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Dun & Bradstreet and Oracle Partner to Bring B2B Data to Oracle’s Cloud Solutions

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Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), and Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB) announced they have partnered to extend Oracle’s Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) offerings by integrating Dun & Bradstreet’s commercial business, social and professional contact data into Oracle’s cloud applications.  The strategic relationship is an extension of both companies’ shared goal to enable their customers to make smarter, more informed decisions across the enterprise. “Today’s customers are seeking solutions that ... Read More »

Reed Elsevier to Acquire FircoSoft

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Reed Elsevier has announced its biggest acquisition in three years with a €150m offer for FircoSoft, a French company whose software helps banks spot terrorists and people on sanctions watchlists.   FircoSoft, which counts eight of the world’s 10 biggest banks by assets as its clients, is owned by private equity firm Keensight Capital and Paris Orléans, the parent company of ... Read More »

Powerful Analytics for Everyone: IBM Introduces Watson Analytics

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Making its biggest announcement in a decade as leader in analytics, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced Watson Analytics, a breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service that can provide instant access to powerful predictive and visual analytic tools for businesses.  According to analysts, only a small fraction of business people use powerful analytics tools as part of their decision making today. Watson Analytics is ... Read More »

FICO Announces Platform for Enterprise Fraud Management

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FICO announced the availability of the FICO® Falcon® Platform for enterprise fraud management. The FICO Falcon Platform gives institutions and their customers real-time protection from fraud across multiple payment channels, products and services. The FICO Falcon Platform puts the company’s industry-leading FICO® Falcon® Fraud Manager technology at the heart of a modular, flexible approach to enterprise fraud protection. Smaller institutions can begin with a rules-based system for detecting transaction ... Read More »

Teradata Acquires Think Big Analytics

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Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the analytic data platforms, marketing applications, and services company, announced that it acquired Think Big Analytics, Inc., the leading consulting and solutions company focused exclusively on Hadoop and big data solutions.  Think Big’s proven Hadoop and big data consulting methodology and capabilities help companies ensure successful implementation of their big data initiatives. Think Big has demonstrated expertise in implementing open source big data technologies such as ... Read More »

Partnerships: A Critical Path to Grow the Business

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CEOs across all business sectors agree that strategic partnerships are critical for any company looking to compete on a global scale. Smart companies see partnerships as a way to acquire customers, drive revenue and enter new markets. They also rely on partners for new ideas, insights and expertise that can impact business performance, market understanding and product innovation. Despite the ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On

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Costa Rica – Moody’s has lowered the sovereign credit rating to junk and drastic personnel cutbacks by Intel and BofA will hurt; Lesotho –elections have been pulled forward after a coup attempt; Peru – a new Finance Minister and expectations for an economic rebound. AUSTRALIA: The government has become the first to detail its support for a US-led effort to “degrade ... Read More »

FirstRain API Launched

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The FirstRain Personal Business Analytics API Delivers Powerful Personalized Information Experience Across the Enterprise FirstRain introduced a powerful, new analytics application programming interface (API) – the FirstRain API – at the DataWeek + API World Conference and Expo. For the first time, this new API enables enterprise application developers to embed FirstRain’s just-in-time analytics, designed to increase customer engagement and grow revenue, within ... Read More »

Debt Collection: A Kinder, Gentler Approach Tends to Be the Smartest

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Contrary to popular belief, the kinder, gentler approach to debt collection usually turns out to be the smartest.  A new infographic from FICO (NYSE:FICO), shows why many collectors are replacing challenging calls with friendlier, automated contact. The FICO infographic, The Customer-Centric Collector Rises, illustrates the challenges facing debt managers today. Some 35 percent of US adults with a credit file have debt in collections. ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

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Chile – the economy is proving softer than anticipated and electoral reform is being legislated; Guatemala – economic prospects and what to make of marijuana legalization; Honduras – what is behind the flight of illegals to the US; Mexico – growth is picking up. COLOMBIA In his second term in office, President Santos has two priorities, namely to bring the ... Read More »

M-Brain Acquires Global Intelligence Alliance

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M-Brain Oy has signed an agreement to purchase the entire share capital of Global Intelligence Alliance Group Oy (GIA).  The sellers are funds managed by CapMan Oyj, as well as GIA:s management and other individual shareholders. The companies will be integrated into each other during the autumn. Following the acquisition, M-Brain will become a global Market Intelligence provider, combining M-Brain’s ... Read More »

Senior Management Changes at Reed Exhibitions

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International exhibition organiser, Reed Exhibitions, has recently announced several changes at top level management. Chet Burchett was appointed as CEO of Reed Exhibitions and will report to executive chairman Mike Rusbridge, who will continue in the role as executive chairman. Burchett’s new role will be based in the U.K. and officially begin in January 2015. Burchett will be succeeded by ... Read More »

BIIA Appoints Adrian Ashurst of Worldbox, Dan Meder of Experian and Peter Villa of Schufa as Directors

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Hong Kong Friday September 12 2014 –  BIIA – Business Information Industry Association today announced the appointment of Adrian Ashurst of Worldbox, Dan Meder of Experian, and Peter Villa of Schufa to the association’s board of directors. In announcing the appointments David Worlock, Chairman of BIIA expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the new board members for making their expertise ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Launches Solvency II Data Service

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Thomson Reuters announced the launch of a dedicated Solvency II Data Service available through Thomson Reuters DataScope Select.  The solution is designed to help insurers, asset managers, fund administers and custodians meet capital adequacy and disclosure obligations under Solvency II. Solvency II requirements are placing added pressure on institutions to have a deeper understanding of their current and future trading ... Read More »

Quantum Computing: Google Hires Leading Team of Experts

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The Financial Times reports that Google has hired one of the world’s leading quantum computing researchers as it ramps up efforts to develop artificial intelligence and vastly increase the processing power of computers.  It is one of Google’s bet on the rise of “smart machines”. Physicist John Martinis and his team at the University of California Santa Barbara will join Google’s ... Read More »

Data Theft: How much Do You Trust Employees

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The insider threat is alive, thriving and often responsible for major data breaches that expose everything from consumer credit-card information to valuable intellectual property (IP), and the findings of our most recent survey support this assertion. The results from a pool of 419 enterprise-security respondents revealed that 23 percent of enterprises have experienced insider-driven data breaches. 47% of enterprise respondents ... Read More »