I am a mobile operator with only some documented business processes and no OSS system in place. I am considering implementing an OSS/ODA system, but I need help selecting which one is the best choice for my company.
Our Company IT systems and infrastructure are as follows:
Our business goals are as follows:
Specifically, I need help with the following:
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
First, ODA would be the great choice but it is not really mature in terms of implementation, especially in:1. platform to deploy ODA components2. comprehensive API for ODA components to talk to each other3. components commonly available and mature
For 1, the platform must provide environment to allow components to run and get all resources needed. This is very complex if you think about memory, CPU, network, threads, efficiency (such as sharing data among components within same platform on same OS/VM), security/authentication/authorization, etc. It is very complicated.For 2, TMF open API is great but it is mostly for systems not component level. For example, a SIA (service impact analysis) system needs to get real-time alarm from FM component. So, it would need to register alarm notification with filter specifically to its interest to filter out not interested alarms and then can extend later.For 3, components to be mature means to be well self-defined, self-contained (no coupling with other components or platform), user configurable of behaviors, versatile to take inputs from data sources, etc.
So, OSS system would be more feasible at this moment (also consider how ODA would eventually head to, look into software industry in general. Component-oriented platform only web application server succeeded. Since then, there is no further advance to be widely accepted). If you go with OSS, I would suggest you to pay attention to followings:a. truly multi-vendor and multi-technology support and covers FCP (fault, configuration, performance) as foundational telco data providerb. self-aware: discover network and stitch data, event collection, performance counter/KPI collectionc. analysis/decision: single and cross network domain analysis such as RCA, SIA, BI analysis, decision making, etc.d. self-configure/healing: flexible and deterministic flow engine and development tool to develop, deploy, and execution your self-configuration/healing flowse. flexibility: user configurable and extensiblef. system architecture: grow both vertically and horizontally with road to ODA
This is very big topic so above are just something quickly typed based on whatever in my head. Hope it helps.
many thanks for your helpful reply
Your inquiry into the selection between OSS (Operational Support Systems) and ODA (Open Digital Architecture) for your mobile operator company is quite comprehensive and reflects a strategic approach towards enhancing your IT infrastructure and achieving your business goals. Here's a structured response to assist you:
As the CTO of TTG Int. LTD, I acknowledge that our products are compliant with the ODA in certain aspects, while some areas might not be fully aligned due to the complexity and field-testing requirements of the systems. Implementing a vendor-neutral Operations and Support System (OSS) involves several key considerations, with a pivotal focus on selecting an OSS provider that boasts substantial experience in the telecom sector.
1. Importance of Telecom Sector Experience:
3. Unified Interface:
4. Vendor Management:
7. Scalability and Flexibility:
8. Support and Maintenance:
9. Cost Management:
10. Documentation and Knowledge Sharing:
11. Training and Skill Development:
Finally: A strategic approach to implementing a vendor-agnostic OSS encompasses interoperability, automation, security, and cost management, ensuring seamless integration, management, and support of solutions from different vendors while providing a unified operational interface. The expertise of the OSS provider, especially in the telecom sector, is pivotal to navigating the multifaceted telecom network systems effectively and efficiently.
Your inquiries are valuable to us, and should you require further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out."
Thank you for your response and for taking the time to address my concerns. We hope to find a success story that is somewhat similar to our company's situation, as this would be beneficial and enhance our deep understanding of the matter. It will assist us in making the final decision to choose the most suitable option for us.
------------------------------Mehmet BeyazTTG Uluslararsi LTDOriginal Message:Sent: Oct 03, 2023 16:41From: Abdulwahid AL-SayadiSubject: Request for help in preparing RFP and OSS/ODA selection
You well come, and good luck.