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Equifax has been expanding beyond credit bureau data in recent years by providing better access to a broad range of their own fraud, employment, wealth, commercial and alternative data sources as well as 3rd party data to position themselves as an insights company. As part of this focus, their Decision Management platform, InterConnect, was rebuilt [...]

First Look: CRIF

I got an update from CRIF recently. CRIF is headquartered in Italy with $450M in revenue and 1,884 employees. They have customers in over 50 countries, offer credit bureau services in over 15 countries and credit decisioning solutions worldwide. Most customers are financial institutions though they have customers in other industries such as telco, utilities, [...]

FICO Analytic Modeler is FICO’s in-browser analytic tool suite – the evolution of the Model Builder product line post the InfoCentricity acquisition. These offerings are part of the FICO Analytic Cloud, a cloud-based environment for building and managing analytic models and deploying analytics into decisioning applications.  It also features a marketplace for analytic solutions. The [...]

Next up at the IBM Watson Analytics Cloud announcement is a partner panel with SugarCRM, AVENT and Truven Health Analytics: AVENT is a global technology company with a deep services company with a group focused on using analytics. SugarCRM is a CRM software company focused on helping businesses create extraordinary customer relationships. Truven Health is focused on using [...]

The Hurwitz Group just published their Victory Index for Predictive Analytics. This is a great report on the core predictive analytic vendors written by Marcia Kaufman and Daniel Kirsch. The report covers Angoss, IBM, Megaputer, Pegasystems, Predixion, RapidMiner, Revolution Analytics, SAS, SAP, StatSoft. The report aims to assess four things about each vendor: Vision - how good the company's strategy [...]

Angoss recently released an end to end scorecard building tool –ScorecardBUILDER – based on the same underlying workflow capabilities released in Angoss KnowledgeSEEKER 9.0 (reviewed here). This product is designed to automate or otherwise streamline time consuming manual steps in the process of building a predictive scorecard. As noted, ScorecardBUILDER is based on the new [...]

FICO has recently acquired InfoCentricity, makers of two advanced analytics products - Xeno (for building predictive scorecards, reviewed here) and StrategyTrees (decision trees). InfoCentricity has about 40 clients (some with over 100 modelers, some smaller). Most of these companies are also FICO clients though not generally for analytic modeling tools. Clients use the tools in [...]

In this series so far we have discussed a number of standards - R, PMML and Hadoop - that are well established. There are also some future developments that are worth considering—the emergence of the Decision Model and Notation standard, growing acceptance of Hadoop 2 and planned updates to PMML specifically. As regular readers of [...]

FICO has just released Model Builder 7.4, the first “Big Data” release of their analytic modeling tool (I reviewed 7.2 here and the 7.4 press release is here). Four things make this release: Text analytics and semantic scorecards High Volume Processing with Hadoop - including algorithms moved to MapReduce R Integration And drifting away from Big [...]

Adaptive Planning was founded just over 10 years ago to deliver cloud financial planning solutions. They have about 1,600 customers across all industries in 80 countries with about 400 partners worldwide. Focused on management planning, reporting, consolidation and analysis they are increasingly in use beyond the finance organization, moving into sales and other operational areas. [...]

I got an update from GDS Link on their Decision Intelligence product recently. This was developed initially as a consulting tool and is now available as a licensed product. The purpose of Decision Intelligence is to help customers anticipate business corrections before there is an impact on the business. Decision Intelligence provides scorecard monitoring or [...]

Pegasystems had good years in 2011 and 2012 they say, with Q4 2012 being particularly strong and good results from their decision management products. They have over 2,000 employees as they go into their 30th year and are targeting $500M this year. Pegasystems maintains its focus on a platform business with a number of specific [...]

First Look – Angoss 8.0

I have previously written about Angoss and its products (most recently this post on their 7.5 release) and recently got an update. As a company Angoss is focused on delivering data mining and predictive analytics to improve performance in sales, marketing and risk. They have a set of products for desktop, client/server and cloud-based and [...]

Experian has recently renovated their decision management platform – now called PowerCurve™. Experian’s clients generally need to achieve one of four goals – increase revenue through market share growth; controlling risk to manage exposure and reduce losses; increased operational efficiency; or compliance. These goals obviously drive you to using Decision Management Systems and to use [...]

The Forbes Mini Main Tent was kicked off by Mike Perlis, CEO of Forbes. Mike focused on how to build a business as strong as the Forbes brand – something with four legs: Keep print business on track Build the digital business for growth Develop brand extensions like conferences and international Become a great technology [...]

First Look – GDS Link Update

I got an update on GDS Link recently, having last written about them in 2010 (see this First Look on GDS Link). Since 2006 they have been helping banks and other credit issuers to build custom, tailored, customer-centric risk applications. DataView 360, the core product, was designed to address what they regard as the key [...]

First Look – Zoot

Zoot was founded in 1990 and has been providing hosted decision management solutions since 1992. With a focus on financial services, Zoot’s clients include 3 of the top 5 U.S. banks and they work with clients of all sizes and across all lines of business.  Instant credit decisioning is one of their critical offerings, but [...]

I got an update from InfoCentricity recently. InfoCentricity are a software company focused on delivering a web-based, advanced predictive analytics workbench (Xeno). They were founded back in 2000 have been releasing various components of their Xeno platform since then as well as a first application based on this platform (Campaign Analyzer). Xeno4 is the new [...]

I got an update on Enterprise Miner™ from the folks at SAS recently. Enterprise Miner is their development tool for data miners and predictive analytic specialists and is a graphical environment for designing and executing the steps in the creation of a predictive analytic model. Enterprise Miner 7.1 was part of the SAS 9.3 release [...]

Time for a quick session or two at FICO World. Chip Clarke and Andrew Beckman presented on the use of customer-level TRIAD to continuously improve their collection results for their retail banking products - to do "Adaptive Control". Adaptive control, for those not familiar with the term, means continually challenging the way you make decisions [...]