Our approach

At Triangular Group Intelligence (TGI), we distinguish ourselves in the intelligence market through our experience, expertise, flexibility, and unique approach. Our unique approach comprises four steps, each with an increasing level of impact: indicate, forecast, influence, and act. We developed this approach based on past experiences and have seen this bring many projects to a successful conclusion. In addition, our approach at TGI can assist you with any problems you may have. Our intelligence puts you back in control.


The first step in our approach is 'indicate'. This step has the lowest level of impact—the act of indicating entails pointing out why something has happened. To save time and effort later on, it is crucial to start with the'  "indicate" step. The "indicate" step allows the formulation of well thought out strategies and can thus prevent common mistakes. At TGI, our specific approach entails mapping out the relevant playing field so that our client knows who is responsible for what and who they should approach. The indicate step explains why something has happened or why someone has done something. At TGI, we can use our expertise in various methods, from OSINT to HUMINT, to explain a particular phenomenon. The exact methodology undertaken depends on the needs and wishes of the client. A sound explanation of the past is a precondition for an adequate approach to the future.


The second step in our approach is ‘forecast’. Building on the first step, its impact is higher than that of ‘indicate’ as approaches to the future are based on forecasts. Without careful consideration, unfounded gambles can quickly turn into expansive mistakes. However, on the flip side, inaction will always put you behind the competition where you might miss attractive opportunities. This dilemma can be solved by basing forecasts on solid, up-to-date intelligence. At TGI we have the expertise and methods to construct high quality forecasts on a wide range of issues. In the forecast step we extensively analyse the results from the indicate step to determine the most likely course of action and worst-case scenarios. This allows you to capitalise on rewarding opportunities whilst being prepared for any threats to your business. An adequate understanding of the future takes away uncertainty and puts you in control.


"Influence" is the third step in the TGI approach and has an even more significant impact than "forecast". Whereas the previous two stages are intellectual, influencing involves exercising power on another actor to change their conviction on a specific topic and planned course of action regardless of whether the other actor knows that it is being influenced. The right influence simultaneously increases opportunities and reduces threats. At TGI, the 'influence' step predicts the positions of certain actors and indicates what has happened to determine how best to influence those actors. This means that we combine our research and analytical capabilities with our extensive network of influential people to create a new development or event and steer an existing development in the desired direction. TGI can influence the right actors or developments to put you in control.


The final step in the TGI approach is "act". This has the most significant impact of all four stages. This stage is the final step since it depends heavily on a sound explanation of the past and an adequate prediction of the future. Furthermore, it is also impossible to act on developments or opportunities that have not yet been created. Acts are most effective if they are carried out with complete determination and the right combination of capabilities. At TGI, we meet both requirements. The "act" step is what TGI's approach is all about. The three previous steps have been building up to and laying the foundation for this last step. We have explained a development in the 'indicate' step, predicted the most likely course of action and the worst-case scenario in the 'forecast' step, and created the right developments in the 'influence' step. It is now time to capitalise on the opportunities created and have intelligence put you in control.

“At Triangular Group we deliver independent ground-truth information based on the mix of thorough (semi) open source information, human intelligence and modern tradecraft. Working within both ethical and legal frameworks we serve our clients by delivering answers and seizing opportunities”

Onno van Boven - Co-founder & Managing partner