Magazine article Information Today

Bureau Van Dijk Premieres OSIRIS

Magazine article Information Today

Bureau Van Dijk Premieres OSIRIS

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At the InfoToday 2001 conference in New York, Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (http://www.bvdny.com) provided the first glimpse of its new product, OSIRIS, billed as a fully integrated public-company database and analytical information solution. The OSIRIS database covers over 90 countries and includes 22,000 publicly listed companies (8,000 in the U.S.), 1,400 banks, and 200 insurance companies.

According to Bureau van Dijk, the product is aimed at companies that routinely have a need for the following applications: corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment portfolio management, equity research, and competitive intelligence. It's also viewed as a tool for the academic community.

The information in OSIRIS is pulled from several sources and then integrated to provide a one-stop shop for international public-company research. Corporation information is delivered by World'Vest Base, which compiles its data from direct company contacts and annual reports. Bank information is provided by Fitch, which sources its data from annual reports, and Thomson Financial Insurance Solutions fills in the insurance information, which is gathered from annual financial statements. Other companies contributing to the OSIRIS database are Reuters News, Standard & Poor's, Moody's, JCF International, Bridge Information Systems, and Bureau van Dijk itself.

The database has both easy and advanced search options and may be searched by numerous criteria. The data in OSIRIS include income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements and ratios, news, ownership, subsidiaries, rankings, earning estimates, and stock data. Currently, only 6,800 companies supply ownership and/or subsidiary information, but it appears that more will follow. News information, provided by Reuters News, contains a 2month history of headlines and articles; users also have the option of setting up alerts so that the news is pushed to them. Unfortunately, there is an additional cost as the news portion is not part of the basic OSIRIS subscription.

Bureau van Dijk's other databases (FAME, amadeus, BankScope, ISIS, and more) are well-known for the detail offered and their charting and graphing capabilities. It appears that OSIRIS will follow that same path, making it very useful. (I wasn't able to give OSIRIS a test drive, as the Internet version is not yet available, so I'm unable to speak as an actual user.) As part of the database's analysis functionality, OSIRIS does offer graphing, along with peer and statistical analysis and company rankings sorted by user-defined variables. …

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