Telecommunications Industry's Evolution Demands Inventive Approaches For New Generation OSS

TM Forum Members Answer the Call - 'Living Lab for New Generation OSS'

Showcased at TeleManagement World-Nice



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from TeleManagement Forum

    MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleManagement World, the
 largest conference, exposition and networking event for OSS will feature live,
 multi-vendor demonstrations of integrated management products at its Catalyst
 Showcase:  The Living Lab for New Generation OSS.
     The Catalyst Showcase teams, demonstrating at TeleManagement World-Nice
 (May 8-10, 2001), will reveal real and prototype products linked together to
 automate key processes and deliver integrated solutions.  The mission of
 Catalyst Showcase is to enable suppliers to test the viability of new
 approaches and ideas in a live market setting, while giving service providers
 a way to see what is possible and provide feedback to suppliers.
     On May 9th and 10th from noon till 1:00 p.m. attend a special "Behind the
 Scenes with the Catalyst Teams."  Meet with the Catalyst Teams to discuss the
 business and technical aspects of each of the projects with the team members
 that made each project happen.  Discuss approaches and the strategic value of
 the multivendor solutions developed and demonstrated at the Showcase.  Team
 members will be available to answer in-depth strategic, tactical and technical
 questions.
 
     The Living Lab for New Generation OSS
     Collaborative interoperability demonstrations featured at TeleManagement
 World-Nice will provide important glimpses into state-of-the-art of New
 Generation OSS integration for the global communications industry.  The
 Catalyst Showcase will feature leading-edge work from diverse companies that
 are supplying software solutions that enable new levels of operational
 flexibility.  In turn, these solutions are fueling communications industry
 growth by helping service providers succeed in the emerging competitive
 environment.
     Attendees at TeleManagement World-Nice will witness the following Catalyst
 Showcase demonstrations:
 
     SLA for UMTS
     The SLA for UMTS Catalyst Showcase project addresses real-time information
 from a business impact perspective within a GPRS (UMTS) network.  The project
 tackles SLA contracting, QoS policy management, service delivery,
 configuration and reconfiguration.  It also demonstrates the TM Forum's NGOSS
 initiative via the introduction of the Service Level Agreement Model.  The
 project also demonstrates a Catalyst Showcase project implementation to
 validate the use of selected NGOSS principles, to develop commercially viable,
 multi-vendor, integrated Operations and Business Support Systems for new
 generation networks.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:  Amdocs,
 Sirius Software GmbH, SmarTrek, Sodalia S.p.A., TELESOFT Corporation, T-Mobil
 International, T-Systems, Telecom Italia Mobile, Vitria Technology, and
 Deutsche Telecom.
 
     IPDR Billing
     This Catalyst Showcase project explores the effectiveness of using the
 IPDR standards for the accounting interfaces between the network, provided by
 Swisscom, and business management layers.  IP usage data is collected by a
 network probe in real time and then sent to two mediation systems for
 processing; Lucent's BILLDATS and Hewlett Packard's SIU.  Accounting data from
 the mediation systems is then transferred to Lucent's Arbor/BP billing
 platform for bill generation.  Network data is also sent to the Lucent's IP
 Data Analyzer for real-time analysis.  Finally, invoice data generated by the
 billing platform is sent to eDocs' eaDirect online account management system
 for web based presentment and payment.  Participants in this Catalyst Project
 include:  edocs, Inc., Hewlett Packard, IPDR.org, Lucent Technologies, and
 Swisscom AG.
 
     IP VPN Management
     The IP VPN Management Catalyst Showcase project aims to bring
 predictability to IP services over shared infrastructure and provide customer
 self-configuration of complex VPNs with evolving requirements.  It enhances
 the implemented plug-and-play framework that handles more complex business
 environments involving multi-service provider, multi-vendor, multi-technology
 scenarios.  It quantifies the use of the framework to reduce time-to-market
 for new services in an operationally realistic environment and address
 additional issues that include security, scalability and testability.
     The extended project includes and validates NGOSS concepts for the
 development of commercially viable, integrated OSSs.  Additional functional
 components (trouble ticketing, inventory, usage-based billing, testing and
 performance management) are integrated and the existing traffic engineering
 capability enhanced.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:
 Astracon, Inc., BT, Cisco Systems, Inc., CrossKeys Systems Corporation, Daleen
 Technologies, Dimension Data, Harris Corporation, IGS, Orchestream, Portal
 Software, Sodalia S.p.A., Sun Microsystems, Telcordia Technologies, Trendium,
 Verizon Communications, Visionael Corporation, and Vitria Technology.
 
     Integration Framework
     The Integration Framework Catalyst Showcase project emphasizes integration
 of infrastructure as opposed to application and business processes, a primary
 objective being used to demonstrate the scalability and performance
 characteristics important to today's service providers.  It leverages
 available standards from other industry bodies, and from within the TM Forum's
 NGOSS initiative, as well as lessons learned from previous Catalyst Showcase
 projects held at past TeleManagement World events.  The Integration Framework
 Catalyst Showcase speeds up the deployment of system components by automating
 parts of the manual system administration process.  Participants in this
 Catalyst Project include:  Cisco Systems, Component Insights, Hewlett Packard,
 IGS, Inc., Info Objects, IONA Technologies, PrismTech Limited, and Telcordia
 Technologies.
 
     Mobile Common Configuration Management
     Phase 2 of this Catalyst Showcase project takes the strain off the
 operator to correctly configure the multiplying number of neighbor
 relationships.  During the initial 3G rollout, a large number of new UMTS
 cells will be added to the existing GSM network.  Consistent radio network
 parameters have to be efficiently provided for the new UMTS, and the old GSM
 cells. For demonstrating the scenario "Taking new base stations into service,"
 various enhancements have been made; e.g. mechanisms to create and delete
 objects have been implemented on the interface between the MCCM tool and the
 Network Element Managers.  Additionally, the project has specified means to
 handle vendor specific radio network parameters.  The results of this project
 are being used as input for the standardization in the 3rd Generation
 Partnership project (3GPP).  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:
 Alcatel, Compaq, Cramer Systems, Evidian, T-Mobil International, Ilog, Inc.,
 Lucent Technologies, Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH, Motorola, Nokia Networks,
 Nortel Networks, Orange PCS, PSI AG, Siemens AG, and Telcordia Technologies.
 
     Mobile IP
     The introduction of 3G Mobile services challenges traditional
 telecommunications business models.  This Catalyst Showcase project
 demonstrates eCRM and flow-through pre-qualification, self-provisioning and
 activation of services, one-time and usage content billing for 3G next
 generation mobile IP wireless services.  Emphasis is on wireless content
 delivery, wireless content management and value-added wireless content billing
 services.  The results of this Catalyst Project can help you improve your time
 to revenue for these new services.  Participants in this Catalyst Project
 include:  PricewaterhouseCoopers, Compaq, Geneva Technology, Nortel Networks,
 Telia Mobile, Siebel Systems, Sun Microsystems, and Vitria Technology.
 
     Multi-Technology Network Management
     The project prototypes and demonstrates a CORBA-based implementation of
 the TM Forum 513 interface.  Service provider defined scenarios demonstrate
 the value of the interface to their operations environments.  Vendors' Element
 Management Systems (EMS) and Network Management Systems (NMS) demonstrate
 interoperability and will reference other TMF projects (e.g. CaSMIT and
 MTNMIT) to explain how actions from higher-level systems produce requests that
 flow through to the NMSs, EMSs, and (simulated) Network Elements (NE).
     The scenarios will show in the demo situations where the service provider
 has purchased equipment from several different vendors.  Each equipment vendor
 provides a management system to manage his or her own vendor specific
 subnetworks.  Higher-level NMSs illustrate a network-wide view of the
 multi-vendor, multi-technology managed resources in the Service Provider's
 complete network.  The scenarios demonstrate the NMS management of
 multi-vendor, multi-technology connections between network elements managed by
 multiple EMSs and sub network managers, providing services over SONET/SDH,
 DWDM and ATM.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:  Telecom Italia
 Lab S.p.A., LLC, Appian Communications, Inc., Clear Communications, France
 Telecom, Hitachi Telecom, Marconi Communications, Siemens AG, The NCC Group,
 TELESOFT Corp., TTI Telecom, and Tellium, Inc.
 
     Performance Dashboards
     Historically, service providers have not been able to receive timely,
 accurate, consistent, and automatic measures concerning the status of their
 business or operational network.  Since management decisions and the effective
 allocation of resources depends on such information, this lack of information
 results in service provider businesses achieving sub-optimal financial
 results.  As we have seen with the current state of financial markets, this
 can have serious consequences on company valuation and is a top issue today.
     The NGOSS(TM) framework contains a clean, reliable approach to connect
 disparate systems and functions within a service provider's infrastructure.
 Application of NGOSS(TM) principles to the capture and presentation of
 decision support information, as demonstrated in this Catalyst Showcase
 project, can lead to a breakthrough in the ability for service provider
 management to understand the health of their operations and take proactive
 action.
     The overall objective of the Performance Dashboard Catalyst Showcase
 project is to demonstrate support for the timely and accurate capture,
 distribution, and presentation of important management information in a
 realistic, multi-vendor OSS and network element environment.  Another
 objective of this Catalyst Showcase project is to test and demonstrate
 NGOSS(TM) principles.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:
 Connexn, Dimension Data, IGS, NCR Corporation, Vitria Technology, Williams
 Communications, and Lucent Technologies.
 
     Self-Service Over Multiple Networks
     You already know how to locate and retain customers.  The Self-Service
 over Multiple Networks Catalyst Showcase project shows you how to proactively
 increase revenues and maintain customer satisfaction, while keeping your cost
 of sales low.  This New Generation OSS architecture combines a workflow
 business process, messaging bus, common information model, and best-of breed
 COTS applications.
     The Self-Service over Multiple Networks project automates the design and
 delivery of bundled packaged services such as:
      * e-mail hosting
      * Web hosting
      * Unified Communication Services
      * Basic Internet Access over DSL
 
     The scenario showcases an end-to-end real world situation in which
 existing customers identify new services, request these via their service
 provider's web page and view the service automatically provisioned "in
 Internet time."  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:  Alcatel,
 Astracon, Cisco Systems, Cygent, Hewlett-Packard, IGS, Inc., Portal Software,
 Syndesis Limited, Telynx, Inc., and webMethods, Inc.
 
     World Ordering B2B Exchange DSL
     The World Ordering B2B Exchange DSL Catalyst Showcase project demonstrates
 the second phase of its 'Virtual Meeting Place' business model that was
 introduced at TeleManagement World in Chicago of November 2000.  This Catalyst
 Showcase project expands upon the concept of the 'Virtual Meeting Place'
 wherein available technology and eBusiness converge with the services of an
 interconnection clearinghouse for effective management of the DSL supply
 chain.  Phase 2 demonstrates how a service provider has the capability of
 sending a DSL service request order (SRO) or pre-order to an access service
 provider served by a common interconnection clearinghouse or to an access
 provider served by another clearinghouse provider.  Participants in this
 Catalyst Project include:  Amdocs, BT, DSET, GlobeX, Korea Telecom, Metasolv
 Software,  Inc., NEC Japan, Nightfire Software, Inc., NTT Group, NTT Comware,
 Telcordia Technologies, and Verizon Communications.
 
     TeleManagement World-Nice
     Held May 7 - 10, 2001 in Nice, TeleManagement World, produced by
 TeleManagement Forum, will be host to over 2,500 decision-makers, business and
 technical leaders from across the information and communications industry.
 They will gather to:
 
      * Gain knowledge, insight and perspective on cutting-edge issues from
        world-class speakers over four days of workshops, presentation and
        panels
 
      * See the latest in products from over 80 leading OSS vendors from around
        the world
 
      * Witness New Generation OSS and gain a clear perspective on what's
        ahead.
 
     Please visit the TeleManagement World Web site to learn more:
 www.telemanagementworld.com
 
     As an industry association, the TM Forum also sponsors a broad range of
 education and information services to its members and the industry at large.
 Currently, the TM Forum has more than 380 members from 36 countries including
 all types of service providers, equipment manufacturers, software suppliers,
 and systems integrators.  For more information visit www.tmforum.org .
 
 

SOURCE TeleManagement Forum
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleManagement World, the
 largest conference, exposition and networking event for OSS will feature live,
 multi-vendor demonstrations of integrated management products at its Catalyst
 Showcase:  The Living Lab for New Generation OSS.
     The Catalyst Showcase teams, demonstrating at TeleManagement World-Nice
 (May 8-10, 2001), will reveal real and prototype products linked together to
 automate key processes and deliver integrated solutions.  The mission of
 Catalyst Showcase is to enable suppliers to test the viability of new
 approaches and ideas in a live market setting, while giving service providers
 a way to see what is possible and provide feedback to suppliers.
     On May 9th and 10th from noon till 1:00 p.m. attend a special "Behind the
 Scenes with the Catalyst Teams."  Meet with the Catalyst Teams to discuss the
 business and technical aspects of each of the projects with the team members
 that made each project happen.  Discuss approaches and the strategic value of
 the multivendor solutions developed and demonstrated at the Showcase.  Team
 members will be available to answer in-depth strategic, tactical and technical
 questions.
 
     The Living Lab for New Generation OSS
     Collaborative interoperability demonstrations featured at TeleManagement
 World-Nice will provide important glimpses into state-of-the-art of New
 Generation OSS integration for the global communications industry.  The
 Catalyst Showcase will feature leading-edge work from diverse companies that
 are supplying software solutions that enable new levels of operational
 flexibility.  In turn, these solutions are fueling communications industry
 growth by helping service providers succeed in the emerging competitive
 environment.
     Attendees at TeleManagement World-Nice will witness the following Catalyst
 Showcase demonstrations:
 
     SLA for UMTS
     The SLA for UMTS Catalyst Showcase project addresses real-time information
 from a business impact perspective within a GPRS (UMTS) network.  The project
 tackles SLA contracting, QoS policy management, service delivery,
 configuration and reconfiguration.  It also demonstrates the TM Forum's NGOSS
 initiative via the introduction of the Service Level Agreement Model.  The
 project also demonstrates a Catalyst Showcase project implementation to
 validate the use of selected NGOSS principles, to develop commercially viable,
 multi-vendor, integrated Operations and Business Support Systems for new
 generation networks.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:  Amdocs,
 Sirius Software GmbH, SmarTrek, Sodalia S.p.A., TELESOFT Corporation, T-Mobil
 International, T-Systems, Telecom Italia Mobile, Vitria Technology, and
 Deutsche Telecom.
 
     IPDR Billing
     This Catalyst Showcase project explores the effectiveness of using the
 IPDR standards for the accounting interfaces between the network, provided by
 Swisscom, and business management layers.  IP usage data is collected by a
 network probe in real time and then sent to two mediation systems for
 processing; Lucent's BILLDATS and Hewlett Packard's SIU.  Accounting data from
 the mediation systems is then transferred to Lucent's Arbor/BP billing
 platform for bill generation.  Network data is also sent to the Lucent's IP
 Data Analyzer for real-time analysis.  Finally, invoice data generated by the
 billing platform is sent to eDocs' eaDirect online account management system
 for web based presentment and payment.  Participants in this Catalyst Project
 include:  edocs, Inc., Hewlett Packard, IPDR.org, Lucent Technologies, and
 Swisscom AG.
 
     IP VPN Management
     The IP VPN Management Catalyst Showcase project aims to bring
 predictability to IP services over shared infrastructure and provide customer
 self-configuration of complex VPNs with evolving requirements.  It enhances
 the implemented plug-and-play framework that handles more complex business
 environments involving multi-service provider, multi-vendor, multi-technology
 scenarios.  It quantifies the use of the framework to reduce time-to-market
 for new services in an operationally realistic environment and address
 additional issues that include security, scalability and testability.
     The extended project includes and validates NGOSS concepts for the
 development of commercially viable, integrated OSSs.  Additional functional
 components (trouble ticketing, inventory, usage-based billing, testing and
 performance management) are integrated and the existing traffic engineering
 capability enhanced.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:
 Astracon, Inc., BT, Cisco Systems, Inc., CrossKeys Systems Corporation, Daleen
 Technologies, Dimension Data, Harris Corporation, IGS, Orchestream, Portal
 Software, Sodalia S.p.A., Sun Microsystems, Telcordia Technologies, Trendium,
 Verizon Communications, Visionael Corporation, and Vitria Technology.
 
     Integration Framework
     The Integration Framework Catalyst Showcase project emphasizes integration
 of infrastructure as opposed to application and business processes, a primary
 objective being used to demonstrate the scalability and performance
 characteristics important to today's service providers.  It leverages
 available standards from other industry bodies, and from within the TM Forum's
 NGOSS initiative, as well as lessons learned from previous Catalyst Showcase
 projects held at past TeleManagement World events.  The Integration Framework
 Catalyst Showcase speeds up the deployment of system components by automating
 parts of the manual system administration process.  Participants in this
 Catalyst Project include:  Cisco Systems, Component Insights, Hewlett Packard,
 IGS, Inc., Info Objects, IONA Technologies, PrismTech Limited, and Telcordia
 Technologies.
 
     Mobile Common Configuration Management
     Phase 2 of this Catalyst Showcase project takes the strain off the
 operator to correctly configure the multiplying number of neighbor
 relationships.  During the initial 3G rollout, a large number of new UMTS
 cells will be added to the existing GSM network.  Consistent radio network
 parameters have to be efficiently provided for the new UMTS, and the old GSM
 cells. For demonstrating the scenario "Taking new base stations into service,"
 various enhancements have been made; e.g. mechanisms to create and delete
 objects have been implemented on the interface between the MCCM tool and the
 Network Element Managers.  Additionally, the project has specified means to
 handle vendor specific radio network parameters.  The results of this project
 are being used as input for the standardization in the 3rd Generation
 Partnership project (3GPP).  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:
 Alcatel, Compaq, Cramer Systems, Evidian, T-Mobil International, Ilog, Inc.,
 Lucent Technologies, Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH, Motorola, Nokia Networks,
 Nortel Networks, Orange PCS, PSI AG, Siemens AG, and Telcordia Technologies.
 
     Mobile IP
     The introduction of 3G Mobile services challenges traditional
 telecommunications business models.  This Catalyst Showcase project
 demonstrates eCRM and flow-through pre-qualification, self-provisioning and
 activation of services, one-time and usage content billing for 3G next
 generation mobile IP wireless services.  Emphasis is on wireless content
 delivery, wireless content management and value-added wireless content billing
 services.  The results of this Catalyst Project can help you improve your time
 to revenue for these new services.  Participants in this Catalyst Project
 include:  PricewaterhouseCoopers, Compaq, Geneva Technology, Nortel Networks,
 Telia Mobile, Siebel Systems, Sun Microsystems, and Vitria Technology.
 
     Multi-Technology Network Management
     The project prototypes and demonstrates a CORBA-based implementation of
 the TM Forum 513 interface.  Service provider defined scenarios demonstrate
 the value of the interface to their operations environments.  Vendors' Element
 Management Systems (EMS) and Network Management Systems (NMS) demonstrate
 interoperability and will reference other TMF projects (e.g. CaSMIT and
 MTNMIT) to explain how actions from higher-level systems produce requests that
 flow through to the NMSs, EMSs, and (simulated) Network Elements (NE).
     The scenarios will show in the demo situations where the service provider
 has purchased equipment from several different vendors.  Each equipment vendor
 provides a management system to manage his or her own vendor specific
 subnetworks.  Higher-level NMSs illustrate a network-wide view of the
 multi-vendor, multi-technology managed resources in the Service Provider's
 complete network.  The scenarios demonstrate the NMS management of
 multi-vendor, multi-technology connections between network elements managed by
 multiple EMSs and sub network managers, providing services over SONET/SDH,
 DWDM and ATM.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:  Telecom Italia
 Lab S.p.A., LLC, Appian Communications, Inc., Clear Communications, France
 Telecom, Hitachi Telecom, Marconi Communications, Siemens AG, The NCC Group,
 TELESOFT Corp., TTI Telecom, and Tellium, Inc.
 
     Performance Dashboards
     Historically, service providers have not been able to receive timely,
 accurate, consistent, and automatic measures concerning the status of their
 business or operational network.  Since management decisions and the effective
 allocation of resources depends on such information, this lack of information
 results in service provider businesses achieving sub-optimal financial
 results.  As we have seen with the current state of financial markets, this
 can have serious consequences on company valuation and is a top issue today.
     The NGOSS(TM) framework contains a clean, reliable approach to connect
 disparate systems and functions within a service provider's infrastructure.
 Application of NGOSS(TM) principles to the capture and presentation of
 decision support information, as demonstrated in this Catalyst Showcase
 project, can lead to a breakthrough in the ability for service provider
 management to understand the health of their operations and take proactive
 action.
     The overall objective of the Performance Dashboard Catalyst Showcase
 project is to demonstrate support for the timely and accurate capture,
 distribution, and presentation of important management information in a
 realistic, multi-vendor OSS and network element environment.  Another
 objective of this Catalyst Showcase project is to test and demonstrate
 NGOSS(TM) principles.  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:
 Connexn, Dimension Data, IGS, NCR Corporation, Vitria Technology, Williams
 Communications, and Lucent Technologies.
 
     Self-Service Over Multiple Networks
     You already know how to locate and retain customers.  The Self-Service
 over Multiple Networks Catalyst Showcase project shows you how to proactively
 increase revenues and maintain customer satisfaction, while keeping your cost
 of sales low.  This New Generation OSS architecture combines a workflow
 business process, messaging bus, common information model, and best-of breed
 COTS applications.
     The Self-Service over Multiple Networks project automates the design and
 delivery of bundled packaged services such as:
      * e-mail hosting
      * Web hosting
      * Unified Communication Services
      * Basic Internet Access over DSL
 
     The scenario showcases an end-to-end real world situation in which
 existing customers identify new services, request these via their service
 provider's web page and view the service automatically provisioned "in
 Internet time."  Participants in this Catalyst Project include:  Alcatel,
 Astracon, Cisco Systems, Cygent, Hewlett-Packard, IGS, Inc., Portal Software,
 Syndesis Limited, Telynx, Inc., and webMethods, Inc.
 
     World Ordering B2B Exchange DSL
     The World Ordering B2B Exchange DSL Catalyst Showcase project demonstrates
 the second phase of its 'Virtual Meeting Place' business model that was
 introduced at TeleManagement World in Chicago of November 2000.  This Catalyst
 Showcase project expands upon the concept of the 'Virtual Meeting Place'
 wherein available technology and eBusiness converge with the services of an
 interconnection clearinghouse for effective management of the DSL supply
 chain.  Phase 2 demonstrates how a service provider has the capability of
 sending a DSL service request order (SRO) or pre-order to an access service
 provider served by a common interconnection clearinghouse or to an access
 provider served by another clearinghouse provider.  Participants in this
 Catalyst Project include:  Amdocs, BT, DSET, GlobeX, Korea Telecom, Metasolv
 Software,  Inc., NEC Japan, Nightfire Software, Inc., NTT Group, NTT Comware,
 Telcordia Technologies, and Verizon Communications.
 
     TeleManagement World-Nice
     Held May 7 - 10, 2001 in Nice, TeleManagement World, produced by
 TeleManagement Forum, will be host to over 2,500 decision-makers, business and
 technical leaders from across the information and communications industry.
 They will gather to:
 
      * Gain knowledge, insight and perspective on cutting-edge issues from
        world-class speakers over four days of workshops, presentation and
        panels
 
      * See the latest in products from over 80 leading OSS vendors from around
        the world
 
      * Witness New Generation OSS and gain a clear perspective on what's
        ahead.
 
     Please visit the TeleManagement World Web site to learn more:
 www.telemanagementworld.com
 
     As an industry association, the TM Forum also sponsors a broad range of
 education and information services to its members and the industry at large.
 Currently, the TM Forum has more than 380 members from 36 countries including
 all types of service providers, equipment manufacturers, software suppliers,
 and systems integrators.  For more information visit www.tmforum.org .
 
 SOURCE  TeleManagement Forum