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TM Forum Catalyst Projects Honored for Innovation and Contribution

Today, TM Forum announced at its flagship TM Forum Live! conference and expo in Nice, France, that CloudNFVTM: Dynamic, Data-Driven Management and Operations; NFV Management Ecosystem; and Service Bundling in a B2B2X Marketplace are the winners of TM Forum Live!’s prestigious Catalyst Awards. The three winning projects are made up of collaborative teams of communications and digital services leaders who demonstrate commitment to the future of the industry through work in the Forum’s Catalyst program.

Catalyst projects are rapid collaboration initiatives driven by Forum member companies. In less than six months, members work together to create proof-of-concept demonstrations for today’s most pressing business, operational and IT challenges. Their work ultimately develops and enhances the Forum’s Frameworx suite of best practices and standards, helping more than 900 Forum member companies reduce cost, risk and time-to-market as they transform for success in the digital world.

These three winning projects were selected from 15 Catalysts showcased at TM Forum Live! The projects demonstrate how TM Forum’s member community is driving the digital services industry to rapidly create innovative solutions to common challenges in virtualization, digital health, cyber security, data monetization, customer experience management, cloud computing, Internet of things and more.

Winners were judged by TM Forum’s Strategy and Adoption Subcommittee, which oversees the effective creation and adoption of pragmatic best practices and standards, delivering value to the membership by meeting industry needs.

The TM Forum Live! Catalyst Award winners are:

Most Innovative Catalyst Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative concept and demonstration.

  • CloudNFVTM: Dynamic, Data-Driven Management and Operations: This project shows how TM Forum’s Information Framework (SID) and Business Services Suite can be enhanced to make processes dynamic and event-driven to enable zero-touch orchestration and unified management.
    Champions: AT&T, BT, Orange, Sprint
    Participants: EnterpriseWeb, Huawei, Qosmos. EnterpriseWeb and Qosmos are members of the CloudNFVTM consortium.

Greatest Adoption of Frameworx – Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces the most effective implementation or proof of concept of Frameworx in use, demonstrating the value of the assets and encouraging wider industry adoption.

  • NFV Management Ecosystem: This project uses an implementation of management and orchestration (MANO), as defined by the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group, to demonstrate real-time, dynamic management of capacity, performance, quality of service and SLAs, and enable real-time billing and compensation.
    Champions: AT&T, Telecom Italia
    Participants: DigitalWave, SunTec Business Solutions, Svarog Technology Group

Most Significant Contribution to Frameworx – Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces or contributes the most to the ongoing evolution of Frameworx.

  • Service Bundling in a B2B2X Marketplace: This Catalyst uses established ebXML interfaces and newly-added REST APIs to show how a buyer can bundle a collection of services sourced from different suppliers, such as traditional network access products, as well as NFV and infrastructure as a service products, and deliver them seamlessly to a customer.
    Champions: AT&T, BT, NBNCo, Uecomm Ltd. Ultrafast Fibre, Vodafone NZ
    Participants: Cisco Systems, DGIT, Liberated Cloud
    Supporter: Orange

“Congratulations to all of our Catalyst Award winners. Their hard work is a testament to the dedication and leadership of our members,” said Nik Willetts, chief strategy officer, TM Forum. “Our Catalyst program showcases the unique, agile and collaborative nature of the Forum and is an outstanding example of how industry players can work together to solve some of their most difficult business and IT challenges in today’s digital world.”

TM Forum announced the Catalyst Award winners at TM Forum Live! (June 2-5) in the Acropolis Convention Center during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 5th in The Hub.

TM Forum Live! brings together all the elements of TM Forum’s focus on Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem and Customer Engagement to lead the successful digital transformation of service providers, suppliers and global enterprises. TM Forum Live! is the Forum’s flagship event and features its industry-leading Excellence Awards. TM Forum Live! Asia is set for Nov. 12-13, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. TM Forum Live! Digital Disruption is happening Dec. 8-11, in San Jose, Calif.

About TM Forum

TM Forum is a global industry association which helps its members transform and succeed in the digital economy. The collective experience and interests of our member community comprised of more than 85,000 experts from 900+ global enterprises, service providers and technology suppliers drives everything we do, from thought-provoking research and publications, to practical guidance, tools and best practices, hands-on events and training for business and IT leaders.

Through three key programs – Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem, and Customer Engagement – we provide a unique platform for our members to connect and collaborate with individuals and groups from around the world to solve key challenges and rapidly innovate to deliver new services, improve business agility, partner for success, reduce cost and risk, and enhance customer value and loyalty. To learn more about the Forum and join our digital journey as a valued member and collaborator, please visit www.tmforum.org.

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