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Borden's Back

11:10 AM -- For those who follow the OSS sector, the return to an active management role of Jay Borden will be worth noting.

Borden was, a few years back, the charismatic CEO of Granite Systems, one of a handful of OSS startups that helped reinvigorate the telecom software sector around 2003 to 2005. (See Granite Enhances Xng and How Fat is the OSS Market?) Granite's rivalry with Cramer Systems in the inventory management sector helped make OSS that bit more interesting. Both companies were subsequently acquired by larger vendors. In Granite's case, the buyer was Telcordia Technologies Inc. , but Borden didn't hang around too long there. (See Telcordia: Bye Bye Borden, Telcordia Nearly Blew Granite Deal, and Amdocs Snaps Up Cramer.

Borden has spent the past few years taking board-level positions, including a seat on the board of telecom software firm Nakina Systems Inc. But now he's taken on the CEO role at Nakina, too, replacing Marco Pagani. The move comes as Nakina looks to build a position as a carrier Ethernet management system specialist by optimizing its OSS product to help the delivery of Ethernet services over multiple underlying network technologies.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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