Mind the Gap: Designed Network versus Functioning Network
In the sprawling networks built by Communications Service Providers (CSP), there is a troublesome disconnect between the network as it functions, and the network as it is designed and documented in inventory databases. Ideally, when the offline inventory system is updated, it is expected that the network will be configured or modified to match the information in the inventory database. CSPs know all too well that this is rarely the case as the network is dynamic and manual updates simply cannot keep up. Discrepancies are especially challenging when the network includes merged and acquired assets.