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For Immediate Release: August 4, 2008

ITU-T Acceptance of TM Forum Information Framework (SID) Validates Industry Need for Single Common Information Model

MORRISTOWN, NJ—As Service Providers struggle with a growing diversity of information and data models, there is a pressing need for a single common framework to harmonize all information models across the industry. “The acceptance by the ITU-T of the TM Forum Information Framework as that single framework, is a major step forward for the industry,” says TM Forum President Martin Creaner.

The ITU-T Recommendation M.3190 , led by Dave Sidor of Nortel and Knut Johannessen of Telenor, initially encompasses the “Product” and “Service” domains of The TM Forum Information Framework v 7.5, as well as some explanatory addenda. These elements of Recommendation M.3190 will serve as an introduction to the Information Framework “Analysis Model,” which will cover all of the information required to implement use cases based on the TM Forum Business Process Framework (eTOM).

“We’re not stopping here; future submissions to the ITU-T will include other SID domains as well,” said Josh Salomon, co-chair of the TM Forum Information Framework team. For two years, Salomon worked on due diligence with other TM Forum members and staff, including John Reilly, subject matter expert; Paul Levine, standards development consultant, Telcordia (ret.); and John Wilmes, chief technical architect, Progress Software.

“We will continue to ensure the SID analysis model is implementation-independent,” added Wilmes, noting the Information Framework team will continue to focus on information and relationships to enable multiple implementations to be derived from a single common model.

About the TM Forum

With almost 700 member companies in 72 countries, the TM Forum is the world’s leading trade consortium focused on enabling digital services. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides leadership, strategic guidance and practical solutions to improve the way that services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the majority of the world’s service providers, network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.

The Forum currently facilitates over 80 technical projects and provides extensive training, conferencing and information services to its members. Through its initiatives to help providers move to low cost, high quality ‘lean’ processes, the Forum helps its members automate business processes and work seamlessly across various parts of the service delivery chain. The organization provides industry benchmarks, guidebooks, process and software frameworks and downloadable software standards. These give service providers the direction and specific roadmaps to achieve much greater business efficiency and operational flexibility.

For further information regarding the TM Forum, related programs such as the Prosspero initiative and its Management World conferences, please visit www.tmforum.org

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