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As as key part of TM Forum's Frameworx, the Integration Framework provides a unifying function between the Frameworks
as the ongoing TM Forum initiative to deliver an integration model or framework for use by service providers and others within the Information, Communications and Entertainment industries.
As part of the Integration Framework Release 2.5, the previous Guide Book GB 942 was split into two documents Integration Framework Concept and Principles (GB942-CP) Release 2.5 and Integration Framework User Guidelines (GB942-U) Release 2.5 to aid in understanding. In addition, the document Frameworx Mappings (GB942-MAP) Release 2.5 was produced to show the mapping between the other Frameworks to develop Business Services. To support the creation of the Business Services a Business Services Tooling is being release a beta for broader use and feedback from the community
The Integration Framework Concepts and Principles guidebook focuses on the unification of the interface, information model activities with the Frameworx Business Services (formerly known as Contracts) across the TM Forum ranging from framework to real implementation across all aspects of Digital Media, Communications and Information business operations. This work extends and adds detail to the TM Forum Frameworx lifecycle model. The Integration Framework Concept and Principles identifies the dependencies of the key Frameworx components: Information Framework (SID), Business Process Framework (eTOM), Application Framework (TAM), TM Forum Interfaces (mTOP, OSS/J, IPDR, CO~OP and new interfaces as they are developed) and Business Services in a Service Oriented ArchitectureA computer systems architectural style for creating and using business processes packaged as services (SOA) context ensuring a seamless migration to the future, while adhering to a common architecture.
This document provides a full definition for Business Services from Business and System views; and also gives direction for the Implementation view (TM Forum Integration Program - TIP) and for tooling (Tooling Taskforce and subsequent program work).
The Integration Framework User Guidelines (GB942-U) focuses on guidance for using Business Services (aka Contracts), such as granularity guidelines, implementing Business Services, and Tooling for Business Services and other TM Forum Frameworx.
The Frameworx Mappings (GB942-MAP) guideline presents mappings between/among the TM Forum Frameworx. The mappings have a number of uses that are explained in each chapter that contains the mappings. Uses include defining the scope (boundaries) of projects, identifying a project’s expanding scope, also known as scope creep, and assisting in the development of service-oriented applications
Frameworx Business Service extends SOA to recognize that there is a relationship between specific client and server systems in the application environment. This relationship may be short-lived or long-lived based on the specification for a given Business Service. The relationship may be implemented via point-to-point interactions or via an integration framework, such as hub-and-spoke or an Enterprise Server Bus (ESB). Business Service may be state-full or stateless depending on the business need. These systems are defined by the Application Framework. SOA is also extended with granularity guidelines that derive from Business Process Framework and finally the information model that is implemented in Business Services is compliant with Information Framework (aka SID). Business Services add Service Level Agreements (SLA) to the interface specification and record metrics against these SLAs. The aim is to produce an interface specification for applications that is expressed in the language of the business and can be implemented with a range of different technologies. Ideally the implementation will be compliant to a TM Forum standard, such as TM Forum Integration Program. The Business Service is technology agnostic providing the ability to harmonize disparate interface standards. The granularity, fine or larger grained, is based on the number of use cases it implements.
For further information on the Integration Framework in depth description click here For complete details of the contents in this release please download the READ ME FIRST!
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