Orchestration, OSS, and Mediation: Drawing Some Lines

by Keith Brody Jun 27, 2017

Hastened by the march towards virtualisation, there has been a growing dialogue in recent months around the question of orchestration and in which domain it will ultimately sit. Questions like “will orchestration be encompassed within OSS?” abound. Or “will it evolve to encompass OSS itself?” (the opposite outcome). And from our perspective, “does mediation (read, data integration and management) have a role to play in the discharge of the orchestration function, wherever it sits?” We would contend that although mediation and orchestration are entirely separate functions, they are to some extent linked, as the former can contribute to the greater performance of the latter.

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Operational Efficiency in Action

by Keith Brody Jun 22, 2017

In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the myriad of simultaneously occuring changes in telco infrastructure; virtualisation, NFV and SDN, legacy, hybrid, and next generation networks running in parallell, service convergence (for instance, fixed, VOLTE, and VoIP), and so on. And that’s without mentioning what’s coming up next (or already here); the proliferation of IoT-based business models, 5G, digitization, and more. With so many pieces on the table, putting the jigsaw puzzle together in terms of operational efficiency is a challenge. How do you make sure everything runs smoothly?

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Operational Efficiency: The Trouble With Progress...

by Keith Brody Jun 22, 2017

In theory, the development of network technology can be characterized as progressive. Speed and capacity increase, service innovation is facilitated, new business models are enabled, profitability increases and so on. At least in theory that’s what happens. 

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Why Experience Matters - Part 2

by Keith Brody Jun 21, 2017

We ended the first part of this blog series about Experienced Based Charging by explaining how, when customer experience proves unacceptable or below identified thresholds (regardless of whether the customer expresses dissatisfaction or not), mitigating action could and should be immediately taken.

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Why Experience Matters - Part 1

by Keith Brody Jun 21, 2017

Although churn is a global issue in the telecoms industry, a detailed look at the problem in a single market is instructive in putting it into context. 

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Improvements in MediationZone 8.0: Systems Insights

by Keith Brody May 12, 2017

A second critical advance in MediationZone v8.0, System Insight delivers a new reporting dashboard.  This enhances both the ease of use and value delivered by the product.  In System Insight, key performance Information specified by the MediationZone user is displayed in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand format. Both system-related and dataflow-aware information can be displayed.

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Singing in Octaves: Mediation Evolves

by Keith Brody May 10, 2017

The musically inclined among readers of this blog might instinctively read greater significance into the release this week of MediationZone 8.0 by DigitalRoute than, perhaps, their less musical counterparts would or they themselves might into either versions 7 or 9.

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Improvements in MediationZone 8.0: Conditional Tracing

by Keith Brody May 04, 2017

 

In this series of blogs we’ll be talking about two MediationZone enhancements that are central to the upcoming release 8.0, as well as giving an overview of the full release itself in the last article.  As we’ll see, these improvements help the system user in a number of areas including improving performance and easing maintenance.

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GDPR is Europe's Answer to a Global Question. It Won't be the Only One…

by Keith Brody Apr 27, 2017

The most pressing response to the question of data protection at the moment may come in the form of the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that’s set to take effect next year, but we believe businesses outside the continent would be well advised to take heed. It’s unlikely that Europe’s new regulations in this area will be confined to any one geography. 

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How to Address the Requirements of GDPR

by Keith Brody Apr 26, 2017

Europe is gearing up for the arrival next year (on May 25th, 2018 to be exact) of its new data protection standard, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  While the focus here is regional and it’s European companies that have to respond to the new law, the reality is that data protection is a global issue and stringent regulatory requirements worldwide are making anonymization functionality table stakes both from an operational and data integration and management software perspective.

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