Free Consultation – How we can Help You to Run an RFP / EOI or OSS/BSS Procurement Process

Are you looking to find the best-fit OSS/BSS for your organisation and proposed transformation? Are you considering running a procurement event that might include Expressions of Interest (EOI), Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Proposal (RFP) and even PoC (Proofs of Concept)?

Are you aware that there are over 500 different OSS/BSS vendors (and even more products) to choose from?

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Are you looking to find the best-fit OSS/BSS for your organisation and proposed transformation?

Are you aware that there are over 500 different OSS/BSS vendors (and even more products) to choose from?

Are you lacking in either the time or market awareness to conduct the right procurement process to find the best-fit for your needs, but still need to have complete control over the final decision process?

The challenges of choosing the perfect Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS) vendor for your communications service provider (CSP), ISP, utility or enterprise can be daunting. There are so many possible solutions and so many different ways of running the transformation after a supplier has been chosen. The wrong decision can lead to wasted time, escalating costs, and stunted growth, while the sheer number of vendors and solutions on the market can be overwhelming. You probably don’t actually know who all of the possible vendors are (yet).

Imagine the impact of choosing the wrong OSS/BSS vendor. What happens if you don’t find the best-fit for your needs? What if one of your colleagues finds another possible supplier half-way through the evaluation process? Or worse still, if they find a better-fit solutions the day after you’ve awarded the contract? Inefficient integration, poor customer experience, and increased costs could leave your company falling behind in the competitive market. But, what if you could confidently choose the best-fit vendor with minimal effort (ie downtime for your resources), knowing the decision will set you on the path of transforming your OSS / BSS, your operations efficiency and your business?

OSS/BSS procurement processes are known to take months (even years) and can cause a significant drain on your team by double-booking your most valuable operations resources to help on the side-project of choosing new tools. The typical RFP-based OSS/BSS procurement event is despised by all parties – buyers and sellers alike – because of the efforts and costs of running the process. We know this only too well because we’ve sat on either side of the buyer / bidder divide on many different occasions.

At Passionate About OSS, we prefer to do vendor selection processes differently. We have a proven, streamlined framework designed to help you find the perfect partner for managing your network. Rather than choosing from a small, known sub-set of vendors to evaluate deeply, we start with the full set of 500+ vendors in our Blue Book OSS/BSS Vendor Directory and progressively apply a series of filters until you have a short-list of vendors / products to evaluate. This provides you with a lineage of selection from every available option that you can demonstrate to your colleagues.

Our vendor selection framework is just an initial baseline for discussion. We know that you will almost certainly have you own processes, procurement rules, procurement templates and decision gates, so we can refine the approach to fit within your unique constraints and needs. Every procurement event is different, yet there are many threads of consistency that bind them. We also collaborate with you to decide how deep you need to dive, which stakeholders need to be involved and what elements you need in your selection process. This could mean defining and running Proofs of Concept (POCs) with you. It could mean creation of a business case based on total cost of ownership (TCO), not just the initial set of proposals from vendors that are like comparing apples with oranges. Or it could just be a quick-skim review to find the best candidates for trialling in a sandpit environment (yes, we can even help you set up your sandpit enviroments and design evaluation scenarios). We can even help you to plan what to look out for when evaluating the commercial / legal documents that form a contract with a partner and onboard them as a supplier.

We remove a lot of the leg-work, guesswork and complexity, but still set it up for you and your team to make the final decision of what’s best for your organisation and ways of working.

Don’t just take our word for it:

Over a number of months Passionate About OSS (PAOSS) consulted to us and our customer, assisting our successful award of an over AU$100M project. I’m a huge fan of PAOSS and their ability to relate the complexity of OSS to a layman and, importantly, the value to a user.”

Ashley Neale
Vice President, Speedcast


Our OSS/BSS Vendor Selection Service provides:

  1. A Proven Framework: Our vendor selection methodology has been battle-tested, refined and proven to identify the ideal vendor for businesses like yours
  2. Time and Cost Savings: Eliminate the hassle of vetting many vendors. Our process is designed to save you time and free up your important operational resources, whilst still ensuring you make the right decisions, to find the best-fit OSS and / or BSS for your needs
  3. Expert Guidance: Our team of industry veterans will provide you with valuable insights and recommendations based on years of impartial experience in the telco, ISP and utility sectors
  4. Customised Approach: We understand that every business is unique. Our tailored process ensures we consider your specific requirements, goals, and challenges throughout the selection process. Whether you wish to take a quick-fire, medium or in-depth approach to the analysis, we can refine the process to fit in with your obligations and constraints
  5. Customised Leadership: We can help lead the process in conjunction with you and your key stakeholders in operations, procurements, etc. Alternatively, we can dovetail into your evaluation team, providing only the level of assistance you require to your own procurement project leadership team
  6. Seamless Transition: We’re with you every step of the way, from initial selection to vendor onboarding (and even through to implementation), ensuring a smooth and efficient transition

Book an initial meeting with us at no cost or obligation. In this meeting we will listen to your objectives and discuss your vendor / product selection needs to start your OSS / BSS transformation journey. On request, we will subsequently develop a consulting proposal for your consideration.

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