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European Risk Climate: Atradius Expects Insolvencies to Remain High

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Atradius expects insolvencies to remain high despite improving economic growth Insolvencies in many European economies are expected to remain well above 2007 levels in 2014 and 2015 according to Atradius Credit Insurance N.V. Economic performances in the US, UK, and Asia are underpinning global growth. The US is experiencing a broad-based economic recovery. As a result, annual business failures in ... Read More »

Baidu Develops Smart Bike

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Baidu Inc. (BIDU – Snapshot Report) has developed a prototype for a smart bike in collaboration with the design department at Tsinghua University. The smart bike is called DuBike. The non-motorized, sleek, mountain bike-style ride is capable of collecting fitness information about the rider in real time. The user can access this information on his smartphone via Bluetooth. DuBike can determine the heart ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye on

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Mauritius – Labour lost a bid to strengthen presidential powers; Norway – repercussions from the oil price collapse; Portugal – economic prospects have improved a great deal; Russia – struggling with falling oil prices and a plunging ruble; Uruguay – Tabare Vasquez is the new president. CYPRUS:  Accounting changes upgrading GDP have made it easier to leave the international bailout ... Read More »

Ford Motor Names Paul Ballew as Chief Data, Analytics Officer

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Ford Motor appoints data science and analytics expert Paul Ballew as executive director and chief data and analytics officer, further building its team of experts to help better understand consumer behavior and help speed development of the mobility, connectivity and autonomous driving innovations that will improve people’s lives. Ford is accelerating its investment and research into data science and analytics ... Read More »

ICRA Q2 2014 Revenues Up 14%

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ICRA’s Operating Income for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 (Q2, 2014-15) shows growth of 14% to Rs. 439.34 million from Rs. 386.30 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal year. In terms of business segments, the growth in operating revenue was mainly led by debt ratings and bank loan ratings, while structured finance ratings and NSIC/SME1 business ... Read More »

CoreLogic Forms CoreLogic Innovation Labs In Collaboration With Pivotal

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Expansion of Technology Transformation Initiative CoreLogic® announced the launch of CoreLogic Innovation Labs as an expansion of its ongoing Technology Transformation Initiative (TTI).  CoreLogicwill collaborate with Pivotal and its agile development services unit, Pivotal Labs, under a strategic agreement, to create a global center of excellence supporting the launch of its next generation technology platform. Pivotal is an innovative provider of proven practices ... Read More »

Salesforce Launches Tools for Building Private App Stores

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Salesforce’s (NYSE:CRM) AppExchange Store Builder leverages technology used to create the company’s AppExchange store (offers business apps that work with Salesforce’s cloud apps) to allow enterprises to create custom stores for distributing and managing apps across multiple platforms. Salesforce is offering the solution for free to users who already have a Salesforce license, and charging $5/user/month to those who don’t. Gartner forecast last year 25% of enterprises will ... Read More »

IBM Launches Public Beta Version of Watson Analytics

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International Business Machines Corp. (IBM – Analyst Report) recently announced the availability of its Watson Analytics services on public beta. The recent launch comes after the private beta was made available in Sep 2014.  To date, Watson Analytics has approximately 22,000 registered members.  The new service will be made available under a cloud-based freemium model through Apple’s (AAPL – Analyst ... Read More »

HG Data in Partnership with InsideView

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HG Data Makes InsideView’s Market Intelligence Platform Even Smarter with Installed Technology Dataset.  InsideView’s market intelligence platform to be turbocharged with HG Data’s installed technology intelligence of more than 8 million products at over 1.3 million companies worldwide HG Data announced that InsideView, a pioneer in sales and marketing intelligence, has entered into an OEM agreement with HG Data. InsideView ... Read More »

Cyber Insurance: Don’t Count On General Liability To Cover Your Risk

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As the legal troubles for the US restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s kept piling up over the cyber breach discovered this summer affecting 33 of its locations, its legal team tried an insurance tactic that many enterprises try after a breach.  It filed a claim for coverage under its comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy. But a lawsuit filed earlier this month from ... Read More »

Exposing Cybersecurity Cracks: A Global Perspective

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2014 Cost of Data Breach Study Ponemon Institute presents the findings of its two-part study, Exposing the Cybersecurity Cracks: A Global Perspective sponsored by Websense, Inc. This first Report uncovers the deficient, disconnected and in-the-dark conditions that challenge IT security professionals. Areas of focus include a deficit in security solution effectiveness; a disconnect regarding the perceived value of confidential data; ... Read More »

Datalicious: Search Gets the Glory while Facebook and Display Do all the Work

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It’s time for marketers to mix-up their love affair with search advertising when allocating media budgets, according to ground-breaking research released by Datalicious, a company of the Veda Group. The study by Datalicious of more than 700 million media touch points examined each of the advertising channels consumers ‘touched’ – a method known as ‘multi-touch attribution’. Their framework challenges the commonly used ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc., Acquires Maplecroft

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Acquisition brings comprehensive data and analytics to the Verisk Analytics risk management and supply chain solutions portfolio Verisk Analytics, Inc. announced the acquisition of Maplecroft.Net Limited (“Maplecroft”), a leading provider of global risk analytics and advisory services.  Using a proprietary data aggregation and analytical approach, Maplecroft enables its customers to assess, monitor, and forecast a growing range of worldwide risks, including ... Read More »

Rating Shopping – SEC Versus S&P

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SEC Seeking S&P’s Suspension from Rating Commercial Mortgage Bonds The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission is seeking to suspend Standard & Poor’s from grading commercial-mortgage bonds in what would be the agency’s toughest action yet against a major credit rater, a person with knowledge of the matter said.  S&P parent McGraw Hill Financial Inc. (MHFI:US) is still in talks over a possible settlement ... Read More »

Where Do Big Data and the Internet of Things Intersect?

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You are likely benefiting from the Internet of Things (IoT) today, whether or not you’re familiar with the term. If your phone automatically connects to your car radio, or if you have a smart watch counting your steps, congratulations! You have adopted one small piece of a very large IoT pie, even if you haven’t adopted the name yet. The ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Adds Google’s Susan Wojcicki to its Board of Directors

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Salesforce.com‘s Board of Directors is starting to read more like a Who’s Who list of tech, finance, and government figureheads.    The latest addition is Google stalwart Susan Wojcicki, who currently serves as CEO of YouTube. Wojcicki first joined Google in 1999. Prior to moving over to the video sharing service team in February 2014, Wojcicki was senior vice president of advertising ... Read More »

Commercial Credit Information: “Show me your operating license and I shall buy your information.”  

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BIIA’s editor observed a number of recent comments made by information suppliers about the legal aspects of collecting credit information in China, which could give the impression that certain suppliers may have obtained information illegally or haphazardly. William F.M.J. Baastian, Board member at Creditreform China, advises readers of the Creditreform Magazine only to buy credit information from reliable sources.  He ... Read More »