Think About It – The Inseparability of AI and Business Insights

Dun & Bradstreet and IBM Watson Financial Services deliver AML & KYC solutions

The original seeds of advanced decision-making and the idea of artificial intelligence were planted in centuries past by philosophers and mathematicians: from early notions of bestowing human agency on statues or other man-made figures to later, more effective efforts at capturing human logical reasoning in rigorous mathematical form. And today an important promise of modern “AI” is using logical systems to help humans make sense of the ever-growing torrent of data generated by life in the early 21st century.

An important promise of modern “AI” is using logical systems to help humans make sense of the ever-growing torrent of data generated by life in the early 21st century.

That leads me to the story of two brands – Dun & Bradstreet and IBM, whose own historic paths of using data, logic, and reason to fuel decision-making have brought these two companies together this year. Dun & Bradstreet was founded in 1841 to provide business clients with a way to check the legitimacy and credit worthiness of their customers – back when the Pony Express was the quickest way to deliver information. And though IBM’s roots go back as far as 1896, it was arguably Thomas J. Watson’s leadership beginning in 1914 that began its transformation into a global company focused on services and large-scale solutions to automate routine business transactions. 


Both companies have stayed true to their origins while advancing into the modern day, trading Pony Express letters for data and analytics and punch cards for the cloud. Together, they play a large role in helping businesses protect their interests in these regulation-heavy days by delivering data-driven AI business solutions.

We are pleased to announce that Dun & Bradstreet’s authoritative business identity and beneficial ownership information is now available within IBM Financial Crimes with Watson solutions, helping financial institutions reduce the manual time required to navigate today’s complex regulatory landscape. Together, these partners are combining AI-driven cognitive computing with business information to help customers manage complex anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) due diligence processes. 

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Dun & Bradstreet will be at Think to showcase how organizations can realize immediate value from their technology investments with AI-powered B2B insights.

See what we’re working on with IBM. Visit us in booth 742.

Dun & Bradstreet Think Event Showcase


See how to manage regulatory compliance with trusted business identity and beneficial ownership data inside IBM Financial Crimes with Watson solutions


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Plus, catch this session from two world-renowned data scientist visionaries:

Dr. Anthony Scriffignano, Dun & Bradstreet Chief Data Scientist, and Dr. Inderpal Bhandari, IBM Global Chief Data Officer, will sit down and discuss the rapidly transforming commerce landscape – and how business leaders gain advantage by harnessing cognitive technologies and data.

“Transforming Your Business: Cognitive Enterprise Blueprint + Foundational Use Cases for Data Leaders”
Wednesday, March 21, at 12:30 pm
Cloud and Data Campus, Large Theatre A | Session ID: 8405A

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IBM Think
March 19–22, 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada