Just Back from TM Forum’s Management World Americas

Just came back from the TM Forum’s Management World Americas event in Orlando, Florida held 16-20 November 2008.  The theme was Create, Deliver and Monetize Digital Services. For the past several years, we have talked about how Microsoft technology can help other service providers with Service Enablement and build BSS/OSS applications.  At this event, Microsoft…

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Focusing on an S+S "Management Framework"

For those of us thinking about the practical aspects of implementing and managing Software + Services offerings, including Service Syndication, perusing the link below may prove interesting.  Telecom service providers have been working in the S+S paradigm for years: they just don’t call it that.  But if you think about it,  today millions of disparate…

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Microsoft Joins OMB

Microsoft has just announced joining the Object Management Group.  As Cameron says, Steve Cook will be attending the the upcoming Orlando meeting where he hopes to meet up with quite a few old friends from the time when he represented IBM at OMG meetings! This announcement may help illuminate for TM Forum members Microsoft’s direction for tooling and modeling.  We expect…

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Microsoft Silverlight news for IBC 2008 – 12-16 Sep, Amsterdam

  At IBC2008 (http://www.ibc.org), Microsoft will demonstrate an important new capability for Silverlight: H.264 video playback. Attendees will be able to see how customers in Europe are adopting Silverlight as momentum continues to build worldwide. Microsoft will also be talking about the recent investment in Move Networks, and how the companies continue to work together to deliver high-quality, programming over…

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Moving Service Syndication Towards Commercial Reality

The GSM Association (GSMA) held its Mobile Innovation Marketplace — Americas event in Atlanta, GA this past week.  On June 3, 2008, Microsoft announced the Connected Services Accelerator Program, a series of projects designed to incubate, and ultimately commercialize, new types of consumer, business and mobile services through collaboration with independent software vendors (ISVs), developers and operators….

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Microsoft supporting Four Catalyst Projects at TM Forum Managment World, Nice in May

I have written here before that Microsoft is a service provider as well as a software vendor.  Microsoft has an increasingly vested interest in addressing the difficulties of managing a large array of services both across Microsoft and out to the channels as Managed Service Syndications.   As part of this process, Microsoft has ramped up its involvement with the TM Forum…

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Office Open XML file formats receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard

An important enabler of the Microsoft Software + Services (S+S) strategy are Office Business Applications (OBA). They are made possible by key platform capabilities, called OBA Services, in the 2007 Microsoft Office system. These consist of: workflow, search, the Business Data Catalog, a new, extensible user interface, Microsoft Office Open XML Formats, and the Web Site and…

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MSDN Architecture Center adds new Software + Services Section

Software + Services (S+S) is a major initiative at Microsoft.  S+S, as opposed to the more limited concept of SaaS, is all about combinations of local software and remote services interacting with one another. Local software leveraging remote services can create a better overall experience than either are able by themselves.  The S+S architecture brings together the best of both worlds, maximizing choice, flexibility and…

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Commerical Content Delivery is not a "Gimme"

Recently I seem to have been involved in multiple ongoing discussions that revolve around the impact of greater than 100 Megabits per second wireless data service (via 4G / Long Term Evolution (LTE)) and the apparently increasing ease of creating rich digital media experiences.  All of sudden there is talk about service providers and even wireless…

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