Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)

Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Competitive intelligence executives have an influential role in driving the growth of their companies and are fast becoming an integral partner working with stakeholders on competitive strategy.
The Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), formerly the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, is a global nonprofit membership organization for everyone involved in creating and managing competitive, market, customer, technical and business knowledge. The society strives to enhance the success of our members through leadership, education, advocacy, and networking.

SCIP provides education and networking opportunities for business professionals working in the rapidly growing field of competitive intelligence (the legal and ethical collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors). Many SCIP members have backgrounds in market research, strategic analysis, or science and technology.

Mission: Better decisions through strategic and competitive intelligence.

Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)'s cover photo
06/05/2012

Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)'s cover photo

Registration for SCIP 2012 International Annual Conference & Exhibition, May 14-17, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA is now open...
12/09/2011
Hotel - SCIP

Registration for SCIP 2012 International Annual Conference & Exhibition, May 14-17, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA is now open!

Provides education and networking opportunities to business and competitive intelligence professionals (including marketing, market research, strategy, and information professionals) in companies around the world.Learn new tools and techniques for information gathering, analysis, and dissemination t...

11/28/2011
Goodnight iPad, Ann Droyd - 9780399158568

Goodnight Moon!

A witty parody picture book for the gadget-crazy kid in all of us. GOODNIGHT iPAD is a gentle reminder to power down at the end of the day. It will make you ...

11/08/2011

We're here at SCIP Europe, enjoying Austria and if you're not here we wish you were! We visited the catacombs at St. Stephen's Cathedral...yikes! Tomorrow, we'll be eating a traditional Austrian meal at Griechenbeisl. Today's workshops have almost concluded. It's been great catching up with our European members thus far.

We're gearing up for the SCIP European Summit! See you in Vienna!
11/02/2011
SCIP 2011 European Summit Agenda - SCIP

We're gearing up for the SCIP European Summit! See you in Vienna!

Provides education and networking opportunities to business and competitive intelligence professionals (including marketing, market research, strategy, and information professionals) in companies around the world.Learn new tools and techniques for information gathering, analysis, and dissemination t...

Fun article we wanted to share that somehow...someway relates to CI:)
10/11/2011
Red Cups: How Solo’s disposable drinking vessel became an American party staple.

Fun article we wanted to share that somehow...someway relates to CI:)

A short while back I was walking through a grocery store when I noticed a radical development. The classic red Solo cup—a keg party staple for nearly four decades—had switched from a round to a square bottom. This seemed unnatural. Could it be true that college students across the nation...

Ok...here we go again with the Netflix/ Blockbuster saga... but we thought you guys should read this...
09/29/2011
Blockbuster Takes to Twitter after Netflix Stumbles

Ok...here we go again with the Netflix/ Blockbuster saga... but we thought you guys should read this...

When Blockbuster Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Lewis first heard about rival Netflix’s July price hike, he took to Twitter to gauge the response. He liked what he saw. “It was like ‘helloooooo Blockbuster,” he said.

Seth's Blog
09/29/2011
Seth's Blog

Seth's Blog

Seth Godin's riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread.

Competitors circle around as Netflix stumbles
09/29/2011
Competitors circle around as Netflix stumbles

Competitors circle around as Netflix stumbles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Missteps by Netflix Inc have opened the door to competitors seeking to grab disgruntled customers who are looking for new options for video rentals and instant online streaming.Blockbuster,

Why Netflix is Right to Split Now - Forbes
09/27/2011
Why Netflix is Right to Split Now - Forbes

Why Netflix is Right to Split Now - Forbes

Netflix was set up from the start to build a customer base for a digital product, and that is what they will be in the end. Why is that such a mistake if they are trading huge margins on a smaller pool of low-maintenance customers for low margins on a huge pool of high-maintenance ones?

TechCrunch | SizeUp Brings Mint-Like Business Intelligence And Competitive Analysis To SMBs
09/15/2011
TechCrunch | SizeUp Brings Mint-Like Business Intelligence And Competitive Analysis To SMBs

TechCrunch | SizeUp Brings Mint-Like Business Intelligence And Competitive Analysis To SMBs

When it comes to business intelligence and competitive analysis, large businesses hire consultants and employ in-house analysts to help determine where a business should be operating, how to compete, how to grow and more. But what about small businesses? According to the SBA, 99.9% of the businesses...

Posted on member Ann Lee Gibson's blog from February.  Still a jaw dropping informative read.
09/09/2011
Law Firm Competitive Intelligence: This is not what I meant by law firm competitive intelligence

Posted on member Ann Lee Gibson's blog from February. Still a jaw dropping informative read.

This is definitely in line with what I posted earlier this morning, although I am not involved in competitive intelligence and my customers are primarily government. Thanks for clarifying for other CI/law firms. My post, if you have not seen it, is here: http://kirbstr.posterous.com/what-hbgary-fede...

US falls to 5th in global competitiveness, survey shows
09/07/2011
US falls to 5th in global competitiveness, survey shows

US falls to 5th in global competitiveness, survey shows

The U.S. has tumbled further down a global ranking of the world's most competitive economies, landing at fifth place because of its huge deficits and declining public faith in government.

08/26/2011
"Export News" introducing Jump Start Washington Exports

See how Washington State is using CI for export matchmaking...

Western Washington University's Center for Economic Vitality (CEV) assists Washington State companies who are looking to increase their sales by developing e...

Cisco: 50 Billion Things on the Internet by 2020 [Infographic]
07/20/2011
Cisco: 50 Billion Things on the Internet by 2020 [Infographic]

Cisco: 50 Billion Things on the Internet by 2020 [Infographic]

The Internet of Things, when real world objects are connected to the Internet, is a trend that we've been actively tracking since early 2009. So far a lot of big technology infrastructure and solutions companies have gotten behind the trend, for the simple reason that they see a huge market opportun

Netflix tries to ride out wave of customer anger
07/18/2011
Netflix tries to ride out wave of customer anger

Netflix tries to ride out wave of customer anger

Netflix Inc.'s sterling reputation suffered a few minor dings in the past year, such as when its chief executive officer referred to Americans as "self-absorbed." But the Netflix brand took a big hit last week when the...

If you haven't seen it yet, check out SCIP member August Jackson's blog...
06/30/2011
Inc. Magazine Series on Competitive Intelligence | augustjackson dot net

If you haven't seen it yet, check out SCIP member August Jackson's blog...

The April 2011 issue of Inc. Magazine included a series of articles on competitive intelligence by Bill Helm. Helm is a senior writer at the magazine and the former marketing editor of BusinessWeek. For many entrepeneurs this is the first and most detailed view of the deliberate practice of competit

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Hi there friends. here is an article I wrote that might interest you. please do not spare me your comments. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Intellectual property and privacy Intellectual Property is a term used to describe private knowledge, methods, and experience that a person obtained during his lifetime. In trying to find a definition of this term, Wikipedia for instance, we get some understanding of the concept of "The intangible nature of intellectual property presents difficulties when compared with a traditional property like land or goods" (Wikipedia). Ask a lawyer, and you would get another definition regarding the criminal aspects of the term and of people who do not respect it. For the sake of this article, let Intellectual Property be IP, and let IP be private knowledge. And so, if it is private than a person should keep it to himself and decide whom he would like to share it with. But the fact is that IP is not as private and secure as we would expect it to be because of our nature and behavior. There are cases when we use our IP only for ourselves, but in most of the cases, our IP is the infrastructure of our expertise or even our business, whereas we often share what we know with others either as our employees or co-workers and managers. Either way, this is a point from which our IP is not just ours anymore. Having said that we begin, sadly, to realize that what we thought to be our property is, in some cases, almost common knowledge. These cases, by the way, are typical for small entrepreneur businesses which are not protected by a patent or law. In my opinion, in most of the cases, people share some of their IP with others as a necessity and keep the core of the knowledge, the secrets, in their heads, or just well hidden. I started this article with an elusive definition of IP, then I tried to understand what is private in IP and lastly, we came to realize that IP is partly ours and partly not. And from this point, we should focus the discussion on the private and secret part of our IP. Just for the argument let us think of an FB group. This group is public, and anyone can join immediately or after the admins` approval. Let us assume that the group has a leading theme like fixing flat tires. All there is to say about flat tires and how to fix them. We can agree that if there are many educated members in the group, the content accumulated in the group regarding fixing a flat tire is, in a way, priceless because it is based on the wisdom of the crowd. Would you say that the content is someone’s` IP? If we look at the content through the business glasses, wouldn't we find core information that can be converted into profits, strategic edge and ideas for advertisements? I say that this is exactly the case. let us ask ourselves some questions; Who can use the content for personal interest, who owns the content, can anyone using FB take the content and use it, what are, if any, the rights of the groups` admin, is there a strong enough regulator (e.g. FB) that can punish IP thieves? Many questions to ask and I am not sure that there is a clear-cut answer to each question. Now let`s drill down a little more to the dilemmas. If I were to be a group admin, I would give much time and care to the well-being of the group in terms of keeping the content contemporary, posting interesting and relevant posts, reacting to interesting posts posted by other members, monitoring the content and making sure that new members are approved according to my standards. I`d think that all these actions indicate that I own the group, I control the group, and this is my IP. In fact, I do not think that my last argument would be enough in case of an IP theft trial. The truth is that if the group is public, the content is public and it doesn`t belong to anyone, and at the same time, it belongs to everyone including FB itself. What happens if the group is a closed group? the flat tire fixers can create a small closed community. In this case, the role of the admin is crucial for the existence of the group. Membership is in the control of the admin and so is the content. Only members can post content and only members can see the content. A small domain controlled by an admin. And now we shall ask the questions again; what are the rights of the admin in terms of IP, can a member from the group use the content for personal use without the permission of the admin, does the admin have any protective law against IP theft? In my opinion, this scenario is different from the first one mainly because it allows the admin to be the gator of the group and therefore gives him the ownership of the group. What is the meaning of IP theft in an FB group? I suppose that here comes a new term in this article, and it is Sourcing. Sourcing the web is a new profession in the BI units and its affiliates with Data Mining and Webint. What can a sourcing professional do to be called an IP thief? By scrapping all data from the group (must be a member) the wisdom of the crowd can become a raw pure data of text and connections. This is, itself is not a bad thing but let me give a little advice to the admin that wants to keep the groups` IP private. First, let all members know, when approved, that personal use of the content and connections are not free unless permission granted by the admin. Second, if an admin understands the value of the groups` IP it must be used. Do not wait too long with it because very smart and talented people work, literally work, in finding focused groups and creating a career out of others` IP. Finally, if you are a group admin and your group is big in members and content, please do not think that you can analyze the groups` data by yourself if you did not learn how to do that. An accurate full analysis might take a very long time. A “do it yourself” analysis might bring out some wrong outputs for you to consider when formatting your IP concepts. In these cases, you should use the assistance of a Webint professional, Data Miner or CI specialist. They know what to do and how to do it. You get a full report of your IP and a very long list of business suggestions for how to promote your IP.