I have written here before that Microsoft is a service provider as well as a software vendor.  Microsoft has an increasingly vested interest in addressing the difficulties of managing a large array of services both across Microsoft and out to the channels as Managed Service Syndications.

 

As part of this process, Microsoft has ramped up its involvement with the TM Forum (www.tmforum.org).  Four the past year Microsoft has been working on a number of Proof of Concepts or "Catalyst" projects in conjunction with other service providers, partners, and TM Forum members.  Hear is a brief summary of what will be on display at Management World in Nice, France in May 2008.

 

1.       Building Marketplaces with Service Syndication

a.   Objective:  To test and apply the concepts of the Service Delivery Framework workgroup to create the marketplace for the next generation of services consisting service providers participation from across all industries and owners of various resources that can be commercialized as valuable services for customers under various business models.

b.   Sponsors:  BT, Microsoft, Telefonica 

c.   Participants:  Accenture, CA, Iptiva, Netcracker, Telefonica,Tribold

 

2.       Content Encounter (Phase II)

a.   Objective:  Content Encounter is a TM Forum Business Solution designed to make seamless, communications, information and entertainment services a reality.  It is a solution approach that addresses the full content lifecycle from creation through to consumption tailored to a personal profile that delivers a consistent experience across multiple devices including IPTV, the PC, and Windows Mobile.

b.   Sponsors:  at&t, BT, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom

c.   Participants:  Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, CallGenie, Cognizant, eBIZ.mobility, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Oracle/BEA, Subex, Telcordia, Westwood One, BT Mobile, CDNetworks, HP, and Paramount.

 

3.       Seamless OSS / BSS for IMS Services (Phase II)

a.   Objective:  Give more rich IMS services experience with an end to end solution of OSS/BSS for IMS services including service creation, delivering, services management, subscribing and activation, billing & charging validating the TMF NGOSS frameworks.

b.   Sponsor:  China Unicom

c.   Participants: Amdocs, Microsoft, ZTE

 

4.       One Stop Fixed Mobile Convergence Service

a.   Objective:  To help Chunghwa to be able to roll out a wide variety of new & compelling mobile services in a cost-effective way.

b.   Sponsor:  Chunghwa Telecom (CHT)

c.       Participants: Amdocs, Microsoft, NSN Taiwan, TATA Consulting Services (TCS), Tech Mahindra, Telus Telecom

 

To read more about the upcoming event please visit:

http://www.tmforum.org/events/ManagementWorld2008/4807/home.html

  

To read more about the Catalyst Programs please visit:   

http://www.tmforum.org/ManagementWorld2008/CatalystShowcase/5341/Home.html