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Business Intelligence Company Worldbox Expands into Rotterdam

BIIA member Worldbox, has opened a subsidiary in Rotterdam, Holland named Worldbox Benelux BV. Worldbox’s newest bureau – in addition to existing offices in Switzerland, the UK, Hong Kong and India – will broaden its international reach, offering an extended array of international business information services to existing clients, and reaching new customers from the heart of the European market. ... Read More »

Alibaba and UCWeb Team Up

Alibaba and UCWeb team up to make another Chinese search engine, this time on mobile.   Alibaba and mobile developer UCWeb announced a joint venture in mobile content search. The two companies have created a mobile search engine for apps, shopping, and ebooks, in addition to the more traditional search model.   The development of Shen Ma actually began in July of ... Read More »

Clients Unify Consumer and Business Lending with CRIF Lending Solutions

Gone are the days when a bank’s business and consumer lending had to operate independently. Clients choose CRIF ACTion to automate workflow for business and consumer lending The ACTion division of CRIF Lending Solutions has announced partnership agreements with some of the most emerging banks in the industry. This latest group of partners includes Birmingham, Ala.-based Cadence Bank, Fargo, N.D.-based ... Read More »

SAS and Callcredit Enter Into Partnership to Deliver Data Analytics Service

SAS, a leader in global analytics and Callcredit Information Group, specialists in marketing services, analytics and data,  have entered into partnership to deliver a market leading omni-channel marketing and analytics service. Callcredit and SAS have recently, as part of the partnership, deployed the SAS® Marketing Automation software suite to ASDA, one of the UK’s leading retailers.  The software provides an ... Read More »

B-to-B Customer Retention: Seven Strategies for Keeping Your Customer

Business marketers have much to gain from retention marketing.  Business customers tend to be fewer and valuable – meaning you can’t afford to lose even one.  But how do you keep your customers active and buying from you, versus the competition?  How do you prevent defection? The attached White Paper defines retention marketing and explains its importance to business marketers. ... Read More »

D&B Q1 2014 Revenues Up 1%

D&B (NYSE: DNB) consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were US$ 381.9 million, up 1% before foreign exchange and flat after the effect of foreign exchange.   Operating income was US$ 82.3 million, down 6%.  Free cash flow for the first three months of 2014 was $148.5 million; Net cash provided by operating activities for the first three months ... Read More »

D&B Establishes Cloud Innovation Center – Acquires Indicee

D&B (NYSE:DNB) acquired Indicee, an innovator in the cloud-based analytics and business intelligence (BI) space.  Indicee’s Vancouver-based employees will join the global D&B team as part of the newly created Cloud Innovation Center.  Based on comments made in the recent D&B Q1 earnings conference call Indicee provides Cloud based technology and has no products per which D&B would be selling.  The acquisition ... Read More »

Global5000 Marketing Database Continues to be Popular

Global5000 Company database and search feature continues to be popular.   One can search for companies in the database and look at individual profiles. During Q1 of 2014 Global5000 was busy updating its company profiles based on available annual reports. 50 new companies were added to The Global 5000 Another 25 were removed due to being acquired or their revenue fell ... Read More »

Alibaba to Launch Mobile Telecom Services in China

The Alibaba Group has announced it will offer telecom services in mainland China including 3G data and voice calls beginning in June 2014.  The telecom packages will be sold through Alibaba Group’s consumer-focused e-commerce platforms, Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com. The service expansion resulted from HiChina, an Alibaba-owned subsidiary, receiving a mobile virtual network operators’ (MVNO) license from the Chinese government ... Read More »

CRIF Lending Solutions Expands Its Symitar Integration Across All of Its Credit Union Loan Software Platforms

Clients using the ACTion, LoanCenter, and SAIL loan origination systems can now connect to a major core processing system on the market  CRIF Lending Solutions has expanded its integration with Symitar’s Episys® core processing system to all of its credit union loan origination systems.  Credit unions using the ACTion, LoanCenter, and SAIL platforms from CRIF Lending Solutions are now able to integrate ... Read More »

E-commerce: Amazon Testing Its Own Parcel Delivery Network

Amazon is in the process of testing its own delivery network to help complete the last stage of delivery in a package’s trip from factory to buyer, the Wall Street Journal reports. The e-commerce giant is using Candlestick Park in SF, as well as facilities in Los Angeles and New York, as bases of operation for Amazon trucks and contracted ... Read More »

Moody’s Corporation Q1 2014 Revenues Up 5%

Moody’s revenue of $767.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased 5% from $731.8 million for the first quarter of 2013.  Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2014 totaled $434.2 million, a 4% decline from the prior-year period.  Operating income for the quarter was $333.0 million, a 19% increase from $280.4 million from the same period ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Revenues in 4th Quarter Up 66%

Alibaba Group reported net profit in the quarter of US$1.4 billion, up from US$642 million from the same quarter in the previous year.   Revenues in the period grew 66% compared with the same quarter in 2012, amounting to US$3.1 billion. The company attributed the 11th November online shopping festival as a key driver of growth, during which Tmall.com and Taobao.com, ... Read More »

BIG Data Enters Indian Elections

“The era of big data in Indian politics has arrived,” said J Ramachandra, CEO of Gramener, a data analytics startup that is working with media companies to digest the huge chunks of election information to provide voters with user-friendly maps of the state of play. At the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election backroom in New Delhi, a team of ... Read More »