Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Capitalists networks that rule the world

An interesting article in the new scientist: shows who the key players are based on cross ownership data. Another example of how relationship data can provide new areas of intelligence.

I did something similar (on a much smaller scale) with the Australian media industry using cross ownership data, with similar interesting results. I'll have to think about updating that one or evening broadening it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Poking holes in the walls of industry

I had a CEO once who was a champion for knowledge sharing but at the same time appreciated the value of the conventional business unit structures, that are often referred to as "silos". He would often say "silos aren't bad...we just need to poke a few holes in the sides to get some sharing happening". In some ways the lines between the objects on our industry maps (which are usually companies) could be seen as these "holes" in action.

Holes seem to work equally well for things flowing in and out. In the network world maybe its who has their hands on the 'tap', rather than the 'tiller' that will determine whether an organisation thrives or dies?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mining Industry Analysis

We have just dome some analysis of the Australian mining industry. The first link shows how suppliers are clustered according to the services that they provide. The second is a complementary map showing how services are clustered according to the number of common suppliers.

Service Providers:

Services Portfolio:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Visual Markets Report now available for Free Download

Our Visual Markets report on the Australian IT&T marketplace is now over 12 months old, with some of the data no longer current. The novel network based techniques used for this market research however, are as fresh as ever. Those following this blog have no doubt now seen many examples of the approach. This report however provides many more case study examples, some new ways of assessing competitiveness, merger and acquisition impacts and much more.

The report is available from

Please feel free to download, read and provide feedback here.