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Value of the D&B D-U-N-S®Number

The DUNSRight Quality Process

The power behind the D&B D-U-N-S®Number

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The DUNSRight™ Process: The Power Behind Quality Information

DUNSRight™ is why D&B customers can be confident about their critical business decisions

We define data quality by asking ourselves four questions:

  • Is the data accurate?
  • Is the data complete?
  • Is the data timely?
  • Is the data globally consistent?

To answer these questions, we take our data through a process we call DUNSRight™, in which we collect, aggregate, edit, and verify data from thousands of sources daily so that our customers can use the information to make profitable decisions for their businesses. Our ability to turn an enormous stream of data into high quality business information is what sets us apart from our competitors.

How does the DUNSRight™ process work?

The foundation of DUNSRight™ is Quality Assurance which includes over 2,000 separate automated checks, plus many manual ones, to ensure the data meets our high quality standards. In addition, five quality drivers work sequentially to collect and enhance the data.

Building the global picture

The process works like this:

  • Global Data Collection combines data from a variety of sources worldwide.
  • We integrate the data into our database through our patented Entity Matching, which produces a single, more accurate picture of each business.
  • We apply the D&B DUNS® Number as a unique means of identifying and tracking a business globally through every step in the life and activity of the business.
  • We use Corporate Linkage to enable our customers to view their total risk or opportunity across related businesses.
  • Finally, statistical analyses are used to calculate Predictive Indicators. These are used to estimate a business's future performance on the basis of the available information and its past performance.

The output of this extensive process? High quality business information embedded in our solutions that customers rely on. Not just to be sure - but to be "D&B Sure."

As of January, 2016

Total companies in the database: 253.4 million

  • 121 million active companies in the database available for risk, supply, sales & marketing and e-business decisions.
  • 132.4 million inactive companies available with historical information for file matching and data cleansing purposes.

Active companies by Region:

Africa: 1,172,221

Asia Pacific: 27,222,421

Europe: 49,441,068

Middle East: 1,492,160

Latin America: 17,487,318

North America: 24,227,676

Grand Total: 121,042,864

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