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Background on the March Event: Using Competitive Intelligence to Drive Innovation
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By Tench Forbes

Published March 1, 2014


Abstract: This post provides some background information in preparation for the BPMA March Event: Using Competitive Intelligence to Drive Innovation. Moderator Ken Sawka, a renowned expert in competitive intelligence, will lead a panel discussion on how competitive intelligence help companies innovate.

Category: Planning, Analysis & Strategy

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The March panel discussion will continue the BPMA’s focus on providing product managers with innovative methods for product development. Ken Sawka will moderate a discussion about this among panel participants Marjorie G. Norman, Director of the Worldwide Competitive Intelligence group at Pfizer Inc., and Jason Tong, lecturer at the F.W. Olin College of Engineering where he teaches Design for Manufacturing.

For a basic discussion on competitive intelligence and how it is accomplished, it may be useful to read Is Your Competitive Intelligence Focused on What Matters? by Jim DeLoach, a member of the Protiviti Solutions Leadership Team. His article is published on the Corporate Compliance Insights website.

For a review of why Competitive intelligence is key to develop the corporate innovation strategy, please take a look at Competitive Intelligence – Semantic Analysis by Pedro Guillen, managing partner at World Industrial Reporter. In this paper, he gives an example of how semantic analysis (identifying patterns among very large data sets), was able to complete an extremely detailed "competitor innovation strategy” based on public information.


Please join Ken Sawka at the offices of BPMA Sponsor Constant Contact for what should be a very informative panel discussion. You can register here.


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