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The twin tracks of innovation in telecoms IT

Twin tracks of telecoms IT innovation TMForum Live is the biggest annual conference and exhibition for suppliers of what we used to call telecoms OSS/BSS (operations support systems / business support systems) – in other words, the network management and IT systems that enable telecom network operators and service providers to run their businesses.

But here’s a strange thing. The TM Forum is increasingly moving away from its telecoms roots and into other areas where it sees an opportunity to do the things it is good at: bringing people together, defining business and industry models and technical architectures, creating or contributing to industry standards, and providing a ...

How Huawei structures its innovation

Innovation is ...To paraphrase Thomas Edison, “innovation is 1% inspiration, 79% perspiration, and 20% organisation”. In a wide-ranging presentation at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen this April, Ryan Ding, the company’s president of products and solutions, explained how the ICT vendor had structured innovation into three layers – recognising that no company, not even one as big as Huawei, has a monopoly of new ideas in all the areas in which its products and services are used.

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