Affinegy Wins NCTA CIO.IT Competition

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Affinegy’s connected home management software wins competition to select the most innovative product or service for cable operators.

Affinegy, provider of intelligent home networking software solutions, today announced that it was selected by cable Chief Information Officers as a winner of the CIO.IT Competition at The Cable Show 2011.

Sponsored by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), over 45 companies applied to present their solutions for some of cable’s greatest IT challenges. Eight finalists were chosen to present in two sessions with a winner chosen from each.

Affinegy participated in the “Best Ideas in Cable IT Service Assurance” session with IT executives from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Suddenlink and Comcast serving as judges. The presentations were scored based on each solution’s capabilities in five areas: problem solving, revenue enhancement or expense reduction, productivity, implementation and innovation.

Affinegy Co-Founder and CTO Art Lancaster’s session, “Driving Top Line Growth by Managing the Last 50 Feet,” focused on the significant business opportunity and strategic nature of helping subscribers manage their connected lifestyles. For example, industry research firm Parks Associates says that home network nodes are expected to grow from 1.1 billion in 2010 to 7.3 billion in 2015.

“Service provider CIOs must invest in technology and business processes that enable anytime, anywhere access to a subscriber’s connected home components including computers, tablets, game consoles, DVRs, smart phones, and all content such as pictures, music, movies, and documents stored on these devices,” Lancaster explained. "Addressing this need will help providers control costs and build customer loyalty, while also enabling new top line revenue from value-added service sales and targeted up-selling.”

Lancaster also demonstrated the Affinegy Platform, the company’s software solutions that are used in the service provider’s customer care center, their business office and by their subscribers to enable and manage their connected lives.

A key discussion point during the question and answer session was how connected home management could be extended not only to “greenfield” deployments, but also existing customers. Lancaster pointed out that Affinegy is the only solution that can manage service-provider supplied advanced gateways along with a wide range of customer-owned routers and networked devices.

“It is gratifying to be recognized by the NCTA and its CIO members,” said Melissa Simpler, Co-Founder and CEO of Affinegy. “The NCTA was looking for solutions to further improve cable IT, and ultimately, the customer experience, and our solution perfectly and uniquely matches up with that objective.”

This week Affinegy will be participating in Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase in Santa Clara, California. Affinegy, a gold sponsor of the show, will be displaying its products in booth 206 and on Thursday, June 30th Art Lancaster will participate on a panel discussion, “The Evolution of the Personal Cloud.”

About Affinegy:
Affinegy provides software solutions that enable seamless connectivity between consumers, their devices and their content, whether inside or outside the home. Affinegy’s software platform is a flexible, extensible suite of connected lifestyle enablement applications, which allow consumers to easily install, manage and expand their home data and entertainment networks. Deployed in over 7.6 million households, leading service providers and consumer equipment vendors offer Affinegy solutions to their customers as the control point for their connected home experience. For more information, visit http://www.affinegy.com.

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