Customer Story

Time Warner

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14.5 million

customers being connected in the United States

Finding a better way to analyze data

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest multiple service provider in the US. Originally a cable television provider, the company introduced high-speed internet, digital phone, and wireless services. Time Warner Cable needed to drive additional revenues from untapped markets — and turned to Precisely software. Using advanced mapping and spatial analysis, the Time Warner Business Development team in Los Angeles could better understand where current customers, competition, and untapped markets are located, helping increase sales across the entire region.

Business challenge

The Los Angeles area, in particular, is one of intense competition, with multiple providers vying for the same customers. Spreadsheets used by the sales teams and company employees were a good way of discussing data, but they were becoming increasingly ineffective in showing the depth of opportunities, the challenges, and the competitive landscape that existed. It was also difficult to manipulate and interpret data in a manner that was relevant to the sales teams.

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Client profile

Time Warner Cable

  • Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the United States, connecting more than 14.5 million customers to entertainment, information and each other
  • Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video, and phone services to businesses of all sizes

“We’ve reached a time where not only can you live or die based on the quality of your product, but you will die if you stay stagnant analyzing and utilizing data in the same old way.”

Ron DiGrandi Director of Business Development


Realizing the shortfalls and limitations of spreadsheet analysis, the Time Warner Cable Business Development team designed a new way of analyzing data: Advanced Penetration Mapping (APM). APM is a web-based mapping software program that is cross geo-coded with the billing system. This approach aligns territory targeting by using MapInfo Pro from Precisely to show service penetration levels through pre-established multilevel range targeting and color-blend range transitions.

By switching from spreadsheets to geographical data mapping analysis, the Business Development team was able to identify 15 new areas of subset data. This new data completely changes standard marketing, direct sales, audit, and business development procedures, taking sales operations, productivity, and results to new levels.

Armed with more detailed information and analysis about customer prospects and competitive threats, the sales team could more effectively market Time Warner Cable’s full line of product and service offerings. Using MapInfo Pro, all company employees are able to visualize the relationship between data, geography, and end-result performance. Management can perform new data analysis and implement new sales strategies like never before.

The Business Development team can also create cross-department synergies and can clearly identify unforeseen opportunities. Another added benefit of the APM process is increased cost savings through added efficiencies. The location intelligence solution has enabled multiple departments to analyze data in an easy-tounderstand format that can be shared throughout the company. For example, an area of the city with high penetration for Time Warner Cable can be targeted for retention, while areas experiencing a high churn rate can be targeted with strategically timed cross-department actions.


“Location intelligence is an essential tool for business development. We are able to communicate data, analysis, and strategy in a way that all employees understand and get excited about.”

Paul Baxter Head of Direct, Geoffrey Insurance Services


With the solution from Precisely, Time Warner Cable is able to:

  • Create cross-department synergies and identify unforeseen opportunities
  • Visualize the relationship between data, geography, and end-result performance
  • Enable multiple departments to analyze data in an understandable format to be shared throughout the company
  • Enable the sales teams to visually understand where and why targeting is critical in addition to displaying the full impact of their performance
  • Reduce expenses through targeted solutions and elimination of continuous mass marketing and sales sweeps

Technology used

  • MapInfo Pro

MapInfo Pro

A complete, desktop mapping solution for the geographic information system (GIS) analyst to visualize, analyze, edit, interpret, and output data — revealing relationships, patterns, and trends

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