Office for National Statistics


The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) maintains a comprehensive list of UK businesses called the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR), a key data source for analysis of the country's economy and business activities.

“We needed something that could integrate with existing systems and find duplicate information across different data sets with no common linkage and different data quality standards. We no longer have to go to companies multiple times because now we can find the information we need in our databases.”

— John Perry, Head of Business Register Unit, Office for National Statistics


Business Need

Link data from multiple systems and eliminate duplicates to give users more accurate search results.

Lower the cost of managing data

Increase business agility.



Integrate large volumes and multiple types of data.

Reduce duplication and errors.

Deliver accurate search results faster.


Solutions & Results

Matched and grouped 12 million addresses for both current and defunct businesses.

Improved responsiveness to queries, thus protecting government funding.

Eliminated redundant business surveys.


Technologies Used

Informatica Identity Resolution

Increases operational efficiency and effectiveness with highly accurate, multilanguage identity data.

Success Stories

Humberside Police

British police force uses Informatica Data Quality to increase accuracy of vehicle registration records from 83% to 97.9%, and increase accuracy of vehicle types data to 98.7%. Solution brought more than 150,000 records into regulatory compliance.

Queensland Police Service

The Queensland Police Service saved 79 years of manual merging time and more than $4.4 million in staff salaries

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense

Deployed PowerCenter to standardize data migration methodology for greater efficiency.