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FirstRain API Launched

The FirstRain Personal Business Analytics API Delivers Powerful Personalized Information Experience Across the Enterprise FirstRain introduced a powerful, new analytics application programming interface (API) – the FirstRain API – at the DataWeek + API World Conference and Expo. For the first time, this new API enables enterprise application developers to embed FirstRain’s just-in-time analytics, designed to increase customer engagement and grow revenue, within ... Read More »

Debt Collection: A Kinder, Gentler Approach Tends to Be the Smartest

Contrary to popular belief, the kinder, gentler approach to debt collection usually turns out to be the smartest.  A new infographic from FICO (NYSE:FICO), shows why many collectors are replacing challenging calls with friendlier, automated contact. The FICO infographic, The Customer-Centric Collector Rises, illustrates the challenges facing debt managers today. Some 35 percent of US adults with a credit file have debt in collections. ... Read More »

S&P Dow Jones Indices and the Lima Stock Exchange Announce Indexing Agreement

Agreement Includes Global Index Licensing, Marketing, Distribution, and Management of all BVL Indices All BVL Indices to be Co-Branded “S&P” including a new version of the flagship IGBVL index and a new blue chip index soon to be launched. S&P DJI Continues its Expansion in Latin America S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P DJI”) announced that, as part of its strategic ... Read More »

Kroll Bond Rating Agency Invests in Weiss Residential Research LLC

KBRA Analytics, Inc. announced a recent investment in Weiss Residential Research LLC (WRR).  The partnership will provide end users with an abundant, credit worthy amount of information. Weiss Residential Research’s proprietary technology optimizes housing market decisions. Weiss’ technology has calculated property specific price indexes for over 45 million homes, far more than alternative index databases. The increased resolution of the ... Read More »

UBM Reaches for Trade Show Rival Advanstar

British communications and events company UBM Plc (UBM.L) is in advanced talks to acquire privately-held U.S. trade show organizer Advanstar for around $900 million, according to people familiar with the matter.  UBM, which also owns PR Newswire and has a market capitalization of 1.48 billion pounds ($2.4 billion), is in the final stages of negotiating a deal and could announce ... Read More »

Rocket Fuel Announces Completion of [x+1] Acquisition

Rocket Fuel announced the completion of the acquisition of X Plus Two Solutions Inc, the parent company of [x+1], a leading provider of programmatic marketing and data-management solutions.  The acquisition of [x+1] significantly expands the market opportunity for Rocket Fuel, enabling integrated storytelling across the customer journey, accelerating the company’s entry into the digital marketing enterprise SaaS market, and leveraging ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics Names Beth Fitzgerald Head of ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services

Beth Fitzgerald, a leader in predictive analytics and actuarial science, has been named president of ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services, the founding business unit of Verisk Analytics responsible for the company’s core insurance products and services. Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) is a leading source of information about risk. Fitzgerald takes over for Kevin Thompson, who recently retired after 40 years ... Read More »

Rise of Mobile Commerce Fuels Rash of Rival Payment Solutions

If you are in the business of facilitating payment transaction you will know details of buyers and sellers.  Therefore the data will be useful for cross selling.  Key to these transactions will be the correct identity of the parties plus their credit standing, thus credit bureaus will be keen to serve you. People want convenience and low cost transactions.  Take ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters to Outsource IT Services

Thomson Reuters Corp. announced that it plans to hire a technology services company to manage many of its information technology services. The company said most affected technology workers will transition to the tech services firm, a common business practice, though companies often use such a change to reduce staff and lower other costs.  The third-party IT vendor will be selected ... Read More »

Senior Management Changes at Reed Exhibitions

International exhibition organiser, Reed Exhibitions, has recently announced several changes at top level management. Chet Burchett was appointed as CEO of Reed Exhibitions and will report to executive chairman Mike Rusbridge, who will continue in the role as executive chairman. Burchett’s new role will be based in the U.K. and officially begin in January 2015. Burchett will be succeeded by ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Launches Solvency II Data Service

Thomson Reuters announced the launch of a dedicated Solvency II Data Service available through Thomson Reuters DataScope Select.  The solution is designed to help insurers, asset managers, fund administers and custodians meet capital adequacy and disclosure obligations under Solvency II. Solvency II requirements are placing added pressure on institutions to have a deeper understanding of their current and future trading ... Read More »

Quantum Computing: Google Hires Leading Team of Experts

The Financial Times reports that Google has hired one of the world’s leading quantum computing researchers as it ramps up efforts to develop artificial intelligence and vastly increase the processing power of computers.  It is one of Google’s bet on the rise of “smart machines”. Physicist John Martinis and his team at the University of California Santa Barbara will join Google’s ... Read More »

IHS Acquires PCI Acrylonitrile

IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS) announced it has acquired PCI Acrylonitrile, a strategic provider of chemical market insight and consulting services for the global acrylonitrile and derivatives industry. The acquisition of PCI Acrylonitrile further deepens and strengthens the existing IHS Chemical global market coverage in the commodity and engineering plastics and fibers sectors. Together with the expertise and insight offered by IHS ... Read More »

Hearst Corporation to Acquire 80% Stake in KUBRA Data Transfer Ltd.

B-to-B Investment Puts Hearst in Leading Position to Provide Enhanced Digital Bill Delivery & Payment Services to Customers Across Many Industries Hearst Corporation announced the acquisition of an 80 percent stake in KUBRA Data Transfer Ltd., a leading provider of digital bill delivery and payment services with offices across North America.  The investment puts Hearst in a leading position to provide ... Read More »

salesforce.com, Inc. Launches $100 Million Venture Fund

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE: CRM) launched a $100 million venture fund to invest in companies developing mobile apps related to the Salesforce products.  The San Francisco-based customer relations and cloud services company didn’t disclose initial investment amounts. The fund has so far invested in I.am+, a brand created by Black Eyed Peas music group member William Adams to create consumer products that combine ... Read More »