MINNEAPOLIS—January 4, 2011—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced the availability of version 7.1 of FICO™ Model Builder. Model Builder enables analytic developers to discover, design and deploy predictive analytics for high-volume decisions. Model Builder 7.1 combines industry breakthroughs in scorecard development functionality with a highly visual interface and 64-bit certification to solve very large modeling problems. By dramatically accelerating model deployment, Model Builder can reduce model deployment costs by as much as 75%, while shortening time to value and improving model ROI.
With Model Builder 7.1, analysts can unleash FICO’s innovative and visual performance inference technologies, to estimate the outcome of rejected and un-booked applicants and untangle the bias of historical decisions. And with 64-bit certification, Model Builder now scales to even larger problems, without degrading runtime performance.
“We at Scotiabank Credit Cards are very happy to see the new reject inference editors and multi-target interactive binner with the release of Model Builder 7.1,” said Joël Côté, Director of Portfolio Management & Analytics for Scotiabank Credit Cards. “This release will increase the usability of Model Builder, expediting our model development and deployment timelines. We believe these additions make a powerful platform that much more valuable to our business.”
“Analysts have always had to choose between the best modeling capabilities and rapid execution of models,” said David Lightfoot, Vice President of Product Management for FICO. “Model Builder 7.1 puts the most advanced scorecard development tools in modelers’ hands, while accelerating the deployment well beyond today’s industry standard. We estimate that for most organizations, delays in model deployment can reach $50,000 per month in opportunity costs, on top of the considerable expense of recoding and retesting models, derived variables and segmentation logic. By deploying directly to a decisioning repository without recoding, Model Builder 7.1 can cut average deployment times from 6 months to under a month, saving $250,000 in opportunity costs per model.”
The deployment advantages come from Model Builder’s common technical infrastructure with the industry-leading FICO® Blaze Advisor® business rules management system. Clients using both tools have an analytic platform that greatly reduces the effort to transfer models from the development environment to definition and deployment. Users can also deploy models from a central repository into a variety of systems, including Java-based applications, COBOL or Mainframe based applications, or Microsoft .NET applications.
FICO has found that accelerated model deployment allows organizations to focus on critical areas such as rapid model validation, reweight and alignment approaches, keeping models performing at a higher level over time. This in turn allows more models to be maintained by the same number of analysts.
FICO (NYSE:FICO) transforms business by making every decision count. FICO’s Decision Management solutions combine trusted advice, world-class analytics and innovative applications to give organizations the power to automate, improve and connect decisions across their business. Clients in 80 countries work with FICO to increase customer loyalty and profitability, cut fraud losses, manage credit risk, meet regulatory and competitive demands, and rapidly build market share. FICO also helps millions of individuals manage their credit health through the www.myFICO.com website.
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