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2013: The Year Companies Speed to Intelligence

2013: The Year Companies Speed to Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

If you thought 2012 threw your business a few curve balls, you better hang on tight because 2013 will throw you fast balls as companies speed to intelligence. It's a race that will separate disruptive leaders from the pack. (whitepaper)

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EY - ASEAN 2015 - Are German investors missing out?

EY - ASEAN 2015 - Are German investors missing out? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The ASEAN countries are one of the most interesting regions of the world with its 600 million consumers from an economic perspective. However, the market is still in an early stage of development. At the same time, the level of economic development in the 10 member countries is very different. The adoption of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) end of 2015 is an important milestone and will further strengthen the market and in the international focus of the economy. But how do German companies see their future in ASEAN countries? At the end of last year we surveyed together with the German Chambers of industry and trade (AHK ASEAN) and supports 135 German companies for their investments in the ASEAN region through the German embassies.

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Tech Trends 2015, Software-defined everything -- Deloitte

Tech Trends 2015, Software-defined everything -- Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Much of the operating environment can now be virtualized, automated, and orchestrated, positioning infrastructure as a competitive differentiator that can help fuel innovation.
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Innovation and the Changing Field of Competitive Intelligence

Innovation and the Changing Field of Competitive Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Recently, a client asked me an intriguing question. This client sought to get a handle on innovation in competitive intelligence (CI), in particular, what was new and innovative in the CI vendor community.
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Is Tesla disruptive?

Is Tesla disruptive? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Apparently not, according to Tom Bartman, an associate with Clay Christensen’s research group at Harvard Business School. In a report from Harvard Business Review, they apply a framework to understand whether a new firm, like Tesla, will disrupt an old one, like GM or Toyota. The framework asks 5 questions. However, I think this exposes more that they are asking the wrong questions. Disruption occurs when successful firms fail as a result of being unable to respond to a new technological or market opportunity. In this case, it would be the failure of traditional auto-makers when a new, electric-only, auto-makers come into the market.

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Competitive Intelligence Thought Leaders – Bonnie Hohhof

Competitive Intelligence Thought Leaders – Bonnie Hohhof | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Episode #96 of the Competitive Intel Podcast., Possible reasons why SCIP vendors and organizations ignored social media for so long. What topics are of interest to competitive intelligence professionals. Why we should break down CI silos. The changing face of competitive intelligence across a variety of job roles.

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Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA) officially renamed M-Brain -- press release

Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA) officially renamed M-Brain -- press release | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA) today officially announced a change in its operating name to M-Brain. M-Brain acquired GIA in September 2014, with the aim to provide the most powerful suite of market monitoring, market intelligence and market advisory services through its 13 offices around the world. During the past few months, M-Brain has integrated the intelligence consultancy’s portfolio of market monitoring, intelligence best practices, advisory services and competitive intelligence software with its own social media and print monitoring offering.

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Summary of this year's 7th International Competitive Intelligence Conference

Summary of this year's 7th International Competitive Intelligence Conference | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This year's 7th International Competitive Intelligence Conference once again proved to be a success. Participants rated the ICI on a number of aspects, and its score of 1.8 in the "Overall Satisfaction" category was an even further improvement compared with the previous year's excellent score. The many lectures by outstanding CI experts, expert talks, unconferencing event, exhibitions from renowned companies, workshops, and the participation of national and international attendees, also made this year's conference very specia

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Leveraging social media and intelligence in China

This session centres on finding the key to utilising social and digital in China, where a fragmented and diverse landscape needs the key strategies to creating resonation and driving sales.

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More on freedom of information

More on freedom of information | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


I read an interesting article dealing with the Freedom of Information (FOI) law in the United Kingdom. Interestingly, this law only came into force 10 years ago but, unsurprisingly, took nine years to get that point. It deals with accessing information held by “public authorities”, the equivalent of our state, local, and federal government.

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Bionic Eyes Are No Match for the Curiosity of Pentagon Cartographers

Bionic Eyes Are No Match for the Curiosity of Pentagon Cartographers | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

But ultimately, the new equipment only reveals a base layer of the full picture. "The reality is the most agile processor in this process remains the human brain," said Masback, now chief executive officer of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, a professional association. "Human engagement is required to do the quality control and the fact-checking and the ground truthing

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Yay for the human brain! It still beats any processor. So there.

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3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions

3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Unconscious bias – judgments and behaviors toward others that we’re not aware of – is everywhere in our lives.The good news is that there are things that we can do to mitigate the negative impact of biases on our organizational decision-making. First, by realizing and accepting that we all have bias, we can learn to watch for it in ourselves and help others who work with us to do the same.  When we are on the lookout for biases, they are less likely to blindly dictate our decisions. Second, we have to develop tactics that help us make decisions more consciously. There are three types of approaches that can help: priming; reorganized structures and systems; and new forms of accountability.

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Metaphor: The Shortcut to “Yes!”

Metaphor: The Shortcut to “Yes!” | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
In a world of information overload, short attention spans, and similarity in services and products, metaphors are your single best tool for engaging, motivating, creating change, and closing business.
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Shattering the Boundaries of HR - Accenture

Shattering the Boundaries of HR - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Going beyond traditional boundaries to push talent management everywhere in the organization. Attracting, developing and retaining talent isn’t just HR’s job anymore. It’s everyone’s. Just as companies strive to deliver a seamless customer experience across all channels, so must they deliver a seamless employee experience across all interactions and touchpoints. Why? Because top talent demands it. But that means shattering the boundaries of HR so that talent management responsibilities are embedded across the organization.

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EY - BaroMed 2015: The next opportunity

EY - BaroMed 2015: The next opportunity | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

EY’s BaroMed attractiveness survey assesses how Mediterranean region is perceived and identifies future challenges raised by the community of foreign investors. BaroMed attractiveness survey aims to address the growing needs, questions and concerns of clients about an area covering countries around the Mediterranean and in the Gulf region while they expand their manufacturing and services operations. We surveyed a total of 156 C-suite executives from multinational and midsized companies in 20 countries and 28 sectors asking them about their views on the current attractiveness of the region and the outlook for it.

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The Best Presentations Are Tailored to the Audience -- HBR

The Best Presentations Are Tailored to the Audience -- HBR | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

When preparing a presentation, we all remember to think about the basics: what you want to say, the data you need to back it up, any visuals that might help. But what about the people you’re presenting to? The following excerpt from the book Presentations will help you better understand your audience and cater your message to their needs.

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The Drive Toward Real-Time Business Intelligence

The Drive Toward Real-Time Business Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In 5 steps for transforming your business using data, we have identified real-time business intelligence as one of the first steps toward the digitalization of business. But what does real-time (or right-time) business intelligence really mean, and what does it entail?

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Intelligence And Coffee

Intelligence And Coffee | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


It has been said (at least by me) that coffee is to intel as air is to life.  In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has reportedly recognized coffee, along with sugar and alcohol, as part of the three basic food groups of intelligence professionals everywhere (note I said "recognized" not "approved of"...) So, it is no real surprise that I am beginning what I hope will be a three part series on the intelligence lessons I have learned running various crowdfunding campaigns with Roast Assured, a project that is not just about coffee but about the perfect cup of coffee. Roast Assured is a client of our Quickstarter Project here at Mercyhurst.  Quickstarter allows us to match aspiring, energetic college students and their skills with entrepreneurs who need those skills to help get their crowdfunding projects off the ground..

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What a Robust Dollar Means for U.S. Business and the global economy -- Knowledge@Wharton

What a Robust Dollar Means for U.S. Business and the global economy -- Knowledge@Wharton | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

While the strong U.S. dollar is good news for American consumers who can get more bang for their bucks when buying some imported goods or traveling abroad to certain areas, like Europe or Japan, American multinational companies find themselves in a different boat, say experts from Wharton and elsewhere. For one thing, their overseas earnings are worth a lot less when they translate unhedged profits into U.S. dollars. This can have a big impact on U.S. firms when, for example, nearly 40% of total sales of S&P companies come from abroad. In the long run, however, the higher dollar is a mixed bag of pros and cons for U.S. global companies.

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The World’s Most Tech-Ready Countries 2015 INSEAD

The World’s Most Tech-Ready Countries 2015 INSEAD | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Those able to harness the power of information and communication technology are reaping ever more benefits. But in poor countries, digital poverty is holding back growth and development, leaving them further behind. Singapore is this year’s leader of the global ICT revolution. Its government has a clear digital strategy and is an exemplar of online services and e-participation tools, which filters down to its industries and population. The country has the highest penetration of mobile broadband subscriptions per capita in the world and more than half of the population is employed in knowledge-intensive jobs.  The country topped this year’s Global Information Technology Report (GITR), published by INSEAD in partnership with the World Economic Forum and Johnson Cornell University, due to its leadership in business, innovation environment and government usage of ICT. The report benchmarks 143 economies in terms of their capacity to prepare for, use and leverage ICT.

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Business ecosystems come of age: Part of the Business Trends series, Deloitte

Business ecosystems come of age: Part of the Business Trends series, Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Deloitte’s latest Business Trends report explores how forward-looking organizations can thrive in a world of ecosystems.
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The Four Pillars of Business Intelligence

The Four Pillars of Business Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


Business intelligence is the transformation of data into insightful, meaningful information that is useful to a business for making decisions and driving action. At its core are four pillars: data, presentation, community, and technology platforms. It is critical that all four pillars are tackled in tandem when defining a business intelligence strategy. In my experience, I have seen clients begin with a focus solely on current state reports and/or the data warehouse. They neglect to understand how and to whom the information will be presented, or how the data may evolve, or the platform may scale. This leads to delays in getting the data out to the final consumer and ultimately a loss of faith in the system

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Greg Deckler's curator insight, April 17, 9:39 AM

Interesting take, light on community and I disagree with a technology platform for data and one for presentation, in my opinion there needs to be one for community as well, something like the Azure Data Marketplace where users can search and discover data sets

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New resource: Understanding Data Visualisations

New resource: Understanding Data Visualisations | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


The first of our outputs is a resource called 'Understanding Data Visualisations', a simple website created specifically for the first of those listed target audience groups, the 'general public' or, to put another way, people who are interested in visualisations, but are not experts in this subject. For the majority of you out there who are already skilled, experienced and interested in data visualisation, this site will hopefully provide new information (or reinforce what you might already suspect) about how non-specialists engage with visualisations. The site consists of a collection of modules to assist people in their role as recipients, readers, users, or consumers (how ever you wish to label the role) of data visualisations in this modern age..

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How to Refocus a Meeting After Someone Interrupts

How to Refocus a Meeting After Someone Interrupts | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

You did everything you were supposed to do: Invited all the right people, sent out an agenda in advance, and got everyone’s agreement on the process. Despite your diligence, your meeting is being hijacked. How should you handle a persistent interrupter? Will it work to just ignore the person? And how can you get the meeting back on track?.

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The importance of competitive intelligence

The importance of competitive intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In most businesses, the need to know what your competitors are doing is a given. In the social gaming space, however, competitive intelligence (CI) is either an afterthought or not even considered  Given the importance of competitive intelligence, and the inability to do it without effort (really, what of value can you do without effort), you need to build out a CI plan. To be successful, one person should own the process, though others can contribute. Everyone involved should have sufficient time dedicated to the project. Weekly, the leader should also summarize what competitors are doing to the entire team. ..

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Nifty All-in-One Coffee Maker Lets You Brew Java Anywhere

Nifty All-in-One Coffee Maker Lets You Brew Java Anywhere | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Truly great coffee still demands a certain degree of preciousness, which doesn’t often lend itself to portability. A new all-in-one coffee maker aims to change that. The Klassic is a portable all-in-one method of brewing you can use anywhere. Its economical design holds everything you need: a foldaway hand mill grinder, a drip kettle, stainless steel filter dripper and a 15-ounce tumbler.

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