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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Data Verification & Cleansing – the way

You might have heard of various data entry and data processing services.  Actually data is one of the most important resources of any company, especially for the consulting agencies which are growing in numbers continuously. But getting the correct data is one of the difficult tasks as you do not know anything or know very little about the credibility of the source of the data. So it is important to get the correct data for your needs from a professional agency.

I have a data entry agency and I have started exactly that business in my agency – data verification and cleansing.  It is simply impossible for you to always check the authenticity of the data sources and the quality of data before using it due to two reasons – your core business is something else and you have to use a huge data. But by using the data without confirming the quality often results in worse than anything – it causes you losing the credibility in market as you always get faulty results. It may also create a setback for you.

Data Verification Service ensures that you will always use the correct data as it does a thorough checks of the source and the data to see how they match in practice. Once we receive data related to any sector, first we verify the data sources to see are they reliable as data source by their process of collection and past records. Even if we find the source is reliable, we go for thorough verification of the data on our own. We use internet search, telephone, email, direct survey ( in some cases) and various other ways to ascertain the quality.  Then we start cleansing the data those found faulty.  


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Souvik Mitra
Content Writer

Friday, June 15, 2012

IBISWorld Unveils Business Hosting Services

Businesses are increasingly outsourcing their information technology (IT) infrastructure needs, which has benefited the Data Processing and Hosting Services industry. This industry provides infrastructure for hosting or data processing services used for a variety of IT-related activities, ranging from web hosting to automated data entry services. The industry fared well during the past five years, with revenue growing at an annualized rate of 2.4% to $81.3 billion in 2012. In 2012, IBISWorld expects revenue to grow 5.9%, reflecting a stronger economy and an increase in the use of industry products by companies. “Growth was spurred by investment in outsourcing application hosting to specialized firms as an alternative to local hosting of enterprise software during the five years to 2012,” said IBISWorld industry analyst Andrew Krabeepetcharat. Because revenue depends on subscriptions, the pullback of IT spending during the recession slowed the rate of revenue growth. Spending has picked up since 2007, and it is expected to grow even faster in 2012 as firms increasingly outsource their IT needs to third parties.

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is anticipated to increase during the next five years as industry firms consolidate to reduce redundancies and increase the subscriber base over which they can allocate computing resources. Also, supply disruptions in the hardware space (e.g. the flooding of hard-drive manufacturing plants in Thailand during 2011) may push companies that managed their IT infrastructure needs in-house to opt for a third-party provider. Other factors will also play into growth in the coming years. Consolidation within other industries will push businesses to outsource their IT needs as systems become too complex to maintain in-house. At the same time, the exponential growth in complexity as scale grows, will increase the level of expertise needed to effectively manage large data centers. As firms begin capturing more data, they will increasingly require outside expertise to manage their data collection, hosting and processing. As a result, revenue is forecast to grow at an through 2017.

In 2012, IBISWorld estimates that the four largest operators in the Data Processing and Hosting Services industry will account for an estimated 33.6% of industry revenue. According to Krabeepetcharat, the level of concentration in the industry is low, primarily due to the range of services that data processing and hosting service companies can provide. In terms of the size of establishments according to staff levels, the industry is highly fragmented, with 56.9% of all establishments employing fewer than five people in 2012. Large establishments of 100 or more employees represent just 8.6% of the industry. These numbers may be skewed due to outsourcing; some firms may have more employees overseas that are not included in the data for this industry. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Data Processing & Hosting Services in the US industry report page.

Globe Telecom to expand data center facilities targeting enterprise customers

Philippines telecom operator Globe Telecom has decided to expand data center facilities targeting enterprise customers.

Globe Telecom is looking at leveraging demand from local firms for cost-efficient and effective IT infrastructure and data processing capabilities.

Globe Telecom has started construction of two new sites in Quezon City and Cavite that are expected to be ready for service by year-end.

Globe will also be expanding existing data center facilities in Makati and Cebu.

Its data center revenue continues to increase year-on-year, with an impressive double-digit growth posted from 2010 to 2011.

The company said it currently has the most number of data centers among Philippine telcos, with five facilities across Luzon and Visayas that boast of significantly high utilization due to very strong demand.

The Globe Data Center eliminates a company's need to build, maintain and expand its own data center. Hence, customers are allowed to focus on their core businesses. 

Globe offers a range of managed data center services and solutions that suit the varying needs of its enterprise customers. These include co-location, dedicated server hosting, disaster recovery services and managed security services.

"Our customers who invest in the data center have experienced huge savings in capital expenses, with significantly reduced maintenance and operational costs. This cost-efficiency advantage, along with the data center's high availability and global connectivity, is the main driver on the increasing number of companies who subscribe to the service," said Jesus Romero, head of Globe Business.

Globe recently upgraded its data center network facilities with Cisco's CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and the Nexus 7000 Series Switches. This connects the company's suite of Cloud Solutions to the world with high-capacity 10Gbps connections, making Globe the first telco in the country to deploy a terabit-level data center infrastructure through its CRS-3 routers and Nexus 7000 switches.

 "The growing need for data center facilities in the country is the reason why Globe is keen to embark on expansions and upgrades. These upgrades and increase in capacity will bring the network infrastructure of our data centers to the highest levels of performance, availability and security," said Grace-Jarin Castillo, Globe Business Enterprise Segments Head.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

i2 Software launches Conversion Server 3.0

Support for HP TRIM, SharePoint and OCR is now a standard inclusion with i2 Conversion Server 3.0.

OCR Conversion Outsourcing 
The software can run as a service and support job separator sheets, able to separate scanned documents, rename them, convert them and output to multiple destinations all at the same time without any user intervention.

OCR Conversion OutsourcingThe release of i2 Conversion 3.0 has added the ability to convert scanned documents automatically to Word and Excel as well as the existing wide range of formats including PDF/A and text searchable PDF/A file formats.

Direct connectivity is now offered to HP TRIM and SharePoint.

Andrew Wade, Director i2 Software, said “Clients using i2 Conversion Server can now fully automate scanned document conversion and output to a network share, FTP, multiple email as an attachment or hyperlink, as well as direct connectivity to HP TRIM and Sharepoint and all potentially at the same time.”

IFD Launches New Document Scanning Solution Called iCapture

inFORM Decisions (IFD) last week unveiled iCapture, a new version of its document scanning and indexing solution designed to work with its IBM i-based document management system called iView. iCapture is an overhauled version of the vendor's previous document scanning product, called iScan, which IFD says features major enhancements in the areas of data capture, indexing, and integration with PC-based scanners.

IFD first launched iScan in July 2010 to serve the demand from IBM i shops for scanning and indexing paper-based documents into electronic equivalents. iScan was based on an optical character recognition (OCR) scanning engine OEMed from Datacap (acquired by IBM in August 2010). The $4,800-product provided an entry-level document scanning solution that satisfied basic batch scanning and indexing needs, IFD's Dan Forster explained in a 2010 interview with IT Jungle.

Since then, IFD has changed and improved iScan to such an extent that the company felt it needed a new name. iCapture includes new OCR, optical mark recognition (OMR), and intelligent character recognition (ICR) engines that enable the product to automatically capture data and metadata from just about any scanned document, including hand-written forms.

The new recognition technology is Windows-based, and is OEMed from Irvine, California-based PSIGEN Software. PSIGEN's solutions are based in part on technology it, in turn, OEMs from other vendors, including Open Text. IFD wraps its iCapture code around the PSIGEN technology, which allows customers to bring captured forms into the IBM i environment and its IBM i-based iView software.

Another key element of the new iCapture product is a new Advanced Data Extraction (ADE) engine that IFD says will greatly reduce the need to manually enter metadata. The vendor says that scripts and pattern-matching logic in ADE (also OEMed from PSIGEN) will automatically create search metadata for a document, or enhance the metadata that has already been collected with the OCR, OMR, and ICR engines. The ADE can also extract complex data structures and information from disparate documents, which IFD says further enhances document archiving and searching capabilities.

The capability to capture documents from PC-connected scanners that exist outside of the IBM i environment, and store them in the IBM i-based iView archive, is another advantage of iCapture touted by IFD. The vendor says that this eliminates the need to have dedicated 5250 sessions for scanning documents into the iView archive. Content that has been previously scanned can also be automatically routed to iCapture through its "hot folder" function.

iCapture offers a range of PDF features, including the capability to map form fields to index fields upon import; compression of PDF files and support for passwords upon export; support for PDF versioning features; and PDF bookmarking for hierarchical structures.

IFD says the overall accuracy of OCR, OMR, and ICR scanning and index creation has also been improved with iCapture. Other product features include integration with IFD's spool file monitoring solution, called iDocs; integration with dozens of other enterprise content management (ECM) systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint and EMC Documentum; and the minimization of the need to buy third-party document processing products or to customize the product.

"By integrating a host of next-generation document and data capture features with this latest upgrade of iScan, we have taken intelligent metadata creation to an entirely new level within the industry," IFD president Dan Forster says in a press release. "It is particularly exciting to see that these powerful new search indexing features, along with the ability to connect PC-scanners to our iView archiving solutions without 5250 sessions, make it very easy and affordable for multi-department enterprises to centralize their entire scan, archival, and retrieval needs on the ever-reliable IBM."