Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 10 • November 2000
ISI, Nerac Form Strategic Partnership

ISI and Nerac have announced a mutual understanding that establishes the groundwork for a strategic partnership. Both parties indicate that further discussions will result in a close alliance that produces more advanced and integrated products and services for their customers. In the future, the companies plan to make a series of detailed, joint announcements aimed at better serving the scientific research marketplace.

Kevin Bouley, president of Nerac, said that, going forward, successful businesses must collaborate. “However,” he said, “the key to a successful partnership is one where both organizations have a complementary product mix and share a similar mission and customer-focused vision for the future.

“I am pleased with this agreement with ISI,” he said. “We both approach the marketplace from a different perspective but share a common philosophy and the same goals. By reviewing our respective strengths, and investigating market needs and behaviors, I believe we will be able to capitalize on our individual assets and move into a quick production mode. I see this alliance as one that allows new ideas to emerge that will help us provide better products and services for a demanding marketplace.”

“I am excited by this opportunity and realize that our initial discussions have only begun to reveal the possibilities that this partnership will enable us to develop,” said Barbara Colton, ISI’s vice president of business development. “For over 30 years, Nerac has helped companies to succeed by directly providing them with answers to their business and research queries. ISI has provided the same market with powerful multidisciplinary information tools, like the Web of Science and Current Contents Connect, which service global research needs.

“We have only just begun to discuss ways in which we can leverage our combined strengths and move forward,” said Colton. “In our initial meetings we discovered that we share a concern for customers and want to approach future developments with a solutions-based approach that considers all information-seeking behaviors and needs. It’s a challenge, but one that I am confident we can address together and thus better meet the needs of the worldwide scientific community in all market sectors.”

Nerac ( provides customized information services for clients across all industrial sectors. The company combines a powerful search engine and a dedicated computing environment with technical information specialists who use international engineering, scientific, patent, and business databases; as well as professional contacts to provide individualized answers and alerts. Based in Tolland, Connecticut, Nerac also has regional offices in 40 cities in North America.

Source: ISI, Philadelphia, 800/336-4474, 215/386-0100;

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