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December 22, 2014 11:30 ET

TM Forum Honors Three Catalyst Projects at Digital Disruption 2014

Winners Recognized for Innovation, Effective Application of Frameworx and Contributions to the Evolution of Frameworx

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Today TM Forum announces that three projects related to smart energy, smart cities and eHealth have been named the Digital Disruption 2014 Catalyst Award winners. These projects were spotlighted for their ground-breaking innovation, applications and contribution to TM Forum's best practices and standards to solve the digital industry's most pressing challenges.

TM Forum's Catalyst projects are short-term collaborative initiatives led by the Forum's member companies to create proof-of-concepts that solve important challenges for service providers in multiple industries, covering topics such as NFV and virtualization, digital health, smart energy and cities, customer centricity, big data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and security and privacy. The Catalyst teams' work ultimately contributes to the Forum's Frameworx suite of best practices and standards, helping the Forum's global membership reduce the risks, costs, and time-to-market of transforming their businesses for success in the digital world. More than 230 companies from across the globe participated in 14 agile projects to shape the latest version of Frameworx, version 14.5.

The TM Forum Live! Digital Disruption Catalyst Award winners are:

Most Innovative Catalyst  Awarded to the Catalyst team with the most innovative concept and demonstration.
Smart City: Empowering Governments to Build  The design and implementation of a smart city initiative is a huge effort with many collaborators from government, service providers and other private enterprises. This Catalyst is the first step of a program to apply Frameworx to reduce the complexity and risk of implementing a smart city. Specifically, it develops the Frameworx mapping and city profile definitions, and validates these with Águas de São Pedro, a city in Brazil currently undergoing a smart city transformation.
Champions:  Verizon, China Unicom, Telefonica
Participants:  Esri, ISPM
Supporter:  BaseN
Best Application of Frameworx  Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces the most effective implementation or proof-of-concept of a Frameworx best practice or standard, demonstrating the value of the asset and encouraging adoption.
eHealth: Bridging the Divide  New digital services hold the promise of enabling healthcare providers to be more efficient, deliver better care to a wider population of patients and lower administrative time and costs. This Catalyst focuses on bridging and coordinating the healthcare and communications industries by demonstrating use cases and best practices for the application of TM Forum concepts in the field of digital health.
Champions:  Verizon, Orange
Participants:  Ericsson, Cisco, BaseN
Most Significant Contribution to Frameworx   Awarded to the Catalyst team that produces or contributes the most to Frameworx evolution.
Smart Energy: Realizing the Digital Handshake   While the utility industry itself is well established, few holistic standards for operations of digitized smart grid operations exist. Building on previous Catalysts, this team demonstrates how existing concepts can be leveraged in the utility domain, and describes how utilities stand to benefit from these proven and tested products and services.
Champions:   Hydro-Québec, Birmingham City University, BC hydro
Participants:   BaseN, Infonova, Esri
Supporters:   Ericsson, Integrated Architectures

"The latest Catalyst projects showcased at Digital Disruption this year were incredibly innovative, addressing real blockers to the progress of new technologies such as network functions virtualization policy-based management, customer centricity, smart energy and eHealth," said Nik Willetts, chief digital officer, TM Forum. "These Catalysts bring together the best of the best in the industry, and we are thrilled to see them leading the digital transformation charge among a growing number of companies and industries. Our congratulations to the winners, and to all those who participated for their outstanding work."

Joining the three Catalyst Award winners were six additional innovative Catalyst projects, including:

  • Preparing NFV for Primetime featuring Orange, Sprint, Huawei, BT Group, and EnterpriseWeb
  • Closing the Loop: Scaling, Healing, and Optimizing a Virtualized Network featuring Telecom Italia, China Unicom, AT&T, Teoco, CanGo Networks, Wipro, and NetCracker
  • Maximizing Profitability with NFV Orchestration featuring AT&T, Microsoft, Ericsson, and JDSU
  • Lifecycle Management for Multi-Cloud Networks featuring AT&T, Microsoft, SevOne, Cisco, and Ericsson
  • Recipe for Digital Success featuring Microsoft, Sigma Systems, and Symantec
  • Analytics Data Repository featuring Mediacom, China Mobile, MTS Allstream, Orange, Verizon, BAE Systems, cVidya, NetCracker, and ParStream

The Catalyst Award winners were chosen from nine projects showcased at Digital Disruption 2014 in San Jose, Calif. They were selected by TM Forum's member-driven Strategy and Adoption Subcommittee, which oversees the creation and adoption of best practices and standards for the digital industry. Additional information about the Catalyst program and this year's participants at Digital Disruption can be found here.

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