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  • Consulting & Advisory

    Consulting & Advisory

    Consulting & Advisory
    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.

  • 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.

  • CI Software


    CI 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.

IBIS Celebrated 20 Years in Business in 2017

2017 marks IBIS's 20th year in business. In 1997 we opened our doors for business in a then niche area namely Competitive Intelligence (CI). We had few blueprints to work with and we worked hard at building our body of knowledge and our expertise. We continue to innovate; our bespoke software StratScan is testimony to that as is our research into the field of Competitive Intelligence. It was a go right from the start. Since those days when CI was still in its infancy globally and in South Africa, both IBIS and CI have grown. Now, Competitive Intelligence and its building blocks including market and competitor intelligence are ubiquitous and practiced by organisations and companies large and small. IBIS has remained a South Africa-based agile boutique company focused on providing consulting and advisory services in the line of Competitive Intelligence and related fields globally. Knowing where we grew from and the role our loyal clients and amazing partners and associates have played and continue to play on our journey to where we are today, is humbling. We keep our focus on the long-term game plan, partnering with our clients to ensure the best possible outcomes to our advice and intervention. Thank you for walking this road with us.

Latest News from the World of Competitive Intelligence


I found this once again a compelling piece by Prof Ben Gilad. He accurately captures the essence of Competitive Intelligence–it is in the air. I share it verbatim as published on his blog on LinkedIn. Enjoy and take note Marie-Luce.

What we should learn from the tragic failure of the Titan

“There hasn’t been an injury in the commercial sub industry in over 35 years,” he said. “It’s obscenely safe because they have all these regulations. But it also hasn’t innovated or grown - because they have all these regulations.” Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate.


Work from home is being hampered by heightened load shedding, pushing more people back into the office.

  • Who Is IBIS

    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.

  • IBIS Team

    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.

  • Who Is IBIS
  • IBIS Team