It mentioned a couple of key challenges, one being that there will always be physical activities such as cable cuts fixes, faulty equipment replacement, physical equipment expansion / contraction / lifecycle-management.
In a TM Forum presentation last week, Sylvain Denis of Orange proposed the theory of fast and slow OSS processes. Fast – soft factories (software and logical resources) within the operations stack are inherently automatable (notwithstanding the complexities and cost-benefit dilemma of actually building automations). Slow – physical factories are slow processes as they usually rely on human tasks and/or have location constraints.
Orchestration relies on programmatic interfaces to both. Not all physical factories have programmatic interfaces in all OSS / BSS stacks yet. It will remain a key requirement for the forseeable future to be able to handle dual-speed processes / factories.Read the Passionate About OSS Blog for more or Subscribe to the Passionate About OSS Blog by Email