Defense under the spotlight at TM Forum's flagship conference

MORRISTOWN, NJ—May 5, 2010 - Following the recent announcement of DISA’s confirmation as a finalist for the TM Forum Excellence Awards 2010, the TM Forum today confirmed that the Government and Defense sector will have a high profile at this year’s Management World conference (May 18-20, Nice, France). “Communications efficiency in an anywhere, anytime, anyhow environment” will be the over-riding theme for a dedicated Defense Spotlight, alongside live technology demonstrations from this year’s Defense Catalyst participants.

Now in its second year, the Defense Spotlight at Management World will look at “Optimizing Communication Efficiency through Standards” and “Policy Based Network Management and Autonomic Behavior.” The first track will include two SATCOM-based presentations, “Integrating SATCOM and Spectrum Management into Standards-Based NetOps” and “Global Mobility and Broadband Communications on the Move” by DISA and Boeing respectively, along with a case study presentation by Thales Communications on their usage of TM Forum Frameworx and other standards to optimize network management efficiency.  The second track will include presentations on the theme of leveraging policy for efficiency while managing the balance between human control and network automation. 

Management World 2010 will also feature a new Defense Catalyst demonstration, part of TM Forum’s rapid-development collaboration program. The project, “Rapid Communications Deployment – Multi-National Preparedness in Crisis Situations” is being championed by the NATO C3 Agency – with participants including DAX Technologies, Progress Software and IBM, along with supporters including SquareHoop, TNO, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

The project uses the Haitian Earthquake response effort to demonstrate the need to rapidly establish communication services across a multi-national coalition. The live Catalyst demonstration will tackle concepts such as dynamic discovery of services and creation of complex service value chains based on discovered elementary national contributions; secure Service Level Management information exchange across the coalition partners on a multi-lateral basis, and automated end-to-end service management. 

TM Forum’s standards and best practices in the areas of Service Level Agreement Management, Security Management, Policy Management, and Active Catalogue will be applied to the solution.     

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