EASPFinalistMicrosoft Online Services was selected as a Finalist by the TM Forum for this year’s Best Practices Excellence Awards 2009.  The awards were recognized at the TM Forum’s Management World event held in Nice, France from 6-9 May 2009. 

Traditionally one might expect Microsoft to be entered in the category of a supplier rather than the Service Provider category.  But after some debate, it was recognized that the launch of Microsoft Online Services represented a converged services offerings.  Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Live Services and Microsoft Online Services are all part of an evolving story that is repositioning parts of Microsoft into the role of a provider of Next Generation Converged Services. 

Microsoft received the Finalist designation in recognition for its adoption and use of the TM Forum’s NGOSS reference architecture and framework as a basis to model and implement an internal BSS/OSS that supports the Online Services business.  A total of six service provider projects were recognized for their use of TM Forum Best Practices.  A summary of the six finalists and their projects is shown below in a graphic from the TMF Management World Show Guide.

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As can be seen from reading through the project descriptions, the Microsoft Online NGOSS implementation was one of six  impressive projects.  Ultimately, Chunghwa Telecom received the Best Practice Excellence Award in a Service Provider category for 2009 for its multiyear, seventy systems plus NGOSS framework implementation. Congratulations.