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Alacra: Monitoring the Market Pulse

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Alacra: Monitoring the Market Pulse

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Getting the right information at the right time can mean the difference between making a shrewd strategic move and a ho-hum business decision.

That's why Alacra is generating a host of business information feeds for executives. Alacra can keep a finger on the pulse of the news and trends in the marketplace with Alacra Pulse, according to Barry Graubart, vice president of product strategy and development at Alacra. The key is to aggregate, integrate, package, and deliver valued information to the user. Graubart says that Alacra doesn't try to weed through everything on the web; rather, the Alacra Pulse platform provides one access point for more than 100 of the top "tried-and-true" business information databases. Alacra's team of editors handpicks the best vetted sources for users and filters the incoming feeds into an intuitive, easy-to-read platform.

Graubart says Alacra Pulse keeps the "noise level" under control so users get the information they need and value. So far, Alacra has four Pulses that focus on specific market niches: Street Pulse, Deal Pulse, Credit Pulse, and Legal Pulse. Alacra uses semantic analysis to pull out important events related to deal rumors and tags this knowledge in such a way that users can get a 360-degree range of market activity without disambiguation. …

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