Dow Jones & Company’s Factiva.com offers a comprehensive suite of news, business and financial information products. This database is extremely useful for the novice or professional user seeking global news and business information with powerful workflow applications.

Factiva.com may be compared to Dialog’s NewsRoom Plus and Nexis from LexisNexis.  Nexis is a web-based database with a tabular interface of more than 34,000 news and business information sources, legal documents, and public records. Like Factiva.com, the Nexis service is available as a pay-as-you-go service. Dialog NewsRoom Plus integrates premium global news content from 11,000 newspapers, business magazines, and newswires.  Content from 20 billion web documents and 35 million hours of video are available for searching. Two search options, Easy Search and Advanced Search, are accessible to novice and experienced searchers. Premium content in business intelligence and market research is available as an add-on license. Features available in all three comparable databases include scheduled alerts, saved searches, enhanced results displayed in multiple formats, intuitive search interfaces, and multimedia content.  Factiva.com revenues in 2009 were US$ 310 million; growth 2009 vs 2008 was -3.1%.  Market share .6% of the Outsell market segment of Search, Aggregation & Syndication.

Outsell’s Opinion:  Factiva.com is a well-organized and user friendly aggregator of news and business information. The database offers a comprehensive collection of global news and information sources in addition to several proprietary sources. The database provides traditional search strategies for the advanced user as well as a user friendly web-like option.  Search results are easily integrated into customized newsletters, corporate portals, or set up in customized alerts. When Factiva.com is combined with Dow Jones Companies & Executives, the database is an excellent single platform aggregator of company, executive, and industry information.  Source: Outsell Inc.; “To learn about Outsell’s services for publishers, information provider and information managers visit www.outsellinc.com.”

BIIA Newsletter October II – 2010 Issue