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Affinity Systems Joins Kx Systems as a Consulting, Training and Sales Partner

Partnership Enables Big Data in Utility Sector

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/20/14 -- Affinity Systems, a custom software firm specializing in the design, development, implementation and support of innovative software solutions announced today a consulting, training and sales partnership focusing on the utilities sector with Kx Systems, a California-based leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics.

Kx has an ultra-high-speed database called kdb+, with an expressive query language, q, that is optimized for analyzing vast amounts of data in real-time.

Affinity Systems has been building custom software solutions in a broad range of industries including utilities, telecom, insurance, financial services and retail since 1989. Known for its systematic approach in design and development of complex software implementations, Affinity specializes in big data analytics, business intelligence and life-cycle quality assurance.

"Our partnership with Kx Systems addresses a specific market need: organizations looking for solutions to analyze massive amounts of relational and time-series data," said Leslie Goldsmith, Managing Director at Affinity Systems. "Our experience working with big data for utility market operators and power distribution companies, combined with technologies from Kx, will allow our customers to gain insights on power consumption and other usage patterns."

"Affinity will be a great partner for Kx, because of their strong standards of excellence in every project they take on," said Janet Lustgarten, CEO Kx Systems. "Affinity's expertise in utilities aligns well with where Kx is expanding."

About Affinity Systems

Since 1989, Affinity Systems has been building world-class custom software solutions. Affinity combines broad industry experience with deep technical knowledge to deliver unrivaled and insightful solutions that exceed expectations. Affinity has an extensive record of tackling complex software challenges from design and development through implementation and support. As a Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle partner, Affinity's thoughtful and systematic approach to custom software solutions, business intelligence, and life-cycle quality assurance has established it as an industry leader. For more information, visit www.affsys.com.

About Kx

Kx Systems offers a unified approach to real-time and historical data analysis with its high-performance kdb+ database platform. Kdb+ provides a portable, expressive query and programming language, q, to analyze and store streaming events, manipulate in-memory and on-disk databases, and build distributed, low-latency applications. The company's focus is on delivering the best performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications. For more information, visit http://kx.com.

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