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CNN partners with IT vendor for new data app for U.S. election

The worldwide leader in 24-hour news Cable News Network (CNN) has enlisted CA Technologies to ensure all of its news services whether it’s on cable TV, satellite TV, radio, online or on a wireless device throughout 200 countries has up-to-the-minute U.S. election results.

Campaign 2016 is the data election, and CNN Politics is telling the story of every twist and turn of the race for the White House in a new data-centric app available to iOS users.

The CNN Politics app was built using CA Technologies API management and mobile analytics software and features a new mobile experience that tracks the latest polling, delegate, voting and fundraising data behind the 2016 race.

CNN was looking for a new way to personalize alerts and notifications and the app positions users at the forefront of this election and empowers them to analyze the data driving the political landscape to Election Day.

Key features of the CNN Politics app include:

  • Exclusive data-driven stories and visualizations, which will help voters understand who is winning the election — and why
  • Comprehensive election results, breaking news, enterprise and video reporting from the No. 1 online political news destination
  • Personalized alerts and notifications to keep users up-to-date on the storylines and trend-lines defining the race

Matthew Drooker, vice president of app development and technology for CNN, said from polling to fundraising to delegate counts, who is tracking well and who isn’t, there is a wealth of data associated with this historic campaign. Partnering with CA to build a native mobile experience for users to digest the meaning behind the numbers in a compelling and entirely personal way. The result is an informative, immersive and indispensable multimedia experience.

The app was built using CA API Management and CA Mobile App Analytics products. The CA API management software transfers and aggregates data points from numerous different sources, including CNN polling data, Federal Election Commission data and the CNN/Pivit Political Prediction Market, to help users navigate the race and draw conclusions based on how the election is tracking. CA Mobile App Analytics provides the insight to gauge app use with advanced data visualization and optimize app performance to deliver a seamless user experience.

CA CTO Otto Berkes said the app economy has pushed the political discussion online and mobile. There is tremendous appetite to know what’s happening right now in this election, and the CNN Politics app satisfies that voter appetite with the tap of a single icon.

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