MetaSolv Software Inc. announced M6, the next version of its inventory and order management OSS. M6 offers new automated provisioning for IP and optical services, and adds a configurable user interface that caters to the CxO set with a friendly interface and multi-layer inventory and provisioning capabilities.
Using the concept of portlets, M6s Web-based interface allows user-tailored access to data based on job role, including a customizable navigation bar for one-click access to key portions of M6 and external applications. A CEO, for example, can choose to have ready access to data that facilitates decision-making, such as average provisioning time per product and work group productivity. Information can be embedded into the view, even from applications outside M6. Network administrators may not be given such free rein, but one platform can serve both positions, explains David Sharpley, senior vice president of marketing and product management at MetaSolv. Theres a lot of data these operators have, and heres a brand-new and easy way to bring the back office to the forefront, he says. This leverages and empowers the whole enterprise — the vice president of operations and the CFO had only marginal visibility before this, so now they can make key, informed operational decisions.
M6 brings together multiple networks and layers into one view, including DWDM, SONET/SDH, TDM, ATM, frame relay, Ethernet, MPLS, VPNs and IP. It also automates the assign and design process across all technology layers in complex IP networks. The rules-based platform and graphics identify a working path on optical and traditional networks for traffic, and a protected path, based on user-selected criteria like number of hops or distance.
M6 is deployed with BellSouth Corp. and will be available in June.