Pipeline Publishing, Volume 3, Issue 11
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Pipeline's 2007 Next Gen OSS Integration Summit Retrospective

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The issue of governance came up at the event. Whereas different technologies have existed on an abstract level for a long time now, the time has come in the eyes of many to move beyond lip-service and focus on concrete policies for how systems will interact. This idea was highlighted in the comments of Vodafone's Karl-Wilhelm Siebert. Siebert's comments, according to Rice and Venugopal, were yet another example of the opinion that there are not enough practical examples of NGOSS out there. The broad swipe that has been made thus far is a step in the right direction, but not nearly enough. The reality of the network today is what many, before and during the event, refer to as spaghetti code.

“…the time has come in the eyes of many to move beyond lip-service and focus on concrete policies for how systems will interact.”

and complexity of products and services for residential and business customers is driving the need for consolidation and management of customer information. Intelliden's Ann Latham also presented in conjunction with Syndesis's Andy Fraley, which is a new partnership for the two companies. Their joint talk included information about delivery time, real-time provisioning, and SOA.

As event chair, Rice took the opportunity during his closing words, to issue a challenge.


Several parties present also pointed to the fact that the discourse was very related to the business side of OSS, rather than the technical side. While some considered this an advantage, others considered it a drawback. One might imagine that the split comes down to what part of the office the speaker works in.

In addition to the theoretical benefits of open discussion, many vendors present were able to turn that into an opportunity. “We met with decision makers of leading global operators discussing their challenges” said Joe Frost, VP of Marketing and Alliances for JacobsRimell, “and our approach seemed to align with their future business strategies.”

The speakers were informative, according to most sources. Rice, along with his colleague Venu Venugopal, seemed impressed with a number of the speakers, including Telenor's Harry Moen. Moen spoke about fraud, highlighting that telecoms lose over $170 Billion annually, largely due to the gaming of interconnect contracts.

In addition, JacobsRimell CTO David Jacobs discussed how the growth in the number

In the next year, he challenged all those present to set levels for the integration of NGOSS technology, and to work towards achieving those levels. In his view, and in the view of many, it is a now-or-never scenario.

It seems that the 2007 Next Gen OSS Integration Summit drew a crowd that, though small in number, was equally dedicated to authentic direction. In the end, this focus was the key selling point of the show. It was this focus that brought Vitria, which was a sponsor of the last Next Gen OSS Integration Summit, back with an upgraded sponsorship and an address from their CEO. According to Vitria, even medium-sized show like TMW can be somewhat overwhelming with multiple streams of session topics. Many attendees seem to have agreed and expressed approval that all of the attendees were there to focus on the same things.


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