TM Forum, the industry association driving digital business transformation through collaboration, announced that Ericsson, Huawei and Salesforce, three of the world’s largest industry suppliers, have added their names to the already impressive list of communications service providers (CSPs), systems integrators and software vendors committing to collaboratively develop the Open Digital Architecture.
“We see TM Forum’s Open Digital Architecture and Open APIs as important enablers for the industry wide transformation to software-based, automated, intelligent networks,” said Jan Karlsson, Ericsson.
In addition, Beesion, Cognity, Incognito, Neustar, Nexign, NTT Group, ServiceNow, Global Wavenet and Whale Cloud now count themselves among the 42 total companies publicly committed to creating a market for standardized and interoperable software components.
By adding their names to TM Forum’s Open API and Open Digital Architecture Manifesto, these companies are publicly demonstrating their dedication to creating a market for innovative, standardized and interoperable software components to run service provider businesses, enabling the industry to invest in IT for new and differentiated services instead of maintaining heavily customized legacy code.
The progress in developing the Open Digital Architecture and Open APIs is just one example of how TM Forum members have embraced remote methods to continue their collaborative work despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. As TM Forum’s flagship Digital Transformation World Series begins online today with 8,000+ attendees, evidence of the support and need for collaboration is clear.
Another indication of the industry’s commitment to the Forum’s standards is the increasing demand for TM Forum’s virtual Education and Development programs with over 4,000 member professionals from more than 260 companies completing 12,000 training courses in the last six months. Five companies have each completed more than 1,000 courses (AsiaInfo, China Telecom, ETIYA, Nokia and Tecnotree); and 2,350 professionals have achieved over 6,000 knowledge certifications.