OSS giant Telcordia has hastened consolidation in the OSS sector by buying up inventory specialist and sometime business partner Granite Systems.
Granite was 20% owned by Telcordia’s own parent company Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and was a partner in Telcordia’s Elementive programme. (Elementive is Telcordia’s open standard, modular approach for next generation OSS products and solutions.)
Rich Mangan, vp EMEA for Telcordia, said that the acquisition was made at a time when operator and carrier investment in OSS is “taking off”.
“Granite has an excellent position in inventory management and we already have a number of dealings with Granite and it seemed a perfect time. We had a good working relationship and a nice cultural fit.”
Mangan said that there were no current plans to acquire more of Telcordia’s Elementive partners. “I am sure we will continue to succeed with our partners but we will not necessarily buy all of our partners.”