TMF Updates MTOSI Standard

Standard covers resource and service management,including inventory, assurance, and activation

April 24, 2009

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- TM Forum, the world's premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, announced today the release of MTOSI 2.0, the most comprehensive standard ever published for managing broadband telecommunications — covering both resource and service management and including inventory, assurance, and activation, some of the most integration-intensive areas in service provider operational environments.

Multi-Technology Operations System Interface (MTOSI) Release 2.0 simplifies integration by providing all the specifications needed throughout the development lifecycle, including business analysis, information model, and interface specifications. With MTOSI, implementers save significant and measureable effort on system integration at:

• the requirements stage, by reducing uncertainty and providing leading-edge business analysis.
• the design stage, by describing best practices for creating Web Services-based interfaces.
• the integration stage, by defining detailed specifications of the critical interface operations that are needed to manage networks and services.

MTOSI 2.0 packages the widest range of management interfaces in an integrated suite, including functions in the Business Process Framework (eTOM), Resource Management and Operations (RM&O), and Service Management and Operations (SM&O) areas.

According to Martin Creaner, President and COO TM Forum, “Many companies are saving millions of dollars each year by using TM Forum standard interfaces, particularly MTOSI, to specify the interfaces between their technologies and third-party technologies. It costs service providers millions of dollars to write detailed specifications for the dynamically evolving technologies that are a phenomenon in our industry today. Aggregating the dollars spent by each company results in a collective industry waste many times that amount. In addition, when companies work individually instead of collaboratively, the integration challenge becomes even more complex because of incompatible specifications. TM Forum provides an environment in which service providers and vendors collaborate openly and vet solutions before they go into development. The MTOSI standards have been created in this collaborative manner by leading communications companies.”

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