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IBM Advances Big Data Analytics with Acquisition of Vivisimo

IBM is gobbling up analytics expertise.  Following the acquisition of Algorithmics from Fitch Group IBM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Vivisimo, a leading provider of federated discovery and navigation software that helps organizations access and analyze big data across the enterprise.  Vivisimo is a privately held company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Financial terms were not disclosed.    This acquisition accelerates ... Read More »

McGraw-Hill Revenues up 6% – Double Digit Growth in Commodities and Commercial Segment

The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) reported record revenue of $1,331 million in the first quarter, an increase of 6% compared to the same period last year.  Net income from continuing operations was $123 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.43.  Excluding the impact of one-time costs related to the Growth and Value Plan, adjusted net income from continuing operations increased 19% to $144 million and adjusted diluted earnings ... Read More »

Gartner Acquires IDEAS (Australia) for AUD20 Million

Gartner Australasia has agreed to acquire IDEAS International, a firm which provides enterprise IT research, insight, analysis and tools to technology vendors and global IT users. The cash deal is valued at approximately $AUD 20m. IDEAS has operations in the US, Australia and the UK and focuses on a number of sectors, including servers, storage, software, services and cloud. For ... Read More »

Moody’s Names Ex-Pfizer Chief McKinnell As Chairman

Moody’s Corp. (MCO) has named former Pfizer Inc. (PFE) chairman and chief executive Henry A. McKinnell Jr. as its new chairman, following the rating and analytics company’s decision earlier this year to separate the roles of chairman and CEO. Moody’s also said CEO Raymond McDaniel Jr. will also take on the title of president. McKinnell had served on Moody’s board ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Launches New Forward-looking Model to Assess Credit Risk

Thomson Reuters, the leading supplier of intelligent information for businesses and professionals,  announced that it has introduced the StarMine SmartRatios Credit Risk Model to assess the credit risk of publicly traded companies.  The SmartRatios model is an intuitive and robust default prediction model that provides a clearer view of a firm’s credit condition and financial health by analyzing a wide ... Read More »

BIG Data, Workflow, Analytics: The Lost Chord and Killer Whales

BIIA Chairman David Worlock observes in his latest blog that as the information services market starts to get its thinking right about the influence of Big Data and the current obsession with workflow, one should begin to think that we will need to revise our whole approach to collaborative working in marketplaces.  At the moment we are playing all the ... Read More »

Online Information Show 2012 London, United Kingdom

November 20-21, 2012, Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London, United Kingdom MESSAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE CHAIR-STEPHEN DALE Surviving and thriving in a chaotic and increasingly volatile global environment requires organisations to be far more agile and innovative than at any time in our recent history. We’ve moved from the industrial age to the age of knowledge, where competitive advantage is predicated ... Read More »

Innovations Driving Collections Analytics

Recently FICO polled attendees of a webinar to find out what area they felt could be improved to drive the biggest C&R gains.  An overwhelming 50% said it was technology. Process also emerged as a key theme, coming in second at 18.2%. These results are quite telling because, even though it was an informal poll, the group included all levels ... Read More »

D&B Enhances Portfolio Risk Manager™ for DNBi with Deeper Analytic Capabilities

Dun & Bradstreet has launched additional analytic functions to its Portfolio Risk Manager for DNBi.  With eight new reports and an improved user experience, customers using Portfolio Risk Manager can stay ahead of risk and capitalize on opportunity in a more strategic and focused way to protect their businesses. Portfolio Risk Manager provides customers with the only on-demand and customizable ... Read More »

New IBM Software Accelerates Decision Making in the Era of Big Data

IBM announced new software to provide clients with a sophisticated way to tame the data deluge and speed up business processes, making it easier for decision makers to gain insights from data.   Based on innovations from IBM labs, the new software continuously accesses, compresses, and analyzes data, freeing up IT staff to work on higher value tasks such as big ... Read More »

SAP Jumps On Predictive Analytics Bandwagon

SAP supports R statistical programming language, following in the footsteps of rivals.  So what’s new about this predictive software? With the announcement of SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis software on Tuesday, one could almost ask, what vendor with analytic aspirations doesn’t now support the R statistical programming language?v Information Builders, Tibco Spotfire, IBM SPSS, SAS, and, most recently, Oracle have all ... Read More »

S&P Capital IQ Acquires QuantHouse, Real-Time Exchange and Market Data Leader

S&P Capital IQ, a business line of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) offering global multi-asset class data solutions, market research and portfolio risk analytics to global investors, announced it has acquired QuantHouse, an independent global provider of market data and end-to-end systematic trading solutions. This includes ultra-low-latency market data technologies, algo-trading development frameworks, proximity hosting and order routing services for ... Read More »

InsightsOne Analytics Obtains US4.3 million Funding

Cloud-based predictive analytics firm InsightsOne has closed a $4.3m series A round of funding led by venture capitalists Norwest Venture Partners. The company will use the cash to grow its executive team and invest in its sales, marketing and product development. CEO and founder Waqar Hasan said:  “This round of funding validates our vision to enable mid-to-large B2C companies to ... Read More »

TransUnion and Valen Announce PropertyRight(TM)

TransUnion and Valen Technologies introduced to the insurance market PropertyRight, a predictive analytics product that allows homeowners insurance carriers to more accurately identify homes with the highest likelihood of insurance-to-value (ITV) problems or condition and liability hazards.  The PropertyRight predictive models, coupled with one of the nation’s most comprehensive property inspection databases, provide a new solution to help improve underwriting ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics Forms Verisk Crime Analytics Division

Verisk Analytics, Inc. a leading source of information about risk, announced today the formation of Verisk Crime Analytics.  The division reflects the company’s recent growth in crime analytics as well as the market potential in this area. As a result of recent product launches and acquisitions, Verisk now owns and operates national crime databases that provide services to the construction, ... Read More »