AIM’s Participation in Leading Professional Associations Strengthens Michigan’s Competitive Intelligence Reputation

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Allis Information Management (AIM) helped to solidify Michigan’s reputation as a leading competitive intelligence epicenter by establishing a SCIP Michigan Chapter and discussing the keys to competitive intelligence success at SLA.

Collaborating with SCIP and SLA is AIM’s chance to give back to the intelligence community. Plus our involvement allows AIM to help Michigan remain at the forefront of competitive intelligence innovation and execution.

Michigan-based Allis Information Management (AIM) continued efforts to promote Michigan’s reputation as a leading competitive intelligence (CI) epicenter through recent collaborations with two preeminent CI associations: Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) and Special Libraries Association (SLA).


On July 19, 2012, the Board of Directors of SCIP approved the creation of the Michigan Chapter of the expert competitive intelligence association. With AIM Director Matthew O’Connor serving as the Chapter’s President, the goal is to foster learning, networking, and innovation opportunities for Michigan’s CI professionals.

O’Connor said of the Chapter, “Michigan is such a strong player in the competitive intelligence industry, with some of largest and most sophisticated companies in the world headquartered here, so our Chapter will be flush with incredible opportunities. We hope to leverage the expertise, knowledge, and cutting-edge thinking of these CI professionals to create an organization that is at the forefront of intelligence innovation and collaboration.”

The Chapter will offer programming and networking events that often highlight powerful intelligence collection and analysis techniques companies in all industries can use. Programming will be available to both SCIP members and non-members so a larger percentage of Michigan’s business community can benefit from the talented professionals the Chapter brings in.


On July 17, 2012, AIM Vice President Anne Herron participated in a panel discussion for the competitive intelligence division (CID) of SLA at its annual conference in Chicago. In addition to Herron, panel members included CI pioneers Jan Herring, Bill DeGenaro, and Dr. Marta Weber. The panel discussed the Keys to CI Success in front of a packed audience of over 150 conference attendees.

Herron said of the discussion, “AIM’s collaboration with SLA and legendary experts like Herring, DeGenaro, and Weber was an opportunity to share not only our expertise, but also highlight how critical CI is to corporate success. It is something we see every day – companies thriving because of impactful intelligence, so being able to discuss what makes an effective CI program was a welcome opportunity.”

Next year’s SLA CID conference programming will be directed by AIM researcher/analyst Chad Groenhout, who will be responsible for developing an agenda that attracts the best and brightest from the intelligence community. The SLA 2013 conference will take place in San Diego in June.

AIM’s President Sue LaBonville said of her company’s continuing industry contributions, “Collaborating with these leading associations is AIM’s chance to give back to the intelligence community. In our 30+ years of business, we have cultivated incredible relationships with colleagues, clients, and partners through groups like these, plus our involvement allows AIM to help Michigan continue to be at the forefront of competitive intelligence innovation and execution.”

For more information on these, or any other AIM opportunities, please contact Matthew O’Connor, Director of Business Intelligence at AIM: moconnor(at)allisinfo(dot)com or 989-835-5811.


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