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My API Story: Enabling partner ecosystems with Open APIs

We talk to Sandeep Singh, SVP & GM Digital Enablement Business Unit at Mavenir Inc about how TM Forum Open API's help to enable all its microservices to communicate.

Ailis Claassen
03 Jun 2021
My API Story: Enabling partner ecosystems with Open APIs

My API Story: Enabling partner ecosystems with Open APIs

We talk to Sandeep Singh, SVP & GM Digital Enablement Business Unit at Mavenir Inc about how TM Forum Open API's help to enable all the company's microservices to communicate.
Tell us about yourself and your job

I joined Mavenir in 2019 and my remit is to execute on the company’s vision anchored around digitalization of its network assets. This includes building a comprehensive integration platform that accelerates the ability of service providers to take these offerings to consumer and enterprise market ecosystems. My team supports me in realizing this vision and empowering our customers through a platform called "Mavenir Digital Enablement".

I spent two decades in the operations and business support system (BSS/OSS) domains learning the perspectives of both end subscribers and communications service providers (CSPs), through major transformation cycles. I have worked globally in product management, systems integration, operations, sales and consulting, with vendors including Nokia, Ericsson, Amdocs, while serving service providers like AT&T, T-mobile, Vodafone, Bharti and more.

Why do you believe in TM Forum’s Open API program?

Open APIs synergize connected ecosystems of producers and developers to rapidly deliver greater value by accelerating interworking. Adoption of Open APIs and Open Digital Architecture enables service providers to continually generate added customer value through agile iterative experimentation.

What TM Forum Open APIs are most valuable to your company?

Product Catalog Management, Product Ordering, Service Catalog and Federated Identity Access.

Why did you choose to highlight those APIs?

We believe that in order to enable a partner ecosystem, the first and foremost function that needs to be exposed is the product and service catalog which will allow producer and consumer partners to onboard their products to a common catalog. Securely managing access to these product catalog is next.

How do you use those APIs?

The Mavenir Digital Enablement architecture follows a catalog-driven design which becomes the single source of truth throughout the domain. To enable all microservices to communicate – owned or third party – we use these APIs for communication.

How have you benefited from using these APIs?

Building upon TM Forum Open APIs, we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. These APIs tremendously helped Mavenir to build the data model quickly and shortened our development cycle to a few months. It also helped us integrate with our CSP customers’ ecosystem without spending huge time in integration.

Where do you use the APIs?

One example is in Rakuten Japan.

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