Smooth sailing through data lakes on the horizon

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Catalysts with 0 Comments
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FreeImages.com/Krzysztof Kozerski

Promoting and supporting innovation is critical for any business. Big data has become a byword for any business wishing to capitalize on information it has at hand in order to provide customers with the best possible experience.

Innovation in big data is all about making the data available for any number of people to test out ideas to see what works without impacting the performance of the systems the data resides in. If the idea doesn’t work out the ‘failing fast and failing cheap’ theory comes into play before moving on to the next idea. This methodology is particularly challenging when accounting for the amount of data required and utilized.

A team of TM Forum members has joined together to develop and demonstrate a highly innovative new concept called the Analytics Big Data Repository (ABDR) Catalyst that aims to address this challenge. Catalysts are rapid-fire, member-driven, proof-of-concept projects which both leverage and enhance TM Forum best practices and standards, connecting service providers, technology suppliers, and global enterprises to create innovative solutions to common industry challenges.

As Catalyst lead, Gadi Solotorevsky explains, “ABDR is all about creating ‘data lakes’ of information, putting a structure and data dictionaries on top of these data lakes so that any company, any vendor and any service provider can use this new standard to test ideas.”

ABDR provides a unified data layer, accompanied with a detailed Data Dictionary blueprint, that can support multiple use cases and multiple analytics systems while successfully addressing the challenges that prompted this Catalyst such as avoiding data replication, reducing Extract, Transform and Load ETL processing costs and time, saving in hardware costs (storage and processing power), and shortening the time to implement new use cases.

The Catalyst will provide the necessary ‘how to’ knowledge of who to address these issues with the ABDR Framework. The Use Cases that will demonstrate the ABDR Framework are real-world CSPs challenges are based on TM Forum guidebooks including Revenue Assurance (GB-941), Fraud Management (GB-954) and customer experience (GB-962).

There are two main roles in each Catalyst – champions (usually an organization seeking a solution to a problem) and participants (organizations contributing to solving the problem). There are no less than four champions here – China Mobile: Cox Communications; Orange and Telekom Malaysia. Partners include: Amdocs (customer experience software solutions and services); SAP (enterprise application software); Infosys (consulting, technology and outsourcing services); Apptium (business-driven technology solutions); Digital Route (mediation and data integration solutions) and Cisco (networking equipment, software and services). Working together, these players create an agile, accelerated environment to come up with a solution that everyone can benefit from.

Over the past year, significant progress has been made to align these Catalyst projects with the strategic ambitions of TM Forum, thereby producing a portfolio of Catalysts which bring best practices and standards to life in real world scenarios ensuring the value of these assets is proven in complex partnership scenarios.

The Analytics Big Data Repository (ABDR) Catalyst will be demonstrated at TM Forum Live! 2016 in Nice, France, in May.

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About the Author: Tony is a freelance writer, regular speaker, MC and chairman for the telecoms and digital services industries worldwide. He has founded and managed software and services companies, acts a market strategist and is now Editor of DisruptiveViews. In June 2011, Tony was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in telecom software worldwide. .

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