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FICO Debuts Analytics-Powered Marketing Solutions for Transforming Big Data into Big Marketing

FICO (NYSE: FICO) announced analytics-powered “Big Marketing” solutions that link predictive analytics, decision optimization and Big Data with state-of-the-art interactive customer dialogue management.  The new solutions enable marketers to plan, execute and manage high-volume campaigns precisely targeted to individual customers, balancing the trade-offs between customer preference and business objectives by using advanced analytics.  The first two new Big Marketing solutions ... Read More »

BIIA and EASDP Partnered in the Biggest Event Dedicated to the Business of Database, Search and Directory Publishing

Toledo, Spain, Thursday September 20, 2012:  At the EASDP Congress a BIIA panel of experts discussed the important aspects of how to redefine Business Information, how to get new value out of ‘Old Databases’, and how to extract value from semi / unstructured data.  The discussion centered on the new phenomena of BIG DATA, which is being heralded as the ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Goes for Social Big Data with Radian6 Updates

Salesforce.com is moving beyond listening to social talk to understand what is being said.  Salesforce.com has updated its Radian6 social media monitoring software with the introduction of Insights, expanding analysis beyond sentiment to include intent, demographics and online influence.   The updates will help companies deal with the deluge of data from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as ... Read More »

FICO Awarded Seven Patents for Predictive Analytics and Decision Management Technology

FICO Labs team members receive patents for innovations in healthcare insurance fraud detection, decision management and credit scoring FICO (NYSE: FICO) announced that it has been awarded seven patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, bringing its patent portfolio to 128 U.S. and foreign patents.  These patents were awarded to FICO Labs team members for inventions underlying FICO’s industry-leading ... Read More »

S&P Capital IQ Enters into Data Agreement with D&B

S&P Capital IQ, a provider of multi-asset class data, research and analytics, announced an agreement with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) that expands its offering of fundamental data for private companies in Western Europe and North America. The comprehensive package procured from D&B will more than double S&P Capital IQ’s coverage of private company financials in key markets including Germany, the ... Read More »

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has Approved SMERA as an Eligible External Credit Assessment Institution

The RBI has approved SMERA (SME Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd.) as an eligible External Credit Assessment Institution (ECAI) under the Basel norms. The RBI decided that banks may also use the ratings of the SMERA for the purpose of risk weighting their claims for capital adequacy purposes in addition to the existing five domestic credit rating agencies.  The ... Read More »

Sharp Contrasts in Growth of Analytics, Credit Information and Rating Services

We previously wrote that analytics and platforms are becoming key differentiators in business information services.  2011 and first half 2012 revenue growth figures of key players in credit information and rating services provide a stark contrast to those companies who do not have a substantial stake in analytics.   Analytical services are growing at a very healthy double digit rate. Consumer ... Read More »

FICO Acquires Adeptra, Adding Real-Time, Mobile Customer Engagement and Risk Intervention Capabilities to Decision Management Applications

FICO announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Adeptra Ltd., a leader in cloud-based customer engagement and risk intervention solutions based in Reading, UK and Norwalk, Connecticut. Adeptra’s SaaS (software as a service) platform enables leading financial services institutions and other businesses to take advantage of the explosion in mobile communication in order to manage risk, fight ... Read More »

Fraud Analytics That Adapt on the Fly

A major implication of Big Data, is that analytics must rely less on persistent (historical) data and instead adjust dynamically in the stream. This is particularly true for fraud analytics, given the ever-changing nature of fraud. Development of the traditional neural network fraud model requires access to high-quality historical data. This presents a challenge in emerging markets, which tend to ... Read More »

IMS Health Acquires TTC to Bolster Pharma Analytics Offering

US— IMS Health has acquired TTC, a Philadelphia-based benchmarking and analytics company which helps global life science organisations plan for and negotiate the costs of clinical trials. Under the deal IMS will integrate its evidence-based, anonymised patient and treatment outcome insights with TTC’s cost data.  This is drawn from a collection of organisations that the firms claim between them conduct ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics Inc. Acquires Argus Information & Advisory Services

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading source of information about risk, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Argus Information & Advisory Services, LLC (“Argus”) for US$ 425 million. Argus is a premier provider of information, competitive benchmarking, scoring solutions, analytics, and customized services to financial institutions and regulators in North America, Latin America, and Europe.  The acquisition will ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc., Second-Quarter 2012 Revenues Up 14%

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading source of information about risk, announced total revenue increased 14.0%, and excluding the impact of recent acquisitions, revenue grew 6.4% for second-quarter 2012.  Revenue growth in the second quarter was driven by a 22.6% increase in Decision Analytics revenue, with additional contribution from the 2.6% growth in Risk Assessment revenue. Risk Assessment revenue growth ... Read More »

Moody’s Analytics Expands Global Economic Scenarios for Stress Testing

Moody’s Analytics announced the global expansion of its Alternative Scenarios economic forecast service, which now covers 49 countries, representing more than 93% of world economic output. The economic forecasts include a baseline, or most likely outcome scenario, and six alternative economic scenarios covering both downside and upside risks. Portfolio managers and risk professionals use scenario analysis to understand and model ... Read More »