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Now users of DISCERN can access SNL real estate from SNL Financial, and access SNL data in the context of the other data sources they need.

DISCERN Insights-as-a-Service Gives Investors Unique Visibility Into Real Estate as Momentous GICS Deadline Approaches

DISCERN Insights-as-a-Service Gives Investors Unique Visibility Into Real Estate as Momentous GICS Deadline Approaches

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - August 16, 2016) - DISCERN, the leader in Insights-as-a-Service for investment professionals and corporate executives, today announced that DISCERN Real Estate Insights-as-a-Service provides financial decision-makers with critical signals, visual analytics and insights about opportunities and risks in real estate markets as investors prepare for the new Real Estate GICS on August 31, 2016.

Industry insiders believe adding the new Real Estate sector to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®), could be the biggest shift in equity asset allocations to hit the financial industry in 15 years. Many experts also predict that the new 11th headline-level sector may have a greater impact...

DISCERN Gives Energy Investors and Operators an Advantage During a Volatile Market

DISCERN Gives Energy Investors and Operators an Advantage During a Volatile Market

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 25, 2016 – DISCERN, the leader in Insights-as-a-Service for investment professionals and corporate executives, today announced DISCERN Energy Data-as-a-Service for its Insights-as-a-Service platform, designed to optimize oil and gas investment decision-making.

DISCERN subscribers are able to analyze ~100x the volume of well and operating data and 10x the number of companies --resulting in more insights and accelerated “awareness to informed decision” time.

Oil and gas investors and operators can subscribe to DISCERN’s Energy Data-as-a-Service to optimize decision-making on more than 200,000 of the most recent U.S. oil and gas wells, in dozens of key formations and basins, drilled by hundreds of public and private companies. DISCERN identifies potential investment insights buried in the growing volume and variety of rapidly changing information from both financial and non-financial sources – based on a user’s personalized signal engine.

“The challenge for today’s financial decision-makers is to quickly gain insights from a pool of data that is growing exponentially,” said Harry Blount, CEO and Chief Avatar at DISCERN. “While the amount of data skyrockets, decision-makers have limited resources to gather, visualize and analyze the...

DISCERN Insights-as-a-Service Platform Now Optimizes Retail Investment Decisions

DISCERN Insights-as-a-Service Platform Now Optimizes Retail Investment Decisions

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 11, 2016DISCERN, the leader in Insights-as-a-Service for investment professionals and corporate executives, today announced DISCERN Retail Data-as-a-Service for its Insights-as-a-Service platform, designed to optimize retail investment decision-making on public and private consumer retailers, banners and U.S. store locations. Subscribers gain a sustainable information advantage by monitoring 10x the number of companies possible with legacy processes, resulting in more insights and faster ‘awareness to informed decision’ time. 

“The growing availability of public and commercial data offers retail investors an opportunity to make superior investment decisions,” said Harry Blount, CEO and Chief Avatar at DISCERN. “But most financial decision-makers still rely on antiquated pre-internet tools, such as spreadsheets, that fail to capture investment insights buried in the growing volume and variety of rapidly changing information from both financial and non-financial sources.”

DISCERN connects financial decision-makers to a growing ecosystem of public and commercial data sources, which encompasses supply, demand, transaction and valuation factors. Now financial decision-makers can subscribe to DISCERN Retail Data-as-a-Service to optimize decision-making on 900+ public and private consumer retailers, 1,500+ banners and 400,000+...

1st PAAS for Real Estate Financial Insight

1st PAAS for Real Estate Financial Insight

San Mateo, Calif., November 20, 2015 – DISCERN, the leader in personalized platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for Financial Insight, today announced DISCERN Real Estate, the industry’s first platform-as-a-service that informs financial decision-makers about opportunities and risks in real estate markets through personalized signals and multi-perspective data analysis. The service unifies and continuously synthesizes SNL Real Estate data, housing market data from Altos Research, construction permitting data from BuildFax, U.S. Census records, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“For decades the real estate market has benefited from declining interest rates,” said Harry Blount, CEO of DISCERN “As a result, competition has dramatically increased, which is expected to drive...

SNL Financial Joins DISCERN

DISCERN, the leader in personalized platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for Financial Insight, today announced DISCERN Real Estate, the industry’s first platform-as-a-service that informs financial decision-makers about opportunities and risks in real estate markets through personalized signals and multi-perspective data analysis. 

DISCERN Raises $20 Million in Funding

DISCERN, the leader in Signals as a Service® for Investment Professionals, today announced it has raised a total of $20 million in financing, with its recent Series A round led by Palo Alto-based Artiman Ventures. DISCERN will use the funding to expand its PaaS-based financial decision-making platform and build upon the company’s success in the Energy industry to offer modules for Real Estate, Consumer Retail, Banking/Financial Services and other sectors.