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TransUnion Completes Acquisition of TLO

TransUnion announced that it has completed the acquisition of Boca Raton, Fla.-based TLO, a leading company in the risk information and analytics industry. “This acquisition supports our primary mission to help organizations optimize their risk-based decisions and enable consumers to understand and manage their personal information,” said Jim Peck, TransUnion’s president and CEO. “We are excited about the possibilities the ... Read More »

Wand: Tags Go Mainstream – Great News for Taxonomy

Apple announced the release of the latest Mac operating system today – Mavericks.   Usually, this news would not cause a ripple in the taxonomy world but one new feature that the operating system includes is Tags.  Apple has switched to a tag based approach to help users organize and find documents on their computer.   This marks one of the first ... Read More »

Holiday Season: Elfs are In …

BIIA member Panjiva is happy to report that ‘Elf on the Shelf mania’ is, in fact, bigger than ever this holiday season. Shipments of Elf on the Shelf-related merchandise coming into U.S. ports have increased more than 3x August through October this year compared to the same period in 2012. This is the time when most shipments arrive at ports ... Read More »

B2B Prospecting Data just Keeps Getting Better

The most reliable and scalable approach to finding new B2B customers is outbound communications–whether one is using mail, phone, or email, or using rented or purchased lists.  B2B marketers typically select targets from prospecting lists based on such traditional variables as industry, company size, and  job role/title. But new research indicates that B2B prospecting data is much more detailed these ... Read More »

Bisnode Acquires Great Consulting Nordic AB

Bisnode has strengthened its offering in strategic advice for better decision support and has acquired Great Consulting Group Nordic AB, a Swedish consulting firm with expertise in analysis and advice in connection with strategic and operational decisions. The acquisition has strengthening Bisnodes portfolio by being able to offer additional support and advice to help its customers make smart decisions. Great ... Read More »

Veda Appointed as Authorized Provider for the Australian Government’s Document Verification Service

Veda, Australia’s leading provider of electronic identity verification services is pleased to announce that it has secured authorized access to the Document Verification Service (DVS), an Australian Government service verifying key Government issued documents. Documents verified by the DVS include driver’s license; Medicare cards; passports, visas and citizenship certificates. Use of the DVS through Veda is available to any organization ... Read More »

Apptus Participates at ACM Conference on Recommender Systems 2013

Apptus Technologies and Malmö university gave a joint talk at the recommender systems conference in Hong Kong 2013. The topic regards how we can use combinatorics to maximize the number of customers that buy something from your category lister pages. This is actually quite different from trying to sell as many products as possible, since customers usually buy multiple items. We ... Read More »

Outsell Inc. on Report on Commercial Data Privacy Protection: The Business Impact of Proposed Regulation on the Information Industr

BIIA Co-founder Outsell Inc. has published for its subscribers a report on “Commercial Data Privacy Protection:  The Business Impact of Proposed Regulation on the Information Industry”. THE CHALLENGE: Technology is changing quickly, personal information is shared, collected, stored, and used in more ways than ever, and pressure is building globally for countries to better address consumer privacy. This drives opportunity ... Read More »

General Finance Corporation selects CRIF Decisioning as a Service for consumer and SME lending in Trinidad and Tobago

CRIF has been selected by General Finance Corporation (GFC) as a strategic partner in light of its proven track record in delivering similar high-performance solutions for banks and financial institutions in the Americas as well as on a worldwide level through the CRIF Group. Specifically SOL, the CRIF Mexico Decisioning as a Service (DaaS) solution for automated credit decisions powered ... Read More »

Australian Risk Climate: Job Hopes Lift on 2014 Outlook

Twice as many businesses intend to hire staff in the New Year compared to the final months of 2013, reversing 18 months of weak expectations on employment and signalling that confidence in the economy is building. Despite the International Monetary Fund forecasting that Australia’s unemployment rate will rise from its current official level of 5.7 per cent, to over six ... Read More »

Worldbox Launches Bank Database

BIIA member Worldbox Business Intelligence has released an extensive subscription database profiling Switzerland and Liechtenstein’s financial institutions, including public and private banks.   Edward Sornio, the company’s General Manager, says the database is an invaluable resource for anyone working in finance and capital.  “Swiss banks and their internal workings have long been shrouded by secrecy, but our resource offers all available information ... Read More »

Asiagate Ramps up its Asian-wide Business Intelligence Offering

A dozen national credit information agencies across Asia have combined to provide the single most powerful due diligence and business research service in the region.   Asiagate Chairman, Ben Wong of Total Credit Management Services Hong Kong, says: “Globalisation and emerging economies in Asia generate more and more business opportunities every year, but the risks of doing business there are ... Read More »

Australia Country Risk Climate: Tougher Times Call for Smarter Investigating

Veda Group released the results of its annual national credit managers’ survey.  Veda told the trade credit industry that economic conditions had a negative impact on business over the past six to twelve months and despite recent positive signs, sentiment remains broadly pessimistic about the next twelve months. The survey was conducted in June this year and looked at the ... Read More »

Australian Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) Transitional Period End

Veda advises customers to ‘register early and register often’ as the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) transition period draws to a close on 31 January 2014.  While the new PPSR requires many Australian businesses to change their practices regarding the management of their credit and security interests, it does bring opportunities.  Businesses can better their position in the list of ... Read More »

CRIF Opens Offices in Hong Kong and the Philippines

CRIF, a company specializing in the development and management of credit reporting, business information and decision support systems, today announced the opening of two new offices in Hong Kong, China, and Manila, in the Philippines, to meet the increasing demand for risk and credit management solutions in the region. Alongside existing operations in China and Indonesia, and consolidated partnerships in ... Read More »