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Competitive Intelligence Analysis: I’ve Done the Research – Now, What Do I Do With It?

In today’s increasingly competitive environment, businesses need to be able to convert the wealth of data and information available into intelligence for decision making and subsequent actions.  This conversion is acomplished through analysis.  Register now to join us in a webinar called “Competitive Intelligence Analysis:  I’ve Done the Research – Now, What Do I Do With It?” that will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from Noon to 1PM Central.  This webinar will introduce the concept of analysis as part of the intellingence cycle, discuss several analytical techniques, such as industry analysis, competitor analysis and SWOT.  Real world examples will be provided as well as example templates so that participants can begin to immediately use their learnings. During the session, you will:

• Understand how the analysis phase interacts with the rest of the intelligence system
• Determine the role analysis plays in producing decision-oriented intelligence reports
• Learn how to evaluate analytical tools for different CI requirements

Cost:  $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm

Speaker:

Kristy Morley, Senior Manager, Business/Competitive Intelligence, Pfizer Nutrition
Currently part of Pfizer, Kristy Morley began her career in pharmaceuticals when she joined Wyeth (formerly American Home Products Corporation) in 1997, in the Nutrition Division.  She initially began as a Project Manager in the New Product & Process Development Group.  Kristy made the move to competitive intelligence in 2001, serving the the Nutrition Research group with competitor R&D pipeline tracking.  The function grew and was moved to the Marketing group in 2006.  The CI group currently provides intelligence consulting, expertise, and oversight to brand teams, new product groups, and Senior Management. Prior to joining Wyeth, Kristy spent five years at Avebe America, Inc and holds a B.S. in Food Science and Technology. She has been a member of SCIP since 2001 and is a graduate from the Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence, and currently serves as a member of the SCIP Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee.

Moderator:

Nina Platt, Principal ConsultantNina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.   

Questions?  Contact awitt@ninaplatt.com


Webinar: SharePoint Out of the Box – Power Your Intranet Using SharePoint Lists

SharePoint lists allow you to quickly and easily integrate library content into your Intranet portal, making it possible to search, sort and filter without the need for programming or third party software.  Register now to join us in a webinar called SharePoint Out of the Box: Power Your Intranet Using SharePoint Lists, that will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2010 from Noon to 1PM Central. You can learn how to create and manage research portals, virtual libraries, bibliographies, collections of external and internal links, or even use lists to generate update-able navigation within your site. You can transfer Excel or Access data to a SharePoint list in minutes.  We’ll look at examples, examine the uses, benefits and drawbacks of using SharePoint lists, then walk through the basics of creating lists, adding data, and presenting the information on SharePoint sites.

During the session, you will:

  1. Understand the possible benefits and drawbacks to using SharePoint lists
  2. Learn how to create a list, import data to a SharePoint list and incorporate lists into your SharePoint pages

Cost:  $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm

Speaker:

Cindy Chick, Global Manager of Knowledge Systems, Latham & Watkins LLP
Cindy works closely with the library, docket, records and knowledge management groups to help define and implement technology-focused solutions in her current role as Global Manager of Knowledge Systems.   She was co-editor/publisher of LLRX.com for 6 years, and has been published in the American Lawyer, Searcher, PLL Perspectives and Online Magazine  as well as speaking for a number of conferences and programs.   Cindy maintains a blog called LawLibTech.com, “a conversation on law library technology and knowledge management.” Her most recent project is called CarGoDogs.com, a web site for those who travel with their dogs.

Moderator:

Nina Platt, Principal ConsultantNina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.   

Questions?  Contact awitt@ninaplatt.com


Ignite the Web! Audio & Video in the Law webinar

Audio and video tools such as podcasting, YouTube and screencasting are lighting up the web, touching even the legal industry! Register now to join us in a webinar called Ignite the Web! Audio & Video in the Law. Prominent consultant Connie Crosby will give a lightning-fast tour through how these tools are being used in areas such as litigation, training, marketing, public relations, knowledge management and library staff professional development. The session will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, from Noon to 1PM Central.

During the session, you will:

1. become aware of video use in the legal profession
2. become aware of options available to library staff for professional development learning via audio and video
3. learn options available for providing training using audio, video and screencasting

Cost:  $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm

Speaker:

Connie Crosby, Principal, Crosby Group Consulting
Connie works with organizations in the legal, library, publishing and non-profit areas and specializes in information management, knowledge management, and social networking.  She has over nineteen years experience as a law librarian, including ten years as Library Manager at WeirFoulds LLP in Toronto. Connie is also a blogger, podcaster, speaker, writer, and teacher. She is a director and core contributor to the prominent law blog Slaw.ca, is a co-administrator of the Ning network Law Libraries and Librarians, is a regular panelist on the The Law Librarian podcast and has been blogging on her personal professional site since March 2004. She is an instructor with the Professional Learning Centre at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, teaching social networking tools to information professionals. She is a main organizer of the large annual event PodCamp Toronto for hobbyists and professionals working with new media. Connie is also author of the forthcoming book Effective Blogging for Libraries to be published in March by Neal-Schuman as part of their new Tech Set series.

Moderator:
Nina Platt, Principal Consultant
Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.   

Questions?  Contact awitt@ninaplatt.com


Upcoming Competitive Intelligence webinar

Beginning a new Competitive Intelligence effort at your firm can be a challenging task.  Register for Establishing a Competitive Intelligence Function at Your Law Firm: A Beginner’s Guide to the 4 D’s on February 4, 2010, and the webinar presenters will guide you through the step-by-step process of establishing a CI effort at your firm.  Key assessment activities, needs assessments, information audits and cultural assessments, will be introduced that will enable you to set the foundation of your CI effort.  The day-to-day activities of CI group processes and procedures will be covered as well as tracking your group’s CI effort to make CI measurable to the executive committee.

Key learning points:

  1. Step-by-step process of a CI effort at your firm
  2. Needs, information and firm culture assessments
  3. Tracking CI activities – making CI measurable
  4. CI group processes and projects

Cost:  $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm

Speakers:

Carrie P. Long, MLIS – Research Analyst, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Research analyst, Carrie Long, has a Masters of Library and Information Science and over 10 years of experience in law firms and libraries, with her most recent position in an AmLaw 100 firm as Manager of Research Services. Carrie has extensive experience in managing and executing large, complex Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Research projects in the areas of: law firm and practice area analysis; company and industry analysis; product analysis, market share analysis and prospecting. Carrie’s current clients include:  information services vendors; legal vendors; and law firms.

Barbara Williams, MS – Market Analyst, USM Services 
Barbara Williams has over ten years of progressive and cross industry experience and responsibility in Competitive Intelligence and business development in the online information, legal and facilities management industries. Prior to her current position as Market Analyst at facilities management provider, USM, Barb was a Competitive Intelligence Analyst at Fox Rothschild.  She was responsible for providing in-depth business, industry, and competitive intelligence analysis support to attorneys and practice groups for the 450-attorney firm. At Thomson West, now Thomson Reuters, Barb was the Manager of Competitive Intelligence.  During her tenure with the company, she co-developed the CI function, which provided CI support to market research, marketing, field sales, and new product development initiatives. Barb has additional expertise and experience in product analysis and sales force intelligence.

Moderator:
Nina Platt, Principal Consultant
Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.   

Questions?  Contact awitt@ninaplatt.com


Creating a Research Portal Webinar

Electronic resources are said to be the future of the library where the library exists on user’s desktops instead of down the hall.  While this sounds simple, providing clear access to the many resources a library licenses for its users can be complex. Register now to attend our webinar called Creating a Research Portal, to be held on Thursday, January 21st, 2010, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Central Time.

This session will help librarians focus on how to present electronic resources via the intranet or a research portal in a way that makes sense to users. The topics covered include:

  1. Method for design
  2. Necessary technology
  3. Successful implementation

Who should attend? Anyone in leadership who plays a part in business decisions. Participants could come from the following groups:

  • Library Directors
  • Library Managers
  • Library staff
  • Intranet Managers
  • Information Resources/Services Directors

Whether you are in the beginning stages of creating a research portal or redesigning your current solution, consider inviting your intranet committee or governance team members to attend the program with you.

Speaker: Nina Platt, Owner and Principal Consultant, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.

Moderator: Carrie Long, MLIS – Research Analyst, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.

Registration fees: $25.00/participant

Group registration fees: $50.00 for 2 or more participants from the same organization

Questions? Contact: Amy Witt


Registration open for fourth session in Creating the Successful Law Firm Intranet series

Join Nina Platt Consulting Inc. on August 20 for the fourth session in our five-part webinar series called “Creating the Successful Law Firm Intranet” when we will tackle the topic of successful rollouts.  Registration is now open for the fourth session on rollout, or you can register for both the last two sessions on rollout and measurement/maintenance at a discount. 

In the rollout session you will learn:

  • Three steps to a successful intranet rollout
  • What to include in your training plan
  • Five communication ideas to put in your strategy

In the final session on measurement & maintenance (to be held September 24), you will also learn:

  • Three key metrics to track to communicate your success
  • How to plan for changes to your intranet
  • Creating a user advisory board for future input

Both sessions will be moderated by Nina Platt, presented by Amy Witt and Laurie Southerton, and the fourth session will feature a law firm case study by Marty Metz from O’Melveny & Myers.  Other details include:

FEE: $30.00 USD per person for the fourth session on rollout, $25.00 USD per person per session when registering for both sessions together.

 

REGISTRATION:  Registration is by credit card or check. Registrations received after August 19, 2008 for the fourth session may not be accepted depending on space availability.  

SUBSTITUTIONS: Institutions that have remitted payment of the required fee are permitted to substitute a replacement attendee from the same institution in place of the original registrant at any time. 

GROUP REGISTRATIONS: Save 15% when 5 or more attendees register from the same firm. Please refer to the instructions on the registration form for registering more than one person for the event.

Register now and mark your calendars!


Creating a Successful Law Firm Intranet Series: Webinar 3 – Develop

We’ve opened registration for the third webinar in our current series titled “Creating a Successful Law Firm Intranet.”  This one is on Developing with Users, and continues the discussions about our five-phased intranet development approach, which includes research, design, development, rollout, and measurement/maintenance.  Register for the third session, or register for the rest of the series.  Options are available to purchase a recording of each of the first two sessions when registering. 

WEBINAR 3: Developing with users.

     Wednesday, July 23  Noon -1:00 PM Central Time

In this session you will learn:

  • Five pitfalls to avoid during development of your intranet.
  • How to create a test plan to ensure success.

This session is once again moderated by Nina Platt of Nina Platt Consulting, and presented by Amy Witt and Laurie Southerton, along with another law firm case study.  Other details include:

FEE: $30.00 US Save 15% when 5 or more attendees register from the same firm.

 

REGISTRATION:  Registration is by credit card or check. Registrations received after July 22, 2008 may not be accepted depending on space availability.  

SUBSTITUTIONS: Institutions that have remitted payment of the required fee are permitted to substitute a replacement attendee from the same institution in place of the original registrant at any time. 

GROUP REGISTRATIONS: Save 15% when 5 or more attendees register from the same firm. Please refer to the instructions on the registration form for registering more than one person for the event.

Mark your calendars for the next 2 webinars in this series:

 

Webinar 4: You built it, now will they come? Plan the successful intranet rollout. 
Wednesday, August 20  Noon -1:00 PM Central Time   

 

Webinar 5: Measure & Maintain: Planning for your Intranet’s future.
Wednesday, September 24  Noon -1:00 PM Central Time

We hope you will join us for another informative session!