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Alacra: Adding onto the Pulse Platform

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Alacra: Adding onto the Pulse Platform

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[FEATURED PRODUCT]

It didn't take long for Alacra, Inc. to build a platform that delivers integrated quality corporate news, vetted analysis, and the best blogs in one easy point of access. Alacra, long known for packaging and delivering content in an enterprise-friendly format, rolled out the first of a suite of solutions based on its Alacra Pulse Platform.

The platform, which aggregates more than 2,500 RSS feeds, is designed to find, filter, and package web-based content so users can quickly grab the most relevant data available about a company. Using its Applied Knowledge Extraction technology, Alacra teams its semantic analysis and its knowledgebase to identify entities accurately and efficiently, whether the user is searching for companies, people, or significant business events (e.g., M&A rumors, corporate bankruptcy filings, or comments from a key CEO).

Street Pulse, the first in the Pulse Platform collection, answers the question, "What do key opinion leaders have to say about [a certain subject]," according to Barry Graubart, vice president of product strategy and business development. He points to three key drivers behind the product. "First, we're experiencing changing market dynamics," he says. "Sell-side has cut research, there are fewer analysts covering fewer companies, and research is often inaccessible to large market segments." The second driver is the emergence of professional bloggers. …

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