TM Forum, the industry association driving digital business transformation of the communications industry, marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Open API Manifesto by announcing significant growth and momentum of its Open API programme along with the launch of its Open API Training & Career Certification programme and the beta launch of its Open API Conformance Certification programme.
TM Forum Open APIs are now being used to enable a range of business scenarios, including internally enabling communications service providers (CSPs) to transform their IT and operational agility and become more customer-centric, while externally delivering a practical approach to co-creation and management of complex digital services – including SDN and NFV.
TM Forum’s Open API Program was officially launched in May 2016, with nine of the world’s largest CSPs endorsing a suite of 18 REST-based APIs. In October 2016, eight leading technology product providers signed on to support the Forum’s Open APIs in their products and services. Since its official launch one year ago, the programme has grown significantly.
In light of the growth and momentum of TM Forum’s Open API Program, and based on industry demand, TM Forum is launching its Open API Training & Career Certification programme. This programme encompasses expert-led training courses including a fundamentals course and a more detailed practitioners’ course.
With 31 Open API specifications, TM Forum is also launching a new Open API Conformance Certification programme which is currently in beta trial. The conformance test kits to enable this capability have been collaboratively created by TM Forum members including Amdocs, BT, Etiya, Huawei, Infonova/BearingPoint, Infosys, Telefonica and Vodafone.
A new self-validation portal where TM Forum members can access the conformance test kits enables users to create an efficient report clearly outlining where alignment to the TM Forum Open API conformance specification exists and where improvements are required. Companies can share details of their conformance self-validation in a crowdsourced Open API conformance table.
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