Today marks the 100th day of the New Year, and we’d like to take a moment to reflect on a few of the more interesting developments we’ve seen thus far in the fast-moving big data analytics arena.
"The legal and ethical collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors" - Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals
This is how Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), the most well-known global body on Competitive Intelligence (CI), defines the concept of CI. For the uninitiated, the page on the organization's Code of Ethics for CI professionals sheds lights on the innards of the practice. One does not have to belabor the importance of the practice in the context of successfully operating a business. It is in the operational details, as is the case with most details, that the devil lies.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” - Sun Tzu
Most Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Business Strategy practitioners are likely to have come across this immortal advice from Sun Tzu. One does not cease to be amazed at how this simple fact underlies the multi-million dollar intelligence gathering industry.