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.
In order to support the burgeoning demand for innovative, cloud/mobile applications, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are undertaking business transformation projects to provision and activate service features on the fly, add bandwidth, bill for content, track customer usage, monitor service performance, and ensure revenue capture. Given such software-intensive environments, including those for the future Software-Defined Network/Network Function Virtualization (SDN/NFV) environments, the telecommunications industry is now seeing a... [More]
Is your communications-related company becoming larger and more distributed? Having a hard time setting consistent processes company-wide? If organizational growth is not managed effectively, both company-wide and with external vendors, break-downs are inevitable resulting in service outages or even more catastrophic results. Integrated Architecture is a solution to this industry-wide challenge, providing a means to manage the processes within your organization. Join us in a two-part webcast series as we learn how to implement a prescriptive... [More]
Service outages and system downtimes have a direct adverse effect on consumer satisfaction. That's why for telecommunication companies, developing and building resilient services is especially important. In this podcast, listen in as we discuss the importance of resilient services and what to keep in mind as companies aim to develop resilient services. Listen as Tolla and I discuss the concept of resilient services and the importance of integrated architecture to resiliency. For more information on resilient services, we will have a... [More]
Faced with the pressures of empowered consumers and fierce competition, communication service providers (CSPs) need to constantly optimize the services they deliver to their customers. CSPs are forced to continuously update customer-facing applications and internal IT applications that improve performance. By capturing the benefits of continuous deployment, CSPs can not only streamline their deployment of applications, increasing efficiency and speed, but also improve coordination and integration across both internal and external application... [More]
For telecoms to offer a new upgrade for customers many different teams have to be brought together so they can work effectively as one team. This involves bringing together a team consisting of various engineering groups and development teams, as well as involving partners outside the organization. This webinar will present solutions to ensuring that requirements are met and the desired product is delivered in a timely manner. Watch the IEEE Spectrum Webinar: Delivering the Next New Upgrade for Telecoms Smoothly Sponsored by IBM WHEN:... [More]
Join us for Part 2 of our Transforming Operations for Telecommunication Series Information Framework: The key to reducing time, cost, and risk associated with today's business transformation initiatives In today’s world of e-commerce, M2M, and cloud services, it’s critical for development and operational processes to embrace and account for these trends or risk failure. Development processes for telecommunications typically include a mix of information and data models, internally developed software, and third party or open... [More]
Ever since I bought my husband a chromecast for Christmas last year, our TV has gotten quite a bit of usage through streaming. And so when it came to this year's Superbowl Party, we decided to put our internet and streaming capabilities to the test. I was pleasantly surprised by the fluidity of the streaming and the whole family watch the entire program with very little hiccups. Even more impressive was the fact that for a brief hiatus, when our dog accidentally tripped over the router cable, we used our smartphone as a hotspot and the... [More]
Communication Service Providers face many challenges in defining, building, and deploying complex software-based systems. IBM Rational telecom solutions and tools are used successfully by various organizations within communications service providers to address their unique challenges in the definition of their products and in the construction and delivery of the software required by such systems. Speakers, Glenn Hughes and Kimberly Gist. Listen here -> http://www.ibm.com/software/rational/podcasts/2013/#285
On December 18th we will host part 1 of our Transforming Operation series Part 1: Managing Outsourcing in Telecommunications Communications Service Providers are large users of outsourcing to help them in their software development efforts – and this trend is continuing, especially with the availability of lower-cost, overseas software development firms and crowd-sourcing. But how do you ensure requirements are met and the software is delivered in a timely matter with the expected quality? IBM Rational’s governance for... [More]
IdeaJam begins Monday September 30 - https://voicejam.ideajam.net IdeaJam is a place where you can share your ideas about Rational Products and Solutions. When you post an idea, others can Like or Dislike the idea and provide comments. Popular ideas will bubble to the top. There is an industry focused theme which will discuss topics such as compliance needs, inhibitors, standards, and of course other input you may want to provide. We want to hear from you. Make your opinion count!
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]
The telco industry is changing at a rapid pace. This means the supply chain, including companies that develop cell phone parts, also need to project management whole product lines to support many different customers. This is critical to competing in this very competitive and tight industry. We see many different large companies deciding to get out of that market because of this competition. Read a new paper from our partner, 321 Gang, about how their customer leverage RTC, Rational Team Concert, for project management in this competitive... [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]