IPsphere Joins TM Forum to drive Rapid Service Creation and Delivery
MORRISTOWN, NJ – 9-SEPT-2008 – Service Providers grappling with the rapid creation and deployment of IP-based, multi-stakeholder services will benefit from today’s announcement that IPsphere has joined TM Forum and will be integrating its framework into the TM Forum's ever-expanding Service Delivery Framework program.
As part of the agreement, the IPsphere Forum will move its work programs into the TM Forum with immediate effect.
The fusion of these best practices, standards and guidelines will fuel automated deployment of IP-based information, communications and entertainment services.
Using the principles of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), the IPsphere Framework defines a sophisticated business layer that automates offer, purchase and provisioning of service components among multiple stakeholders. The framework also offers support for a standardized registration and discovery process, payments for resource usage and quality assurance, and interworking with session-based service environments.
Complementary to that work is the TM Forum's Service Delivery Framework, which focuses on enabling control of service lifecycle management across all execution environments allowing flexibility in binding services with product catalogues.
Integrating the principles and technical work of these two frameworks will create a pre-commercial testbed for pilot program testing and the demonstration of multi-vendor interoperability.
According to Martin Creaner, President and CTO, TM Forum “I’m very excited about IPsphere joining forces with the TM Forum. In this increasingly converged market, the work IPsphere is doing to produce specifications to enable pan-provider business solutions, compliments the existing work of the TM Forum in relation to Service Delivery Platforms and Service Oriented Architecture. The closer alignment of these work efforts will deliver great benefits to our broad membership.”
Todd Shimizu, Chairman of IPsphere, commented “Together, we create a comprehensive approach to service delivery and management that fully aligns our technology and standards with the key business and management issues of service providers. As part of TM Forum, we seek to accelerate time-to-market for these standards to give better results for all of us and better services for our customers.”
To learn more about IPsphere joining TM Forum and how the IPsphere Framework will combine with the TM Forum’s Service Delivery Framework to fuel pan-provider business solutions in the delivery of end-to-end services, please join our online press briefing on September 18th at 5pm GMT - Contact Geoff Devlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
For further Information visit www.tmforum.org/ipsphere
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
About the IPsphere Forum
The IPsphere Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to unleashing the business & societal benefits of IP convergence. An international consortium of industry leaders, the IPsphere Forum is developing a universal operational framework for the assembly and delivery of services on converged infrastructures - enabling providers to streamline processes and drive operational efficiencies.
For more information in the IPsphere Forum, please visit www.ipsphereforum.org.
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