IT agility at its best will be required for the accelerated speed at which new services and apps will have to be priced, rated and billed.  Flexibility by service providers will be needed to rate any metric, support any charging option, and accept any payment with optimal performance and guaranteed security, regardless of the number of devices or third parties involved. CIOs will need solutions that offer the features and reliability of long-proven solutions, but the agility and efficiency of newer, more automated solutions in order to design, test and deploy rapidly.

Provisioning and monetizing new services and business models at Internet speed and at massive scale will require Cloud Native, DevOps-aligned architecture, which really does need to become the “new normal” for enterprise IT striving to improve collaboration, co-ownership and other benefits that attract new talent to IT.

There must also be a change in mindset, to go cloud native. As IT organizations should consider at every stage how cloud can be leveraged to improve the design, implementation, deployment and operation of an application.

For example, in the cloud native deployment of Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM), a Kubernetes-orchestrated, Docker containerized multi-service architecture with certain goals in mind was built, such as easier installs, more efficient scaling and simplified upgrades. Because billing and revenue management are critical functions, companies require them to be continuously available on a 24×7 basis. The cloud-native architecture significantly reduces downtime related to upgrades and security patches.

Operators are now able take advantage of containerization, standards-based software and open source, while being increasingly empowered to manage existing infrastructure through instances of software, helping them to lower OPEX and CAPEX, as well as accelerate time to innovation. That is important to all service providers, whether agile MVNOs, cash-strapped start-ups or well-resourced operators looking for efficiencies.

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