Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of mergers and acquisitions, a not-so-glitzy story gets lost that really deserves our attention. So it was with FirstLogic. Most of the news has been about Business Objects acquisition of this data quality software vendor but -- you know -- there was another recent news story about FirstLogic that was even more important IMHO but it got lost in the shuffle...
On February 1 of this year, right before news of the acquisition broke, a story appeared in ReliefWeb stating that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had signed an agreement with FirstLogic for the data quality vendor to supply their software on a pro-bono basis. Yes -- that's right. They donated their software (known as IQ8 and IQ Insight) to help the United Nations obtain higher quality critically needed data. It will be used for data analysis on forensic and financial records of United Nations programs in tsunami-affected areas. The software will improve the quality of the UN's data analysis.
â€śThe UN will benefit from this donation, which will help achieve high quality, reliable, and complete data to better review financial records and take more informed decisions about the delivery of humanitarian assistance in tsunami-affected areas,â€ť said Jan Egeland, the United Nationsâ€™ Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Joe Zurawski, FirstLogic Vice-President of Global Alliances and Product Management stated, â€śFirstLogic is very pleased to help the United Nations in its goal to achieve high standards in accounting for the funds received for this disaster.â€ť
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is in 166 countries, working with the local folks on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and their wide range of partners.
OCHA is the United Nation's department for the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy in complex emergencies and disasters.
UNICEF will also benefit from this gift as well, I am sure, so that the children of the world get the humanitarian aid they need.
I applaud the largess of FirstLogic and hope that Business Objects continues to display the same generosity and compassion that their acquisition has shown. Perhaps more companies and CEOs follow suit with their own donations to worthy charitable organizations.
FirstLogic -- good company, good people.
Your in BI success,
Posted March 1, 2006 8:42 PM
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