ARRIS Tal Laufer Named to Multichannel News 40 Under 40

Laufer_Tal_0392 (2)Multichannel News just named our own Tal Laufer—Director, Product Line Management, CMTS/CER Products—to its illustrious 40 Under 40 list.

Tal merges technical expertise with a keen understanding of today’s service provider challenges to help our global customers manage the growing demand for high-bandwidth, high-definition, and multiscreen video services.

As part of her role, she drives the implementation of our E6000 Converged Edge Router—the industry’s leading CCAP platform—which is deployed throughout the world, providing service to millions of subscribers.

She holds an MBA along with bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University, is a member of the CableLabs working group, and once served as personal assistant to the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff.

We’re proud to have her on our team, inventing the future and taking home well-deserved recognition for her contributions to the industry.

Congratulations, Tal!

ARRIS Recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

sdc-100-logo-2014_11466401Since ARRIS merged with Motorola Home a year ago, we’ve successfully integrated two leading supply chain organizations and streamlined our global operations. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that our work has been recognized with ARRIS’s induction to the 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100.

Here’s the story behind the win: we used ten cross-functional project teams to acquire visibility into our entire product chain, from engineering through repair, and used that perspective to take aim at driving down our operating costs. Our team worked across the board to achieve this goal.

We identified and implemented synergy savings that reduced global annualized operating costs by four percent. This achievement gave ARRIS the flexibility to engage in more strategic relationships with our suppliers and simultaneously respond better to customer needs and upcoming market opportunities.

Jim Brennan, our SVP of Supply Chain, Quality and Operations, said it best: “I am so impressed by the team’s execution of this complex and dynamic Synergy savings/cost reduction initiative, in such a short period of time. It significantly drove down our operating costs while improving product quality for our customers and our relationship with suppliers. This transformation added immense value to our global Supply Chain organization and to ARRIS and its shareholders.”

Congratulations to the Supply Chain organization for this amazing feat!

Cable Pioneer Profile: Zenita Henderson

Today, we’re celebrating the achievements of a key member of our team: Zenita Henderson.

Zenita (aka “Z”)  is the newest inductee to the Cable TV Pioneers, an elite group of industry veterans that the Cable Center recognizes for its “meaningful contributions to building the industry.”

That’s just one of the ways we describe Zenita. Her sense of humor and charisma inspires employees, partners, and public audiences alike. And over the course of her 25 years of service to the industry, she’s not only personally contributed to the evolution of cable, but has introduced hundreds of people to its opportunities and possibilities through foundation and charity work.

We caught up with Zenita to hear how cable has changed in the past quarter century, what landed her in the cable pioneers class of 2014, and how she’s working to pioneer its future…

For Zenita, a career in cable began by accident with a summer job at a cable distribution company that brought her into a full-time position at Jerrold in Horsham, PA. “It was in my hometown, so I didn’t have to go very far to find it. We were working on 400 megahertz plant upgrades and launching ‘cable video store’ (the original Pay-Per-view or OnDemand) at the time. There was so much potential, and this amazing technology was just a mile away from my house… I thought: ‘other people need to know about this!’”

25 years and a series of acquisitions later, Zenita is now a senior member of the regional marketing team at ARRIS and involved with numerous organizations that bring new talent into the field. “You can say I thrived in the transitions… I worked through the birth of pay-per-view, 24 hour news, the video phone, and the transition from analog to digital TV, then HD, and now Ultra HD. We’ve gone from six channels on cable to over 600. Eventually, all you’ll need is one central gateway to access all your content, on any device, anywhere in the world. It’s very exciting.”

Zenita is known for her influence, both on and off the court—forging industry collaborations, giving back to local communities, and empowering the next generation to advance the field.

One of the key areas that distinguished Zenita for the Cable TV Pioneers was her contributions to cable-related awareness and community advocacy. During her time at General Instrument, Motorola, and ARRIS, she’s pioneered corporate initiatives to educate professionals and students on opportunities in cable and to give back to the local communities providing talent to their workforce.

The result has included such successes as General Instrument’s “Dream Makers” Juvenile Diabetes walk teams, Motorola’s collaboration with Cable Positive to create YAMI-U, the launch of the first Tech It Out series with Women In Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), Technical Intern opportunities for Emma Bowen Foundation students, the Cable Mavericks Masters Forum with The Cable Center, and diversity initiatives with the National Association of Multiethnicity in Cable (NAMIC), providing members with an interactive digital platform ‘pre’ Facebook and the industry with educational technical webinars. Zenita is currently leading WICT’s Greater Philadelphia “Tech It Out” event this year with Yvette Thornton from Comcast.

“I’m honored to be part of the Cable TV Pioneers. When I started in the industry, I was so inspired by what we were doing that I wanted to be able to share it with other people. Now I’m in a position to do that. I want minorities, women, and non-technical people planning their careers to know that there’s an opportunity in cable. It’s a good thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do.

With the transformation in user experience, content, and video—cable has become a much more creative discipline. There needs to be more awareness of how it’s evolving and where it can go… 

We’re bringing tomorrow’s talent and ideas into cable, and we’re really having fun.”

Congratulations Zenita! And thanks for inspiring the human element in our journey of constant innovation.

Stanzione Recognized Among Industry’s Top Power Players

Stanzione_Bob-ppOur Chairman and CEO, Bob Stanzione, was recently named to the CableFAX 100 – a power player list honoring the most “influential cable executives whose leadership continues to take the industry to new heights.”

In the past year, Bob has led ARRIS to a 3x growth following our acquisition of Motorola Home and established our company as one of the world’s leading technology companies, working hand in hand with premier service providers to transform entertainment and communications for millions.

Bob attributes the company’s success to the people around him. “Let them know how important they are, and give them clear responsibility. I think that’s the key to success,” he stated recently in an interview with the BBC. It’s this people philosophy combined with unprecedented growth that keeps some of the industry’s finest talent flowing into ARRIS.

We call our dedication to industry progress, a “journey of constant innovation.” In the past year, we’ve seen that path paved by the smart, collaborative, and hardworking people at ARRIS. Luckily for us, Bob leads by example.

Congratulations Bob!

Merchandiser Wins TV Connect Award for Best IPTV & OTT Service Delivery Platform

Last night, at the TV Connect Awards in London, our Merchandiser platform won “Best Service Delivery Platform for IPTV and OTT.”

A well-deserved victory. Merchandiser is the content marketing component of our E2E multiscreen solution, and it’s enables  global service providers to go beyond simply enabling TV Connectmultiscreen to actually monetizing it through content personalization, catalog marketing, and recommendations.

To provide some context for the win, the TV Connect Industry Awards is seen to be one of the largest events in the Connected Entertainment industry calendar. The evening consists of a world-class panel of representatives from major service providers and senior executives coming together to pick winners and “Celebrate Innovation, excellence and achievement” in the global IP, TV and connected entertainment markets.

For ARRIS, it was an honor to be recognized for our ongoing legacy of innovation. Now we are back in the office… busy inventing the future.

Congratulations to all the winners!

ARRIS Takes Home CableFAX Digital & Tech Award

We’re happy to share some exciting news! The ARRIS Media Streamer 4000 was awarded the 2014 CableFAX Digital & Tech Award in the “Connected TV/Smart TV Solution” category. 22494_CableFAX_Tech_Awards_Logo

According to CableFAX the awards recognize products that are “driving the digital media revolution” and “took chances, made incredible strides and understand the power of innovation.”

We have to agree. Our MS4000 Media Streamer is transforming video delivery to match consumer demand for anytime, anywhere, any-device experiences. It’s powered by Sling technology and lets our customers bring place-shifting features to our Whole Home Solution with MOXI entertainment platform.

Award winners were asked two questions about technology:

1.) What is the one question you must ask before making a technology decision?

2.) What is the one technology that will most change the game in the next year?

Jeanne CableFAX Tech AwardsThe answer to the first embodies ARRIS’s core values. We ask: “How will this technology benefit consumers and advance our industry?” Last year, we invested more than $500M in R&D creating the technology to transform tomorrow’s entertainment experiences—but when we make decisions to implement that technology, we always ask how it will serve consumers and our industry.

This plays into the second question about technology game changers. We’re betting on HEVC, a powerful new compression technology that improves mobile and HD video, enables UltraHD, and facilitates its delivery over Wi-Fi—improving the overall consumer viewing experience.

It’s our commitment to investing in new technology and implementing it in ways that progress the entertainment experience that earned our MS4000 Media Streamer an award and made ARRIS a finalist in four other categories: “Cloud Solution,” “Green Technology,” “New Product Award” and “Residential Equipment.”

Awards were announced in a ceremony held earlier this week at the Yale Club in New York City.

Congratulations, team! Read more about the CableFAX Digital & Tech Awards here.

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