Our Process

If you wanted to be a leader at an exciting time in history, you got your wish.

We are nearly into the third decade of a this new century.

If you don’t see the world that way, you will soon.

In a time of increasing specialization and segmentation, chances are your organization’s prime mission is not in the decoding of information about global market changes. Ours, however, is.

Competitive Futures experts and analysts live and breathe trends, forecasts, scenarios, and strategies. We are at our happiest when swimming in data.

And we want to partner with you to share our enthusiasm and knowledge, so that you can harness the power of competitive intelligence to profit from rapid global change.

You have no choice but to go through this transition, so you might as well have fun and make money.

What We Are and What We Are Not:

We are guided by data, while they are chasing “news.”

We are disciplined professionals giving brutally honest analysis, while they want you to like them so they may bill you again.

We think consulting must include the personal touch, while they assign you to a faceless workgroup filled with interns.

We know the global landscape from local experience and expertise, while they see the world through an American point of view.

What is Competitive Intelligence (CI)?

From the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals  (SCIP) http://scip.org

Competitive Intelligence: A systematic and ethical program for gathering, analyzing, and managing external information that can affect your company’s plans, decisions, and operations.

Put another way, CI is the process of enhancing marketplace competitiveness through a greater — yet unequivocally ethical — understanding of a firm’s competitors and the competitive environment.

Specifically, it is the legal collection and analysis of information regarding the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions of business competitors, conducted by using information databases and other “open sources” and through ethical inquiry. SCIP’s members conduct CI for large and small companies, providing management with early warning of changes in the competitive landscape.

CI enables senior managers in companies of all sizes to make informed decisions about everything from marketing, R&D, and investing tactics to long-term business strategies. Effective CI is a continuous process involving the legal and ethical collection of information, analysis that doesn’t avoid unwelcome conclusions, and controlled dissemination of actionable intelligence to decision makers.

How We Partner for Success:

It all begins with a short Proposal Request Form.

We’ll get to work on the best methods to utilize for your situation, and then return to you a Statement of Work or Proposal for us to discuss together.

After an initial call to discuss the parameters of your project, and answer any questions you may have about deliverables, we get to work.

Everything at Competitive Futures begins with our DataLab. Our global network of researchers constantly gathers data and intelligence using our proprietary methodology. Our analysts then use the DataLab to parse and compare charts, trends, white papers, academic findings, recent geopolitical inputs, and historical factors.

Our methodology and experience with cross-discipline foresight sets us apart from any other competitive intelligence firm. We don’t just give you data (anyone can do that), we are able to discover the most important challenges to your organization specifically, and more importantly, what opportunities it may be able to seize.

No other consultancy can do what we do.

Competitive Futures DataLab

This is where it all starts for us: research. Our global network of researchers gather intelligence and information, and then parse it against our evolving models of global change. It’s a process that is unique in the industry. Our DataLab is constantly working, that means we are gathering information about your company, its industry, the area in which it operates, and the geopolitical pressures around it, all before you even contact us.

We share short extracts of some our trend research on our DataLab page.

We don’t just look at measurements and numbers, we delve into the underlying factors.

We uncover and then analyze trends, where others are looking for news.

Three Trends Report

Competitive Futures believes that strong competitive intelligence is complimented by strategic consulting. We are confident that organizations and businesses of any size can profit and benefit from our unique insight.

We also understand that budgets can be a constraint.

In response, Competitive Futures offers a Three Trends Report, specific to your industry for roughly the same cost of a year’s subscription to a trade magazine subscription.

This is an easy way for any business, government, or organization to start realizing the benefits of competitive intelligence by getting a near-future outlook into your industry,

Professional Analysts

Competitive Futures is a team built on curiosity and expertise. We intentionally have partners with experience in almost every industry sector, often multi-lingual. This allow Competitive Futures to completely understand the complex issues facing international corporations and governments that engage in global trade.

Our associates have around twenty years experience working with many of the most influential organizations on the globe, so we’ve been there before, we know the customs, we know how to navigate.

There is no problem or challenge too large for Competitive Futures.

History as a Guide

Competitive Futures began the last millennium in the business of guiding organizations through turbulent change. We have helped entire governments chart a new course for their people, and we’ve guided some of the world’s most successful companies on challenges with global implications.

Your organization needs to be focused on the present.

But what if you could also be preparing for an unknown future? What if you had the luxury of an unbiased look at your company and the industry it competes in? Imagine if you could plan and deploy more rapidly, gaining market advantage from strategic insight and actionable intelligence?

This is what your company needs.

This is what Competitive Futures does.

Let’s get started.