If anyone doubted that OSS/BSS was getting hotter, the deal by CA to acquire NetQOS should put that doubt to rest. Telcos have two basic issues to face in the coming years: 1)They have to control operations cost growth, especially for individual new services, and 2) they have to create effective service-layer solutions.
The NetQoS deal gives CA the latter, and CA has assets in the systems management area that might be at least turned toward service application fulfillment. This space is gaining momentum quickly but there’s also probably a broader push than the real opportunity justifies.
Some later players will likely get burned here, and there are sure to be a lot of superfluous announcements too.