SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

April 16, 2009 15:26 ET

Infonetics Research welcomes OSS and policy analyst Shira Levine

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - Infonetics Research, a world leader in the communications market research industry, today announced the addition of Shira Levine to its analyst team.

Ms. Levine now leads Infonetics Research's Next Gen OSS and Policy coverage, taking over for Dan Geiger, who leaves Infonetics this week. See below for Ms. Levine's bio or visit http://www.infonetics.com/bios.asp.

"We are pleased to welcome Shira Levine to Infonetics as our new directing analyst for next gen OSS and policy. Many of our clients are familiar with Shira from her days at IDC and Stratecast, where she built up or rebuilt OSS research programs. Everyone we talk to about her can't say enough -- she's not only one of the best known OSS analysts in the business, she's one of the most respected as well. She has great relationships with all the players in the next gen OSS and policy markets and is already setting into motion plans to build up our coverage here at Infonetics," said J'Amy Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

"Combined with our other recent analyst hires, our long-tenured team of senior analysts, and our solid, experienced research team, Shira's hire positions us better than ever to offer clients the intelligence and advice needed to capitalize on today's market opportunities," Stewart added.

SHIRA LEVINE BIO
http://www.infonetics.com/bios.asp?id=sl

Shira Levine
Directing Analyst, Next Gen OSS and Policy
shira@infonetics.com   +1 408.583.3381

With 15 years as an analyst and journalist in the telecommunications industry, Shira Levine joins Infonetics Research in April 2009 an accomplished expert in the OSS, billing, and service delivery platform markets. She authors several Infonetics equipment market size and forecast reports on policy servers, service delivery platform (SDP) software and services, and subscriber data management (SDM) software and services, as well as an ongoing series of Continuous Research Service (CRS) notes and surveys on important communication industry players, technologies, and service provider trends.

In addition to deepening Infonetics' current OSS and policy coverage, Shira is expanding it to include emerging topics such as the changing service delivery infrastructure, the evolution of Telco 2.0, the role of integrated communications providers (ICPs), new service models (SaaS, hosted services, third party providers), and new ways for service providers to better leverage their competitive advantages for profit.

Shira speaks at vendor events and tradeshows around the globe, including TeleManagement World and Billing and OSS World, and is a consultant to startups, service providers, manufacturers, and the investment community.

Prior to Infonetics Research, Shira was the Senior Analyst in IDC's Next-Generation OSS and Billing Program, where she expanded the company's coverage and initiated SDP and telecom analytics market reporting. As a senior research analyst with Stratecast's OSS Competitive Strategies practice, she covered the OSS/BSS market and service providers' OSS strategies and requirements. Before becoming an analyst, Shira was Executive Editor of America's Network magazine, covering OSS/BSS, network management, service management, provisioning, customer care and billing. She was also the Editor of Telecom Investor and senior editor at Telephony magazine, where she covered the cable TV and telco video markets and regulatory events, including the pivotal Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996.

Levine holds a BA in Classics from Amherst College and an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is based out of Infonetics' Boston Metro office in Massachusetts.

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Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com) is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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