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Dun & Bradstreet Shifts to Partnership Model in Australia/New Zealand Market to Focus on Core Commercial Strategy

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced it is shifting its Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) business to a Worldwide Network partner model. Archer Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm – via its newly-formed Credit Data Solutions* business – will acquire the entirety of Dun & Bradstreet’s ANZ business, including consumer risk and debt collection, and commercial solutions, for AUD $220 ... Read More »

General Motors CIO Randy Mott Joins Dun & Bradstreet Board of Directors

Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced the appointment of Randall D. Mott, General Motors’ senior vice president and chief information officer, Global Information Technology, to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mott will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee and Innovation & Technology Committee. In this role, he will provide guidance in a number of areas, namely working with executives on ... Read More »

Arachnys Launches Brazil Country Audit

A practical guide to Brazil’s data and regulatory landscape As regulators demand greater sophistication from AML and compliance operations, global institutions are having to up-skill their teams and develop strategies to keep on top of developing regulatory and data landscapes. While many companies are able to build diverse teams of country specialists resembling a ‘mini United Nations’ within compliance departments, ... Read More »

Experian Appoints Barry Libenson as CIO

Experian, the global information services company, has appointed Barry Libenson as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to joining Experian, Barry was CIO of Safeway in North America. Reporting to Kerry Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Experian, Barry will be responsible for the development and delivery of the Group’s global technology strategy. “Barry’s strategic, operational and leadership experience will enable us ... Read More »

Google Brings Indian Business Information Online

A five month trial of the online business registration service Google My Business (GMB) has seen over a million small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) registering in India. With an average of 25,000 businesses signing up to the app each week, the tech giant is hoping to capture the details of some 20 million businesses in the country by 2017. Google’s ... Read More »

Tencent Debuts Micro Loans Product

Data sourced through the Internet to be used for credit assessment WeBank, an online-bank owned by majority shareholder Tencent, has recently launched its first financial product – “micro loans”. The amount of the small loans product is set between RMB 20,000 to RMB 200,000 (US$3,225 to US$32,250) with daily interest rates set at 0.05%. The loan service does not require ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Business Demand Shows Signs of Improvement

Veda Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index: Business credit demand shows signs of improvement (BCDI Jan to March 2015) Veda Quarterly Business Credit Demand Index, measuring applications for business loans, trade credit and asset finance, rose at an annual rate of 2.4% in the March 2015 quarter. The increase reflected significant rises in business loan applications (+7.8%) and asset finance applications ... Read More »

Seeing Your Business through the Eyes of a Hacker

Cyberattacks are growing more sophisticated and more damaging, targeting what companies value the most: their customer data, their intellectual property, and their reputations. What these attacks, together with breaches to defense, law-enforcement, and military-contractor networks, reveal is that our cyber-security efforts over the last two decades have largely failed, and fixing this will require the attention not only of security ... Read More »

Callcredit Launches DeviceRisk to Protect Customer Enrolments

Callcredit Information Group has launched DeviceRisk which will be immediately available via its flagship Fraud and ID solution, CallValidate.  Powered by the risk solution from anti-fraud company iovation, DeviceRisk captures information relating to the device used by a consumer during any interaction and returns critical information in real time to highlight any risk associated to that specific device. Devices such ... Read More »

WAND Releases the Police Department Taxonomy

Police departments do much more than simply hand out tickets.  A police department is responsible for public safety as well as educating the public and providing community services. Police Officers also spend many, many hours in training throughout their careers and become very familiar with the crimes that are committed in their jurisdictions. The WAND Police Department Taxonomy addresses these topics and ... Read More »

Arachnys Has Raised $ 3.5 million in New Funding

Compliance technology provider Arachnys has raised $3.5 million in funding from UK and US investors including Tom Glocer (ex CEO of Thomson Reuters) and existing investor Martlet, the corporate venture arm of UK aerospace company Marshall Group. The company has developed software that trawls 16,000 public and private sources of data to help banks and other large companies conduct their ... Read More »

Outsell Report: IBM Watson, a Hammer in Search of Nails

Outsell Inc. has published a report on IBM’s computer system ‘Watson’  Outsell’s Simon Alterman, VP & Lead Analyst comments on this new era in computing. A system that will change the relationship between man and machine.  A computer system that appears to reason in the way humans do, simulating the workings of the brain. This is not the realm of ... Read More »

Yelp Seeks Buyer Amid Slow Growth & Rising Costs

Yelp Inc. is exploring a sale as the company at the top of many Internet search results struggles to post strong growth with users and advertisers. The San Francisco-based site was willing five years ago to go it alone despite an acquisition offer from Google Inc.  Today, it is working with investment bankers and sounding out potential buyers, people familiar ... Read More »

Alibaba Moves into Financial Data and Information Services

Alibaba is investing nearly $200 million in China Business News (CBN) as it prepares to move into the financial data and information services industry. In its latest foray into the financial services sector, Alibaba is teaming up with CBN owner Shanghai Media Group to create a platform aimed at SMBs that will offer financial news and information.  Alibaba says that ... Read More »

Encompass Announces Product Enhancements

The Gazette – now integrated and available to search. This month we deliver a number of updates to Encompass, this blog entry focuses on two: content from The Gazette and Workspace Refresh. One important and unique element of the Encompass offering is the range of information valued by insolvency professionals that we offer in one place. Nominated by our Pre-Release ... Read More »