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  • 1.  TMF666 or TMF629 for Cost Centres

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Apr 10, 2022 23:24
    We provide the ability for our customers to break down their bills into cost centres which will generally relate to internal departments within the customer.

    We would like to provide an API method for customers to update this information and I'm thinking this should most likely fall within TMF666 Account Management.

    Has anyone looked at this? A cost centre is like a billing account in that charges would need to be allocated to this.

    Thoughts?

    Ryan Ruckley
    Enterprise Architect
    Optus Enterprise

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    Ryan Ruckley
    SingTel Optus
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  • 2.  RE: TMF666 or TMF629 for Cost Centres

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Apr 11, 2022 01:45
    I think FinancialAccounts in TMF666 can help you model this behavior.

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    Mukesh Kumar
    Oracle Corporation
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  • 3.  RE: TMF666 or TMF629 for Cost Centres

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Apr 11, 2022 03:40
    Hi Ryan and Mukesh
    In my view, the financial account is a way of rolling-up/aggregating balances from multiple billing accounts. In this concept, a financial account does not per se attract charges (applied customer billing rates - ACBR), and payments are not made against a financial account. This distinction is entrenched in the model:
    • Product (inventory) and Product Order have reference to a billing account
    • The payment entities are not related to financial account
    It seems as if Ryan needs the opposite, some substructure that can attract charges but is not billed - the billing account is based on the aggregation of these sub-stuctures. Whatever these substructures are, they are not financial accounts, at least not according to the current understanding of the model.
    Maybe some enhancements are needed.

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    Jonathan Goldberg
    Amdocs Management Limited
    Any opinions and statements made by me on this forum are purely personal, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the TM Forum or my employer.
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  • 4.  RE: TMF666 or TMF629 for Cost Centres

    TM Forum Member
    Posted Apr 11, 2022 21:43
    Thanks for clarifying @Jonathan Goldberg
    My thought process was that since Financial Account is a different specialization and deals with account receivables and payable, it was possible to have financial accounts to model the cost center. I may be wrong there.


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    Mukesh Kumar
    Oracle Corporation
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