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Around this time last year, I wrote a blog post extolling the many benefits of Bloomberg Markets Certification (BMC), especially the value of having this free, 8-hour, self-paced course listed on your resume if you're in accounting or finance.
The benefits haven't changed, but the program has. Bloomberg has just announced that an updated, third edition of BMC is now available. Changes include... <Read on for details>
Our Vividata Target Snapshot database has new data and new functionality -- just in time for the busy fall semester!
I'm still exploring it and discovering all the changes, but thought I'd pause to list what I've learned so far:
Data: Data from the 2016 Q4 survey wave has been added. The data was gathered during the period of 06/30/2016 and 06/30/2017. Sadly, it appears that the older data has been supplanted. That's a pity as it is often useful to compare data across time periods.
Functionality: ... <Read on for the incredibly useful details...>
I see that Statista has just published a new edition of their Made-In-Country-Index (MICI), and, as subscribers to the Statista database, SFU researchers have full access to the entire 127-page MICI report!
Non-subscribers can still download a free summary, an interview with the study author, and several infographics highlighting key trends in the MICI data, but you'd have to go to the full report via the SFU Library site to find out that... <Read on for details...>
Here's one of those paradoxes that spice up the "researcher" parts of my life... business thrives on the edge, on NEWness: new industries, disruptive strategies, and unexplored niches are all the thrilling stuff of business adventures, yet that focus on what is just around the corner or just starting to take shape means that researching such topics can be... frustrating.
[...] Sometimes it's useful to start with a source that gives you the big picture. That's why I'm very pleased to announce that SFU researchers now have access to the 2017 edition of the Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries!
Secondary market research is hard. Sometimes really hard. Maybe you knew that already?
You never quite find exactly what you need, so you're constantly searching for information that is close enough to form a foundation for an estimate. That's generally doable when you're dealing with a major economy such as the USA, Canada, or China, but it gets a lot more difficult when you are researching a market in a developing country such as El Salvador or Ghana...
Which makes today's news particularly exciting (for me, at least!).
Happy sunny Friday!
A couple bits of public-opinion-polling news today:
2. Still with Ipsos, they are in the midst of a move toward providing a greater number of detailed poll results for free (no more subscription required) on a global scale. Check out their Canada, US, UK, and Global sites to start. Look for a link to News & Polls at each site.
Read on for details!
<My apologies in advance: this post is full of numbers. It's hard to avoid -- the numbers tell quite a story... one that I think is worth hearing.>
I was just browsing through the help files in our ORBIS database (that's what a bus/econ librarian does for fun -- seriously!) when I came across an amazing spreadsheet.
Okay, I'll freely admit that not everyone will see the amazingness behind those numbers. Let me explain...
The sheet outlines the coverage of ORBIS across different countries. More specifically, it tells us the depth of the coverage of companies based in almost every country in the world. That is, it lists how many companies ORBIS is tracking in each country, and how much information it has on those companies (detailed, limited, or no financials).
Still with me? Great! Here come the numbers... <more>
SFU is a member of CARMA (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis), which means that our faculty and students get deep discounts on any in-person courses that CARMA arranges... and I see there are couple such sessions coming up in early June at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan... <more>