BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, BIG DATA MANAGEMENT, DATA SCIENCE
ACA Group | September 26, 2022
ACA Group (ACA), the leading governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisor in financial services, today announced that it has acquired Ethos ESG (Ethos), a provider of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings data and software for financial advisors, asset managers, institutions, and investors.
This acquisition marks ACA’s first analytics offering, which will be paired with ACA’s ESG experts to form an integrated tech and advisory offering under the ESG Advisory practice. ACA’s existing ESG Advisory practice supports with a range of programmatic needs for firms that integrate ESG into their business or investment activities. This currently includes advice and implementation support around strategy, policies/procedures, regulations and frameworks, training, and external reporting, among other areas. With Ethos, ACA’s clients will now also be able to easily analyze investments and automate several elements of ESG reporting.
Founded in 2019, Ethos offers an interactive platform that allows for the evaluation of over 350,000 impact ratings including companies, stocks, and funds through a prism of 45 ESG causes such as climate change, racial justice, mental health and more. Providing full transparency into how each impact score is calculated and the ability to upload portfolios and create models, Ethos allows for GRC professionals to understand the ESG characteristics of their investments and make responsible decisions that align with their firm's values and ESG commitments.
Ethos uses a proprietary set of approximately 100 underlying databases to generate its ratings. These databases provide a unique impact view of ratings, as well as provide insight into key metrics where available. The databases are fully transparent, so clients can see which underlying database source for each data point. Ethos also has capabilities developed to quickly scrape the public domain for material publicly available information to include in the ratings. These state-of-the-art capabilities allow Ethos to quickly add company coverage to help clients achieve full coverage of their investment portfolio.
Ethos has invested in innovation through the recent launch of its Impact Calculator, an embeddable widget that takes a dollar amount and immediately calculates the real-world equivalent impact of investing that amount in a specific fund or other product, compared to a benchmark.
Additionally, Ethos recently introduced its Carbon Neutral Certification program for mutual funds and ETFs, developed in conjunction with Change Finance. Through the certification, Ethos performs an independent analysis of a funds carbon footprint (covering Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission) and carbon credits (offsets) to verify whether the fund is carbon neutral during a specified period.
“This is an exciting step in helping to grow our presence in the ESG space and is ACA Group’s first foray into analytics as a service,” said Shvetank Shah, CEO of ACA Group. “We are invigorated to be building out and launching our data capabilities, starting with Ethos ESG. Combining data with our scalable solutions will continue to empower our clients to reimagine GRC and protect and grow their business.”
“We are thrilled to partner with ACA Group, as their brand and reach in the GRC space is well-known. “Not only is taking into consideration the ESG impact of your decisions right on its merits, but greater transparency into ESG issues helps firms mitigate risk and make informed choices while growing sustainably.”
Luke Wilcox, Founder and CEO of Ethos ESG
“This pairing will help us to leverage data in a new way to help firms of all sizes develop and monitor their ESG programs to mitigate risk, make informed choices, combat greenwashing, and grow profitably and sustainably in the process. Access to high-quality, transparent ESG data is an essential part of any ESG endeavor, and our partnership with Ethos will allow us to build and protect our clients’ ESG strategies in ways few others can,” said Dan Mistler, Head of ESG Advisory at ACA Group.
About ACA Group
ACA Group (ACA) is the leading governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisor in financial services. We empower our clients to reimagine GRC and protect and grow their business. Our innovative approach integrates advisory, managed services, distribution solutions, and analytics with our ComplianceAlpha® technology platform with the specialized expertise of former regulators and practitioners and our deep understanding of the global regulatory landscape.
About Ethos ESG
Founded in 2019, Ethos ESG provides data and analytics for financial advisors, asset managers, institutions, and investors. With over 350,000 impact ratings of stocks and funds across 45 causes, Ethos ESG helps firms offer robust impact reporting, monitor and address sustainability risks, and enhance quantitative research and modelling with transparent ESG data.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT, DATA ARCHITECTURE, BUSINESS STRATEGY
Orion Governance | October 21, 2022
Orion Governance, a leader in Metadata Management solutions and the provider of the Enterprise Information Intelligence Graph (EIIG), the foundation for a self-defined data fabric, announced today it has entered into a technology partnership with Qlik.® This partnership will integrate Orion’s EIIG solution with Qlik Cloud to help enterprises tackle their most challenging data problems.
“Orion is thrilled to be a Qlik technology partner. The integration of our EIIG platform enables Qlik users to see key data metrics such as quality score, value score, and trust score right in their Qlik apps. Users can dive into the EIIG platform to see data lineage and get more insight by leveraging metadata analytics such as impact analysis. EIIG's Qlik extension also delivers augmented data quality and allows users to tag all PII data assets right in Qlik apps for data privacy and regulatory compliance.”
Niu Bai, Head of Global Business Development at Orion Governance
Orion’s Enterprise Information Intelligence Graph (EIIG) automatically ingests metadata from more than 60 technologies to weave the most comprehensive knowledge graph in the industry and build a self-defined data fabric. This data fabric provides the visualizations necessary to catalog, trace, trust and analyze data while promoting confidence, transparency, and governance of the enterprise landscape.
“We look forward to customers being able to augment their Qlik analytics experience with Orion’s data metrics to drive more understanding and trust in their data for increased action and impact,” said Josh Good, Vice President, Product Marketing at Qlik.
About Orion Governance
Orion Governance was founded in 2017 with a mission to disrupt the information management space. The company’s Enterprise Information Intelligence Graph (EIIG) is a cloud based, vendor/technology agnostic SaaS platform that provides the most comprehensive metadata knowledge graph in the industry. The EIIG has persona based visualizations to create a self-defined data fabric with detailed cataloging, traceability, data quality and analytics capabilities; the result of ML/AI automation that enables enterprises to take control of their complex IT landscape in near real-time. Customers include Global 5000 companies in banking insurance, retail, healthcare, telecom and information technology that are challenged by a variety of complexities; regulatory, cloud migration, transformational and silo based constraints. Orion is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with global offices in other US cities, Estonia, Sweden, Singapore, Germany and India.
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, BIG DATA MANAGEMENT
Veritonic | December 09, 2022
Veritonic, the industry’s comprehensive audio analytics and research platform, announced today that they have been approved as an attribution partner by Acast, the world’s largest independent podcast company. As a result, the more than 2,400 advertisers and 88,000 podcasters that use the Acast platform to distribute their podcast content can elect to utilize Veritonic’s robust attribution capabilities to optimize and further increase the ROI of their audio campaigns.
“We are pleased to partner with Acast to support brands, agencies, and publishers with the holistic data and analytics they need to increase their reach and ROI with audio. "The powerful combination of our attribution and brand lift technology provides unparalleled and comprehensive measurement of audio campaigns from top to bottom in one unified and intuitive platform.”
Scott Simonelli, chief executive officer of Veritonic
"Veritonic shares our commitment to arming brands and agencies with actionable and insightful audio performance data,” said Kevin McCaul, Global Head of Ad Operations at Acast. “Our partnership is an important step for the open ecosystem of podcasting as we continue to work together to provide independent measurement insights to prove the effectiveness and efficiency of podcasting as a marketing channel.”
Veritonic’s Attribution solution enables users to glean actionable insights from top-of-the-funnel branding initiatives through bottom-of-the-funnel conversions & transactions. Through an intuitive and interactive dashboard, brands can determine which publisher and specific ads had the highest impact and use that data to optimize ad performance.
World-renowned brands, agencies, publishers, and platforms rely on Veritonic’s comprehensive audio research and analytics platform to research, test, and measure the ROI of their audio assets and campaigns pre-market, in-market, and post-campaign. The resulting insight enables clients to gain confidence in their audio investment, mitigate risk through optimization, and increase their return as they engage consumers with compelling audio experiences.
Acast is the world’s largest independent podcast company. Founded in 2014, the company has pioneered the open podcast ecosystem ever since – making podcasts available on any listening platform. Acast provides a marketplace, helping podcasters find the right audience to monetize their content. When our podcasters make money, we make money. Today, Acast hosts nearly 88,000 podcasts, with more than 430 million listens every month.
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, BIG DATA MANAGEMENT
NFTGo.io | November 08, 2022
NFTGo.io, the leading NFT data analytics and trading aggregation platform, has announced a major brand upgrade. A new front end look has been unveiled to align with its mission of empowering NFT users via a seamless interactive experience.
NFTGo aims to guide users at every phase of their journey from discovery, analytics and trade to portfolio management. It is now primely positioned as the only independent NFT data analytics and trading aggregator platform after the other major aggregators, Gem and Genie, have been acquired by OpenSea and Uniswap respectively.
Unlike a conventional marketplace like OpenSea, buying NFTs through a trading aggregator is akin to purchasing flight tickets via booking.com. The user gets the best offer across all NFT marketplaces and saves up to 70% of the gas fee.
The NFT Data Guru
In addition to its best-in-class trading aggregation services, NFTGo.io has been a professional data analytics platform since 2021. Along the way, it has helped over 1 million global users research NFT collections, track whale behaviors, filter out wash trading, discover top mints, and make smarter decisions through the suite of data metrics.
NFTGo's data API is currently serving over 500 organizations including major marketplaces such as X2Y2 and Looksrare to support their product development. NFTGo.io has also been actively engaged with renowned universities worldwide to provide data for their research purposes, including Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as blockchain communities at Oregon State University and Cambridge University.
"Our marketplace serves hundreds of thousands of users per month and delivering the best service is the key," said TP, founder and CEO of X2Y2. "We are very selective with our partners to provide the most reliable and accurate data in the market. NFTGo.io is our go-to partner for data integration as they are renowned for their rich and advanced NFT metrics."
Redefining the New User Journey
Lowes, Founder and CEO of NFTGo.io, said: "The current NFT user experience is fragmented. Information is dispersed and users are jumping between different platforms. They may be sourcing for trending NFT topics and new collections on social media, switch over to an Analytics platform to conduct research with analytical tools, and eventually trade on a separate marketplace. There is no platform in the market that provides a holistic and seamless experience to users, allowing them to discover, analyze, trade, track their holdings and portfolio profit and losses in one place. Our brand upgrade is more than a website redesign, but a showcase of how NFTGo.io is redefining the NFT experience through user-centric design, to help them make better decisions."
NFTGo.io also has a resourceful ecosystem of investors to support its growth. "We are proud to invest in NFTGo.io as their team aims to be the future gateway of the NFT ecosystem," said Wyatt Lonergan, Principal at Circle Ventures. "The NFTGo.io team are showing their ambitions for changing the current NFT landscape and improving the user experience with their new product features."
Lowes also revealed NFTGo's upcoming plan to value-add to its community: "Community is always our priority. We will be inviting our users to the new homepage beta test around mid November and launching a loyalty program to reward our supporters. Details about the program can be expected soon."
To date, NFTGo has launched over 20 innovative and handy NFT features including Watchlist, Top Mints, and Top Collections to capture evolving NFT trends driven by a strong community. NFTGo has also brought about a novel Rarity Model, helping users to better gauge the rarity, and thus, the potential value of the individual NFTs.
During this upgrade, NFTGo will be launching a Twitter extension to allow users to access and analyze NFT Project's performance directly on Twitter, providing a frictionless transition from web2 to web3.
NFTGo.io is a leading NFT aggregation platform that enables its community to analyze NFT market data and transact all in one place. NFTGo offers a wide range of powerful tools and features including NFT market analytics, real-time listings, rarity, whale tracking, watchlist, drops calendar, and trading aggregator. It empowers its users to discover, trade, and manage NFT assets, serving 500+ institutional customers, 1,000+ communities, and 1M+ retail users worldwide.