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Pipeline's 2007 Next Gen OSS Integration Summit Retrospective

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As a special feature, we asked Analyst, Industry Veteran, and regular Pipeline contributor Wedge Greene to put together a perspective piece that displays his take on the show. While a lesser editor would assert that the views of Wedge Greene aren't necessarily those of Pipeline, anyone familiar with his work in this publication or elsewhere knows that Mr. Greene's opinions are often insightful, sometimes controversial, but always unique. As a result, the fact that Wedge's opinions are his own goes without saying.


NGOSS is now the new mainstream.”


Next Gen was really this past generation. This was punctuated by a well designed and delivered presentation by Willy Siebert of Vodafone.

While always fair and open minded, Willy was vocally skeptical of NGOSS eight years ago when NGOSS was first brought to the TMF because he was not finished exploring TMN approaches. Over the last decade he not only has accepted NGOSS and its foundation ideas, he has become a champion of using them in


IPQC 2007 Next Gen OSS Integration
By Wedge Greene, LTC International

In early March 2007 at the Boston airport, Telecom IQ, an IPQC division, hosted their 2nd conference on Next Gen OSS Integration. Last year's conference was quite well received. This year’s conference was also informative, and the caliber of those attending was notable. Service providers were about two fifths of the audience, as were those that identified themselves as OSS/BSS vendors. Integrators made up the bulk of the remaining fifth part. There were some outstanding presentations from both the service provider and vendor community, but little new ground was broached. On par, the presentations covered rather well-established ground. However, the conference overcame this with lively discussions in the halls and the social gatherings.

The clear conference message was that most all the operators now recognize and accept the problems and issues that drove the introduction of NGOSS eight years ago. Further, the standard solution approach is message-bus facilitated TMF NGOSS architecture using TMF data models and OSS/J interface definitions. NGOSS is now the new mainstream. It was clear that the


his company. Willy presented a large project example where Vodafone has implemented OSS/J interfaces into a java message bus for multiple functional services and product lines. Vodafone’s audits found that this approach saved them 50% of development capital and ongoing operational costs over the old ways (read point-to-point TMN). “It works. It really works!” said an enthusiastic Siebert.

Another mainstream view was delivered by the lauded Dr. Dale Skeen, founder of Vitria. He sees the current dominant integration strategy as ESB, but that SOA is the future if it can be tamed with re-use of the governance models and technology that currently controls the ESB message-based architecture. Right now, however, he finds the chief problem for integration is bad paths in workflow implementations: “Providers spend $4 billion annually to fix process exceptions” which can be fixed with automated exception handling. He sees SOA as the Wild West, not yet ready for prime time. Business Process Management, using BPEL, will overcome the shortcomings he sees in today’s SOA. The natural evolution of integration is stepwise from ESB to BPM and only then to SOA.

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