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Gulf States Newsletter and African Energy go digital with NetIS

July 7th 2012 – London, UK

After 38 years of traditional print publishing, the respected Middle East-focused political risk fortnightly Gulf States Newsletter (GSN), and its 13-year old sister publication the oil, gas and power-focused African Energy, have gone digital using the NetIS online publishing platform.

On 28 June, both publications’ new websites went live backed up by the NetIS platform, which has enabled fully searchable access to their archives in a way that has not been possible before. Developed by private, Jerusalem-based high-tech company CDI Systems, founded in 1992, NetIS provides a myriad of new features allowing the newsletters’ content to reach much wider markets, while protecting their digital copyright and introducing an effective online sales function.

The system’s capabilities include:

 • enhanced search capacity – the ability to search and retrieve articles from several publications under a single  user interface;
 • choice – giving the ability to view separate articles or the full issue;
 • integrating NetIS and the Drupal content management system of the front-end websites via web services;
 • providing an eWallet – where every article has a credit value by article length (words). Buying a credit bundle will allow users to view selected articles for a very small cost without the need to purchase an expensive annual subscription;
 • alert function – each user can set up and manage multiple alerts and keep in touch with developments that impact their business. Users control the information they receive by selecting the frequency of alerts and the specific topics, countries and regions; and...
 • attractive subscription options – a quick renewal option that enables users to benefit from the last discounted price they have received.

“It was clear to us that if we moved into the digital world with all our publications we would greatly increase our market share. But we were concerned about protecting our current subscriber base and about how to protect our content from theft. After a thorough investigation of the options out there, the path led us to CDI Systems,” said John Hamilton, director of Cross-border Information (CbI), the business intelligence company which publishes GSN and African Energy.

“We were very impressed that there is a complete end-to-end platform that addresses every component needed for converting into a safe and flexible digital world for selling our publications,” Hamilton said: “We also feel very comfortable with CDI System's Software as a System (SaaS) model and we are anxiously waiting to see the impact of the search engine optimisation (SEO) capabilities embedded in their technology.”

“We are honoured to be able to work with an institution recognised worldwide such as CbI”, said CDI’s CEO Itzhak Levit. “Our NetIS platform is an enabling technology designed exactly for clients like this who are research, or information based with a vast library looking for ways to both protect, distribute and monetize their assets over the Internet.”

About CDI Systems and NetIS™ e-Publishing Platform

CDI Systems is a private high-tech company founded in 1992, headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel. CDI focuses on the development of a unique and innovative online publishing platform – NetIS™, the company has successfully deployed scores of solutions for the Internet, Intranet, Mobile Internet, DVD/CD-ROMs, tablets and eReader devices.

Deployments range from global giants such as Dun & Bradstreet from Japan to the United States, government contracts, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM), to publishing houses. Please visit www.cdisys.com to learn more.

For more information

CDI Systems
Gedaliah Gurfein - COO of CDI Systems
Phone: +972 2 5870112


About Cross-border Information

Cross-border Information (CbI) is a business intelligence and consultancy company which continually monitors risks and trends across Africa and the Middle East. It publishes the fortnightly newsletters African Energy and Gulf States Newsletter (GSN) and a number of special reports including Libya’s Energy Future and Politics, Succession and Risk in Saudi Arabia. Its research arm provides political risk analysis, corporate intelligence and due diligence services. By continually monitoring commercial and political activity across our core regions we help inform clients of the trends and developments that affect their businesses and interests.

CbI has specialist knowledge of the energy, natural resources and financial sectors and an incisive understanding of the polities of the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan regions. Based in St James’s, in the heart of central London, and Hastings, on the UK’s south coast, our multidisciplinary team oversees an extensive network of local sources and contacts and is regularly called on to provide expert analysis on breaking news by corporate and government bodies and international media organisations.

For more information

Cross-border Information
John Hamilton, director
Phone: +44 20 7839 5982

Nick Carn, director
Phone: +44 1424 721 667

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