Consulting Services

Consulting Services

Maintaining a sound knowledge of its competitive environment is a key prerequisite for a successful business. IBIS specialises in both outsourced and internal capacity building. This can be achieved not only by mastering and utilising all the key elements of an effective research and intelligence capacity, but also the ability to understand the changing demands of the competitive environment and acting in a pro-active way to changes. IBIS can share its wealth of experience, gained from a large number of projects across a variety of sectors with clients to assist companies to build a world-class Competitive Intelligence capacity.

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Research & Analysis

Research Analysis

Companies can no longer compete effectively without the ability or capability to analyse and interpret information about their competitive environment. Turning information into intelligence is done through the specialised skill of analysis and interpretation of the information. Intelligence analysis is the ability to create a perspective on facts and put information in context. Specifically, intelligence analysis should provide a perspective on the early identification of emerging opportunities and challenges. This perspective should ideally contain strategic advice or pointers thereby making the perspective actionable.

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CI Software

Competitive Intelligence Software

One of the corner stones of a Competitive Intelligence capacity is the capability to store and retrieve valuable information and to be able to collaborate with other decision-makers and role-players in an organisation. No Competitive Intelligence process can be fully automated but to be effective it must be supported by customised software applications. IBIS has developed competitive intelligence software, StratScan© that serves as portal and collaboration tool but is also a database and information warehouse of both structured and unstructured data that needs to be mined for meaning.

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Who is IBIS

To beautify your ship to attract the best is an old truth used in historical times of long and dangerous journeys at sea with sailing ships. The implication was that only a beautiful and solid ship will attract the best sailors, paying passengers and valuable freight. The same holds true today about the business world. IBIS strives to be such attractive and trustworthy partner. We have expertise and a wealth of experience and utilise a network of expert associates. The best available information technology techniques are used to support our research and analytical efforts, and to develop invaluable custom-made Competitive Intelligence products. In addition IBIS specialises in the implementation of Competitive Intelligence systems in companies which include the identification of key intelligence needs, planning of customised systems, the roll-out process, in-service training and formal training of staff involved in Competitive Intelligence.

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The IBIS Team

Our team possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience that spans across the spectrum of Competitive Intelligence. The experience gained from the involvement in blue chip companies in all sectors with Competitive Intelligence is invaluable and is put to good use in client companies.

The strength of our team lies in the variety and diversity of our experience and skills. In combination the team has extensive experience in the world of academia, business entrepreneurship, state intelligence, productivity leadership, intelligence management, intelligence collection and analysis, security assessments and security advice and more. During our many years of service our team have been exposed to and participated in intelligence and security assignments across the entire spectrum of security and intelligence. We can proudly claim to be experts in the fields of Competitive Intelligence implementation and management, market research, collection of intelligence, analysis and interpretation of intelligence, tracking and scanning and security assessment and advice.

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Competitive Intelligence Articles

Competitive Intelligence Newsletter

The Need For Competitive Intelligence

In today’s business environment, having the right information is not enough. In a world where competition is fiercer than ever and where technological change occurs rapidly and alter the rules of the game daily, managers are seeking new ways to make better decisions. Information is merely the starting point of the decision-making process – the analysis thereof and the resulting decision is much more important. Turning raw data and information into actionable knowledge is fast becoming the most critical management tool.

Many emerging economies regard Competitive Intelligence as a way to win economic wars against larger industrialised countries. What makes Competitive Intelligence even more critical in the new, post-industrial era is the growth of high-tech industries such as telecommunications, biotechnology, fibre optics and computers. Unlike the manufactured products of the past, the cornerstone of these industries is knowledge.

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