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TMW 2009 - Day Zero

TMW 2009 – Day Zero

Tuesday, and the forecast rain never really came. It’s a pleasant mid-20’s in the shade, with a cool sea breeze if you’re on the Promenade des Anglais. What’s less ‘cool’ are the costs here for us Anglais. Virtually one Euro to the Pound. Ouch! The tasty fresh fish platters are even more unaffordable now than […]

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The (Slow) Rise of Product and Service Catalogs in the BSS / OSS Industry

I don't think the whole catalog 'proposition' has made much progress in the last twelve months. Today, service catalogs and product catalogs provide essential, if a little mundane, data and business process integration between systems. But done properly, they also have the potential to revolutionize how a service provider reacts to market trends. I'm a […]

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OSS Line at Tele Management World, Nice, 2009

I will be at Nice again this year to enjoy the sights,  the sounds and the smells of our industry’s principal trade show. TMW is a mix of the fascinating and the dull, the informative and the vacuous. It’s difficult to predict what will be of value and what won’t. Some keynotes offer a candid […]

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Oracle Buys Sun

Yesterday Oracle stepped in to purchase Sun for $7.4bn after IBM failed to secure a deal just over two weeks ago. The fortnight wait has earned Sun a tasty half-billion Dollars over IBMs last best offer. Oracle’s stake in Java has shot up in the last 15 months. They always had a fairly well received […]

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The Top-5 OSS/BSS Integration Things

Back, oooh, ages ago, I wrote about the top five OSS platform architecture things. Those where things (issues, concerns, designs, e.t.c.) that needed to be considered when delivering a new OSS product or project to ensure scalability and performance. Rarely does a new OSS application live in isolation. Integration with other systems in the OSS […]

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Yoof Technology – Why The Old Still Own OSS

All those cool technologies out there, I wonder how any young developer will have space for them on their two-page curriculum vitae. And it’s not just the quantity, it’s the names. Languages, operating systems and middleware used to have nice short names and acronyms. Concise, optimised, no more than four characters long. But now we […]

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Data Migration – Amdocs and Celona

A couple of months ago I talked about data migration and how Celona is taking a ‘productised’ approach to solving the issues that are usually addressed by bespoke integration. Yesterday, Celona teamed up with Amdocs to deliver a webcast on data migration approaches for network inventory. I was keen to find out what’s new with […]

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Amdocs Win at Costa Ricas ICE

Amdocs has announced a new OSS deal with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, Costa Rica’s national telco and energy company. Along with system integrators GBM (some relation to IBM I believe), they’ll be delivering planning, inventory, discovery, activation, TT, fulfilment and assurance products. That’s a lot of stuff.

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Designing a Standards-Based Application

There are a number of ‘standards’ out there that, as a system integrator or product vendor, you may want to use within your OSS solution. Stuff like MTOSI, OSS/J, SID, 3GPP all look like useful starting points for inventory-like data models and their  integration points. It is important to appreciate the difference between a standard’s […]

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OSS Data Federation, Search and NexGenData

OSS and BSS are data-centric systems, as I am sure you appreciate. Billing records, CRM records and inventory data immediately spring to mind as the classic data silos found in any service provider. Despite the growing sophistication of both OSS and BSS solutions, the problem of managing and accessing this data has got worse in […]

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