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ITE WorldBuild365 launched

ITE Group PLC recently launched WorldBuild365, a digital platform that connects buyers and sellers in the building, design & décor, and interiors industries. Available online and from mobile devices, WorldBuild365 provides in-depth data on the industry, its professionals and products. The platform allows suppliers to add and edit information. In addition to the business conducted on the platform, there is ... Read More »

Alibaba.com Helps SMEs Build Trust in Cross-Border Trade with Trade Assurance

Alibaba enters trade assurance business as a free service to buyers who trade with Alibaba Trade Assurance suppliers Alibaba.com launched Trade Assurance, a free service designed to create trust in trade by giving businesses peace of mind when trading with China.  The ‘ultimate payer’ for the service are customers of Alibaba (suppliers) who qualify as Trade Assurance Suppliers. Through the ... Read More »

IBM White Paper: Battling Fraud at the Root Cause

In the 2014 IBM Chief Information Security Officer assessment, nearly 60 percent of security leaders interviewed felt that “the sophistication of attackers was out stripping the sophistication of their organization’s defenses.” It’s no wonder.  Analysis of attacks over the years have shown that cybercriminals are studying their prey closely—understanding the security solutions, policies and procedures each bank implements—and devising successful ... Read More »

FCIB Summit: Global Companies Increasingly Turning to Bank Payment Obligation

Technological platforms are becoming a more prevalent resource within the credit industry as ways to help boost a company’s supply chain and optimize working capital. As more corporations see partners and competitors using them with positive results, acceptance will only increase. And the interest in using such tools is already huge, according to panelists at FCIB’s recent International Credit and ... Read More »

Intelligence Agencies in Technological Race with Terrorists and Criminals

Britain’s intelligence agencies are engaged in a “technology arms race” with terrorists, cybercriminals and other “malicious actors” bent on causing the country harm, the head of MI6 has warned. Alex Younger said the agencies were facing opponents “unconstrained by consideration of ethics and law” who were exploiting Internet technology to put lives at risk. In his first public comments since ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Launches new ONESOURCE(TM) Global Trade Software Solution

Automated trade management solution designed to improve efficiency of corporations’ global supply chain and trade compliance operations.  Thomson Reuters announced the launch of ONESOURCE(TM) Global Trade.  “ONESOURCE Global Trade is the world’s first truly global trade automation and management solution,” said Taneli Ruda managing director of the Thomson Reuters Global Trade Management business. “This solution enables multinational corporations to tie ... Read More »

Firms Fearful of Managing Merger Risks in Emerging Markets

Fraud, money laundering and corruption have been named as the key reasons Western businesses have low confidence in managing risks when investing in emerging markets, a new survey shows… Deloitte Financial’s poll of 1,300 financial professionals across the banking and securities, technology and investment management sectors show less than ten and a half per cent are confident about managing the ... Read More »

Experian: Data Quality Holds the Key to Greater Profits

Experian published the findings of its 2015 Global Data Quality Research, confirming that while businesses are increasingly aware of the potential of their data – with estimates that it could improve profitability by up to 15%(1)- more than 90% still find data improvement challenging. The research, which interviewed representatives of 1,239 organisations in the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Australia ... Read More »

Experian Marketing Services Publishes White Paper: “Why Privacy Matters”

Why Privacy Matters in a Data Driven Economy Experian Marketing Services, a recognized leader in data-driven marketing, released a white paper that assesses the rise of the data-driven economy within the media and advertising industry and the evolution of privacy in that economy. The growing variety of communication channels and connected devices, when coupled with changing social norms, is adding ... Read More »

Are Your Board Members a Security Risk?

Thomson Reuters Survey Reveals Increased Cyber Security Risk to Boardroom Communications.  Annual corporate governance survey reveals company boards lack security structures to protect board information  Thomson Reuters surveyed more than 200 corporate and company secretaries across Europe, the Americas, Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to canvass their views on some of the key challenges faced by the board ... Read More »

Global 5000 Database now at 4,500 Active Record

At the end of December 2014, Global 5000 closed the year with 4,506 active records in the database. The total revenue now represented by The Global 5000 companies exceeds $53 trillion – an amazing concentration of size and buying power in one marketing database. During the year, the company added 209 companies and removed 81 others as companies merged, were ... Read More »

Cyber Security:  Do You Qualify for Insurance?

Cyber Security Insurance Underwriters Demand their Clients Understand the Threat Landscape Insurance underwriters aren’t looking for companies impervious to risk. They want clients that understand the threat landscape and have demonstrated abilities to mitigate attacks. With security breaches on the rise, IT professionals spend a lot of time questioning what kinds of cyber risk their companies’ insurance policies will cover. However, as ... Read More »

Top Trends for Business Intelligence in 2015

Business Intelligence continues to evolve as developers unravel the mysteries of big data via analytics. Meanwhile, BI costs are falling, allowing SMEs to compete with corporate rivals. Here are some other trends we’re set to see this year… Big Data analytics firm Tableau Software thinks 2015 will see corporate governance transforming, with organisations aligning their people, processes and technology to ... Read More »

Guide to the Global Rating Market

Ratingplatform have released a ‘Guide to the Global Rating Market’.   Following the release of the European Rating Market, Ratingplatform have now extended their research to produce the first global guide on Credit Rating Agencies.  While Ratingplatform have identified more 100+ agencies globally, the report outlines the business profile, coverage, registration status (incl. ECAI and mapping when available) for currently about ... Read More »

Analytics is the Fastest-growing Segment of Business Intelligence

A top information technology research company advises that riding the wave of applying advanced analytics to big data – to identify everything from opportunities to risk – should be global businesses’ top priority. Gartner says the booming trend of using advanced analytics within business intelligence (BI) is being fuelled by the need to make analysis accessible to more firms, and ... Read More »