Datawatch Corporation, a leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, and Equifax Ltd., the leading consumer and commercial insights expert, today announced an important strategic initiative to automate much of the data extraction from multiple unstructured sources including financial data used in Equifax’s growing commercial business.
Equifax provides commercial credit reports and related services to its clients on over 2.3 million companies who file their accounts at UK Companies House each year, as well as comprehensive reporting on non-limited businesses. Equifax customers, who include major financial institutions, multi-national corporations and SME’s, are then able to evaluate credit scores and facilitate business lending. This initiative will enhance Equifax’s ability to update its business databases with the most current data on the UK business landscape while significantly reducing operational costs and maintaining data accuracy.
“As with most sectors, the competitive environment in our industry is becoming more challenging. It’s crucial for us not only to offer competitive services but to be leading the field with innovative practices,” states Nick Beresford, Equifax UK’s Head of Data Operations. “This new collaboration with Datawatch will drive major business efficiencies, but most importantly will help us to become a Centre of Excellence globally for our customers. It’s anticipated that this initiative will form the template for services across other Equifax geographies where the need to extract data from unstructured sources is also essential.”
This new solution uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to record, verify and extract core data from the thousands of records received by Equifax each day. The complete solution leverages the Datawatch platform to take the readable electronic data from the OCR engine, apply business rules and verify the information within the Equifax environment using Datawatch’s unique data protocols. Automating this process has taken data inclusion timescales down from days to hours.
“This has been a landmark implementation with a very forward-thinking team,” concludes Haj Muntz, general manager EMEA at Datawatch. “At a time when speed of access and accuracy of data is increasingly critical to commercial success in this industry, we’re exceptionally proud to have been able to support this industry-first.”
About Datawatch Corporation
Datawatch Corporation (datawatch.com) provides visual data discovery software that optimizes any data regardless of its variety, volume, or velocity delivering next generation analytics to reveal valuable insights for improving business. Its unique ability to integrate structured, unstructured, and semi-structured sources like reports, PDF files and EDI streams with real-time streaming data into visually rich analytic applications allows users to dynamically discover key factors that impact any operational aspect of their business. This ability to perform visual discovery against any data sets Datawatch apart in the big data and visualization markets. Organizations of every size, worldwide use Datawatch products, including 99 of the Fortune 100. Datawatch is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts with offices in New York, London, Munich, Stockholm, Singapore, Sydney and Manila, and with partners and customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Equifax (equiF:com) is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions that provide businesses of all sizes and consumers with insight and information they can trust. Equifax organizes and assimilates data on more than 600 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide. The company’s significant investments in differentiated data, its expertise in advanced analytics to explore and develop new multi-source data solutions, and its leading-edge proprietary technology enable it to create and deliver unparalleled customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 18 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index. Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. In 2013, Equifax was named a Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top 50 company, was #3 in Fortune's Most Admired list in its category, and was named to InfoWeek 500 as well as the FinTech 100. For more information, please visit .
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