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General Principles for Credit Reporting (Consultative Report)

In 2009 the World Bank, with support from the Bank for International Settlements assembled a Task Force to work on credit information standards Task Force members came from Central banks (including PBC) financ.ial and privacy regulators, multilateral organizations involved in credit reporting and international credit reporting associations such as BIIA. The World Bank Task Force published its recommendations in March ... Read More »

Reuters Software affirms Thailand Commitment Despite Layoffs

Reuters Software (Thailand) says it remains committed to Thailand despite a recent reorganization that resulted in layoffs.  The company last month laid off 40 quality assurance staff out of its total of 1,400 employees. The country’s largest software employer said the country remained one of the top three development centers for US-based Thomson Reuters.  Thomson Reuters Thailand has two business ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Enters Strategic Agreement with Thompson Hine

Alliance provides the most comprehensive and experienced plan document services to the retirement industry The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters has recently entered into an agreement with Thompson Hine LLP to provide companies with a full spectrum of custom retirement plans that meet the requirements of both the plan provider and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The agreement provides a strategic alliance ... Read More »

Analytics and Cloud Computing: Businesses Need Solutions to a Specific Business Challenge

BIIA finds the recent FICO Banking Analytics Blog written by James Taylor, CEO of Decision Management Solutions of particular interest:   “Individually, predictive analytics and cloud computing are hot topics in business today. But what’s the potential for the intersection of these two exciting technologies? Based on new research and a recent survey of over 200 professionals, cloud-based predictive analytics are ... Read More »

B-to-B Response Databases in the USA: A Comparative Analysis

As part of ongoing research on B-to-B data sources available to marketers, this white paper evaluates the volume and accuracy of B-to-B marketing data provided by three response database suppliers. Traditionally, database “response lists”—those assembled from magazine subscriptions, trade shows, white paper downloads and product purchases—have been praised for their accuracy and condemned for their coverage. vGood detail, yes, but ... Read More »

The Financial Times has named D&B CEO Sara Mathew as one of the Top 50 Women in World Business for 2011

BIIA congratulates Sara Mathew on this great achievement of being recognized as one of the leading business women in the World.   The Financial Times’ comment is in particular appropriate in the case of Sara Mathew referring to her involvement in transforming her company as customer needs and technology demands.   The FT commentary ends with the quote: Sara Mathew of Dun & ... Read More »

Reed Elsevier States its Case for Avoiding a Break-up

When results stagnate investors get restless Speculation has mounted that the owner of New Scientist and the Lancet could break itself up, but with no plans for a carve-up the company is understood to have been stressing the logic of keeping the business together.  The Anglo-Dutch publishing giant’s latest trading update was described as ‘reassuring’, ‘solid’ and even ‘dull but ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Argentina – still more measures affecting imports; Croatia – growing political risks; Hungary – no imminent crisis, but a warning; Kazakhstan – the elections will change nothing; Kuwait – aggressive demonstrations; Venezuela – another sign of lacking respect for private property. The report contains additional information from the following countries:  Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.   ... Read More »

Global Sources Reports Strong Results in Q3 – Revenues up 19%

NASDAQ-listed Global Sources released its third quarter results ended 30th September 2011 this week. The company reported revenues were US$47 million, an increase of 19% compared with the same quarter in 2010. Net profit attributable to the shareholders was US$3.96 million in the quarter, an impressive growth of 90% over the third quarter of 2010. Online revenues of US$30 million ... Read More »

Data Integration: From Data to Insights

D&B (NYSE:DNB) is a leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence® for 170 years. D&B’s global commercial database contains more than 195 million business records.  The database is enhanced by D&B’s proprietary DUNSRight® Quality Process, which provides our customers with quality business information. This quality information is the foundation of our global solutions that ... Read More »

Reed Elsevier Reports Growth in all Business Sectors

Reed Elsevier reported revenue growth of 1% in the nine months 2011. Science & Technology grew by 4% with solid subscription revenues in Research and continued good growth in databases and tools.  Health Sciences remained flat.  LexisNexis Risk Solutions:  Underlying revenue growth of 4% (excluding the insurance licensed infrastructure software business recently agreed to be sold).  Insurance data & analytics has ... Read More »

Duedil: The Mouse that Roared

BIIA covered the arrival of a new start-up in business information in the UK in its recent blog:  United Kingdom: A New Upstart in Business Information Causes Sleepless Nights for Competitors.  BIIA Chairman David Worlock took a closer look at Duedil and offers the following commentary: “This service is well worth a look. For one thing, the data presentation is ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Trends to Keep an Eye On

 Argentina – massive energy price hikes and a growing flight of deposits from banks; Guatemala – the new President, a retired military general, faces a big challenge tackling the drug cartels; Hungary – on the bring of a junk rating for its bonds; Nicaragua – Ortega, predictably, has won re-election. Other news covered in the post are from Brazil, Egypt, ... Read More »

Experian Reports Strong Growth in all Markets and Services Sectors

Experian announced today its half-yearly financial results for 6 months ended 30th September 2012.  Total revenues from continuing activities are up 15%.   At constant exchange rates, revenue from continuing activities are up 11%.  Organic revenue growth is up 6%.  Total Group revenue of US$2.3bn (2010: US$2.0bn). Further margin progression: EBIT margin from continuing activities up 20 basis points to 24.5%.  ... Read More »

LexisNexis® to Sell Insurance Software Solutions to Genstar Capital

LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Insurance Software Solutions business to the San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital.  According to LexisNexis the Insurance Software Solutions business (400 employees) does no longer fits with its Risk Solutions business which focuses on data & analytics.  Source:  TMCNET Read More »