Strategic decision-making has become more complex as product lifecycles decrease, competitors catch-up more quickly, regulatory frameworks expand and doing business involves multiple cultures. The function of Intelligence is to present the big picture of the operating environment to decision-makers. INFO + DATEN provides high-quality decision support based on Strategic Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis.
Strategic Intelligence – Strategic Intelligence is necessary to create and implement a strategy, typically a grand strategy; it pushes a company towards achieving its objectives by orchestrating a variety of variables in the operating environment.
Intelligence Analysis – Intelligence Analysis takes known information about variables of the operating environment describing the known, and anticipating future developments of these variables including their level of probability.
I have worked with Udo and INFO + DATEN for several years now. My experience has been extremely positive because Udo and his company have consistently provided high quality work across the board, something which is rare to find. Udo is a very smart person and I strongly recommend Udo and INFO + DATEN because of the company’s tremendous expertise, as well as Udo’s work ethics that can be characterized as honest, reliable and very results-oriented.“ (Global 2000 company: High Tech)
What makes all the difference when it comes down to intelligence performance? A global understanding of the real core intelligence procedure, a comprehensive skill set, proven first hand experiences, an international network and last but not least a forceful personality. Certainly, this is my subjective viewpoint – but simply put: Udo could provide that.“ (International medium-sized company: Manufacturing)
Economic espionage is a real threat to the corporate world, but so is Competitive Intelligence. OpSec (Operations Security) has made its way into companies‘ awareness but it is not enough. A concise Counterintelligence effort builds on existing OpSec policies and protects the intellectual property, the investments and the business success of companies in a sustainable manner. INFO + DATEN is experienced in setting up appropriate Counterintelligence measures to reduce your exposure to intelligence gathering activities of your competitors and other parties.
Warning Intelligence – Warning Intelligence seeks to detect and deter threats to a company. It roots in applying expert insights and all-source information to prevent or limit damage to a company; key objective is to avoid incident surprise.
Economic Espionage – Economic Espionage is the theft of sensitive financial, trade or economic information; proprietary economic information; or technological information – in short: theft of the corporate crown jewels.
Competitive Intelligence – Competitive Intelligence is the production of intelligence about products, customers, competitors, etc. needed to support executives and managers making strategic decisions. Think of Porter’s Five Forces Model.
Operations Security – Operation Security (OpSec) is simply denying a competitor or any adversary information that could harm oneself or benefit them. It is both, a process but also an attitude.
Counterintelligence – Counterintelligence is an activity that gathers information and executes activities to protect against espionage, competitive intelligence or even sabotage conducted by or on behalf of competitors or other hostile entities.
Developing targeted intelligence is dependent on the quality of the collection process. This process builds a reliable data repository constantly fed with targeted information and data from various sources. The core differentiator of the INFO + DATEN Collection Programs is the smart filtering approach resulting in hand-picked and expert reviewed information focused on your specific intelligence needs.
I hired INFO + DATEN to perform competitive and market intelligence for the global Intelligence team at SAP. Key area of focus was the SMB market, key vendors tracking and related channels. Udo Hohlfeld was personnally involved and we worked together during three years 2008-2011. As we renewed several times the contract, it highlights by itself our deep satisfaction. os:MON™ developed by Udo for my team was highly reliable, insightful both on the competition and on SAP to deliver very precise recommendations. Udo has excellent interpersonnal and multicultural skills to collaborate in an excelllent way with our international team. It was an excellent collaboration.“ (Global 2000 company: IT)
Intelligence Collection – Intelligence Collection is the process of managing the collection of intelligence from various sources (HUMINT, OSINT, IMINT, SOCMINT, …) via primary and secondary research. It is the basis for Intelligence Analysis.
HUMINT – Human Intelligence
OSINT – OpenSource Intelligence
IMINT – Imagery Intelligence
SOCMINT – SocialMedia Intelligence
Udo Hohlfeld and his firm was contracted to provide market and competitive intelligence services for my group from 2008 through 2011. I found Udo to be an extremely talented market intelligence expert with a keen understanding of the software market, trends and participants in those markets. He has always been able to provide incredible high value at a very competitive cost. One of the main reasons is his desire and ability to innovate on how the functions of MI and CI can be automated and he has developed a very good offering that provided my team with automated access to key research his team was building for us. I would not hesitate to rehire Udo and his company should an opportunity come up.“ (Global 2000 customer: IT)
INFO + DATEN is a leading provider of intelligence services. Based in Germany, in the very heart of Europe, connecting West and East, the company provides a unique portfolio of intelligence services to its customer base which mostly consists of the leading MI/CI and Strategy Consultancies as well as Multi-National Companies (MNCs).
INFO + DATEN is very specialized, we do not do everything, only few things. In fact, the various services we offer fit perfectly one objective: to provide high quality insights at the right time at reasonable cost. Check-out the services matrix and you will understand. Our services are tailored at your needs, there is no standardized offering.