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October 15, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Acurian Partners with F-D-C Reports

Acurian has announced an exclusive partnership with F-D-C Reports (http://www.fdcreports.com), publisher of "The Pink Sheet," that will bring breaking news from F-D-C Reports on advances in medicine to consumers for the first time. Healthcare information-seekers visiting Acurian (http://www.acurian.com) can now find exclusive news and features derived from the F-D-C Report's coverage of the latest drug developments. Select editorial content from "The Pink Sheet" and Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly complements Acurian's clinical trial listings from both the government and private sectors, and Acurian's Drug Knowledge Center (DKC), a set of comprehensive databases providing accurate, consumer-friendly information about drugs in all stages of development.

"Partnering with F-D-C Reports enables us to offer a complete resource of accurate, easily understandable information regarding clinical trials, medicines in development, and existing medications," said Acurian CEO Mark Eisenach. "We have created a single resource that individuals can use to track advances in medical technology, an area that is bursting with activity."

Acurian is a provider of clinical trial patient and investigator recruitment solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Acurian's proprietary databases enable these companies to identify qualified physicians and patients for clinical trials, allowing new drug therapies to reach patients more rapidly.

F-D-C Reports is a 64-year-old publisher of daily, weekly, and monthly news and information for the pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare, cosmetics, and medical device industries. Since 1994, F-D-C Reports has been part of Reed Elsevier.

Source: Acurian

SkyMinder Adds Standard & Poor’s Content

SkyMinder has announced a partnership with Standard & Poor's (S&P; http://www.standardpoor.com) that will provide access via the SkyMinder service (http://www.skyminder.com) to three different Standard & Poor's products: Industry Surveys, Corporation Records, and Stock Reports. S&P's Register of Corporations and the Register of Executives and Directors will soon be available through SkyMinder as well.

SkyMinder offers in-depth information on more 31 million public and private companies in more than 230 countries worldwide. S&P Industry Surveys provide analysis of U.S. industries and sectors that illustrate upcoming trends. S&P Stock Reports supply analysts' commentary on companies, current and historical financial data, industry events and trends, buy/sell recommendations, news headlines, and stock earning reports. S&P Corporation Records provide in-depth financial coverage on over 12,000 publicly held U.S. and Canadian corporations and 821 foreign corporations. The Corporation Records database includes company profile information along with SIC designations, business descriptions, and balance sheets.

"For SkyMinder, Standard & Poor's provides a strong financial complement to the extensive company and industry information already available through our product," said Robert Schmitt of SkyMinder. "The high-quality content of Standard & Poor's will be available, as is all the content in SkyMinder, on a pay-per-view basis to maximize the value of the user's information dollar."

Source: SkyMinder

Gartner Identifies Four Key Emerging Technology Trends

At the recent Gartner Symposium/ITExpo (October 8-12; http://www.gartner.com/symposium), Gartner, Inc. analysts announced four key emerging technology trends for the next decade. In its announcement, the research and advisory firm stated: "The non-technology factors driving this increased automation include strong return on investment (ROI), better customer reach and service quality that will ultimately result in increasing competitiveness, … savings that can be passed on to the customer, and ubiquitous access to the online world through wireless access and home networks." The four trends are as follows:
  • Customer Self Service—By 2005, more than 70 percent of customer service interaction for information and remote transactions will be automated.

  • Web Services—By packaging business processes as software components, Web services will drive much of the still-to-be-developed e-business landscape. "Web services will facilitate much faster software development and integration. They will also enable businesses to become more agile, and help them focus on their core competencies while outsourcing other functions," said Alexander Linden, research director for Gartner.

  • Wearable Computers—By 2007, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population aged 15 to 50 will carry or wear a wireless computing and communications device at least 6 hours a day. Jackie Fenn, vice president and research fellow for Gartner, said, "The prevalence of ‘wearables' will lead to commerce and service opportunities as significant as those resulting from the wired Web."

  • Tagging the World—By 2008, at least $90 billion worth of business-to-consumer  purchase decisions—and $350 billion worth of business-to-business purchase decisions—will be based on tags containing information and opinions about purchasable items.
Source: Gartner, Inc.



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