We will cover the telecommunications ecosystem composed of service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and mobile. While the originators of the blog are from IBM Rational it will not be limited to that in scope.
Communications service providers (CSPs) have a history of adopting agile methods in their development of software-intensive products. However, the adoption of these methods, especially when continuous integration is involved, are impeded with old approaches to the deployment of these solutions to test labs and, finally, to the running system. In addition, test labs are expensive to setup and run and their preparation and usage can be restricted and time consuming. As well, the ability to respond in a timely manner to requests from the... [More]
In my last posting, back in March, I was talking about Agility Everywhere and how we needed agility across the complete lifecycle. And all that was before IBM announced it was acquiring UrbanCode .
Since then, it's been busy in the world of DevOps . Granted, we had a solution prior to that acquisition, with the ability of modeling deployments using the IBM Rational Software Architect Extension for Deployment Planning, the IBM Rational Automation Framework, Build Forge, and the integrations with the Tivoli products. However, with the... [More]
We've posted a few thoughts about quality throughout the design life-cycle for telco providers as well as equipment manufacturers. I like to think of quality as a life-cycle thing, in that testing can be done throughout the development cycle of software whether its service oriented or embedded. Some of the thoughts I've posted can be found in a previous quality post here I wanted to bring your attention to an event we are having April 18th, where you will be given an in-depth look into how Rational approaches quality, particularly in the... [More]
Since there has been many postings in this blog regarding agility, I thought I'd join my voice to Marty's ( here and here ) and Scott ( here ). If you look at the content of the blog, we have already either touched or hinted at agility in various areas of the whole development lifecycle. Agility in idea gathering for the telecom product manager was hinted in Scott's 3 keys to an effective services offering posting. Agility in taking these ideas, determining the best one, and communicating the requirements was addressed in my own Your CSP needs... [More]
In my 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 ( E... [More]
In my previous post , I talked about how a Communications Service Provider's (CSP's) network is very much like a SCADA system and how there is a lot of data collected as part of the running of the network. I also finished that discussion with a teaser about moving the collaboration from across the telecom ecosystem to inside the company. Well, here we are... In a blog entry from last August, IBM's Craig Hayman (IBM Software Group's GM of Industry Solutions) discussed how " your business may depend on your CMO and CIO working together... [More]
For anyone who hasn’t seen it a few days ago IBM released a
press release about a new technology advance that allows light speed connection
between chips in a server farm. This is a large step forward in the technology
of moving data inside data farms. Here is a link to the press release. You also
can find commentary in many other technical sources as well.
The question is how does this affect the telco industry?
In my view this has a huge affect long term on... [More]
You hear lots about “testing” in all industries, as testing leads to reduced defects, which leads to quality. Automation is even better as it decreases the time testing, which decreases costs, which is expensive as it can consume over 50% of the entire cost of delivering product in some industries. In the case of telcos, this means happy customers that will be repeat customers. Customer churn for service providers is prime concern in the Telco industry on a global level. In my experience, I’ve been involved in testing of a product in... [More]
A recent discussion with one of our System Architect has brought up a very interesting comparison: how telecom networks are really a big SCADA system. For those unfamiliar with the term, SCADA stands for "Supervisory, Control, and Data Acquisition". These systems are common within certain industries such as utilities (e.g., power or water distribution) and plant operations (e.g., power or manufacturing). These systems are put in place so that, from a central location (e.g., a power distribution network's control centre or a plant's... [More]
Every day, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) around the world perform a balancing act between the need for new business initiatives and technology versus the need to contain costs and ensure overall efficiency. With exploding data traffic and the ever mounting pressure to reduce spending, CSPs will be forced to find new and innovate ways to reduce expenditures while improving operational efficiency. However legacy architectures and processes, disparate systems, and outdated applications result in high maintenance costs, leading to... [More]