Rational and TM Forum Frameworx
CharlesRivet 120000F3RC Visits (4410)
previous post, I finished with a teaser on how IBM Rational help its CSP clients by providing support for TM Forum Frameworx in its tools. Given that telecom suppliers see unprecedented demand for TM Forum's Frameworx Conformance, support for this framework should be of concern for any solution and tool provider.
At Rational, do understand that TM Forum Frameworx, or NGOSS as it used to be called, is an important framework around communications service providers (CSPs). I've heard it stated many times that all major CSPs use eTOM (Enhanced Telecom Operations Map, the "business process framework"), most use SID (Shared Information/Data, the "Information framework"), and that many use TAM (The Applications Map) and the Integration Framework. As such, we have first concentrated on the most used of the frameworks.
At the top of the architecture chain, we have a representation of eTOM available for IBM Rational System Architect. This is a free download for anyone who already has System Architect licenses (and can legally use the TM Forum's intellectual property). The encyclopedia that is provided also contains a representation for SID as well as capabilities to implement the application map and the integrations. This capability within System Architect not only allows the practitioner to use Frameworx to model their CSP's operations and data, it also allows for the integration of this within a complete enterprise architecture (EA) and even to link with other supported EA standards such as TOGAF.
The telecom system or process engineer can then take these business processes as defined in eTOM and elaborate them so that they can be sent, as BPMN, to process servers (such as IBM WebSphere Process Server)
This is, however, not always enough and it is often the case that services must be exposed, either internally (for B/OSS) or externally (to support customer products). In such a case, IBM Rational Software Architect can be used. Thanks to its Extension for Communications Applications, which not only provides the SID model, but also capabilities to create services implementing common telecom API (SIP, Parlay X, GSMA OneAPI).
In closing, I have to mention that both IBM Rational System Architect and IBM Rational Software Architect are part of the IBM Catalog Driven Order Management Solution that has been certified by TM Forum. This should reassure everyone that we view TM Forum Frameworx as an important aspect of servicing the Telecom market.