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I have recently joined a company from campus in India.
I am placed into a vertical named as "Telecom & Internet Service Provider's" Buisness, mainly work of OSS/BSS,Systems integretion type of job. Can anyone suggest that what technologies & programmming style I should learn as a novice in the area? I am a graduate engineer in Computer science. Thank you.
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There are several things you can do:
1. The Telemanagement Forum is the leading industry forum for OSS/BSS integration issues regarding the Telecom industry. It refers mostly to the business aspects of it, but it also has some definitions of interfaces to be used in such integrations. You can access their web-site at http://www.tmforum.org. The access to the publications is free, but if you want to be involved in its activity (which is, to my opinion, the best practice), you'll have to have your company registered as a member.

2. There are two main approaches today for OSS/BSS integration, and the one to choose depends on the complexity and the diversity of OSS and BSS that form the solution.

a. The first approach is mainly useful when you have a big number of OSS/BSS applications, possibly from different vendors, to integrate. In such a situation - using a commercial common bus, which complies with the NGOSS guidelines (as described in the TMF documents) would be a reasonable thing to do. The root of this concept is CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture), a concept developed and published by OMG (Object Management Group - http://www.omg.org), which I would recommend you to study. The CORBA is an architecture intended to provide guidelines for integrating any set of applications using a set of standard protocols and distribution of objects. On top of this concept, the NGOSS added a set of requirements which are of more importance in the Telecom / Internet OSS/BSS industry.

Technologies to be studied for this would be C++ language, Java and EJB, and C# (or COM/DCOM / COM+), depending on the technology your company chooses to use.

b. The second approach is more of a point-to-point style integration, and the latest development of that is done by a group of companies that formed a consorcium called "OSS/J". This consorcium is much more technical oriented than the TMF, and as one can guess from the name - it uses Java language and EJB concepts very extensively. You can access the specifications of the OSS/J initiative through http://java.sun.com/products/oss. Of course, in order to master the use of these specifications, you need to know Java and EJB quite well.

Please be noted, that Microsoft is not yet a part of this initiative, so C# and such will imply difficulties in implementation, if trying to be used together with OSS/J interfaces.

I hope it will help,

Doron.
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Dear Doron,

 I am very much pleased to have my answer,Thanks for the wonderful suggestion, Can I have your e-mail id to contact you?
  Regards,
         Bhaskar Zeminder.
         Bangalore
         India.
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