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by Matt Manning The rise of the agile workforce – where freelancers, “cloud labor,” and business process outsourcing firms augment the work of full-time employees– has given many types of companies a way to be more productive with lower operational ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on October 7, 2018

Like the aria of a grand European opera, the hype surrounding the imminent implementation of GDPR* has reached a fevered crescendo. Now that the GDPR deadline (May 25th) has passed, it’s worth taking a moment to cut through the fog ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on May 28, 2018

by Matt Manning New product development for information services is a risky business. It takes deep customer insight, rigorous data analysis, management buy-in, and no small amount of gumption for a new information service to succeed. The variables involved in ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on February 20, 2018

by Matt Manning Some 18 years ago I spoke at the European Association of Directory Publishers conference. This was at the very height of irrational exuberance over online information services. The conference attendees were all very interested in transactional business ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on December 11, 2017

by Matt Manning Microsoft didn’t expect the web scrapers to fight back. It seemed so obvious to the massive multinational firm: We own the LinkedIn content that we paid billions of dollars to acquire. What Microsoft didn’t realize (and not ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on August 21, 2017

by Matt Manning Information services have been steadily raising the bar on the functionality of software tools bundled with their data, making it easier for their customers to get value from their products. As these tools get more and more ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on August 8, 2017

As information services have evolved they have continually added data feeds to service their customers. Data feeds can be new product announcements, pricing alerts, executive shuffles, or any other sort of timely data with influence on industries and markets. The ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on March 6, 2017

by Matt Manning The news that Dun & Bradstreet has acquired Avention brings to a close one of the more interesting chapters in the annals of company information services. The firm came into being as OneSource, a CD-ROM company data ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on January 30, 2017

by Matt Manning This year’s Business Information Media Summit took a broad look at the evolving role of business-to-business media (news services, events, databases) in a time of enormous technological change. Media industry trends highlighted at the conference included: Sky-high ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on November 21, 2016

by Matt Manning A few years ago, I spoke of a promised land of interlocking APIs aggregating disparate yet authoritative sources of information, so that information services could provide up-to-the-minute data accuracy. If a corporate office were to move or ... Read more

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posted by Shyamali Ghosh on October 7, 2015