Digital Matrix Systems and ZestFinance (now Zest AI) Partner to Deliver Trusted Machine Learning to Lenders and Loan Operating Systems

ADDISON, Texas – September 18, 2019 – Digital Matrix Systems (DMS), an international risk management firm specializing in support of the entire data management lifecycle, including secure access to credit bureaus and data providers, data storage, and analytics, announced a partnership today with ZestFinance, the leader in artificial intelligence (AI) software for credit. The two companies are integrating Zest Automated Machine Learning (ZAML) software with Data Access Point™, a DMS platform that makes it easy to create and deploy credit attributes and scorecards for automated decisions, risk assessment, and probability calculations.

ML credit models improve on traditional methods by using 100 times more data signals and sophisticated math to make more good loans and fewer bad ones. ZAML customers see an average 15% increase in approval rates with no added risk, as well as increases in booked loan rates due to more competitive pricing. Lenders using ZAML for risk reduction average 30% reductions in charge-off rates.

Getting these results from ML requires secure, consistent access to clean data, which is where DMS excels. Zest’s strength is in making ML transparent and safe to use. Together, DMS and Zest are making trusted ML credit scoring instantly accessible to thousands of lenders. DMS provides connections to more than 20 loan operating systems (LOS) and has connections with more than 40 data providers and all three credit bureaus. Lenders that rely on DMS to get the right data into their credit models can now switch to high-performing ML models with confidence that the results are accurate and compliant with lending rules and regulations.

”I believe this partnership will bring tremendous value to our clients,” says Mark Dreux, Head of Strategy & Business Development at DMS. “The ability to pair Zest’s ML capabilities with DMS’ standardized and normalized attributes, as well as our clients’ custom attributes via our CreditAnalyst™ tool, will be a big win for lenders in support of their risk management efforts.”

“This partnership will remove a big challenge of doing ML — getting the right data in the right format,” said Douglas Merrill, CEO and founder of ZestFinance. “Together we can help more lenders use ML to approve more good borrowers and control their underwriting risk.”

About Digital Matrix Systems

Founded in 1982, DMS is an international risk management solution provider that helps clients leverage the power of data to make better-informed business decisions. Through an integrated product suite, DMS delivers secure access to consumer and commercial credit bureaus, as well as specialty data providers.  As a reliable partner, DMS helps leading companies predict and manage risk in a variety of industries, including financial services, insurance, and brokerage services.  The company provides data warehousing, advanced analytics, scoring models, and comprehensive consulting services, delivering strategic solutions tailored to each client’s business goals.  For more information, visit

About ZestFinance

ZestFinance helps lenders use machine learning to develop and launch highly accurate and explainable credit risk models. ZestFinance’s software enables our clients to increase revenues, reduce risk, and ensure compliance. ZestFinance was founded in 2009 by Douglas Merrill, the former CIO of Google, and a team of former Google employees with the mission of making fair and transparent credit available to everyone. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit