The McGraw-Hill Companies, founded in 1888, is one of the leading information service providers worldwide that offers a range of financial, educational and business solutions. It provides services through various brands, such as the Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek, and J.D. Power and Associates. The company maintains more than 280 office locations throughout over 40 countries globally. It offers market analysis services and prints technical and trade publications. The McGraw-Hill Companies utilizes a signature methodology for evaluating companies core earnings, as well as publishes studies and rankings on corporate transparency, governance and disclosure practices. Additionally, it provides database management and consulting services for small- middle- and large-scale commercial customers.