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The Cipher Competitive Strategy Blog

Derek Heiss

Derek Heiss

Derek Heiss is the Director of Cipher’s Consulting Practice and is specialized in competitive intelligence and market strategy consulting. Cipher is a consulting and technology firm, based in Annapolis, with a 20+ year track record of delivering solutions to the Fortune 500 and Global 1,000.
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Recent Posts

5 Steps to Competitive Intelligence Success

A framework for internal competitive intelligence professionals to demonstrate and expand the value they deliver. Read More

The 5 Biggest Takeaways from Our Competitive Intelligence State of Play Report

We partnered with James Madison University to analyze the current trends in ... Read More

3 CI Techniques & Tactics to Outmaneuver Your Competitors in 2019

When a ship leaves port, there needs to be a destination mapped out, a voyage plan in place and contingencies to handle unforeseen obstacles along the way. As your company prepares to embark on a ... Read More

How to Develop an Agile Strategy to Match an Accelerated Industry

In every industry, it is necessary to create an agile strategy to the changing current of market trends, warnings and indicators. However, in certain industries, the pace of change is much ... Read More

Stay Ahead of the Pack by using Dynamic Strategic Planning

A ship at sea needs to be well maintained and ready for action. If the ship's internal radar picks up on an incoming threat, the crew needs to be able to spring into action to deliver the ship to ... Read More

What to Expect From Strategic Competitive Intelligence Consulting

When strategic planning begins to feel like you are steering a ship at night in unfamiliar territory, it is important to find a guiding light that can bring your goals into clear view. A strategy ... Read More

How Should You React to Unexpected Competitor Developments?

Whether your competitor rolled out a new product that has you reeling, or  Read More

How to Improve CI/MI the Easy Way

While competitive intelligence is important to remain ahead of the curve and keep your company out of hot water, it can often feel like a burden of a task. You need the right resources to make it ... Read More

What to Look for in Effective Competitive Intelligence Software

When your company is considering a new approach to competitive intelligence, software will prove to be the most time- and cost-effective option. The next step is deciding which competitive ... Read More

Smarter, Faster Decisions With Intelligence Software

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