|Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of Historical
Information Science: An Emerging Unidiscipline, a new book by Lawrence
J. McCrank. ITI has also announced the release of
Smart Services: Competitive
Information Strategies, Solutions and Success Stories for Service
Businesses, by Deborah C. Sawyer, and
Internet Prophets: Enlightened
E-Business Strategies for Every Budget, by Mary Diffley.
Historical Information Science: An Emerging Unidiscipline is
a review and bibliographic essay that's backed by 6,000 citations. It discusses
developments in information technology since the advent of personal computing,
the discipline of history and its convergence with other disciplines, and
both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. The book's focus
is on the access, preservation, and analysis of historical information
(primarily in electronic form), as well as on the relationship between
new methodologies and instructional media, techniques, and research trends
in library special collections, digital libraries, electronic and data
archives, and museums.
According to the announcement, McCrank is a leading figure in the information
industry. He's a professor of library and information science and dean
of library and information services at Chicago State University.
Smart Services: Competitive Information Strategies, Solutions and
Success Stories for Service Businesses is the first book to focus specifically
on the competitive-information needs of service-oriented firms, according
to the announcement. While much has been written about competition in product
manufacturing and marketing, managers of service firms face different and
more complex issues, not the least of which is the pivotal role of human
expertise in the business, according to the announcement.SmartServices
is unique in that it fully explores the specific challenges and opportunities
of services competition.
In the new book, Sawyer, an author, entrepreneur, and business consultant,
describesthe many forms of competition in service businesses, identifies
the most effective information resources for competitive intelligence,
and provides a practical framework for identifying and studying competitors
in order to gain competitive advantage.
Sawyer is president of the Information Plus companies, a group of firms
that provides research and consulting services to Fortune 500 corporations.
She is the author of three previous books as well as numerous articles
about competitive intelligence and business information.
According to the announcement, Internet Prophets: Enlightened E-Business
Strategies for Every Budget is a readable, easy-to-use handbook and
is the first to provide the costs of proven e-commerce strategies and match
them with the budgetary needs of companies of all types and sizes.
Given a relative dearth of recent e-business success stories, and with
the U.S. economy in recession, many firms are taking a conservative approach
to e-commerce. In Internet Prophets, author and entrepreneur Diffley
speaks to these concerns, offering advice designed to help even the most
skeptical and cost-conscious executive do more business on the Web. At
the heart of her book are four guides: the Internet Prophets. Each prophet
speaks to a specific budget range, showcasing an array of e-commerce solutions
while answering the question that is on the mind of every businessperson:
"What is it going to cost?"
Internet Prophets is supported by a Web site (http://www.internetprophets.com)
created and updated by the author. It features an expanding index of e-business
products and services, categorized by cost, plus information about emerging
Internet business models and concepts, product reviews, and more.
In 1996, Diffley founded United Computer Specialists, Inc. (UCS), which
has been profiled in The New York Times and was acquired by Frontline
Communications in 1999. Diffley has a background in accounting and business
processes, and specializes in providing innovative Internet strategies
and integration solutions to businesses of all sizes.
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