Competitive Intelligence

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the action of defining, gathering, analyzing, and distributing intelligence about products, customers, competitors, and any aspect of the environment needed to support executives and managers in strategic decision making for an organization. CI means understanding and learning what is happening in the world outside the business to increase one's competitivity. It means learning as much as possible, as soon as possible, about one's industry in general, one's competitors, or one's county's particular zoning rules (Wikipedia).