QAS, helpIT Systems Partner to Improve Data Quality


BOSTON, Jan. 30 -- QAS, an Experian® company, and leading supplier of address verification solutions, today announced its partnership with helpIT systems, an expert in the field of data cleansing to improve business' data quality. The partnership provides organizations with data hygiene tools that verify and standardize addresses and identify and process duplicate records. As a result, organizations can increase their productivity by spending less time identifying and processing customer information and more time on data strategies like segmentation and targeting. Under the agreement, QAS will resell helpIT systems' deduplication tool, matchIT.

Today's multichannel environment creates challenges for organizations when processing vast amounts of incoming data. Because customers can provide information from multiple entry points, such as the phone, web or point of sale terminals, the number of duplicate records in businesses' databases has increased. Combined with the constantly changing nature of data, many companies struggle to accurately and quickly match information from each channel. This data quality challenge affects a wide variety of businesses including multichannel retailers, catalog and mail-order companies, financial services providers, and universities.

"By using matchIT in addition to QAS' QuickAddress products, organizations can dramatically improve their data quality so they can devote more time to understanding and reaching customers and prospects," explains Joel Curry, chief operating officer at QAS. QuickAddress products verify and standardize addresses at the point of entry. The matchIT tool compliments the QuickAddress suite of data quality tools by providing a point solution for organizations who wish to manage their own duplicate records.

matchIT is a flexible and customizable product that identifies and processes duplicate data from multiple sources by using sophisticated matching algorithms. Users can quickly identify duplicate records based on a combination of fields such as contact names, address information or account numbers. The software also allows database specialists to recognize and maintain the most current records and remove out-of-date information. When matchIT is combined with the names and addresses verified and standardized with QuickAddress products, a higher number of duplicate records can be found. "Because of its intelligent matching capabilities, matchIT is an ideal complement to QAS' data quality products," notes helpIT systems' president, Robert Heidenreich. matchIT and QuickAddress products accurately and quickly standardize, clean and merge incoming data so it can be leveraged for strategic customer communications.

Once a data quality solution is deployed, organizations also increase efficiency in their call centers, improve direct marketing response rates and realize a higher confidence in business and financial reporting. Clean data allows businesses to create a true 360° view of their customers and sets the foundation for accurate customer segmentation and better performance of marketing campaigns and communications.

To learn more about matchIT or QuickAddress products, please visit www.qas.com/matchIT or call (888) 707-8822.

About QAS, an Experian company

Established in 1990 and today a wholly owned subsidiary of Experian, QAS is a pioneer in address data quality software. The company's QuickAddress products capture, verify, clean and maintain address records within any company. The products are based on data secured from national postal authorities. QAS has over 9,000 customers worldwide in the retail, education, healthcare, insurance, finance, travel, telecommunications, government, mail-order and membership industries. The company has multiple offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia Pacific.

For more information, visit the QAS website at http://www.qas.com/us.

About Experian

Experian is a global leader in providing analytical and information services to organizations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions. Combining its unique information tools and deep understanding of individuals, markets and economies, Experian partners with organizations around the world to establish and strengthen customer relationships and provide their businesses with competitive advantage. For consumers, Experian delivers critical information that enables them to make financial and purchasing decisions with greater control and confidence. Clients include organizations from financial services, retail and catalog, telecommunications, utilities, media, insurance, automotive, leisure, e-commerce, manufacturing, property and government sectors.

Experian Group Limited is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE-100 index. It has corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and operational headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., and Nottingham, UK. Experian employs more than 12,500 people in 34 countries worldwide, supporting clients in more than 60 countries. Annual sales are in excess of $3.1 billion.

For more information, visit the Group's Web site at www.experiangroup.com.

The word "Experian" is a registered trademark in the EU and other countries and is owned by Experian Ltd. and/or its associated companies.

About helpIT systems

helpIT systems is recognized as a leading expert in the field of data cleansing. Established over 15 years ago, helpIT systems software is used by more than 1000 companies worldwide. Its diverse client list, which ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to forward-thinking start-ups, rely on helpIT systems for their data quality management needs.

For more information, visit the helpIT systems' website at www.helpIT.com.

Source: QAS

CONTACT:
Alyssa Whiting
Burson-Marsteller
+1-312-596-3491
alyssa.whiting@bm.com

Jaime Reynolds
QAS an Experian company
+1-617-218-3262
jaime.reynolds@qas.com

Doug Finke
helpIT systems
1-866-628-2448
dougf@helpit.com

Web site: http://www.qas.com/
http://www.qas.com/matchIT
http://www.experiangroup.com/
http://www.helpit.com/

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