In a packed room at London's Montcalm Hotel, the TM Forum hosted a half-day workshop ahead of Light Reading's OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV event that not only zeroed in on many of the OSS challenges the New IP will pose, but also asked its attendees to help solve them.
After a few short presentations, workshop attendees were asked to put on their thinking caps and do some brainstorming around specific challenges. Among the topics considered was the notion of developing new partnerships and being able to partner more dynamically, in the way that OTT players do today; figuring out which customer segments will drive new business opportunities and what digital services will need in terms of new infrastructure for things such as capacity management, ordering, provisioning and service management.
In a foreshadowing of the event to come a day later, the workshops also led to discussion as to which is more important: developing a common information model or moving quickly ahead to try to keep up with major OTT competitors.
Here's a look at the afternoon in pictures, and you can start the slideshow by clicking on the first image.
Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell
The chairwoman of the main event the next day kicked off the TM Forum workshop with research that showed telecom operators still lack a clear OSS strategy for NFV and SDN -- and that includes many of the companies that are pressing ahead.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading