The Role of Competitive Intelligence in Business Development

Businesses increasingly prefer data-driven decision-making, leaving intuition-based decisions to lesser tasks. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) can locate and extract data from unstructured sources with nearly 95% accuracy. And yet, most organizations struggle to analyze the ocean of data they collect, as nearly 90% of data is unstructured or has no defined schema.

With competitive intelligence (CI), businesses can connect data collection and analysis capabilities into a single system bringing all the existing know-how and adopting it in-house.

CI practices yield a range of transformational changes that fuel growth with areas of impact found at all levels of an organization.

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How AI Is Changing the Web Scraping Landscape

Whereas manual rule-based data extraction is a long and tedious process, the introduction of AI enabled maintenance-free approaches. Besides its primary purpose of data extraction for business insights, web scraping is also used to accumulate training material for AI-based adaptive parsing.

With the help of machine learning models, AI-assisted web scrapers can retrieve and process content from hundreds of thousands of pages in seconds to generate business strategies and forecasts without being explicitly programmed to do so.

This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of how AI and its subfield, machine learning, shape the current trends in web data extraction and processes that precede it. AI assistance is just as valuable in bypassing anti-scraping measures (such as in our own Web Unblocker) as it is instrumental in the subsequent data structuring.

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Guide to Threat Intelligence Data Acquisition

Cyber threats are increasingly becoming a huge issue in the digital world. Malicious entities find various ways to access sensitive companies’ or individual data. Data breaches, phishing, social engineering, malware, ransomware, and many more threats are evolving rapidly and becoming more dangerous every year.

Understanding the seriousness of cyber threats and taking action to fight against them is a massive step toward a safer digital environment. One of the cybersecurity practices that modern companies use to avoid potential dangers is threat intelligence.

Threat intelligence enables businesses to make faster and data-backed security decisions and be proactive in the fight against threat actors.

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Real-Time Price Monitoring System Architecture

The automation of price monitoring is the only way to stay on top of the price intelligence challenges. Either keeping up with price changes, uncovering competitor strategies, or observing historical pricing data, price monitoring reveals applicable business patterns that catalyze growth.

This white paper provides an action chain for price monitoring, from collecting target URLs to data parsing, along with tips and explanations on the most important elements and processes.

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Get More Out of Your Network

Why A Bigger Pipe Alone Doesn’t Lead to Faster File Transfers

More platforms, larger file sizes, tighter deadlines, content globalization and the growing complexity of the media supply chain are causing organizations to modernize their technology stacks and upgrade their networks. On the surface, it may seem that moving large files from one location to another is relatively simple and that a faster pipe is all you need, but it turns out there’s much more to it.

Read this guide to learn:

  • The differences between bandwidth and throughput,
  • When to use UDP, when to use TCP and how intelligent file transfer makes decisions on the fly,
  • How the right software can help with network latency, packet loss and congestion, and
  • Why Signiant technology helps you get the most of your network.

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7 Must-Haves for Remote Work in M&E

Key Considerations for Accessing Large Media Assets

In 2020, when the pandemic hit, some companies were well prepared to enable a remote workforce, others had to scramble. Remote work is here to stay and a top priority across the industry is shoring up those remote workflows to make sure they are secure and scalable in preparation for whatever comes next.

One lesson that many learned the hard way is that standard tools including Dropbox, Google Drive and WeTransfer, which work well in many industries, lack the technology necessary for most media projects.

Read this guide to learn about seven important considerations you should keep in mind while implementing a permanent, secure and scalable remote working strategy that supports the unique conditions of a distributed workforce in the media industry.

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Cloud I/O for Media Assets

10 Key Learnings from Moving Petabytes to AWS, Azure and Google

Most media companies are not moving all their assets to cloud storage but are looking to the cloud to provide elasticity when there is an unexpected surge in storage needs, for backup and disaster recovery, content aggregation, fan-out distribution and a variety of other workflows.

There are many tools available for moving files to, from and between cloud storage endpoints including those offered by the cloud providers themselves. But in an industry that deals with huge files, complex supply chains and growing security challenges, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right tool for the unique challenges of M&E.

So, where do you start? Right here.

Avoid common mistakes and learn about tools that were designed for the media and entertainment industry.

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Nine Pitfalls of Relying on FTP to Move Large Media Files

Back in 1971, FTP was a groundbreaking invention. TODAY? Well, things have moved on. A lot.

Read this guide to discover:

  • Why FTP is now more likely to hold you back than get you where you need to be.
  • 9 key issues that make FTP unfit for the needs of modern media businesses.
  • How Signiant’s enterprise SaaS solutions offer simpler, faster, more secure alternatives for companies of every size.

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Observable Internet

Technology built into modern browsers means that the Observable Internet is shrinking. Since the start of 2020s, marketers must face the challenge of diminishing returns when using traditional traffic and engagement tracking techniques. The tools of the past decades have been rendered ineffective by the shifting horizon.

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Online Fingerprinting Techniques

Fingerprinting is a technique of assigning a unique identifier to individual user and groups or cohorts. There are many such techniques. These vary in complexity, reliability and, in some cases, legality. As the Internet has evolved since the dawn of the past century, so did the need, approaches, and challenges concerning creating reliable browser fingerprints.

Three main forces share a fascination with tracking, analysing and attributing user activity to a specific action or trigger: the Adtech industry, online Marketing and Product-driven organisations. These forces, driven by mostly different motivations, have one thing in common. To be effective, they need to find an individual in a seemingly random website interaction.

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Learning Paths: Creating Pathways to Success

Today, there is a greater need for self-directed, online learning and training than ever before. Thankfully, eLearning tools like learning management systems (LMS) are available to meet this need. Without direction, however, learners may become lost as they progress in their studies. Whether you’re teaching your customers how to use a new product or guiding an employee through compliance training, your eLearning offerings need a clear and sensible structure to guide them. See how to create Learning Pathways for Success.

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7 Strategies for Virtual Training Success

With remote or hybrid work now the new normal for a large percentage of people, businesses must find new ways to keep employees engaged and educated on new skills, initiatives, etc. For many, virtual training is the best option. Reach your team wherever they are working with virtual training programs.

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Building Blocks for a Successful eTraining Program

There’s no single right way to build an eTraining or eLearning program. But there are some important building blocks to ensure your program is a success.

While all of this may sound complicated, understanding the key building blocks will help simplify the process and strengthen the outcome: a successful eLearning program.

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The Smartest Way to Empower Your People and Partners

eLearning Empowered.

Inquisiq simplifies eLearning. Whether for your own employees, resellers or other partners, or people subscribing to your online courses, Inquisiq has everything you need to deliver high-quality learning programs tailored to your needs:

  • Award-winning Learning Management Systems
  • Authoring Apps
  • Custom Content
  • Plug-and-play Catalogs
  • The Expertise to put it all together
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Has Your Business Switched to VoIP Yet?

The telephone has come a long way since the days of switchboard operators. In many cases, however, businesses are still using plain old telephone systems (POTS) without knowing that there is a better form of telecommunication that is being adopted at an increasing rate across businesses. That technology is VoIP.

In this Sourceforge white paper, you will learn:

  • What's in Your Phone System?
  • What is VoIP?
  • How Does VoIP Save a Business an Average of 30% or More?
  • How to Switch to VoIP

So if you are considering upgrading your phone system – or are motivated by saving money and adding enterprise level services to your business – let Sourceforge compare the top VoIP providers for you! Simply select that you want to receive a quote on the following page and one of our VoIP Specialists will get in contact with you to jot down a few details in order to provide you with the best, no-obligation quote from a provider.

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