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Still free & still valuable: Updated Bloomberg Markets Certification

Published August 24, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

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>

New & Improved! Exciting updates to Vividata's data + functionality

Published August 23, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

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...>

We're seen as green! Statista's Made-In-Country-Index

Published June 22, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

image of the front cover of the MICI 2017 report from StatistaI 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...>

    Researching an emerging industry? We've got an online encyclopedia for that!

    Published May 31, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

    Image of the cover of the Encyclopedia of Emerging IndustriesHere'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!  

    Read on for details...

    Laos, Cuba, Ghana, Iraq, and beyond: Expanded Passport database!

    Published May 30, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

    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!).

    Our Passport market research database is expanding its coverage to include 20 emerging markets... Read on for details!

    Free poll results on trust in news sources (and much more!)

    Published May 26, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

    Happy sunny Friday!

    A couple bits of public-opinion-polling news today: 

    1. Ipsos just published a report on Trust in News Sources in Canada -- extremely relevant and important in our age of fake news.

    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 CanadaUSUK, and Global sites to start.  Look for a link to News & Polls at each site.  

    Read on for details!

    A numbers tale: ORBIS & private company financials around the world

    Published April 19, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

    <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.  Screen capture of part of a spreadsheet showing the ORBIS coverage by country. Click to download the 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 (detailedlimited, or no financials).  

    Still with me? Great! Here come the numbers... <more>

    Deep dive into research methods: CARMA Short Courses in Detroit

    Published April 18, 2017 by Mark Bodnar

    Image of the logo for CARMA: Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis

    I've mentioned our CARMA video library and live webcasts a few times in the past, but I don't think I've talked about their in-person, Short Courses.

    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>

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