What is a Catalyst Demonstration?
Catalysts are rapid fire, member-driven proof-of-concept projects which both inform and leverage TM Forum best practices and standards, connecting service providers, technology suppliers, and global enterprises to create innovative solutions to common industry challenges.
Over the past year, significant progress has been made to align these Catalyst projects with the strategic ambitions of TM Forum, thereby producing a portfolio of Catalysts which bring best practices and standards to life in real world scenarios ensuring the value of these assets is proven in complex partnership scenarios.
Catalyst projects kick-off at our Action Week events, then the teams work together over a period of 4 – 6 months and develop their solutions that they demonstrate at TM Forum flagship events. The most recent set of Catalyst projects were presented at TM Forum Live! on May 9-12, 2016 in Nice, France.
There are two types of roles in a Catalyst:
- A champion is an organization seeking a solution to problem.
- A participant is an organization contributing to solving the problem.
Learn more about our Catalyst program:
- Selection Process & Guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Detailed Category Descriptions
- Watch Catalysts from TM Forum Live! 2016
Check out the Catalyst winners at TM Forum Live! 2016
Most Innovative Catalyst – Technical– Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative technical concept and demonstration.
- NFV Ecosystem Enabler: A well-enabled VNF package
This Catalyst project will provide the framework for network providers to adopt the emerging trend of virtualization within the telecommunications environment.
Champions: AT&T, Orange, China Mobile
Participants: Huawei, IBM, Cloudsoft
Most Innovative catalyst – Commercial in Smart X– Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative commercial concept and demonstration in Smart X.
- Smart City: Service Level Management for Smart City Eco-systems & Trusted IoT
This Catalyst project is about Smart Cities or communities with lots of data to process for the benefit of citizens and outlines that a primary concern is the security of this data and making it accessible in a consistent way in the long run. This is the third stage of a Catalyst that is already operational.
Champions: BT, Open University, NRECA
Participants: Cloudsoft, Infonova/BearingPoint, Huawei
Most Innovative Catalyst – Commercial in Communications Industry – Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative commercial concept and demonstration in the communications industry
- New Business Models with Mobile Sponsored Data
This Catalyst project addresses demands customers are making for things to be easier to do – for simplicity. Even with the mobile device now being the primary means of engagement by most customers there is still some inhibition to use it for interaction with service providers because of data costs.
Participants: Sigma, DataMi, Salesforce, Comptel, CloudSense
Greatest Contribution to the Evolution of TM Forum Assets– Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces or contributes the most to the evolution of TM Forum assets.
- Building Model-Driven Service Orchestration via an FMO Architecture
This Catalyst project, on its phase II, will continue on defining orchestrator behavior thru model-driven approach and micro-service chaining approach. In NFVs/virtualized /VAS scenarios, the catalyst project focuses on model-driven practices including development of necessary metadata to define orchestrator behavior, practice on micro-service chaining approach and FMO Architectures, and on definition of FMO component Interfaces.
Champions: China Mobile, Orange
Participants: Huawei, Inspur
Greatest Adoption of TM Forum Assets – Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces the most effective implementation or proof-of-concept of a TM Forum best practice or standard, demonstrating the value of the asset and encouraging adoption.|
- DigiCOPLife: Smart Life: My City, My Home, My Planet
This Catalyst project builds on the work done in the previous Connected World platform to optimize your ‘moments of life’ which means connecting customers in their home, car or the enterprise to optimize the spend on energy by providing an interface that will not only show what is being spent but what can saved and how.
Participants: ESRI, BearingPoint/Infonova, BaseN, NTS
Best New Catalyst – Awarded to the Catalyst team with the best new concept and use case.
- Smart Industrial Manufacturing: Robots-as-a-Service
This Catalyst program outlines plans for end-to-end operability from factory-floor automation equipment to cloud systems completely connected through TM Forum’s REST open digital APIs. This will show dynamic interoperability pushing dynamic APIs also being developed within the TM Forum Collaboration program.
Participants: EnterpriseWeb, Infosim