Competitive Intelligence Software Is Named “Most
Insightful Book” at the International Competia Awards
October 27, 2004, Medford New Jersey—Information
Today, Inc. (ITI) is pleased to announce that its recently
published title, Assessing Competitive Intelligence
Software by France Bouthillier and Kathleen Shearer,
has been named “Most Insightful Book” by Competia
The International Competia Awards were created by Competia
to spotlight dedication, hard work, and ingenuity among
competitive intelligence (CI) and strategic planning
professionals. Awards are given out in four categories:
“Most Insightful Book,” “Best in Class
Software,” “Best Information Source,”
and “CI Champion.” An independent judging
panel comprised of corporate CI and strategic planning
practitioners chose this year’s winning book,
according to an announcement by Competia Inc. The award
was presented to authors Bouthillier and Shearer during
the Competia International Symposium in Toronto, Ontario,
Canada, on September 29, 2004.
In recent years, commercial software products for CI—the
process by which businesses monitor competitive threats
and opportunities—have become increasingly useful
and sophisticated. However, users and potential users
of the emerging technology are largely dependent on
information supplied by software manufacturers and distributors.
In Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software,
authors Bouthillier and Shearer demonstrate a system
that allows companies to thoroughly and objectively
evaluate CI software products before making major investments.
“ITI is delighted that Assessing Competitive
Intelligence Software has received this prestigious
award from Competia,” said John B. Bryans, editor-in-chief
of ITI’s Book Publishing Division.
Noting that “CI is not a one-size-fits-all process,”
Bryans said the book is the first to present a systematic
method companies can use to evaluate competitive intelligence
software, allowing them to compare features, identify
strengths and weaknesses, and invest in products that
meet their unique needs.
France Bouthillier holds a Ph.D.
in information studies and has taught at McGill University
in the area of management and business information since
1992. Prior to that she worked as a consultant in management
and as a trainer in various organizations in the public
and private sectors. She has published numerous articles,
book chapters, and conference proceedings in French
and English on knowledge management, competitive intelligence,
and management issues in library and information services.
She recently has shed a three-year research project
on the information needs and behaviors of small businesses
and their requirements in terms of information services.
Currently, she is Acting Director and Associate Professor
at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.
Kathleen Shearer received her MLIS
in 2001 from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
She has been a freelance Information Professional for
the past six years and, as such, has worked with organizations
such as Bombardier, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Government
of Canada, National Library of Canada, and others. Currently,
she is contracted as a Research Associate with the Canadian
Association of Research Libraries and is involved in
a research study about academic knowledge dissemination
in Canada, as well as acting as the Coordinator of the
CARL Institutional Repository Project. She is the author
of numerous articles and has written chapters for several
books, including “Access to Information in a Digital
World”, published in 2004 by the Canadian Library
Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software (211
pp./hardbound/ISBN 1-57387-173-7/$39.50) is published
by Information Today, Inc. and is available by calling
the publisher at (800) 300-9868 [outside the U.S. call
(609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
or visiting the ITI Web site at www.infotoday.com.