IMS, SDP Revolutionize OSS

The emergence of IMS and SDP technologies is having a profound effect on the OSS sector, according Light Reading

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

August 25, 2006

4 Min Read

NEW YORK -- The emergence of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and service delivery platform (SDP) technologies is having a profound effect on the operations support system (OSS) sector – one that will drastically reshape the ways that network operators of all stripes will build, provision, and manage current and future services, according to a new report from Light Reading's Services Software Insider (, a paid research service from Light Reading Inc. (

"SDP & IMS: Changing the OSS Landscape" details the issues emerging around developing and populating a next-generation architecture for OSS, and how network operators, vendors, and standards initiatives are attempting to resolve those issues. It provides a high-level view of the trends involved, many of which are only beginning to be tackled by industry bodies and vendors such as the newly announced Advances in IMS (A-IMS) initiative. Finally, the report analyzes how key OSS suppliers are adapting to the new telco realities, and it profiles vendors that are leading the way in the emerging New Generation Operations Systems and Software (NGOSS) sector.

Technology suppliers covered in this report include: Cramer Systems Groups Ltd., OSS division of Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX); JacobsRimell Ltd.; Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU); MetaSolv Inc. (Nasdaq: MSLV); Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); Syndesis Ltd.; Telcordia Technologies Inc.; and Team Telecom International (TTI) Ltd. (Nasdaq: TTIL).

"OSS rationalization and SDP/IMS implementation need to go hand in hand if operators are to put in place the correct transformational architecture to support their businesses in the future," says Caroline Chappell, lead analyst for Services Software Insider and author of the report. "Understanding how these platforms fit together; how to avoid functional duplication at different levels of the architecture; and how to drive toward a single view of the truth, with no dangerous replication of data that enables inconsistencies and cost to creep, are huge tasks for network operators, but they are essential for survival."

Key findings of "SDP & IMS: Changing the OSS Landscape" include the following:

  • SDP and IMS are driving new requirements for OSS in the areas of service fulfillment and assurance.

  • Verizon Wireless is leading a new industry initiative, Advances in IMS (A-IMS), to standardize the management plane for IMS.

  • OSS product vendors must align their products with operators' emerging service-oriented provisioning and assurance needs.

  • Subscriber-centric fulfillment is where the blurring of boundaries between the SDP and OSS is most apparent.

  • Large OSS and BSS/ERP vendors are likely to buy their way into the SDP sector through acquisition.

"SDP & IMS: Changing the OSS Landscape" is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (6 issues) to Light Reading's Services Software Insider, priced at $1,295. Individual reports are available for $900 for a single-user license.

To subscribe, or for more information, please visit: For more information about Light Reading's full line of Insider research services, please visit:

Light Reading's Services Software Insider ( tracks, analyzes, and evaluates the key industry and technology developments that will have the biggest impact on the services software market – and by extension the entire telecom supply chain – in the months and years ahead. This new service offers keen insight into the hot-button issues that will affect carrier deployments of essential next-gen technologies including:

  • Service delivery platforms (SDPs)

  • IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)


  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA)

  • XML and Web services

To request a free executive summary of the report, or for details on multi-user licensing options, please contact:

Jeff Claudino
Director of Sales
Insider Research Services
[email protected]

Press/analyst contact:

Dennis Mendyk
Managing Director
Heavy Reading
[email protected]


About Light Reading
Founded in 2000, Light Reading Inc. ( is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

About CMP Technology
CMP Technology ( is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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