Inventory of the Future: Flexible, Scalable, and Highly Dynamic
Inventory solutions are the linchpin of a network operator’s operational support system (OSS), facilitating many different work and data flows. They help manage product, service, and resource inventory, such as outside plant (OSP). But inventory systems often have poor data integrity. Vendors have been grappling with LNI for several years, but in Omdia’s view, most existing inventory systems do not adequately support dynamic, virtualized networking or indeed the massive scale required for 5G IoT (Internet of Things) services (massive machine-type communication). Vendor solutions should also evolve to integrate seamlessly with fulfillment/orchestration and closed-loop assurance/observability systems.