Proof of concept

Action Week: Nearly 30 Catalysts make their pitches

TM Forum’s Catalyst Program kicked off a brand new set of collaborative proof-of-concept projects at Action Week, to be demonstrated at TM Forum Live! 2017. The Forum received 40 Catalyst proposals, 29 of which were formally pitched here this week. A total of 35 teams are expected to demonstrate their projects in Nice.

Each of the Catalysts focuses on challenges being addressed in the Forum’s three strategic programs – Agile Business & IT, Customer Centricity, and Open Digital & Internet of Everything (IoE) – or specific challenges related to security and privacy, smart cities or application program interfaces (APIs).

Agility is the goal

Many of the Catalysts are new phases of ongoing projects, including the largest project, Enabling digital marketplaces, which features six service provider champions – AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, Verizon, Vodafone and Telstra. The Catalyst, which has won multiple awards at TM Forum events, is building a platform prototype to help network operators automate the full lifecycle of virtual functions.

A new platform-focused Catalyst called 5G service operations, will deliver network as a service with a wide range of service level agreement characteristics based on multiple 5G and legacy network technologies including open source technology. This project will further the Forum’s work on the Digital Platform Reference Architecture (DPRA) and the Hybrid Infrastructure Platform, which extends the DPRA principles.

All the Agile Business & IT projects will help operators either design, create or realize new services, with several focusing on increasing the efficiency of operations and business processes.

All about the customer

Several of the Customer Centricity Catalysts are addressing challenges related to customer journeys. An ongoing award-winning project called APPEX omnichannel, for example, will identify friction points and vulnerabilities within the customer journey, create mitigation and optimization responses, and apply these in real time across all channels. Another called Experience journey shaping with data analytics, will introduce an automated decision-taking platform across the functional units of a digital service providers’ organization so that it can optimize agile action-taking across the entire organization.

Internet of Everything

The Open Digital & IoE Catalysts are exploring opportunities to monetize the IoE, from analytics for digital health to smart industrial manufacturing and smart cities. The ongoing Smart Life Catalyst is particularly exciting because it’s working towards commercializing the platform co-created by the team, deliver innovative and secure smart city services. The team ran a think tank as phase one of its incubator process here in Lisbon this week.

Tackling privacy

An exciting new Catalyst called GDPR compliancy through the QiY Scheme is working to simplify compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by giving people control over their own data while, at the same time, providing value to organizations by creating the opportunity to offer new services that are similarly compliant. The Qiy Foundation joined the Forum earlier this year and has been developing a scheme to give individuals control of their data by making them the center of their own network.

Highlighting APIs

Several projects, most of them new, are focusing specifically on opportunities and challenges related to APIs. A new project called Data Anonymizing API is working to provide a set of open APIs to anonymize data coming to and from private cloud to public cloud, while a continuing project called API sandpit simulator is planning to demonstrate implementation of MEF services using the Forum’s Open APIs.

All of the Catalysts will be demonstrated at TM Forum Live! 2017 May 15-18 in Nice, France.



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Editor, TM Forum

Dawn Bushaus began her career in technology journalism in 1989 at Telephony magazine, which means she’s been writing about networking for a quarter century. (She wishes she didn’t have to admit that because it probably gives you a good idea of how old she really is.) In 1996, Dawn joined a team of journalists to start a McGraw-Hill publication called tele.com, and in 2000, she helped a team at Ziff-Davis launch The Net Economy, where she held senior writing and editing positions. Prior to joining TM Forum, she worked as a freelance analyst for Heavy Reading.

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