Ontology’s semantic OSS/BSS data alignment application delivers major new features for faster deployment and improved results.


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Orlando, Florida, December 8th, 2009,– Today, Ontology Systems announce the launch of OSS/CAD 2.5, a major functionality release of the of the powerful semantic application for aligning data across OSS/BSS estates.

First launched 18 months ago, Ontology Systems’ OSS/CAD has been widely adopted by service providers across the globe to dynamically reinterpret existing OSS/BSS data sources (Operational, Business, and Infrastructure) to generate a virtual unified model of the key relationships that define globally important concepts like Customers, Services, and Network Infrastructure. OSS/CAD renders these joined-up concepts in an immediately consumable, visual and electronically exploitable form empowering users to monitor and manage the data quality and alignment of core systems. When applied to key business and IT processes, such as Revenue Assurance, Service Management, Data Alignment and Migration, substantial improvements can be experienced.

Version 2.5 now brings a range of new features and functional advancements including:

OSS/CAD Modeller 1.0
Modeller is a completely new component for 2.5. As an intuitive, visual, tightly-integrated workbench for constructing User OntoPacks, it uses a round-trip engineering approach to enable maximum agility in solution development leading to extraordinarily rapid solution implementation and deployment.

OSS/CAD Modeller is based on the open industry-standard Eclipse framework for software engineering tools, presenting a familiar environment to implementers.

New out-of-the-box OntoPacks
Standard OntoPacks from Ontology Systems provide out-of-the-box functionality extending the capabilities of the basic OSS/CAD Starter Pack. These OntoPacks to include functions such as Service Impact Analysis and Knowledge Analytics.

New Importers
Including Cisco Router Configurations and direct import of complex Excel spreadsheets

Free 21-day Trial
A key benefit of OSS/CAD 2.5 is the rapid, low risk delivery process. To meet the demand from CSPs, Ontology now offers a free 21-day trial to CSPs who want gain early benefits from the product without commitments.

Ontology’s CEO, Benedict Enweani, commented: “The OSS/CAD 2.5 release is rich in new features that build solidly on our second generation data alignment application. Since launching OSS/CAD 2.0 in May this year, we have seen unprecedented demand for OSS/CAD from service providers around the globe for aligning their OSS/BSS data to tackle their top issues such as revenue leakage, network asset utilization, service management and migrations.” Enweani continued: “OSS/CAD 2.5 new features are based directly on the feedback and experiences of these deployments and offers CSPs even faster deployment, better user exploitation of OSS/BSS data, and even lower cost adoption.”

OSS/CAD 2.5 is already in use with service providers across the globe including South African based converged services provider, Internet Solutions. Richard Askham, Senior Operations Manager – Systems at Internet Solutions commented: “We originally embraced OSS/CAD over 2 years ago and have continually increased its use across our OSS/BSS estate. We have recently deployed OSS/CAD in an OSS data integrity application to detect and rectify misaligned systems, misused and unused assets and thus speed our path towards end-to-end service management.” Askham continued: “We have worked closely with Ontology and the new features in OSS/CAD 2.5 enable us to get even more value to our business out of the product.”

Nancee Ruzicka, Sr. Research Analyst – OSS/BSS Global Competitive Strategies at Stratecast has kept a close eye on the rapid progress made by Ontology: “OSS/CAD 2.5 is one of a new breed of applications that change the way CSPs can leverage their OSS/BSS investments. By using semantics and ontologies to dynamically align OSS/BSS data, OSS/CAD 2.5 can offer CSPs a radically different approach to Revenue Assurance, Service and Customer Management, as well as the ultimate Transformations.”

Ari Banerjee, Yankee Group Vice President, was early to spot the potential of OSS/CAD and commented: “Ontology Systems’ OSS/CAD offers CSPs a new approach to OSS/BSS harmony and transformation. The use of semantics and ontologies in OSS/CAD 2.5 provides a new dimension to tackling OSS/BSS complexity and enable CSPs to better manage customers, services and revenue.”

Ontology’s OSS/CAD 2.5 is available to Service Providers from today and can be adopted by registering for the 21 day trial at www.ontology.com/trial

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