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July 14, 2016 09:00 ET

TM Forum Honors Outstanding Member Contributions at Action Week Vancouver 2016

Five Individuals Recognized for Their Commitment to TM Forum's Collaborative R&D Programs

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - July 14, 2016) - TM Forum, the global industry association for digital business, today announced that five individuals have been honored with its Outstanding Contributor Award. Now in its 18th year, TM Forum's Outstanding Contributor Award recognizes members who have contributed significantly to the Forum's Collaborative R&D efforts to drive digital business excellence, best practices and standards.

Presented by the Forum's Strategy Committee, this award honors individuals who go the extra mile in providing leadership and value to the Forum's Collaboration projects. These projects, which bring together diverse members from around the world, are a unique platform for sharing knowledge and collaborating to continuously innovate, solve pressing challenges, and enhance industry best practices and standards. TM Forum's newest Outstanding Contributors, which were announced yesterday at the Forum's bi-annual Action Week collaboration event, are:

Robert Bratulic, IBM, is recognized as a long-standing leader of the Metrics project. He has over a decade of association, knowledge and leadership of the entire Metrics effort, including his work on the Business Metrics poster. As a premier ambassador of TM Forum's Metrics, Robert led the effort to align several standards organizations for whom TM Forum has become the default metrics repository. His clear communications and direction continue to lead the team to achieving a larger, cleaner and more mature Metrics Database.

Randy Frantz, ESRI, is recognized for his leadership and participation in multiple Catalyst projects, including the award winning Smart Life: My Home, My City, My Planet project. Randy has co-led the Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation work stream within the Open Digital Program, providing innovative ideas as well as pragmatic business guidance. Randy has also led the inclusion of location analytics and GIS technology in the program, which are critical to the success of the Internet of Everything.

George Glass, BT Group, is an outstanding contributor who delivers impact and value consistently throughout his engagement on the topics of platforms and Open APIs, as well as in TM Forum's Collaboration Sub-Committee. George is a true advocate of the Forum who genuinely recognizes the value of industry collaboration, and he's a frequent contributor to industry thought leadership via the Forum's Inform channel. George is also a leader among his peers in engaging other members in the collaboration process.

Veronique Mauneau, Orange, has been instrumental in the development of a number of APIs including product ordering, product catalog and onboarding. As one of the founding members of the Forum's Open APIs program, she was one of the creators of the API Data Model and has been one of the most influential architects in articulating the relationships between the Information Framework (SID), the API data model and the APIs themselves.

Abinash Vishwakarma, Netcracker Technology, is an active and valuable participant in a number of Frameworx and ZOOM project activities. His input and expertise have driven the work in a range of work streams, including Information Framework (SID), Business Process Framework (eTOM), and NFV/SDN impacts on the Application Framework (TAM). Abinash is also active in the Customer Experience Management and Data Analytics projects, amongst others.

"The strength and value of TM Forum's Collaborative R&D Programs is driven by the dedication and expertise of our members, and in particular, the contributions of these five individuals," said Nik Willetts, deputy CEO, TM Forum. "Through their leadership, our members have an even greater opportunity to understand and develop solutions to core digital business challenges on a broad range of topics -- from the Internet of Everything, to Open APIs, NFV and smart cities. Congratulations to each of our Outstanding Contributors, and our profound thanks for your commitment to the Forum and all of our members."


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