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IMS Health Acquires Forcea

Advances Business Intelligence and Performance Management Capabilities, Extends IMS One Platform in Europe IMS Health has acquired Forcea, a leading Belgium-based provider of business intelligence applications and analytics, to advance performance management capabilities for hospitals and life sciences organizations around the globe.  The acquisition brings together IMS Health’s comprehensive information and technology services with Forcea’s hospital-based technology solutions to drive more effective ... Read More »

Sanoma Pro Oy Divests its B2B Business to Talentum

Sanoma Pro sells its B2B business to Talentum.  The transaction supports Sanoma’s strategy according to which Sanoma Pro focuses on developing and producing learning solutions.  Sanoma Pro and Talentum have signed the agreement on 20 March 2014 and the transfer of the business is planned for Thursday 1 May 2014. Sanoma Pro’s B2B operations produce up-to-date digital and training services ... Read More »

ABC – The B2B Suppliers’ Search Engine for Europe

ABC Germany, a German B2B supplier search engines, was sold by BISNODE to the Dutch Avant Invest B.V. in June of 2012.  Little is known about ABC’s progress under the new ownership.  The ABC website lacks transparency, an essential element in business transactions. ABC advertises the following product lines as per the ABC website. ABC for Sales:  As a sales ... Read More »

BISNODE Belgium Acquires Business Intelligence Startup BIside

Putting Business Intelligence at the Very Heart of Marketing-Solutions Portfolios BISNODE Belgium has acquired the business-intelligence startup BIside.  The company provides strategic analysis and solutions for product development, communications and engagement practices, sales optimization, online communication, customer-care optimization and risk reduction. BIside was founded by Thierry van de Merckt, who alongside having managed BIside also teaches business intelligence as associate ... Read More »

Graydon 2011 Revenue Declined by 5%

The Supervisory Board noted that Graydon has experienced a difficult year in 2011 as a consequence of tough market conditions.  This is still the result from the financial crisis and intensified competitive and changing market dynamics. Under these conditions the operating profit decreased to € 14,913,000 (2010: € 19,749,000). Strong pressure on credit management activities in the Netherlands and Belgium: ... Read More »

PIIGS Downgraded by Fitch Rating Agency

The following are passages released by Fitch Ratings followings its six-nation credit downgrade timed with the end of the U.S. business day Friday: “Fitch Ratings has today concluded its review of the six eurozone sovereigns it placed on Rating Watch Negative (RWN) on 16 December 2011. The rating actions on the long-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) are as follows: Belgium ... Read More »

Code of Conduct for the Credit Insurance Industry

The financial crisis has revealed the weaknesses of the credit insurance product.  The sudden withdrawal of credit limits caused consternation amongst customers.  The business communities and the professional federations experienced that the credit insurance product needed renewal and a think tank was therefore created: the “Credit Management Think Tank”. The think tank acts as a breeding ground for innovative ideas ... Read More »

Ownership Change at Bureau van Dijk

Charterhouse Capital Partners have acquired the European information provider Bureau van Dijk from BC Partners.  Financials details were not disclosed, but sources in the investment community indicated that BC partners had realized twice the amount it had invested in Bureau van Dijk.  BC Partners had acquired the company from Candover in 2004 paying approximately Euro 300 million.  According to Reuters ... Read More »


European Commission is bent on setting the stage for a tougher regulatory regime for credit rating agencies.  Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said: “I want Europe to adopt a leading role in this area. Our proposal goes further than the rules which apply in other jurisdictions. These very exacting rules are necessary to restore the confidence of the ... Read More »