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Can CSPs afford to overlook a catalog-driven strategy?

The relentless pursuit of a one-stop-only solution and a single source of truth stands out as the central goal and formidable challenge for most Communications Service Providers (CSPs) nowadays.
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February 6, 2024
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The relentless pursuit of a one-stop-only solution and a single source of truth stands out as the central goal and formidable challenge for most Communications Service Providers (CSPs) nowadays. The complexities of managing disparate systems, navigating diverse languages and nomenclatures for identical elements, and overcoming organizational silos present substantial hurdles, demanding significant investments of time and effort.

So, what’s the remedy to this challenge? In our perspective, introducing a solution poised to revolutionize how operators navigate their extensive array of services within the Operational Support System (OSS) layer: a Unified Catalog. In other words, a repository that serves as the single source of truth for all products, services, and resources in one place. Something that can streamline and transform the intricate landscape of CSP operations into a more efficient and unified framework.

Of course, as we usher in the era of componentized architectures and catalog-driven solutions, it’s natural for customers to harbor certain concerns. In this blog post, we are delving into three of the most common questions and exploring how our approach mitigates these concerns.

Integration Dilemmas

  1. How many catalogs?

A common question that arises is the potential redundancy of maintaining both this new Unified Catalog and the existing catalog of the BSS layer. Some customers may wonder why they should adopt a dual-catalog approach when their current systems in place, multiple scattered catalogs for the OSS, seemingly suffice.

The answer lies in recognizing the prevalent challenges within the industry: a mishmash of applications, varying architectures, and the need for acohesive solution. This repository doesn’t add complexity, it replaces outdated systems and (most likely) unifies disparate catalogs across the OSS layer, offering a singular, efficient platform that can streamline processes and provide a better time-to-market.

  1.   Adding or replacing?

Customers, particularly those accustomed to their existing BSS systems, may be concerned about the additional costs of integrating a new catalog. The reality is that a Unified Catalog isn’t an extra expense but a strategic investment. It addresses the inherent complexities within current systems, ultimately lowering the cost of ownership by streamlining operations and enhancing agility. It’s not merely an added feature but a transformative tool positioning operators for a more cost-effective future.

Moreover, the alvatross solution introduces the concept of federated catalogs, addressing the concerns of operators unwilling to part with their existing systems.

This approach ensures optimal integration while respecting the rules and parameters set by the BSS systems. In this case, the goal is not to replace but to enhance, providing a platform for CSPs to seamlessly expand into the IoT space and beyond, all within a unified enterprise catalog.

  1.   A black box mentality

Some of you may be entrenched in a black box mentality, desiring a single solution to address all the challenges. Our approach challenges this mindset by offering a componentized architecture, providing flexibility and adaptability.

We understand that change can be daunting, especially for those accustomed to monolithic systems. But a catalog-driven solution, however, is designed to usher in change seamlessly, breaking free from the shackles of rigid, outdated architectures that take ages to modify.

In other words, this Unified Catalog functions as a liberator. It becomes the trampoline for operators, propelling them into new opportunities without the baggage of traditional limitations.

Beyond traditional boundaries

It’s not just that.

A Unified Catalog transcends conventional boundaries, serving as the nexus where telco and non-telco assets converge. Unlike traditional systems that compartmentalize services, our catalog-driven strategy facilitates the integration of diverse offerings. This includes not only telecommunications services but also a spectrum of non-telco products and services, ranging from IoT solution to innovative technologies in different markets, like for instance agriculture.

This Unified Catalog becomes the gateway to a unified ecosystem, where operators can seamlessly manage and offer a diverse array of services under one comprehensive platform.

Envisioning the Future

As the industry looks to the future, alvatross sets the stage for telco operators to realize their aspirations of establishing digital service marketplaces. With a catalog-driven solution, operators can maintain a comprehensive 360-degree view of products and services. And this not only ensures operational efficiency but also lays the foundation for delivering a seamless customer experience.

In simpler terms, the Unified Catalog empowers operators to easily future-proof their ecosystem, fostering adaptability to emerging market trends and technological advancements. The shift towards digital service marketplaces is not just a possibility; it’s a tangible reality now, and alvatross can guide operators towards a future full of innovation and connectivity.

So, answering to the real question: Can CSPs actually afford to overlook a catalog-driven strategy? We don’t think so.

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