Newsletter Archive

Newsletter No. 604

« Previous Newsletter Next Newsletter »

Newsletter 604

4th May 2023

Vendor management template, news and current awareness survey, AI


Stephen PhillipsVendor management template

Hot off the press is our brand new “Vendor management template”, a unique resource that enables you to better manage vendors and hold them to account.

This tool joins our recently-published “Vendor negotiation checklist”, which one user immediately emailed us to say:

“This checklist is awesome!”

Both of these tools are available through your Jinfo Subscription, and we welcome your feedback too.


News and current awareness survey

We’ve been running the survey since 2007, and once again you can benchmark your news and current awareness provision, and re-evaluate your goals, procedures and tools.

Contribute to the survey and receive a free summary of the results, whether you have a Subscription or not.

We will discuss the preliminary results of the survey in our June Community session (20th June). Save the date.


Artificial Intelligence

This month’s Jinfo Community session is “Impact of artificial intelligence” (23rd May) when we will kick off the discussion on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the information industry

The technology certainly has potential, but it is not without its challenges. Accuracy, bias, ethics, privacy and intellectual property rights immediately spring to mind.  

Given all the hype, how can information leaders urge caution to colleagues without appearing technophobic or obstructive?  

Register now and join us on May 23rd.


Top tips for managing up

Finally, we learned some great tips from last month’s Community session, about the critical skill of establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with your manager, for example:

  • understand the boundaries and dynamics of the management relationship
  • enable your manager to understand your business and do an elevator pitch
  • it may be better to consider an exit.

Catch up on all the great advice in the article “Top tips for managing up”.


As always, please do contact me if you’d like to discuss the benefits of a Jinfo Subscription or how Jinfo Consulting can support your own challenges with vendor management, news and current awareness, or AI.

Stephen Phillips
Lead Analyst

Read on the Blog

Impact of artificial intelligence

23rd May 2023
Jinfo Community

Our May Community session will provide an opportunity to discuss recent developments in AI and consider how information teams can contribute to the wider conversation.

Learn more and register

Vendor management template

Jinfo Report

This report contains a vendor management template to proactively manage the major facets of key supplier relationships:

  • Key information
  • Corporate updates
  • Performance
  • Key metrics and analysis.

View report

Let's talk about managing up

Jinfo Article

We extract useful advice from the recent Jinfo Community session in which we explored the critical skill of "managing up" – how to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with your manager.

Read article

Vendor negotiation checklist

Jinfo Report

This report contains a checklist template you can use when preparing for a vendor negotiation.

Use this checklist to summarise the key facets of a vendor relationship:

  • Current state of the relationship
  • Demand, drivers and spend
  • Key stakeholders and user expressions of value
  • Competitive landscape
  • Service performance, risks and mitigations
  • Scenario planning, negotiating levers and desired outcomes.

View report

Jinfo Subscription

Connect your team with the practical tools, original research and expertise to build and support information strategy in your organisation.

Unique and practical research-based insights and peer-to-peer discussion not available anywhere else.

A Jinfo Subscription gives two users at your organisation access to Content and Community for one year.

Learn more

Jinfo Testimonials
"Jinfo Consulting helped us work through all our ideas, identify our priorities and define our deliverables. Now we have everything documented in a detailed project plan; the whole team is engaged and excited to be moving forward."
Information Leader, professional services
More testimonials

About JinfoJinfo on YouTube Jinfo on LinkedIn Jinfo on Facebook Jinfo on Twitter

Please forward this email to colleagues, and encourage them to sign up for free. Follow Jinfo on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Send your feedback, comments and suggestions using our Contact Form, and we'd love it if you could provide a Testimonial.

The Jinfo Newsletter (ISSN 1460-7239) is published by Jinfo Limited. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the publication, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. Product names used in Jinfo are for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners. Jinfo disclaims any and all rights in those marks. All rights reserved.

Jinfo Limited is registered in England and Wales. Registered Number: 3754481. Registered Office: Lynch Farm, The Lynch, Kensworth, Beds, LU6 3QZ.

Copyright Jinfo Limited 1997-2023

Back to top ^

« Previous Newsletter Next Newsletter »

About this Newsletter