Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Vodafone Takes Leadership of the OSS/J Initiative

Jörg Frankenberger, head of OSS Engineering, Vodafone D2 GmbH, has been named chair of the OSS through JavaT Initiative, which aims to help service providers find ways to regain control of their Operations Support Systems (OSS) and achieve the opportunities of the convergence era by quickly and cost-effectively introducing new products and services.

The OSS through Java Initiative is chartered to develop OSS functional APIs that accelerate the development of innovative OSS/BSS solutions where all applications function together. The Initiative's APIs
are aligned with the widely adopted TeleManagement Forum's (TMF) NGOSS (New Generation Operations Systems and Software) framework, and have been formally endorsed by TMF as the most comprehensive technology specific implementation of NGOSS. The APIs are standardized under the latest Java Community Process (JCP) program. The initiative builds on the success of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EET), XML, and Web Services technologies in enterprise applications and e-commerce.

Frankenberger heads OSS Engineering at Vodafone D2 in Germany. His
department acts as a competence center for Network and Service Management for the Vodafone Group. In this capacity, Frankenberger has been instrumental in implementing standards and technologies that add
efficiencies and lower integration and maintenance costs. Prior to joining Vodafone, he was in charge of Network Management Systems for GSM, IN & Services at Mannesmann-Mobilfunk.

Vodafone has directly contributed to OSS/J for over a year and has taken an active role in the creation of the OSS/J Service Providers Executive Roundtable.

As an immediate result of the increased influence of service providers
adopting OSS/J technology, the Initiative has re-prioritized certain
technical deliverables, and recently made available Web Services profiles for its Trouble Ticket API (JSR 91) and its OSS Common API (JSR 144). Web Services specifications for all other OSS/J APIs will be available by April 2006.


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