Collaboration in the Telecommunications Ecosystem
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Have you ever thought about all the technology needed for you to connect to another person?
Let's take the case of a mobile call. You use a mobile phone made by a mobile device manufacturer (MDM) to connect to your communications service providers (CSP) using equipment from one of more network equipment manufacturers (NEM). For the call to go through properly, you certainly need to rely on industry standards, and all these companies need to collaborate to ensure that all parts of the network mesh properly to complete the call. In addition, individual CSPs also have requirements on the hardware provided to support their own product offerings (and billing!), OSS and BSS capabilities, integrations, etc. - in addition to the industry standards!
So where do we see collaboration happening?
Telecommunications Ecosystem Collaborations
If you've been following IBM Rational, you are no doubt aware that collaboration is something that is very important to us. We have been the driving force behind the Jazz initiative and the implementation of the Jazz framework into Rational's own Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution (and the recent release of CLM 4.0.1). And our collaboration solutions have already proven themselves within telecommunications organizations, such as in the case of Avea.
Given that these solutions are known to work well to manage products, requirements, development, and deployment within an organization, why could we not extend this to work across the supply chain? We have seen them used to effectively break silos within an organization, why not across companies? Would it not be more efficient to collaborate both within and across companies in a supply chain?
If you want to hear more about this topic, I would invite you to listed tot the Collaboration in the mobile device industry webcast.