Cramer versus market with Cramer5


Inventory management software release

Cramer today announced the release of Cramer5, the latest version of its award winning product suite for telecom back office automation through inventory management.

The result of a two-year R&D program by one of the world's largest dedicated telecom inventory management software development teams, Cramer5 provides an enterprise class software platform that integrates and automates telecom back office processes around an active inventory management core. With Cramer5, service providers can consistently manage network and service provisioning, network build-out programs and planning, while maintaining a totally accurate and consistent inventory.

Cramer5 also completes Cramer's adoption of a full web architecture across its product set.

Cramer CTO Don Gibson said: "As inventory management becomes more strategic, so top tier telcos are increasing their expectations of any solution. They are looking not just for rich out-of-the-box functionality, but a web-based architecture, extensive configurability, low cost of ownership, and commitments to ongoing R&D. Cramer5 addresses all of these issues and more."

Cramer5 extends the evolution of Cramer's award-winning inventory management product, which is used by more than 50 global service providers in 20 countries on five continents, including leading Tier 1 operators. Cramer5 follows and develops the single, unified code line from its predecessor,
Cramer4, ensuring a consistent product evolution while expanding the functionality of a proven solution.

Cramer CEO Jerry Crook said, "Cramer continues to win because we 'think big.'  That means investing the most in development, teaming with the best partners, and focusing our solution on the largest operators. Tier 1 telcos including BT, Bell Canada, KPN and Japan Telecom trust us with their
business because Cramer is the best option for meeting their need for inventory powered back office automation."

Cramer CTO Don Gibson added, "Cramer5 represents the most significant commitment to an OSS vision in more than 30 years.  It's the next step in OSS evolution that operators have been waiting for."

Specific advancements in the Cramer5 evolution created in response tooperator requirements, include:
* Web Architecture. Cramer5 provides the same Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE(tm))-based, n-tier architecture across all products in the Cramer
family, enabling simpler integration and scalability.
* User-Driven Configurability. Operators demand a flexible solution that can be quickly, easily modified internally. Cramer5 expands operators' control, offering more options for tailoring the application without the need for code.  Cramer5 also provides JSP, XML and tag library environment for user
interface configuration.
* Low Cost of Ownership. Cramer5 provides off-the-shelf integration products for rapid connection to other widely-deployed back office components.
* Usability. By anyone, anywhere. Cramer5 is easy to use.  A contemporary user interface look & feel, full mouse and keyboard support, and seamless access to and from other applications means users can quickly become
* Localization. Cramer5 includes extensive support for multiple languages and time zones, selectable by the user at the point of login, including Japanese/Kanji.

Cramer5 provides all the components required at the heart of an automated back office:
* ResourceManager The Active Inventory at the core of the back office, accurately and completely representing the structure and behavior of a telecoms network and underpinning other applications. Supporting all network
technologies and service types, ResourceManager actively validates additions or network change requests, and ensures such changes can be implemented in the real network.
* TaskEngine Providing Network Process Automation to scale the skills and experience of back office specialists through policy-based process templates, resulting in a unique application capable of managing high levels of process and design complexity.
* DeliveryEngine For Implementation Control to optimize and drive electronicand field engineering and processes that actually change the network. The inventory changes generated by design activity are grouped together into real world jobs, or work orders. The work orders are then automatically
sequenced and managed for the most efficient execution.
* SyncEngine Providing Data Integrity Management that automatically discovers, synchronizes and reconciles other network-held or system-held data sources to the reference inventory, ensuring that alignment between designed and actual configuration is maintained.

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