Kent McNeil Kent McNeil Principal - DonRiver

Recent Entries

  • Building the OSS bridge as SDN & NFV steam ahead

    As the SDN and NFV train steams further on its journey towards network revolution, has the industry stopped to consider the wider impact? Is the infrastructure in place to serve the demands of the new system?   Trials continue with a bout of enthusiasm for the potential of SDN and NFV, which ...
  • Simplifying the OSS stack

    Next week is the TM Forum in Nice. As I am getting organized I have been reading some good articles on the TM Forum site.I just read a good one from Dr. Lester Thomas, Chief Systems Architect at Vodafone Group. Dr. Lester Thomas discusses the critical role API’s and platforms will be to drive ...
  • Lower TCO with OSS Virtualization

    Communication Service Providers (CSP) have struggled with swivel chair operations for decades. Removing or reducing swivel chair, as a paper-based activity, is simple.   Select which system(s) that add the most value or have a reasonable total cost of ownership (TCO) and consolidate the ot...
  • OSS virtualization

    DonRiver recently completed a joint research report with the TM Forum focusing on process-driven or data-driven architectures.  DonRiver have long been proponents of moving away from domain centric OSS activities, performed in domain centric solutions, and focusing on the business process and v...
  • Simplifying fragmented OSS

    DonRiver partnered with Telecoms.com to discuss the evolving world of operational support systems, how historical network management tools are becoming fragmented, and how the telecoms industry can move to refresh and simplify OSS.  Complexities in network architectures throughout the telecomm...
  • OSS Evolution – Federated OSS

    ”The CSP service evolution necessitates single central solutions that merge fragmented processes across various organizational entities, in order to automate and expedite end-to-end fulfillment and operational processes.” – Gartner (OSS Magic Quadrant for OSS)   This is the...
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  • Big Bang - It does not make sense

    I was at the TMForum Management World in Dublin last week and had the opportunity to listen to the keynote speakers in the morning. Erik Hoving, board member of KPN international, gave a compelling speech suggesting that IT projects should be discontinued.  While some of his comments were inten...
  • OSS Projects: Start off right

    I was reading a discussion on the TP group on LinkedIn this week and the topic was ‘Do Consultants add sufficient value’.   Great question and one that I would guess could be discussed endlessly.  At the end of the day consultants can give the client what they are asking for, or what ...
  • Positive Trends for Mobile Payments

    The debate appears to be over about consumer’s willingness to adopt mobile payments.  The Mobile Banker from the American Banker published an article about Mobile Payment Systems also known as Mobile Payment Solutions or simply as Mobile payments. The article stresses the importance mobi...
  • Distribute, Promote, Track and Monetize

    Distribute, Promote, track and monetize.  That sounds pretty good to me but it also sounds pretty difficult if you consider it across the mediums of social networks, mobile and desktop platforms.   However, if you want to establish a successful strategy for widgets and online appl...
  • Mobile Banking - It deserves its own strategy

    I recently finished compiling a mobile banking vendor assessment at a client’s request. After we looked at the results we reexamined their mobile banking strategy, having a long-term plan is the only way to select the proper mobile banking solution.    Why do I say that??  Because c...
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