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Application Framework (TAM)

The Application Framework (TAM) is a sub-component of Frameworx, the TM Forum’s blueprint for enabling successful business transformation. It provides a common language and means of identification for buyers and suppliers across all application areas.

All of Frameworx, including the Application Framework, is created and evolved by industry leaders and practitioners in TM Forum’s
Collaboration Community.


What is the Application Framework?


The Application Framework (TAM) provides a systems map which captures how business processes are implemented in deployable, recognizable applications.

The framework provides a common language for communities who specify, procure, design, and sell operation and business support systems, so that they can understand each other's viewpoints. It provides logical groupings of applications, then defines each application’s functionality.

As a result, it is a practical, everyday working guide to define and navigate the elements of the complex management system landscape.

5 Things You Can Do With the Application Framework


  • Streamline procurement by using common definitions and language to specify and evaluate solutions
  • Document and then rationalize your application inventory during transformation projects or mergers and acquisitions
  • Integrate faster and with lower costs by defining and clearly communicating the functions provided within each application
  • Reduce custom development costs with modular, standard application requirements
  • Increase automation and efficiency with standard, deployable components
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