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Is your offshore research partnership in good hands?

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…


Added by Varsha Chitale on October 20, 2014 at 7:51am — No Comments

Why do companies offshore business research?

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…


Added by Varsha Chitale on September 24, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments

7 Business Research Off-shoring Myths

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…


Added by Varsha Chitale on September 16, 2014 at 12:16am — No Comments

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We will appreciate your participation in this survey, and request 10-15 minutes…


Added by Varsha Chitale on August 7, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Overcoming indecision – using a rating methodology

Recently my friend was looking to move his office. He finally zeroed in on two places and was simply not able to choose between them. Place A was closer to home, but B was larger and had better ambience. But then A was also cheaper and quieter. But B was a longer commute for the other employees. But…. The pros and cons went on. He was tying himself in knots trying to figure out what he should do.

Finally we decided to apply a little…


Added by Varsha Chitale on July 29, 2014 at 1:36am — No Comments

Social Networking Sites and Employees

Yahoo just published an article that I wrote about Soldiers and the use of Social Networking Sites. The article can be viewed here:

Since Soldiers are notorious for…


Added by Tony Steele on April 5, 2014 at 5:44pm — 2 Comments

Top Five Signs That You Need to Invest in Competitive Intelligence

Here at Rivalfox, we believe every company should invest in competitive intelligence. By that we don’t mean you should go out and hire a CI expert to join your team, but instead that everyone in your company should take an active part. More and more business developers, product managers, and growth hackers are integrating CI into their repertoire to win their markets. This does not need to be time consuming; with CI SaaS, in thirty seconds or less, you will understand your competitors’…


Added by kalie moore on March 17, 2014 at 7:21am — No Comments

Competitive Intelligence report on Cyberwarfare with respect to Pakistan

Cyberwarfare which is known-ed to be the actions by a nation-state to penetrate another nation’s computers or networks for the purposes of causing damage or disruption.

Cyber  warfare  is a  relatively  new  concept  whereby  politically  motivated  hackers  and Computer  scientists  develop  means  of  causing  disruption  or  damage  to  a  government’s  IT  system  and  network  infrastructure. There  are  various  techniques  that  fall  under cyber-warfare  such  as a  virus  or …


Added by Alex Ziaullah Mirza on March 6, 2014 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Do you measure customer loyalty?

Customer is King – the raison d'être of every business. It is therefore imperative for all businesses to listen to their customers.

Customer loyalty in particular is of immense value to any company. High customer loyalty indicates that your company is doing a key part of its job right. It also means that you have to try less…


Added by Varsha Chitale on March 6, 2014 at 2:38am — No Comments

New Blog and an Intro to Cynefin and CI

I have started a new blog named Rethinking Competitive Intelligence that is about, you guessed it, rethinking the field of competitive intelligence.  Rethinking CI is an open notebook dedicated to bringing competitive intelligence into the 21st century. 

The first in a series introducing the Cynefin…


Added by Trip Krant on February 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Competitive Intelligence Truths

If you had to present a case to leadership about what Competitive Intelligence is or is not and ended with a set of universal truths, what would be in your list?  I wanted to do this because I keep finding myself explaning to new leader what to expect from Competitive Intelligence.  When I was in Special Ops we had a list.  They came from the experience of the Desert One Operation, the rescue of hostages from Iran under the Carter Administration.  Here they are:



Added by Richard on February 5, 2014 at 6:32pm — 5 Comments

Uncovering opportunities in the healthcare sector in India

There are many opportunities for companies selling products and services to the healthcare sector in India. However, creating a go-to-market strategy for tapping these, is a challenge…

The Indian healthcare market is currently estimated at USD 80 billion and is expected to grow to USD 280 billion by 2020. According to the Investment Commission of India,…


Added by Varsha Chitale on February 5, 2014 at 1:03am — No Comments

New legislation will help construction materials companies develop better business strategies in India

One of the biggest challenges for competitive intelligence (CI) analysts in India is the lack of adequate documentation and statistics. Real estate is among the least documented sectors in India. But a new legislation in the pipeline could change this...

Among the many pending legislations, is the draft Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill, 2013, which is aimed at bringing greater transparency and protection of customers’ interests.

The Bill will require all developers…


Added by Varsha Chitale on February 5, 2014 at 1:01am — No Comments

OSINT news - JISIB Vol 3 No 3, 2013

JISIB Vol 3 No 3, 2013

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Cloud solution in Business Intelligence for SMEs –vendor and customer perspectives…


Added by Viktor Voksanaev on January 14, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

OSINT - Product Updates site of the Research Center of Viktora Voksanaeva for November - December 2013

OSINT - Product Updates site of the Research Center of Viktora

Voksanaeva for November - December…


Added by Viktor Voksanaev on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Competitive Intelligence Storytelling: Put Down the Computer and Walk away from PowerPoint.

Rivalfox provides you with critical competitive intelligence including changes to your competitors’ websites, important numbers regarding website traffic and page rank, and trends in their social media. Competitive intelligence, however, isn’t just data. It takes human intelligence to synthesize and analyze the data we provide you. It is up to you to put the data in context of how it will affect the market and your company, and decide how to convey your findings with other decision makers in…


Added by kalie moore on November 14, 2013 at 4:13am — No Comments

The Art of Strategy

Just posted our latest short video selection on the Art of Strategy - - if you are to catch the right trends, ride the right waves, and bet on the right markets.

Added by Babette Bensoussan on November 7, 2013 at 12:52am — No Comments

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