A Toolkit for the World

Dun & Bradstreet increases database capabilities

Murray Hill, NJ  May 21, 2001  Dun & Bradstreet today announced Web-based access to Dun & Bradstreet's global business database via the D&B Global Access Toolkit. The Toolkit expands D&B's online global data delivery capabilities, a component of the company's strategy to derive increased revenue from the Web.

The D&B Global Access Toolkit provides the ability to integrate standardized, global data into existing applications and decision-support systems while reducing customers' development costs and time. Essentially a Web-based pipe to the D&B global database using XML standards, the Toolkit integrates D&B data with existing customer information, establishing D&B global data as core components of global or enterprise-wide decision-making processes.

The Toolkit will play a vital role in transitioning our business to the Web and increasing penetration into global accounts, significant elements of our Blueprint for Growth Strategy, said Steve Alesio, senior vice president of Dun & Bradstreet. We have already seen great interest in the advantages of integrating real-time access to the D&B global information database. The fact that our information is global, standardized and available worldwide via Web-based technology, gives D&B a unique and powerful competitive advantage in serving global business and B2B e-commerce needs."

Already adopted by a number of Business Week 1000 companies, the D&B Global Access Toolkit can be customized for each customer based on decision-support requirements, legacy infrastructure and technical environments. Examples of how the Toolkit can be used to establish global business practices include global risk management, supplier management and database marketing, among others.

D&B is the only company with the global reach and the integration tool we needed  the D&B Global Access Toolkit  to create, deliver information online in real time and manage a fully automated receivables-insurance process, said Ranjini Pillay, vice president of AIG eBusiness Risk Solutions.