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Multi-Vendor SDN/NFV Services: How Integrators Collaborate to Drive the Next Era of Network Automation

May 2016

Multi-Vendor SDN/NFV Services: How Integrators Collaborate to Drive the Next Era of Network Automation

interview with Bartosz Michalik & Marcin Paszkiewicz

What technical steps are required to orchestrate NFV/SDN and legacy multi-vendor networks?  This tutorial explains the role of key development standards like OpenDaylight and  integration challenges in the new era.

Monetizing NFV/SDN: How Policy Will Allow Virtual Networks to Play in the Big Leagues

March 2016

Monetizing NFV/SDN: How Policy Will Allow Virtual Networks to Play in the Big Leagues

interview with Ari Banerjee

What’s it going to take to transform a bunch of VNFs into a large, synchronized network of VNFs that delivers a huge commercial advantage for operators?  A leading supplier of OSS/BSS solutions explains why closed loop automation and policy are key.

Pumping Crude Intelligence: How to Manage Telco Big Data before you Monetize It

April 2014

Pumping Crude Intelligence: How to Manage Telco Big Data before you Monetize It

interview with Thomas Vasen

Mobile telecoms are eager to sell their time- and location-sensitive big data to marketers in other industries.  But a key bottleneck exists: finding a way to efficiently access and manage the huge data voluimes involved.  In this article, a supplier of mediation software explains his firm’s approach to tackling the problem.

When Big Data is Too Big: The Value of Real-Time Filtering and Formatting

August 2013

When Big Data is Too Big: The Value of Real-Time Filtering and Formatting

interview with Rick Aguirre

The volume of telecom network traffic is often so huge it outstrips the ability of even “big data” engines to analyze it fast enough.  In this article, you’ll learn about a business that filters and formats very large data sets and delivers the relevant data for applications like: data monetization, network optimization, network peering monitoring, and unstructured data storage.

How to Blaze an Access Path to Siloed Enterprise Data and Avoid the High Cost of Systems Integration

May 2013

How to Blaze an Access Path to Siloed Enterprise Data and Avoid the High Cost of Systems Integration

by Dan Baker

Systems integration has always a big issue in the telecom back office.  And history tells us that it’s a messy and risky exercise when done on a large scale.  But now there’s an alternative to systems integration called “semantic search” and the concept is fully explained in a white paper.

Crusaders Clash: The Battle for Control of Telco 2.0 Service Delivery, Billing & Policy

April 2013

Crusaders Clash: The Battle for Control of Telco 2.0 Service Delivery, Billing & Policy

interview with Stephen Rickaby

Mobile is still reeling from the shock of being taken out of the driver’s seat in terms of services offered on the handset.  But  will telecoms make a services come-back?  This interview with an expert in the thick of Telco 2.0 transformation action discusses the strategic issues involved and also analyzes Oracle’s recent moves to acquire Acme Packet and Tekelec.

Clever Integration: The Sherlock Holmes Way to Tease Solutions from a Fog of Misaligned Data

October 2012

Clever Integration: The Sherlock Holmes Way to Tease Solutions from a Fog of Misaligned Data

interview with Benedict Enweani

Tired of risky and expensive “big bang” systems integration projects that don‘t solve problems?  In this article you’ll learn how deductive reasoning can be used to weave through mountains of tangeled and misaligned data.  The approach uses a repeatable method to orchestrate solutions at relatively low cost and can be applied to many B/OSS and  assurance problems.

Telecom Mediation: Time to Move Back into the Limelight?

February 2012

Telecom Mediation: Time to Move Back into the Limelight?

by Dan Baker

While mediation technology remains crucial to assurance applications, solution vendors have been relatively quiet in recent years.  This article points to reasons why the mediation market may soon get more active.  Among the factors discussed are: consolidation, big data, group merger activity and the offload of mobile transactions to cheaper platforms.

Service Assurance Hits the Fashion Runway: The Power of Tailored Visuals

November 2011

Service Assurance Hits the Fashion Runway: The Power of Tailored Visuals

interview with Richard Thomas

Some wonderful value is created by presenting data in a way that allows enterprises or internal departments to best extract meaning.  This point is a amplified through a Verizon case study where service assurance data was presented to a high-end fashion retailer during a multimedia event delivered live in over 200 global stores.  The data was presented in differently, keyed to the invidual needs of the retailer’s internal teams.

ILEC Business in the Balance: The Case for Probe-Based Traffic Monitoring

March 2011

ILEC Business in the Balance: The Case for Probe-Based Traffic Monitoring

interview with Darrell Merschak

As new, low-cost  and non-Bellcore switches penetrate the North American market, interexchange carrier are no longer delivering accurate billing usage data to rural ILECs and wireless providers.  This article explains the issue and proposes SS7 probes as a uniform source for establishing accurate usage data handshakes between carriers.

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