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Articles that help raise the value of information in your organisation, available to Jinfo clients.

Stephen Phillips Key takeaways from the "Cost Reduction Strategies" Community session
29th November 2022

Reducing costs as a tactical, "knee-jerk" reaction to unfavourable economic indicators risks significant business disruption and can, in the long run, be an expensive exercise.  

As the discussion with our Information Leaders revealed; successful cost reduction strategies involve a complex combination of "Stakeholder engagement", "Demand Management", "Knowing the market" and "Proactive vendor management".

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Stephen Phillips The importance of Benchmarking
28th October 2022

Benchmarking provides critical insights into the performance of your strategy and team. Yet information leaders struggle to find reliable and consistent mechanisms to compare themselves to their peers.

Read about the challenges and benefits of addressing benchmarking, from Jinfo’s October Community session.

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Stephen Phillips Three takeaways from the "Let's talk suppliers" Community session
11th October 2022

When it comes to supplier engagement, good preparation is vital, proving the adage “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Knowing your business, understanding the perception of value and broad market knowledge enables a productive dialogue supported by multiple scenarios for a negotiation. 

September’s Community Session provided an opportunity to discuss the key preparations you need to successfully work with your supplier partners to deliver successful outcomes.   Whilst we discussed a range of techniques and challenges, one thing was clear: you should always start these conversations with the end in mind.

Sign in with your MyJinfo credentials to review the anonymised notes from our discussion to catch up on what you missed or reflect on what you heard.

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Robin Neidorf Map your stakeholders
9th February 2022

Strategic stakeholder engagement is far more than "communicating with stakeholders". It requires that you understand your landscape of stakeholders, their current beliefs and attitudes, and their unique goals... and then devise a strategy for engaging with them to both influence and partner with them. The starting point for this process is a Stakeholder Map. The activity in this article guides you through this simple and powerful process.

View the recorded webinar "Stakeholder mapping", where we walk through the parts of this activity and provide more examples of how clients have used their Stakeholder Maps.

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Robin Neidorf Centre of Excellence (step five - your evolution work plan)
11th August 2021

A practical work plan is essential for turning your vision as a Centre of Excellence into a reality. Previous steps in the Focus on Centre of Excellence walked through analysing and identifying opportunities and gaps in your services, relationships with stakeholders and team characteristics. In the final part of our series, we guide you through the process for implementing a practical work plan.

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Robin Neidorf Centre of Excellence (step four - assess your team’s characteristics)
22nd June 2021

Does your team have the right "soft skills" to develop your vision for an Information Centre of Excellence? We previously focused on services and functions but the activities in this article help you to assess your teams for these softer skills and better understand your strengths and weaknesses. This is the fourth in a five-part series of articles outlining the process for developing your future as an Information Centre of Excellence.

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Robin Neidorf Centre of Excellence (step three - envision your Known Fors)
10th June 2021

The concept of Known Fors establishes what you want your information service to be known for. What are the phrases and characteristics you aspire others to use when they think of your team? The activity in this article walks you through the process of developing Known Fors as part of your evolution towards a Centre of Excellence. This is the third in a five-part series of articles outlining the process for developing your future as an Information Centre of Excellence.

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Robin Neidorf Centre of Excellence (step two - create your Pillars of Service)
26th May 2021

This is the second of a five-part series of articles exploring Jinfo's Information Centre of Excellence and how it can be used to shape your information strategy and expertise to the needs of your organisation. In part two we build on your results of part one as reference material for developing and documenting your Pillars of Service.

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Robin Neidorf Centre of Excellence (step one - map your services to the model)
25th May 2021

This is the first in a five-part series of articles that explores Jinfo's Information Centre of Excellence and how it can be used to shape your information strategy and expertise to the needs of your organisation. Part one looks at mapping your current services to the Centre of Excellence model and highlighting any gaps.

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Robin Neidorf Crafting a scorecard (step five - capture inputs)
18th May 2021

This is the final part of our series of articles on developing your own scorecards. Parts one to four looked at setting goals and priorities, selecting components, designing your scoring system and documenting scores. This final part determines how you will capture the data that forms the foundation of your completed scorecards.

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