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Comarch OSS Suite

Inventory Management
Product Whitepaper

Comarch OSS Suite
Inventory Management
Product Whitepaper

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Please submit your comments to: sales_support@comarch.A.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper © 2000-2008 Comarch S. The manufacturer welcomes customer comments as part of the process of continual development and improvement of the documentation in the best way possible from the user's viewpoint. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be copied. and the customer assumes full responsibility when using them. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S.A. or translated into any human or computer language without the prior written permission of Comarch S. The manufacturer reserves rights to change the documents without notice. The documents have been prepared to be used by professional and properly trained personnel. transmitted. Some parts of the documents may not follow the current version of the software. The manufacturer's liability for any errors in the documents is limited to the correction of the errors. distributed. transcribed. The manufacturer has made every effort to ensure that the instructions contained in the documents are adequate and free of errors and omissions.pl.A. Confidential 3 . stored in a retrieval system.

... Reports and statistics . Introduction............................ Floor Plan ............................................... Various levels of access to application.......................................................................................................................8......................................................................................................................... Auto-discovery and reconciliation .......9... Table View ......19 4..........3........................................................................A................................11 3................10 3..................Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.....................19 4............................6....... 5 2.....17 3............................................18 4....................13 3................2.5....................... Common Comarch OSS Suite configuration...... 7 2........................15 3...................15 3..........8..................................... Functional components shared with Comarch OSS Suite ......................................... Wizards and templates .............. Data presentation .........................17 4......................1........................................ Confidential 4 ............................................... 6 2..............2.............. Bookmarks .................................................12 3....................................... Inventory-Based Billing ............. Configurator................ 7 2................. Logical View ..................13 3..................................... 7 2........... Profiles and privileges ....................................................................................................................................................................................4............................9..............................................................5... Inventory and Console Tools .................. Functionality ..............3.........................7.................. Users ..............17 3............................. Inventory View ................................................................................................................................................................................... History tracking ..................14 3......1....................... 6 2................. 8 2......18 4............................1................................................. Administration ..... Technology ............................................... Service Inventory ..................4..... Language.......... Themes................................................... 5 2................................19 5..............................................................................................................20 Copyright © 2008 Comarch S......................................................... Hierarchical View ....7..... 5 2.................................................................................................................................................16 3.................................................1..2............................6............ 7 2.....................11 3......... Multi-layer information model ..............3..................................2........................... Geographical View ................. Network planning............................................9.9..4..................................................

others. etc.g. PSTN equipment. Physical network resources racks.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 1. This module’s integration with other Comarch OSS Suite components provides further functionality by enabling the sharing and exchange of complex data. others. routers. 2. both last-mile and backbone network. switches. It constitutes the basis for other modules that operate using data collected and stored in its database.805 specification. manholes. the Inventory Management keeps the stored information up to date with the changes occurring in the network. transmission networks equipment. Comarch OSS Inventory Management is one of the crucial modules of Comarch OSS Suite. shelves. Both physical and logical network links can be displayed in a way that conforms to the ITU-T G.1. The layers represent both physical and logical information of managed network. slots. Infrastructure Layer physical copper cables . The Inventory Management supports automatic and manual data modification. planning and designing equipment and its configuration. and all the equipment installed within. Thanks to the network reconciliation module. fiber optic cables (they usually contain a structure of strands). cellular networks equipment. Physical Connections Layer Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. assigning and controlling addressing and numbering resources and preparing required types of reports. cards. Confidential 5 . The crucial functionality of Comarch OSS Inventory is management and planning of telecommunication/IT network. ports. Functionality 2. e. Introduction Comarch OSS Inventory Management is designed to store complete information on the network’s resources and to enable new and innovative ways of not only fully utilizing the network’s potential. radio.. but also of increasing the efficiency of network operations.A. It concerns performing operations regarding modeling links. Multi-layer information model Inventory data is represented within multi-layer information model. The Inventory Management also enables full visualization of a telecommunications network. administrative divisions. pipes. etc..

A. Confidential 6 . … Telephony layer trunks. ports. Object modification – for each modification a new entry is added. Auto-discovery and reconciliation Inventory Management keeps the stored information up to date with the changes occurring in the network thanks to auto-discovery and reconciliation functionality. T1. VPNs. the system can store all various levels of network information and present only what is needed at the moment. History tracking All Inventory objects (equipment. VPNs. VC-4. VC-12. removing cards. Inventory Management enables visualization of the network state in the past. MPLS: Tunnels. etc. It enables to confirm the new devices that came into the system and check whether the base is accurate or not with the current inventory list. VRFs. etc. 2.2. changing status of the interfaces in the Network Element . … PDH: E1. in the Network Element . Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. Auto-discovery tool covers the following inventory reconciliation functionalities: Adding new Network Element to the Inventory database. etc. IP: networks. ports. The main idea of multi-layer data model in Inventory Management is to represent the same equipment and connections in several layers. to Network Element . depending on the technology they use. GSM/UMTS-related layers ATM and FR layers and many more. VLANs.) are stored with full history of changes which enables always track changes in data. numbering resources etc.3. Object removal – the last history entry is made. from Network Element . Digital transmission layers SDH/SONET: STM-n. subscriber lines. ports. adding new cards. A new history entry is made in three cases: Object creation – the first history entry is made. With this idea. OC-n. connections. 2. Updating the Inventory database due to: changing cards. … IP-related layers Datalink: LAN segments. Technology specific information is always included in the dedicated layer which gives consistent view of the network for the operator and in the same time does not provide overflow of information. Removing existing Network Element from the Inventory database.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper this layer is built over the Infrastructure layer and is used to represent electrical or optical end-to-end connections set-up over strands in physical cables (optical or electrical).

Confidential 7 . encrypting passwords and notifying users of various actions/events Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. capacity. Console Tools menu consists of tools used for: Creating templates for Logical View and Shapes (Logical View).5.6. Creating templates (Reports Management. Inventory and Console Tools Inventory and Console Tools allow user-friendly management of important objects used in the application.7. Inventory Management enables visualization of the network state in the future. equipment. Network planning Inventory Management allows future object planning support. Charts).e. etc. connections.g. 2.A.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 2. Plans are executed or applied by the system logic which means the changes in the objects or new objects creation actually take place and planned objects become active objects in the Inventory system. connections. is able to store future changes in the equipment. 2. Inventory-Based Billing The Inventory-Based Billing functionality enables operator to accurately calculate customer charges for inventory products and services.4. connections. i. e. Searching for objects. Service Inventory Service Inventory further extends Network Inventory functionality and enables advanced modeling of services. Services are stored in the system together with their mutual dependencies (client/server services) and their dependencies upon resources in the Network Inventory (devices. The Billing is able to calculate charges for services leased from another operator (vendor) and resold (with profit) to customer and to generate invoices. locations. Editing Symbols and Links. switches configuration. and others). 2. Service templates are created and modified from the system GUI and that’s why new services can be introduced to the system “on-the-fly” in a very flexible way.

Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper Inventory Tools enable users to create and modify objects. Dictionaries Dictionaries are structures designed for storing often used and rather constant data. planning and other operations in the system are executed thanks to wizards. 2.8).8). The most important Inventory Tools are described below. phone number management. data from dictionaries usually is presented as lists of values to be chosen. auto-discovery. so there is no need to introduce it manually. User Template Object Templates are used during preparation of a new inventory using object wizard.8. Wizards and templates Object creation. modification. Delete object This tool enables removing a chosen inventory object and the user can decide which related objects should be left or deleted.A. By means of this tool the user is able to define his/her own template (cf. Layers This tool provides the user a complete list of telecommunication layers defined in the system. New Inventory Object This tool launches object creation wizard (cf. 2. Confidential 8 . deletion. 2. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. Wizards provide all flexibility to the user in terms of performed actions but in the same time do not allow for inconsistent manipulation of data. Hierarchies This tool displays master categories and corresponding subcategories (sub hierarchies). To increase usability of interface.

it is also possible to define which sub-elements (shelves. Confidential 9 . like path details for connections or detailed elements (cards.) can be created together with equipment creation. The user is able to define his/her own template and decide which attributes of object should be mandatory. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. so called templates. Within template. ports. cards. which will be predefined and if they should have any constant value. etc. which enables defining all attributes and necessary referential object.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper New objects are created within object creation wizard. The same object can be created within different types of wizards.A. ports) for equipment.

Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 2. Functional components shared with Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management is one of the modules of Comarch OSS Suite – a set of management tools for IT and telecommunication networks.). new accounts creation etc. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S.9. There are several functional components that Inventory Management has in common with the whole platform: Operator’s Console – Graphical User Interface of the system. Configurator. Confidential 10 . Reporting Service. FireFly Reasoning Engine. Administration and Authorization Tools (users’ privileges.A.

3. This function allows users to freely choose appropriate layer(s) to be used for network presentation. choose icons and determine the scope of information to be displayed). Inventory View Inventory View is the most universal view of Comarch OSS Inventory. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. Confidential 11 . Data presentation Comarch OSS Inventory can display network elements in several different ways which can be adjusted to meet individual requirements. links) in Inventory Database.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3. list attributes) of objects (equipment. The views can be modified to meet the user’s individual needs (e. select presentation design. define colors. relational attributes. and provides them with a clear view that fully serves their needs. Comarch OSS Inventory module is capable of displaying network elements and/or geographical map elements in several layers.A. g. The user has also a possibility to switch between the views directly (from the context menu) without the need to open other views from the main console window. etc. It provides knowledge about all attributes (simple attributes. The Inventory View look&feel (visibility of columns and tabs. Inventory View enables switching to other Views described below or to another window of Inventory View with another object details.) are fully configurable by the user.1.

alarms can be displayed directly within Geographical View assigned to location and equipment. Geographical View can be integrated with GIS functionality. The icons for displaying different types of equipment on the maps can be configured by the user.A. Confidential 12 . While Inventory Management is integrated with Fault Management.2. but it is not necessary. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3. Geographical View Geographical View enables displaying inventory objects (equipment. links) upon vector and raster maps.

Within the system – there may be many different hierarchies defined. which do not have relations to inventory objects and also of elements with defined relations to inventory objects from database. hierarchy of switches. Logical View enables presenting current situation in network as well as allows designing a planned configuration.A. Hierarchical View Hierarchical View enables displaying hierarchy of objects. hierarchy of equipment/cards/ports. e. 3. Diagrams can be composed of elements like tables. Confidential 13 . GSM hierarchy etc. Logical View allows for exporting created diagrams to MS Visio. Logical View Logical View enables displaying equipment and connections without map background and geographical coordinates.3. graphical shapes.4.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3.g. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S.

5. Table View Table View is similar to Inventory View. Confidential 14 . however with less functionality.A.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. It enables quick browsing through Inventory objects in order to find interesting object(s) which then can be displayed with other views (usually Inventory View or Hierarchical View).

.g. However. Confidential 15 .6.and solution-specific templates are defined during the phase of analysis and also provided. Creating reports with the Reporting Service of Comarch OSS Suite is easy and quick. Customer. User can add static text and graphical objects to reports. lines. the underlying SQL engine is hidden to the user so it is not necessary to be familiar with SQL in order to create reports and templates. The reports can be printed out or exported to . Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. bubbles etc. 3.txt and . Reporting Service is provided with a standard set of report templates. polar. Reports can be also scheduled and generated reports can be accessed. using a user-friendly report wizard. more complicated graphical object (e.jpg formats. The results of the reports may be visualized either in the form of graphs of different types (pie. Floor Plan Floor Plan enables displaying precise location of equipment in the building on different floors. Simple graphical object (lines. and to use logical expressions built on the basis of these parameters. During the search it is possible to use all the parameters at once. rectangles) can be drawn directly on reports. Reporting Service is based upon SQL engine which enables creating reports concerning all possible data gathered in the database of the system.) or in the form of text (tables) or both. company logo) can be inserted from graphical files.html . It is also possible for system operators to create their own custom reports and report templates and modify the existing ones. It is also possible to create all sorts of statistics.A.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3.7. Reports can contain sub-reports enabling drilling down into details.pdf. bars. Reports and statistics Reporting Service is capable of creating complex reports on current and historical data.

The Bookmark tree is a structure composed of tools and views defined in a system and grouped into folders. Confidential 16 .8. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. Bookmarks are organized as the Bookmark tree. report) or to a tool available in console. Bookmarks The Bookmark term means a link to source object created by user (view.A.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3.

In the Look&Feel part the style of window display can be defined.A. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. 3. etc. tabs.2.1. Themes The user can choose the appearance of window display (color.9.9. including the icons.9. Common Comarch OSS Suite configuration 3.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 3. Language versions are defined during the analysis phase depending on individual needs of the company. Confidential 17 . tool bars. Language The user can choose the language used by the software. motif and window style). It is possible to change languages on-the-fly.

Both of these operations are processed using the Authorization Module functionality and their success depends on it. Administrator creates new users in a special form. Each login to Comarch OSS console requires successful authentication.A. also access to some parts of the system functionality requires successful authorization.1. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S. Users The Authorization Module is responsible for authenticating and authorizing the users of Comarch OSS Suite. Confidential 18 . Administration 4.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 4.

Various levels of access to application The application provides various levels of access to data. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 4.g. The groups have defined privileges in the system (e. In case of changing the rights of the profile it applies to group of users with this profile. Comarch OSS Suite is a distributed system but it requires a little centralization to achieve some functionality. privileged users.A. administrators.2. In addition each user may have one or more profiles. The Configuration Registry is a repository of configurations for components and handlers for currently running components. users. using either graphical or XML editor. This functionality is incorporated in the Comarch OSS Suite.3. etc. Confidential 19 . which after creation may be assigned to users. Profile is the set of access rights. Particular users are organized in access groups. Profiles and privileges Administrator may grant user access rights by profile system. without it system will not work. Configurator The Configurator component is the heart of the Comarch OSS Suite. 4. With the graphical interface of configurator.). Advantage of profiles is easier administration. administrator can monitor the status of components and configure them.4. This makes possible to grant or disqualify the user from the access right even to single form. 4.

Confidential 20 . Technology Comarch OSS Inventory Management System uses Oracle or Microsoft SQL database. Configurator). The modules of Comarch OSS Suite (Framework. All the modules use a common graphic interface.Comarch OSS Suite Inventory Management Product Whitepaper 5. Copyright © 2008 Comarch S.A. Administration Tools. Reasoning Engine. Reporting Service. and the divisions among them are invisible to the user. The architecture of the system consists of: The processing mechanism + database (the source of data).