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Thursday, May 11, 2006

IMS Devices and Services

A quite superb piece here on IMS Devices from Dean Bubley at the Disruptive Wireless blog.

http://disruptivewireless.blogspot.com/2006/05/whats-ims-handset-and-who-cares-ive.html

I'll certainly be inviting Dean to support our next event:

IMS Services Forum - 4-5 October, Tower Bridge Hilton, London

We're planning a meeting on 4th and 5th October in London for a group of 'IMS insiders' from around the world to drill down in a lot more detail on the thorny topic of 'IMS Services' - how to define them, how to build them, how to migrate commercial and technical architectures to support them effectively.

The research we did in Feb/March showed that the industry is still struggling with this issue. This was borne out in discussions at the IMS World Forum in Barcelona a few week's ago. A lot of people asked me if we could arrange a much more in-depth 'brainstorm' on this topic for 'insiders' (leading practitioners).

So, I'm inviting a few key people to participate in a special group brainstorming process and present updates of their experiences, using our facilitated 'Mindshare' approach. This is very different from the normal conferences around.

We aim to achieve the following OUTPUTS from the meeting:

- A much clearer vision for IMS (which fits more tightly with changing operator business models)
- A way to work around the gaps in the current standards initiatives
- A new IMS Services classification method (covering FMC, VOIP, Enterprise, IPTV)
- New practical ways of dealing with: Device deficiencies; User Data; 3rd Party integration; SDP integration; Security
- A more robust specification for the Application Layer

We will be preparing the following INPUTS for the meeting:

- New analysis of end customer requirements/trends (consumer, enterprise, SME)
- New analysis of competitive services (from internet players)
- New analysis of 'Telco 2.0' commercial and service development strategies
- New market research on IMS best practices
- New market research on SIP/IMS devices
- New analysis of vendor propositions and new technologies

A few of the important vendors (big and small) will also be invited to participate, and we'll set up some demo's of solutions that we think are most interesting.

The meeting will be over 2 days in London and will be at the same venue as our 'Telco 2.0' Summit (which is a big event for the European telco investment and commercial strategy community - watch this space). We will be inviting a few of the senior commercial people from this summit to input to the IMS Services meeting (and vice versa).

Do get in touch if you'd like to be involved.

The Editor, IMS Insider
editor@ims-insider.com


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