Industry Standard Automation for On-Demand Negotiation of Inter-Provider ICT Services

Enterprise’s need on-demand ICT services to compete and win in the increasingly agile, global business environment. Enterprise ICT services involve multiple network, cloud & application providers each offering one or more of Connectivity (network, including slicing), Cloud (Public or Private: Compute & Storage) or Value Added Services (VAS: Firewall, NAT etc.)

Cloud & VAS are already available on-demand, leaving the lack of on-demand inter-provider connectivity as a key barrier. Current manual practices for negotiating inter-provider connectivity can only support static services. Providers must automate to offer on-demand inter-provider connectivity. Those who automate can tap lucrative new revenue streams, first for enterprise multi-cloud adoption, later for hyper automation of industries.

 

 

Introducing nBrace™ Inter-Provider Service Automation for ICT Providers

Automated system for commercial negotiation (quote to order) of Inter-Party ICT Services

Supports on-demand (real/near-real time) and/or static (non-real-time) service delivery modes.

Trusted, secure, private solution to support current bi-lateral negotiation process

nBrace Key Characteristics

Comprehensive inter-provider automation based on industry standards

  • Comprehensive MEF LSO Sonata compliant Buyer & Seller solution  ​
  • Multi-release support to cater for Partners on different releases of MEF LSO Sonata
  • Timely support for latest MEF LSO Sonata releases

Fast & efficient onboarding & inter-operability for 100's of partners

  • Flexible, Modular Architecture for integration with Providers existing B-OSS & IT systems ​
  • Customisable & Extensible for Provider-specific handling & product/service offerings​
  • Comprehensive, Multi-Partner Support for on-boarding and managing Providers entire partner eco-system  ​
  • Advanced Closed Loop Support for near/real-time autonomous transaction flow-through​

Future-proofed for high volume real-time on-demand services

  • Stream-lined Architecture designed to support future volumes & speed of on-demand services

Before and After nBrace™

Before implementing nBrace™:

  • manual proprietary methods per provider 
  • step by step process 
  • using spreadsheets, phone calls, e-mails, silos of automation 
  • no standardization 
  • lengthy, error-prone process 

After implementing nBrace™:

  • fully automated 
  • end-to-end standardized process ✔
  • happens in real/near-real time 

Application examples

nBrace™ can be used in multiple scenarios and fulfill various ICT requirements. Depending on the needs and demands, nBrace™ acts as the missing piece in automating on-demand inter-provider services.

Application Scenario #1: Negotiation of Private Connectivity & Bandwidth on-Demand (BoD)

The goal in this scenario is to implement industry standardized negotiation API’s & processes, enabling plug&play partnering, on-demand negotiation and active management of end to end multi-provider services.

Requirements:  To provide on-demand, flexible E2E connectivity that spans multiple provider networks.

Challenges: Lack of inter-party automation system for real/near-real time (seconds/minutes) business negotiation of connectivity.

After implementing nBrace™:

Application Scenario #2: Negotiation of on-Demand Cloud & Connectivity

The goal in this scenario is to implement industry standardized negotiation API’s & processes, enabling plug & play partnering, on-demand negotiation and active management of end to end multi-provider services. This scenario adds Cloud to Example #1.

Requirements:  To provide on-demand ICT service combining cloud and flexible E2E connectivity.

Challenges: Lack of inter-party automation system for real/near-real time (seconds/minutes) business negotiation of connectivity. The fact that public Cloud Providers also have proprietry Portals & APIs forces providers to undertake expensive integration & maintenance with each Cloud Provider or  to learn/use their individual portals.   

After implementing nBrace™:

Application Scenario #3: Negotiation of Multi-Cloud & Connectivity

The goal here is for the Enterprises to connect their global sites to their ICT applications. In order to achieve it they must negotiate services with each individual Network, Cloud & Exchange Providers. This quickly becomes almost impossible to manage as every party uses different tools and technologies.

RequirementsTo provide many on-demand ICT services combining cloud and connectivity in multi-provider network.

Challenges: Lack of inter-party automation system for real/near-real time (seconds/minutes) business negotiation of cloud connectivity. The fact that public Cloud Providers also have proprietry Portals & APIs forces providers to undertake expensive integration & mainteance with each Cloud Provider or  to learn/use their individual Portals.  

After implementing nBrace™: