4G Telco Case Study
Onepoint helps 4G Client decide strategies worth pursuing to meet its business goals and objectives.
The client is UK’s largest commercial holder of national radio spectrum suitable for 4G mobile services and fixed wireless solutions, they were also the first broadband company who switched on the 4G LTE system for commercial services in the UK in February 2012 in London. The client with its 4G LTE wireless services has an extensive holding of national radio spectrum, can deliver high-capacity Next Generation Access broadband and mobile data services to help meet needs such as efficient mobile working, digital and social inclusion, re-deployable surveillance, community healthcare and education, as well as city and rural, home and business broadband access.
The client is pursuing a strategy of acquisition and introducing new products/ services. It requires to understand if the architecture of its enterprise is sufficient to execute its business strategy. If there are gaps in the architecture of the enterprise it requires to identify building blocks that will fill the gaps, the roadmap that will enable it to progress to its desired state and the cost of implementing the roadmap.
Onepoint Consulting used a structured methodology based on TOGAF to document the current business, Information (System & Data) and technology architecture. Frameworx from TMForum (https://www.tmforum.org/tm-forum-frameworx/) was used to define the target architecture. The models were analysed to identify the gaps and produce a list of prioritized business and technology initiatives and a high level transition plan. A cost was then assigned to build and operate the proposed initiatives.
The models of the current and target architecture, the transition roadmap and the total cost of ownership of implementing the roadmap enabled UK Broadband to decide strategies worth pursuing to meet its business goals and objectives. It enabled them to calculate the Return on Investment on their various strategies and make informed decision.
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ETL, Data Integration, MDM
NRT QuickSilver Case Study
Onepoint helps Network Rail Telecom in its IT transformation programme
Network Rail Telecom (NRT) is Network Rail’s national telecoms asset management and service provision function, It provides telecommunication and network services to Network Rail and the Train/Freight operating companies. It has been created to design and deliver a new, single, unified telecoms organisation focussing, among other things, on improving the effectiveness of deployment and use of telecoms assets. NRT owns all of the company’s telecoms assets on the network side of the service demarcation point. NRT is based in Milton Keynes HQ of Network Rail with other Network Rail employees totalling about 3000 employees.
Network Rail’s key strength is an extensive telecoms network trusted to run one of the most critical national infrastructures in the UK. NRT plans to extend this network with FTNx (a next generation network) and high speed mobile data and use these to consolidate the rail industry’s growing data requirements and remove dependencies on 3rd parties.
Once the rail industry is fully served, NRT is looking to explore new business opportunities offering external fixed data services commercially further exploiting the resilience and security of the next generation networks. NRT wanted to understand gaps in its business processes, systems and technology to enable it to deliver data services commercially. Once the gaps were identified a transition plan and cost to implement and operate the proposed solution were required.
Onepoint Consulting used a business capability driven approach to identify the Level 1, 2 and 3 capabilities required by NRT to offer external fixed data services. The identified capabilities were prioritized and mapped to organization (people and roles), processes, information and systems. A gap analysis exercise between the current and target architecture identified missing and/or non-optimal processes, systems and information. The gaps were prioritized, costed and a transition roadmap was defined describing how NRT will acquire the required capabilities to sell, fulfill, assure and bill fixed data services to external customers.
Onepoint used the following industry best practices to kick start the architecture initiative and deliver value in a short time scale:
- TMForum Frameworx (https://www.tmforum.org/tm-forum-frameworx/) was used as the Industry reference architecture
- A customized version of TOGAF was used to provide structure, methodology and modelling language
- Business Capability Maps was used to standardize business concepts and objects. Heat maps was used to analyse and report on capability maturity.
The current and target state models (business capabilities, processes, systems, data) provided NRT with a roadmap on how it could achieve its business objective of monetizing excess network capacity and the total cost and effort of implementing and operating the roadmap.
Initiatives planned to fulfill the roadmap enabled NRT to:
- Build a foundation for business agility
- Improved interoperability, standardisation and integration
- Reduced technical risks
- Provide traceability from goals to initiatives