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PBOC Tells Financial Institutions to Share Customer Data

The People’s Bank of China is planning to force public credit reference agencies to share their information if they wish to obtain a license. Wang Xiaolei, deputy chief of the People’s Bank of China’s credit reference department, said that there is data on about 800 million people in the bank’s database, but it only has credit history records for 300 ... Read More »

Acxiom Begins Layoffs

Acxiom made good on its recent promise to reduce expenses by laying off approximately 50 workers – some in middle management positions.  A smaller contingency of upper management personnel were mare redundant last year after Acxiom announced restructuring.   More job cuts may be forthcoming before the end of March when the company’s fiscal year ends. Source:  Thecitywire.com Read More »

Digital Data: The New Currency in the Digital Age

Personal data has been transformed into a valuable new currency in the digital age, with revelations over government surveillance and how companies are able to commercially exploit our data at the forefront of the debate.  But how much information is potentially available on the average smartphone user?  As an experiment, Daniel Thomas of the Financial Times decided to access his own ... Read More »

Small, Spotty and Zero Data: Insights Gleaned from the Absence of Data

Insights appear to be funny things.  They don’t necessarily depend on data, but, without corroboration in the objectively measurable, insights must be taken on faith.   In essence that’s a slippery slope to superstition and subjective decision making. Sleuthing is everything.  Insights are something one usually has to work for, and, more often than not, that involves vetting the data from ... Read More »

BOL Q1 2013 Revenue Up 12%

Bangkok-based business information provider, Business Online (BOL), announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2013. Revenues were US$2.9 million, up 12% year-on-year.   BOL’s net income in the quarter was US$493,000, an increase of 6.6% compared to the same period last year.  Diluted earnings per share in the period were Baht 0.02. The majority of BOL’s revenues were ... Read More »

Nielsen Q1 2013 Revenues Grew 3% to $1,376 million

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN), a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers buy and watch, today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Revenues for the first quarter increased 3% to $1,376 million, or 4% on a constant currency basis compared to the first quarter of 2012. Our revenue performance was driven by a ... Read More »

Equifax 2012 Full Year Revenues Grew by 10.2%

Equifax continues with a stellar performance.  Its Q4 US Consumer Information Solutions grew by 9% and 16% for the full year.  North American Commercial Solutions returned to growth in Q4 to 4%, for the full year up 1%. The company reported revenue of $558.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 9.5 percent increase from the fourth quarter of ... Read More »

Connotate Announced Record Growth in Q4 2012

Connotate, Inc., a provider of Web data monitoring and extraction solutions, announced record growth in Q4 2012, adding new customer accounts in finance, health care, mobile gaming and online advertising.  Connotate signed over four times as many new customer accounts in Q4 2012 compared to Q4 2011. The use cases include extracting regulatory updates for health care claims management, aggregating consumer ... Read More »

From the 8th WCCRC 2012 Conference in Taipei: Benefits Flow to UK Water Company from Sharing Payment Data

Jonathon Harding presented the success achieved by Yorkshire Water company in the UK of sharing payment data with the credit industry.  Amongst the benefits were an increase in the quality of their customer data, enabling them to improve the number of records on their file with full name & address from 25% to 75%.  This improvement allowed them to improve ... 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 »

BIG Data: HG Data Tracks the Relationships Between Businesses Themselves – For BIIA Members –

Meet HG Data:  A company which says “We’re Data Scientists”. At HG Data’s lab in California, our data scientists are pioneering surprising new ways to procure, extract and apply data.  We love the astounded look on our customer’s face upon first seeing what we (and our databases) can deliver. We launched our first company, NOZA, in 2005.  That’s where we ... Read More »

D&B Q1 Total Revenue Flat: – Revenues for North America Down 2% – International Revenues up 8% (BFX)

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $402.8 million, flat both before and after the effect of foreign exchange from the prior year similar period(1).  Operating income before non-core gains and charges for the first quarter of 2012 was $106.0 million, up 3% from the prior year similar period, primarily due to reengineering savings(2).  North America: Total revenue ... Read More »