Having accurate, up-to-date network inventory data is critical to delivering new services. Yet having this inventory knowledge can be quite a challenge because multiple activities are constantly touching the network. When mergers and acquisitions happen, more inventory shifts occur, likely across vendors and transport domains. All of these inventory changes are manually recorded in the back-office inventory systems, such as MetaSolv, Granite, and TIRKS.
Whether the inventory is accurate generally remains unchallenged until a customer complains or a regulatory office requests inventory data. To resolve these matters, a laborious and costly manual audit ensues to determine exactly what is in the network and then to manually synchronize it with back-office systems. Ultimately, the end result becomes highly questionable due to these time-intensive manual processes.
The necessary data is in the network itself. You just need an accurate, automated way of extrapolating it from the network and pushing it to your inventory databases.
The NetFusion Intelligence and Automation App Platform automates the discovery of multilayer, multivendor, and multidomain network information. It identifies all current and changing topology and connectivity within and between the Packet and Transport layers, is vendor-agnostic, and reaches across multiple transport domains, determining how and where they are stitched together.
The NetFusion Inventory Assurance App automates the entire process of updating your existing databases using an API, resulting in accurate inventory data all the time. It also produces an Inventory Discrepancy report that shows all differences between back-office inventory systems and that which was collected by the NetFusion App Platform. If you prefer, you can use this report to push the updated inventory to existing inventory databases, or manually enter the inventory data yourself.
This NetFusion Inventory Assurance Solution enables you to be pro-active and own solving inventory questions that improve your ability to operate and maintain the network. By focusing on factual inventory data, not processes, OpEx is saved and time to market significantly improved. Planning with proper inventory data enables you to take the guesswork out of resiliency schemes, therein leading to fewer network failures, improved service delivery, and more satisfied customers. Moreover, with the NetFusion Inventory solution handling the inventory collection and input, no more time-consuming and error-prone manual audit processes are required. Truly, NetFusion offers a solution for a complete, accurate, one-stop source of inventory data all the time.