Competitive Intelligence

Dr. Benjamin Gilad, Co-Founder and President of Academy for Competitive Intelligence, and the author of Business War Games, participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Competitive Intelligence”.

Overview

The digital global age is re-writing the rules of competition.

As the technology transformation gains momentum, entities across nations: its government, industries, organization and academia (NGIOA) are undergoing rapid changes in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). When these rapid changes in CGS is intensifying “competition” for entities across NGIOA, it forces us to understand and evaluate what is fundamental to compete today and in the coming tomorrow.

Developing a competitive edge has become a survival necessity for everyone.

When the very structure of competition and performance is taking a center stage, it is important to understand that no one element remains more fundamental to competing in a digital global age than “competitive intelligence”. What does this mean? It means that irrespective of NGIOA, decision makers today need to learn as much as possible, and as soon as possible, about the changing fundamentals of cyberspace, geospace and space in general, about their competitors within and across NGIOA and about any new idea and innovations that could be on its way to disrupting the very products, services, initiatives that they may have or are working on.

Let us evaluate this further-

Competing in a Digital Global Age

Competing in a digital global age is very complex. Amidst the rapidly changing fundamentals of cyberspace, geospace and space, how can any entity across NGIOA remain competitive today? It is important to evaluate this further:

  • What should competition mean today for entities across NGIOA? Who are the competitors?
  • Is “competitive intelligence” an essential component to developing a strategy for survival, success and sustainability in a digital global age?
  • Do entities across NGIOA have access to effective competitive intelligence?
  • Is competitive intelligence about analyzing competitors or more?
  • What is impacting competition and competitive intelligence?
  • How will competitive intelligence play a central role in survival, success and sustainability for entities across NGIOA?
  • What impact technology transformation brings in re-shaping the competitive intelligence dialogue?
  • What is necessary as decision makers perceive and pursue competitive intelligence?
  • What are the different kinds of intelligence?
  • What is the goal of competitive intelligence?

Approach to intelligence

  • What is the approach to the current competitive intelligence framework?
  • What should be the scope of competitive intelligence?
  • What are the techniques for competitive intelligence?
  • What is the process for competitive intelligence?
  • Before any organization invests in competitive intelligence process, what questions they need to be asking?
  • What role technology plays or can play in gathering competitive intelligence?
  • How to obtain competitive information?

Establishing a competitive intelligence program

  • What is competitive intelligence to different components of a nation (governments, industries, organizations, academia)?
  • Why establish a competitive intelligence program?
  • What is the real value of a competitive intelligence program to entities across NGIOA?
  • What questions entities across NGIOA should be asking themselves when implementing a competitive intelligence program?
  • What is the value of competitive intelligence program to entities across NGIOA?

Competitive intelligence and risk management

  • Is competitive intelligence an early warning system?
  • Does competitive intelligence help entities across NGIOA in the early identification of risks?
  • Is competitive intelligence viewed as a risk management tool?

Conclusion

Amidst the changing global fundamentals of cyberspace, geospace and space; gathering information, converting it into actionable intelligence and then using it in decision making to compete is a much-needed practice for individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) today.

While there is a growing understanding and acknowledgement of the importance of competitive intelligence, the competitive intelligence practice is still in its infancy. It is important to understand that competitive intelligence activities are not only a safeguard to protect against security threats and changes, but also as a method for finding new opportunities across CGS.

Time is now to understand competitive intelligence!


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About the Guest

Dr. Benjamin Gilad, Co-Founder and President of Academy for Competitive Intelligence, and the author of Business War Games, participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Competitive Intelligence”.

Dr. Gilad is the Co-Founder and president of the first training institution dedicated to the CIP competitive intelligence certification (www.academyci.com). Dr. Gilad, a former intelligence officer with the Israeli police force is also a former associate professor of strategy at Rutgers School of Management. In addition, Dr. Gilad is also the author of Business War Games (2009), Early Warning (2003) and Business Blindspots (1994).

About the Host of Risk Roundup

Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve Global Peace through Risk Management. It is her strong belief that collaboration within, between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the Security Centric Integrated Cyberspace, Geospace and Space Risk Management framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the Digital Global Age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is driving the thought leadership on “Strategic Security Risk Intelligence”! She believes that Cyberspace, Geospace or Space (CGS) cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries. As security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has recently launched Cyber-Security, Geo-Security and Space- Security Risk Research Centers that will merge the boundaries of Geo-Security, Cyber-Security and Space-Security.
In 2015, Jayshree launched “Risk Roundup” an Integrated Cyber-Security, Geo-Security and Space-Security Risk Dialogue. Risk Roundup Webcast/Podcast are available on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Risk Group website, and professional social media.
Jayshree’s inaugural book, The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk, was published by Springer in 2012.

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