order to stay ahead of the game, senior managers are required to take fast decisions. They do the best they can based on whatever inputs they have available to them at the time. They augment the CI available to them with their own intuition and gut feel.…


Added by Varsha Chitale on June 26, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Business Intelligence and a strong supply base

Procurement professionals are expected to select suppliers that provide best value-for-money for the company they work for. Implementing some solid Business Intelligence (BI) methods in the supplier selection process is one way of securing best value-for-money and reducing the risk of supplier failure. The realities of the ongoing financial crisis - with an increasing amount of supplier bankruptcies as one of its effects - drives home the point that Procurement departments should increase…


Added by Ari Korpinen on June 20, 2010 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Competitive Intelligence Talks at SLA's Annual Conference Jun 12-16 2010

I will be attending SLA’s (Special Library’s Association) Annual Conference from June 12 – 16 at the New Orleans Convention Center. In the spirit of cooperative intelligence, here is a synopsis…


Added by Ellen Naylor on June 3, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Our European service has been seriously tested.


Added by Michael STAUDINGER on May 18, 2010 at 1:52am — No Comments

About Us

IDBS-Sécurité is a Security company based in Geneva, specialized in offering private security and close protection to our customers. We provide confidential and high level services, as well…


Added by Michael STAUDINGER on May 2, 2010 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Numbers Gone Wild (the essay)

Numbers Gone Wild: Or, Precision In, Garbage Out (the essay), by Mark Chussil

This brief essay highlights key themes from my Numbers Gone Wild workshop at the 2010 SCIP International Annual Conference on March 11, 2010. It does not…


Added by Mark Chussil on April 21, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Kaggle, competitions and competitive intelligence

Today, economist and blogger Nicholas Gruen announced that he had become chairman of Kaggle is a service that allows companies to run data-modelling and prediction competitions. Two type of competitions are supported – competitions to predict the…


Added by Heath Gibson on April 14, 2010 at 7:25am — No Comments

In CI – better answers start with better questions

Competitive intelligence (CI) is a discipline with the potential to provide organisations with valuable insights in to how to perform better. But like most things, the quality of the output is influenced by the quality of the inputs. In CI, one of the key inputs is the questions that it is expected to answer.…


Added by Heath Gibson on April 1, 2010 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Paralysis in Competitive Intelligence.

Paralysis in Competitive Intelligence.…


Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on March 18, 2010 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Avoiding Competitive Myopia

I've read a few writings recently warning managers, especially at emerging companies, away from focusing excessively on their competitors. The gist of the idea is that competitive analysis can lead to me-too moves, as companies try to match each others' product lines, pricing, and marketing strategies rather than innovating or staking out a segment of the market where they can build barriers to entry.

My take on the issue is that checklist-based competitive analysis is usually… Continue

Added by Greg Gentschev on March 16, 2010 at 5:22pm — 3 Comments

Actionable analysis in an imperfect environment: A guide to CI in India

Actionable analysis in an imperfect environment:

A guide to CI in India

- published in SCIP’s Competitive Intelligence Magazine, March 2010…


Added by Varsha Chitale on March 8, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Competitive Intelligence in India


Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on March 5, 2010 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Rural schools in India – private or government?

One of the key inputs required for the Indian economy to continue its growth path is a revamp of its education system so as to make its ample manpower more employable.

I have long held the view that the quality of education that the government provides in India through its municipal schools is significantly inferior to that provided by the private schools. I felt the government should simply give “education coupons” for students to go to…


Added by Varsha Chitale on February 16, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

CI profession under scrutiny again..Eamon Jeaves discusses how ex CIA folks have co opted legitimate intelligence in corporations

AMY GOODMAN: From the CIA in the classroom, we turn now to the CIA in the boardroom. The CIA is under fire following the news it’s allowing active-duty operatives to work for private companies on the

side. The previously undisclosed “moonlighting” has granted wealthy

private entities, such as financial firms, hedge funds, access to

top-level intelligence officials. It’s said to be viewed internally as

a means to prevent agency defections to the private sector. A…


Added by monica nixon on February 9, 2010 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Beaulieu sur Mer - 25 - 26 November 2009

GDR-IE: a research group on Economic Intelligence created by French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) has organised a workshop in Beaulieu sur Mer-france 25-26 November 2009

Title : Models, Methods, Engineering of Competitive Intelligence - Villa Kerylos - Beaulieu sur Mer - 25 - 26 November 2009 ( Posted in Europe, janury 22nd, 2010:… Continue

Added by Hanene MAGHREBI on January 25, 2010 at 4:53pm — 3 Comments

Competitive Intelligence INSIGHT – Dealing with Insurgency in Iraq, Afghanistan and India.

I have attempted to generate Insight using Competitive Intelligence to enter the mind of Insurgent Leaders in Iraq, Afghanistan and India, to assist law enforcement agencies in their quest for Competitive Intelligence to outflank and outmaneuver Insurgency in Iraq, Afghanistan and India, thereby making "Emerging Markets" in Middle East and Africa and Asia more conducive to "Foreign Investment" and hence "Mitigating Risks of Globalization for International…


Added by Vivekk Raghuvanshi on January 23, 2010 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Event: Competitive Intelligence in pharma conference Nice-France (jan 27-28)

Digimind will participate in the “Competitive Intelligence in pharma” conference in Nice, French Rivieria, France.

This is the biggest conference for competitive intelligence practitioners from the Pharmaceutical Industry.

The conference is scheduled for 2 days, the 27th-28th January 2010.

For all participants, this will be the opportunity to discover and understand Digimind, one of world’s leading competitive intelligence software providers.

Digimind product… Continue

Added by Christophe ASSELIN on January 12, 2010 at 4:18am — No Comments

What are your favoirte competitive intelligence books (blogs, web sites, media)?

I am reading Seena Sharp's Competitive Intelligence Advantage and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I have read other books, but got little practical use out of them--they were much to academic. I am trying to compile a recommended bibliography for our new practitioners that want to learn more. What are your favorite books, web sites, blogs, podcasts--anything you use to keep up with competitive intelligence and anything you use to sharpen your skills?

Added by Richard on January 6, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

New Book Announcement

Hear ye! Hear ye! I am proud to announce the publication of my new book, Competitive Intelligence Advantage: How to Minimize Risk, Avoid Surprises, and Grow Your Business in a Changing World (Wiley).

This book is an essential manual for the business community, and specifically for executives and management who are unfamiliar with CI or who think CI is something like market research or business intelligence, neither of which are true.

The book provides a clear discourse… Continue

Added by Seena Sharp on December 13, 2009 at 3:53pm — 8 Comments

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