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First Half 2015 M&A Report: Database and Information Services Sector Flat

Mergers & acquisitions in the media, information, marketing, software and tech‐enabled services sectors saw robust activity through the first half of 2015, with 1,125 transactions announced at a total value of $53.7 billion.    Deal activity and value sustained the brisk levels of 2014, which saw 1,078 deals totaling $56.3 billion in the comparable period, according to The Jordan, Edmiston ... Read More »

KPMG And Dun & Bradstreet Alliance Addresses FATCA Due Diligence Challenges

Collaboration offers tool to simplify FATCA business entity compliance aCollaboration offers tool to simplifys 2016 deadline looms Marking the one-year deadline for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to identify their preexisting entity account base for purposes of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, and Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) announced details around a data-based ... Read More »

Russian Risk Climate: Due Diligence Highly Recommended

Russian Tax Authorities recommend conducting due diligence when contracting with new counterparties Corporations and proprietors are often faced with additional VAT and income tax charges due to insufficient Due Diligence when dealing with fraudulent companies (in Russia, ‘fly-by-night’ is a common term used for such entities). Many such entities are involved in tax scams, which prompted the Russian tax authorities ... Read More »

Yelp Launches in the Philippines to Expand Asia Presence

Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) announced the launch of Yelp Philippines (http://www.yelp.com.ph). Beginning today, people across the Philippines are able to read reviews about great local businesses and create accounts on Yelp.com.ph to share their opinions. Yelp’s free iPhone and Android apps will be available as well as its free suite of business owner tools: Yelp for Business Owners (http://biz.yelp.com.ph). Source: Prnewswire.com Read More »

SalesPredict and HG Data in Partnership

Helping B2B Marketing and Sales Teams Improve Demand Gen Targeting and Increase Conversion Rates – Predictive scoring now more refined with data about installed technologies SalesPredict, one of the leaders in Customer Lifecycle Intelligence solutions, and HG Data, one of the global leaders in competitive intelligence on installed technologies, announced today a new data partnership. Under the agreement, SalesPredict’s predictive scoring algorithm will ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Announces Expansion of Cross-Border E-commerce Initiatives

Alibaba will set up country pavilions and cooperate with foreign embassies to enhance global trade between small businesses and the Chinese market Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA), announced an expansion of its cross-border e-commerce initiatives, including the launch of 11 official country pavilions on its Tmall Global platform and cooperative partnerships between Juhuasuan, Alibaba’s group-buying platform, and 26 foreign embassies ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Near-term Price Expectations have Dropped Sharply

Near-term price expectations have dropped sharply, with persistent moderate activity in the economy leading more businesses to reconsider the level at which they sell their goods and services. Reflecting soft official inflation data, Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey reveals that the Selling Price Expectations Index for the third quarter has dropped to 14.5 points, down from 24 points ... Read More »

Yelp No longer Looking to Sell

Yelp shares fell more than 13% on Thursday July 2after Bloomberg reported that the company is not looking to sell itself. According to the Bloomberg report, based on interviews with people familiar with the matter, Yelp had been approached by several companies but is no longer interested in selling soon. Yelp hired Goldman Sachs after receiving interest from a potential buyer, according ... Read More »

LexisNexis South Africa to Acquire Korbitec

LexisNexis South Africa, part of RELX Group, has agreed to purchase Korbitec (Pty) Ltd from the Naspers Group for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is subject to approval by the South African Competition Commission.  Korbitec is a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions for South African property professionals, with two leading products, GhostConvey and Windeed, in addition to its Banking ... Read More »

FICO: Why Analytic Innovation Matters

Scott Zoldi, Vice President of Analytic Science at FICO recently returned from Payments 2015 where he was invited to speak on advances in behavior analytics—specifically fraud analytics that differentiate unusual customer behavior from fraud, including collaborative profiling that anticipates new previously unseen behavior. Here are his observations and recommendations: This analytic innovation is just one of 92 patent applications pending in ... Read More »

CRIF Opens Office in Shanghai

To meet the increasing demand for risk management and business information solutions in the region, CRIF opened of a new office in Shanghai.  Alongside existing operations in Beijing, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, and India, the new office will strengthen CRIF’s local presence as well as throughout the Asia-Pacific region. CRIF will be able to deliver integrated solutions and business ... Read More »

Equifax in Partnership with National Independent Automotive Dealership Association

Equifax Expands NIADA Partnership to Provide Industry Insight and Consumer Auto Loan Payment Reporting Capabilities to Independent Dealers Equifax Inc. is expanding its partnership with the National Independent Automotive Dealership Association (NIADA) to support independent and Buy-Here-Pay-Here (BHPH) dealerships. For the 2015 NIADA Used Car Industry Report, Equifax provided insight on subprime auto lending trends and partnered to conduct the ... Read More »

Lattice Engines adds HG Data’s Installed Technology Datasets to Drive Its Predictive Engine

Lattice Engines adds the most comprehensive global dataset of installed technologies, making its predictive B2B sales and marketing platform even more powerful  HG Data, one of the global leaders in competitive intelligence on installed technologies, and Lattice Engines, the leading provider of predictive marketing and sales applications, announced today that they have entered into a partnership.  This agreement gives Lattice Engines ... Read More »

Penton Appoints Barbara Couchois And George Assimakopoulos

Penton Appoints Barbara Couchois And George Assimakopoulos To Lead Its Explosive Growth In Marketing Services and expanding strategic agency relationships Penton, an innovative professional information services company, today announced that it has appointed Barbara Couchois to the newly created role of vice president, marketing monetization and named George Assimakopoulos head of client services, to drive the company’s exceptional growth in marketing services. The company’s ... Read More »

Gartner Acquires Nubera

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry, announced the acquisition of Nubera, a privately held company based in Barcelona, Spain. Terms were not disclosed.  Nubera, whose flagship web property is GetApp, helps organizations discover, compare and choose the right business software and applications for their needs. The services provided by Nubera are ... Read More »

Data Breaches — We Should Focus on How, Not Who

In cybersecurity, knowing your adversaries’ techniques and tactics can help you better defend and prevent successful attacks. It’s an important part of your strategy.  But when attribution becomes the focus of the story, we risk not examining how an attacker was successful. Looking at a breach from a “whodunit” point of view makes for better headlines and helps sell threat ... Read More »

TransUnion Partnership with CellControl Saves Lives

In late May, TransUnion announced a new partnership with Cellcontrol to offer a new technology that provides enhanced protection against distracted driving. The announcement was made at TransUnion’s Insurance Summit in Chicago, a two-day gathering of more than 100 insurance executives from across the nation. In conjunction with the announcement, TransUnion released the findings of its teen driving survey, which polled ... Read More »