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FICO Partners with Big Data Startup ERN to Offer Analytics-Driven Marketing Platform

FICO’s Analytic Offer Manager and Customer Dialogue Manager to be embedded in Looop Big Data analytics platform FICO (NYSE:FICO) entered into a partnership with transactional Big Data startup ERN.   The partner will embed FICO’s marketing solutions within its real-time Big Data analytics platform Looop, giving marketers in financial services and retail the ability to execute highly personalized merchant-funded marketing strategies ... Read More »

Bűrgel Germany Bets on Growth in Credit Information

Bűrgel, a supplier of commercial and consumer credit information in Germany, bets on future growth in credit information in Germany.   Bűrgel is poised to make investments in product development and IT systems to position itself as an innovator of the industry. In an interview with the German Magazine Der CreditManager, Klaus-Jűrgen Baum stated that Bűrgel’s B2B credit information product line ... Read More »

Debating “Big Data or Big Hype?” at the World Economic Forum

Innovation, technology and big data were hot topics this month at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, where over 1,500 business leaders, government officials and scholars gathered in the northern Chinese city of Dalian to discuss global challenges. FICO was present and found an intense interest in our type of science.  Analytics and big data were ... Read More »

Acxiom Disrupts Conventional Marketing Models with New Audience Operating System (AOS)

“Rather than Building a Better Mousetrap, Instead, We Chose to Breed a World-class Cat.”  Quote by Phil, Mui, Acxiom’s Chief Product and Engineering Officer. Acxiom® (Nasdaq: ACXM) introduced a new way for marketers, agencies and publishers to define, manage and reach best audiences across online and offline channels.  Acxiom Audience Operating System™ (AOS) is unique because it enables marketers to ... Read More »


ERN GLOBAL has pioneering technology company specializing in transactional payment data.  Our big data platform, Looop, enables deeper, actionable, consumer insights from transactional data to empower banks, merchants and payment processors to run targeted value added services, loyalty solutions and enhanced consumer experiences across multiple channels in real-time. Established in 2011, ERN (www.ernglobal.com) has developed a big data analytics platform ... Read More »

News from the EASDP Congress

BIIA Chairman David Worlock commented on some of the more salient happenings at the recent EASDP congress in his latest blog: Good Bye Native Websites! One of the more surprising and perhaps the more shocking news was the announcement that EASDP was to merge with EIDQ, Europe’s directory enquiries services.  Obviously the Yellow Pages industry is unraveling too fast to ... Read More »

Equifax Launches Equifax Dimensions

New Product Gives Better Consumer Credit Insights, Reduces Risk and Assesses Hundreds of Payment Characteristics Equifax (NYSE:EFX) announced the availability of a new product, Equifax Dimensions™, which delivers a more in-depth picture of past credit behavior in order to better predict future credit trends. Using this new solution, lenders can see up to two-years’ worth of detailed consumer credit activity allowing ... Read More »

BIG Data in Retail: Market Track LLC Acquires Dynamite Data LLC.

Two Chicago-based companies that help retail clients optimize pricing strategy are joining forces.  The acquisition underscores Big Data’s role in retail. Market Track LLC, which employs more than 400 people and serves 500 retail and manufacturing clients, has agreed to acquire Dynamite Data LLC, a 20-person company that scours the Web to provide retail clients with real-time pricing updates from ... Read More »

FirstRain Launches the First Big Data Analytics Solution

Delivers Real-time Insights into the Hands of Enterprise Marketing FirstRain, a leader in big data analytics for enterprise sales and marketing teams, released Market Insights, a revolutionary new way for CMOs, marketing teams and strategic leaders to put their go-to-market strategy into action.  FirstRain Market Insights is an enhanced suite of big data analytics capabilities that builds on FirstRain’s successful ... Read More »

Creditreform FirmenWissen: Intelligent Linking of Corporate Profiles with Company News

FirmenWissen (Neuss, Germany) has expanded its product offering with a cooperation with GBI-GENIOS (Munich) to include press data  that ensures an intelligent combination of news and company profiles.   In total 801 press sources are included in the offer, sourced from local newspapers (for example Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Stuttgarter Nachrichten) supra-regional daily and weekly newspapers (including the F.A.Z., Handelsblatt, the clock) ... Read More »

Data Scientist: “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.”

FICO Infographic Answers the Question, “What Makes a Good Data Scientist?” FICO (NYSE:FICO) released an infographic showing the characteristics of a good data scientist — what a Harvard Business Review article called the “sexiest job of the 21st century.” The Anatomy of a Data Scientist can be viewed and downloaded at www.fico.com/anatom The rise of Big Data has fueled demand for ... Read More »

ZestFinance Closes $20 Million Round of Funding

ZestFinance, Inc., a technology startup that is transforming credit underwriting with big data analysis, announced it has closed a $20 million round of Series C financing.  The round will fund ZestFinance’s continued growth in credit underwriting and financial services predictive modeling. Peter Thiel, Northgate Capital, Matrix Partners, Kensington Capital Holdings, Eastward Capital Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners participated in the ... Read More »

Analytics, Platforms and BIG Data Continue to Lead in New Services Announcements

BIIA is tracking announcements of important industry developments covering the mainstream services in business information.   During the first half of 2013 BIIA tracked a sample of 127 announcements:  Analytics, Platforms, (includes Workflow Tools) and Big Data continue to hold the lead over other segments (unchanged from prior year period).   It is noteworthy that announcements concerning platforms were higher (23% versus ... Read More »