Andrew Lucas
Contributing Editor

Andrew is a consultant with global experience in the online business information market. He has worked in executive roles for a number of leading business information companies, including Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters and Factiva. His expertise includes strategy, business development and M&A, as well as content licensing and managing third party distribution. As a consultant with FinTech Partners, Andrew has undertaken numerous projects in the content and information sectors. He is also the managing director of the Africa Alert current awareness service which provides coverage of local and international business news from across Africa.

Email: andrew.lucas@fintechp.com

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Articles by Andrew Lucas:


Product review of Aurora's FirstLight (value - purchasing, development and competitor landscape)
Thursday, 14th January 2021

The final part of our product review of Aurora's FirstLight, an intelligence platform, looks at the help and training available to users as well as the product’s value. We also look at other players in the intelligence platforms market. Some of the companies include big names such as LexisNexis, Dow Jones and Thomson Reuters as well as Meltwater, Manzama, and Northern Light, amongst others. We also look at product development plans for the next few years as well as pricing options. 

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)


Product review of Aurora's FirstLight (technology - search & user interface; outputs & alerts; administration)
Wednesday, 13th January 2021

Part three of Jinfo’s product review of Aurora's FirstLight, an intelligence platform, looks at the technology behind the product. We focus specifically on its automation capabilities, and its use of big data and natural language processing. We also explore how a user would interact with the system and the process involved in a typical implementation of the Enterprise Edition.

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)  


Product review of Aurora's FirstLight (sources - content and coverage)
Tuesday, 12th January 2021

In the second part of Jinfo’s product review of Aurora's FirstLight, an intelligence platform, we look at the range of external and internal sources that can be included in this highly customised application. This includes paid subscriptions, social media, blogs, scientific journals and news databases, to name a few. 

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)


Product review of Aurora's FirstLight (key advantages, introduction and contact details)
Monday, 11th January 2021

FirstLight from Aurora WDC is an intelligence platform that was first reviewed by Jinfo at the beginning of 2018. In the first part of our latest product review, we take a look at the company and product as well as some of its key advantages. We also find out who uses the product, how it’s changed since our last review and what product enhancements are in the pipeline.

Note: Full review in Subscription Report (PDF)


Mini review of D&B Hoovers
Friday, 8th January 2021

D&B Hoovers is a sales intelligence application that uses data and analytics to enable B2B sales professionals to identify and engage more rapidly with customers and prospects. Having reviewed the product at the beginning of 2019, Jinfo takes a look at the latest iteration of the product. This mini review looks at the company and product, its content, including news and corporate data, and how to navigate it. We also highlight some of its competitors, including DiscoverOrg, UpLead and Pipedrive, amongst others, as well as pricing information.

Reports by Andrew Lucas:


Product review of Aurora's FirstLight
Monday, 11th January 2021

Aurora"s FirstLight is an intelligence SaaS (Software as a Service) platform, and a powerful competitive intelligence product. It uses machine learnin...


Product Review of Factiva
Tuesday, 27th October 2020

Since Jinfo last reviewed Factiva, Dow Jones" premium news and business information service, there have been quite a few changes. As well as the addit...


Product review of Data Planet
Monday, 17th August 2020

Data Planet is an online statistical aggregation database with an extensive collection of public and private data covering a wide range of economic, p...


Market landscape - Linguamatics' competitors
Friday, 6th March 2020

Using its Natural Language Processing (NLP) platform, Linguamatics is a leading developer of enterprise text mining and search solutions for the healt...


Market landscape - digital adoption platforms
Tuesday, 17th December 2019

Digital Adoption Platforms (DAP) provide a software layer integrated on top of other applications or websites, which guides users through tasks and fu...