Inventory of the Future Report now Released

In collaboration with leading market analyst firm Omdia (part of the Informa Group), Passionate About OSS has just released a new (paid) report, titled Inventory of the future: flexible, scalable, and highly dynamic.

The synopsis of the report is as follows: 

Inventory solutions are the linchpin of a network operator’s OSS, facilitating many different work and data flows. They help manage product, service, and resource inventory, such as outside plant (OSP). But inventory systems often have poor data integrity. For example, the state of passive OSP infrastructure cannot be polled directly from the network via APIs. Manual records are required which are subject to error on data entry and error due to changes not being recorded.

Another challenge for inventory systems has been the move to network function virtualization (NFV). This has changed inventory from a static system of record to a dynamic, real-time platform. As a result, some of the largest OSS vendors have focused their efforts on this logical network inventory (LNI) of virtualized resources and left the physical network inventory (PNI) to OSP specialists.

Telecom networks are undergoing significant change, becoming virtualized, cloudified and highly dynamic. The decades-old inventory solutions many telcos use cannot cope with this complexity. Omdia believes the industry is at an inflection point. Recent technical advances provide compelling reasons to upgrade inventory. By doing so, CSPs can transform their operational effectiveness.

This report considers the changes in network and services that are managed with inventory systems. It also considers advances in non-inventory-specific tools that support monitoring and management.

The report doesn’t prescribe a singular future state for inventory. Rather, we look for the indicators today in which the future of inventory will walk tomorrow. This report considers recent technology advances, emergent strategies, and transformation factors that will influence the inventories of tomorrow.

The Table of Contents is as follows:

The companies mentioned in the report include:

Amazon / AWS

Amdocs

Anodot

Apache

Appearition

Bentley

Biarri

BT

Camunda

Celona

Ciena Blue Planet

Comarch

CommScope

CROSS Network Intelligence

Ericsson

ETSI / 3GPP

GE

HPE

IETF

InfluxDB

Itential

ITU-T

JanusGraph

Kuwaiba

KX

MEF

MongoDB

Neo4J

Netcracker

Nokia

OASIS

OpenConfig

Oracle

PostgreSQL

Redis

Splunk

SunVizion

Synchronoss

TigerGraph

TM Forum

Trendspek

Twinkler

VETRO FiberMap

Vocus

 

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