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Carving Out a Niche in Consulting Services: A Review of Consulting Trends

by Patty Wood on Dec 7, 2016 9:56:58 AM

As new trends inevitably develop, consultants may find ample opportunities to help people by finding a niche in ever changing technology and new social trends.

Throughout the decades, consultants have always had to align themselves with the demands of clients. Offering expertise in particular specialties was always a way to increase the odds of acquiring and retaining clients. Searching for a niche within consulting services is not a new tactic. Even in previous decades, books on consulting suggested that finding a niche is beneficial. Such books include Consulting: The Complete Guide to a Profitable Career written by Robert E. Kelley in the 1980s. The book contained a section that highlighted how having a market niche was important, explaining how to identify a growing market and price accordingly. Today, a multitude of business articles are describing the high demand niches that are available for skilled consultants.

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Topics: Consulting Industry, Consulting Trends, Niche Consulting Services

Mapping the Markets: Information Tools That Map Businesses and Industries

by Patty Wood on Nov 14, 2016 3:05:49 PM

A look at how big data visualization tools are providing further insight for information professionals.


Business directories of decades ago were in print form and evolved to become online, sophisticated databases with tagging, indexing and filtering capabilities. Now, many tools are providing mapping technology that not only shows where businesses are located, but shows entire business clusters and industry ecosystems. These mapping business tools allow the user to see insights and patterns that a simple list of companies may not convey.

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Topics: Smart Data, Information Management, Data Visualization

The New Tools of the Burgeoning Business Intelligence Startups Landscape

by Patty Wood on Oct 26, 2016 9:23:11 AM

 A review of how B.I. startups are finding value in existing enterprise data.

Consultants, marketers and information professionals are always looking for powerful tools to help them extract the most valuable data. Since the right piece of information can lead to the right business decision, resources that can provide enhanced search breadth and outputs can be highly valued. Within the last several years, numerous business intelligence start-ups have come on the scene, providing technology that can make BI research quicker and easier. These firms are enabling access to data that may have been previously siloed and unattainable.

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Topics: business intelligence, Start-ups, Smart Data

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