Pipeline Publishing, Volume 4, Issue 12
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Consolidation is Key
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Application Integration Using the SID:
A Review
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By Wedge Greene

This month, analyst and frequent Pipeline contributor Wedge Greene of LTC, International took a look at the new book, Application Integration Using the SID by John Reilly and John Wilmes, which was published by the TM Forum, April 2008. Here is his review:

A Tangible Step Forward in Making NGOSS Work

For years, service providers and vendors have been working with the TeleManagement Forum to find ways to slash the integration tax, transition away from expensive legacy environments, and move toward fast, flexible, and low-cost infrastructures. Thanks to much diligent work, the resulting New Generation OSS (NGOSS) concept was born and over the years has evolved to be more comprehensive - and more comprehensible, too. Corollary tools like the Shared Information DataModel (SID) and the enhanced Telecommunications Operations Map (eTOM), and most recently the Telecommunications Applications Map (TAM), have all been developed to set out a complete vision of that streamlined and efficient world.

More and more service providers are undertaking NGOSS projects or considering its use as a unifying architectural framework. However, the scope of the NGOSS framework serves up a sizable barrier to figuring out just where to start and in which direction to proceed. Most of the architects and developers who actually understand NGOSS have worked on the TMF teams and constitute just a small fraction of the resources service providers need to marshal to succeed at NGOSS-driven projects. Membership in the NGOSS club therefore remains too exclusive for it to enable realization of its potential.

By now, everyone agrees that the current OSS/BSS environment of large numbers of independent applications (those developed internally as well as those purchased from vendors), dedicated databases, redundant security, housekeeping, and management tools add up to an environment whose cost to operate and maintain can no longer be sustained.

Some readers already will be familiar with one of the authors, John Reilly. Reilly contributed to NGOSS’s eTOM framework and significantly to the SID framework. Perhaps more importantly, John has taught as many as half of all the students who have ever taken a TMF sponsored NGOSS training seminar. For his contributions, John was made a TMF Distinguished Fellow. Along with Martin Creaner, John coauthored the first NGOSS book: NGOSS distilled. He then further collaborated with Creaner in Getting Started with the SID. This book, just as Getting Started with the SID, is sponsored by Progress Software - who this time have one

This month, we are pleased to welcome a new book providing additional practical insight on how to use the TeleManagement Forum’s New Generation Operations and Systems Software (NGOSS) framework to achieve real results.

of their own as co-author in John Wilmes. Wilmes is continuing Progress Software’s contributions to NGOSS by taking up co-chair of the SID team. Sponsorship by Progress

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