Archive for March, 2010

Learn how to conduct research and design, implement, roll out, and measure the success of your intranet—now and in the future! Register now for this information-packed day-long seminar presented by Nina Platt, Laurie Southerton, and Amy Witt.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Location: University of Chicago, Gleacher Center Chicago, IL

How will you benefit by attending this Master Class?

Building or redesigning an intranet or portal for your law firm is challenging—and doing it without a plan is near impossible. Creating a successful intranet starts with making a good business case to get the support necessary to succeed.

Why do intranet projects fail? According to Helen Day and John Baptista, in their Intranet Strategy and Governance Report published in June 2007, intranet projects fail because:

  • No clear documented strategy is in place
  • Strategy is not communicated clearly to leaders
  • A failure to align intranet strategy with broader business objectives
  • Lack of senior sponsorship/ownership
  • Difficulty implementing consistent standards

This comprehensive, full-day master class will identify the types of governance needed during your project and after—introducing you to a proven project methodology while identifying tips and techniques that you can use immediately within your firm. Attendees will also understand the research around why intranet projects fail and why engaging your users throughout your project is critical to success!

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Write a compelling business case for your intranet projects
  • Build an effective governance team
  • Use a proven methodology to manage your projects
  • Conduct research by collecting, analyzing and reporting on user goals and tasks
  • Design and organize your intranet to be the most efficient and effective for your firm’s users
  • Decide when to build and when to buy technology and tools to implement on your intranet
  • Plan a successful roll out of your new intranet
  • Understand what to measure to communicate success and to plan for changes for your intranet in the future

Reserve your seat now!

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In today’s increasingly competitive environment, businesses need to be able to convert the wealth of data and information available into intelligence for decision making and subsequent actions.  This conversion is acomplished through analysis.  Register now to join us in a webinar called “Competitive Intelligence Analysis:  I’ve Done the Research – Now, What Do I Do With It?” that will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from Noon to 1PM Central.  This webinar will introduce the concept of analysis as part of the intellingence cycle, discuss several analytical techniques, such as industry analysis, competitor analysis and SWOT.  Real world examples will be provided as well as example templates so that participants can begin to immediately use their learnings. During the session, you will:

• Understand how the analysis phase interacts with the rest of the intelligence system
• Determine the role analysis plays in producing decision-oriented intelligence reports
• Learn how to evaluate analytical tools for different CI requirements

Cost:  $30 per person USD or $60 USD for groups of up to 10 from the same firm

Speaker:

Kristy Morley, Senior Manager, Business/Competitive Intelligence, Pfizer Nutrition
Currently part of Pfizer, Kristy Morley began her career in pharmaceuticals when she joined Wyeth (formerly American Home Products Corporation) in 1997, in the Nutrition Division.  She initially began as a Project Manager in the New Product & Process Development Group.  Kristy made the move to competitive intelligence in 2001, serving the the Nutrition Research group with competitor R&D pipeline tracking.  The function grew and was moved to the Marketing group in 2006.  The CI group currently provides intelligence consulting, expertise, and oversight to brand teams, new product groups, and Senior Management. Prior to joining Wyeth, Kristy spent five years at Avebe America, Inc and holds a B.S. in Food Science and Technology. She has been a member of SCIP since 2001 and is a graduate from the Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence, and currently serves as a member of the SCIP Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee.

Moderator:

Nina Platt, Principal ConsultantNina Platt Consulting, Inc.
Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.   

Questions?  Contact awitt@ninaplatt.com

Business planning is often overlooked as a tool for library management. At the same time, even libraries that aren’t considered a business entity can benefit from using business planning techniques. Register now to join us for the upcoming FREE webinar, Creating a Strategic Business Plan, on Thursday, March 18th, 2010, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Central Time. Nina will cover:

  1. Why business planning is important
  2. What types of plans can be used
  3. What makes up the business plan
  4. What are elements for success

Cost: FREE! (space is limited)

Who should attend? Anyone in firm leadership who is developing business proposals. Participants could come from the following groups:

  • Information Resources/Services Directors
  • Library Directors
  • Library Managers
  • CIO/Firm Administrators and Managers
  • CFO/Finance Directors and Managers
  • COO/Executive Directors and Managers

Speaker:

Nina Platt, Owner and Principal Consultant, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.

Owner and principal consultant, Nina Platt is a law librarian and former AmLaw 100 firm library director who has worked in law firms since 1986.  Her work in library management has spanned all but 4 of those years.  Nina believes the most effective law firm libraries are critical to both the business and practice of law and that achieving to build a business critical library can only be done through the use of business tools like strategic plans, business plans, business cases, and more.  She has written and delivered numerous articles, presentations, and papers on library and knowledge management topics.  

Moderator:

Carrie Long, MLIS – Research Analyst, Nina Platt Consulting, Inc.

Research analyst, Carrie Long, has a Masters of Library and Information Science and over 10 years of experience in law firms and libraries, with her most recent position in an AmLaw 100 firm as Manager of Research Services. Carrie has extensive experience in managing and executing large, complex Competitive Intelligence (CI) and Research projects in the areas of: law firm and practice area analysis; company and industry analysis; product analysis, market share analysis and prospecting. Carrie’s current clients include:  information services vendors; legal vendors; and law firms.

Questions? Contact: Amy Witt




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