Record number of live Catalyst projects covering digital services, enterprise cloud, customer experience, cyber security, data analytics, revenue management and more showcased in Nice, France
MORRISTOWN, NJ — April 18, 2013: What do Category 5 hurricanes, devastating earthquakes, denial of service attacks, cloud mobility, eHealth services for remote regions of Africa, smart cities, and data centers of the future all have in common? They have all been part of TM Forum’s award-winning Catalyst rapid technology innovation projects that quickly bring new ideas and solutions to life. TM Forum is showcasing its most recent Catalyst projects at its flagship Management World 2013 conference, held May 13-16, at the Acropolis Convention Center in Nice, France.
TM Forum’s unique Catalyst projects are backed by a broad sweep of companies ranging from the smallest innovators to some of the world’s largest. They include service providers and cable operators, software and hardware suppliers, universities, cities and end-user companies acting as champions and participants working together to tackle a wide range of thorny issues from eHealth and smart grid digital services, threat intelligence, cloud mobility, data centers, and much more.
The Forum is showcasing this year’s Catalyst projects in The Hub, the heart of Management World 2013 and the one-stop shop for all things about the Forum. The Hub features five zones, including Customer Experience Management, Digital Services, Revenue Management, Security and Privacy, Enabling Enterprise Cloud, and a zone focused on TM Forum’s Frameworx best practices and standards. In addition to the Catalysts in The Hub, TM Forum is also highlighting innovative demos on a variety of collaboration projects such as multi-cloud management, cloud services and more.
“Our Collaboration Program is the heart of our organization and our Catalyst projects showcase the real world results of our members’ collaborative efforts to rapidly move the industry forward into new frontiers,” said Keith Willetts, chairman, TM Forum. “The exciting projects set for Nice showcase the ‘art of the possible’ by enabling new and fascinating digital services as well as helping service providers to improve the way they deliver and manage those services.”
Management World 2013’s Catalyst rapid technology innovation projects are being demonstrated in the five zones of The Hub as follows:
Digital Services Zone
Catalog Management in Digital Services Mash-Ups – This project demonstrates how communication service providers, partners, suppliers and enterprise customers can communicate, expose, and mash-up existing services into new and innovative services in an efficient and easily understood manner.
Participants: Cisco, Ericsson
Connecting the Smart Grid to the Digital World – This Catalyst showcases a real-world smart metering scenario that includes initial provisioning; configuration; key use cases such as tariff changes, billing, de-provisioning and re-provisioning; ongoing cloud-based IP/ICT fault and performance monitoring; energy monitoring; security; integration and more.
Champions: Salzburg AG
Participants: BaseN, CSG, INFONOVA, TOA Technologies
Defining the Digital Health Value Chain – This catalyst demonstrates how to address the challenges and create new business service models for eHealth.
Champions: France Telecom-Orange, Rogers Communications, Inc.
Participants: Amdocs, BaseN, Detecon International GmbH, INFONOVA, TOA Technologies
Supporters: Ranck Consulting, University of Cape Town
Implementing an Open Wholesale B2B Marketplace – This project demonstrates how partners in a service value chain can work together seamlessly and effectively using common interfaces and best practices in a wholesale B2B service scenario.
Supporter: NBN Co.
Richer Services, Richer Ecosystems – This demonstration explores how a service provider can offer an Amazon-type capability for its ecosystem partners so that the partners can brand, productize, and package their own solutions with value added services.
Champions: BT, France Telecom-Orange
Participants: Enstratius, Inc., INFONOVA
Customer Experience Management Zone
Converged Network Operations Improving Customer Experience – This project focuses on proactively and predictively managing the customer’s experience through real-time operational and network decisions on a converged wireless/wireline network.
Champions: Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom-Orange
Participants: Comarch, HP, Orchestral Networks
Supporters: Juniper Networks, ZTEsoft
Measuring the Touch Points of the Customer Lifecycle – This project outlines the real-life back office functions that are required to deliver a great customer experience to a consumer watching a live video on a mobile device, ensuring that everything involved, such as customer experience management, complex partner interactions, mobile money, cross sell and upsell opportunities, and device management, all happen as they should.
Champions: China Mobile Communications Corp.
Participants: Amdocs, Huawei, Mformation Software Technologies, Inc., SundaySky, Velocent Systems, Ventraq, Inc.
Quantifying Customer Experience through Performance and Probe Measurement – This Catalyst demonstrates how vital quality of experience metrics for mobile broadband services can be enhanced by leveraging and combining network probe and performance data.
Champions: Telefónica, Telecom Italia
Participants: Astellia, Comarch, HP, MYCOM, TEOCO, Wipro Technologies
Enabling Enterprise Cloud Zone
Data Center of the Future – This project showcases designs for the data center of the next four to five years in new ways through the use of software-defined infrastructure.
Champion: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Participant: NetCracker Technology
Enabling Cloud Mobility and Workplace as a Service – This project features a working model that offers guidance and insight to enterprises, digital service providers and suppliers that want to overcome the current challenges and meet the needs of a mobile workforce.
Champions: Bank of America, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deutsche Telekom, Portugal Telecom
Participants: Ericsson, TOA Technologies
Security and Privacy Zone
Sharing Threat Intelligence to Mitigate Cyber Attacks – This project demonstrates how, by sharing real-time threat information with trusted partners, communications service providers can serve as the early warning system for cyber threats and protect their enterprise customers from the spread of attacks.
Champion: Dstl (U.K. Ministry of Defense)
Participants: Birmingham City University, Cyber Squared, cVidya Networks, EMC, TOA Technologies
Supporter: Bell Canada
Revenue Management Zone
Revenue Assurance Maturity with the Inclusion of Digital Services – As service providers make strategic moves toward digital and multi-cloud services that involve partners, this project proposes enhancements to TM Forum’s Revenue Assurance Maturity Model, one of the most accepted tools communication service providers use to measure, assess and improve their revenue assurance operations.
Champions: Telecom Italia, WANA Corporate S.A.
Participants: AssuringBusiness, Atos, cVidya Networks, Ericsson, RRM Solutions, WeDo Technologies
Supporter: MTN Group
To learn more about the Catalyst Program or get involved in future Catalyst activities, please contact Megan Lunde, Catalyst Program project manager, TM Forum, at [email protected].
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