Simplify and Automate Inventory Systems Migration
CSP networks typically work with multiple inventory systems, which often are siloed, old and manually maintained. These inventory systems are complex to operate. Only a few people have the expertise to update or to extract important data for other departments, which creates operational bottlenecks.
As a result inventory systems are used primarily by resource management and service fulfillment departments. Other operations rely on vendor-specific EMS/NMS data, which creates a gap between different departments, and it is a chief barrier to process automation. Without accurate and consistent data that is common to all processes, human intervention cannot be replaced by automation.
Vendors have started coming out with a new generation of real-time, domains-federated network inventory systems that read information in real time from multiple sources, such as legacy inventory systems, SDN controllers and direct device resource adapters. As CSPs adopt these new inventory systems, they must migrate inventory data from the old system(s) into the new system.
Discover and Reconcile
Some inventory system vendors offer their own discovery process, but only Sedona guarantees continuous operations and not a one-time project, including physical connectivity data, across network layers, vendors, and domains.
The challenge is how to avoid taking the partial and inaccurate data along with the good data. The last thing you want to do is import questionable data into your brand new inventory system.
Instead of migrating old data directly from the old system into the new, use the Sedona NetFusion platform to discover all current network inventory and to feed this accurate, real-time data directly into the new inventory system. In addition, use Sedona’s Inventory Discrepancy Reports to reconcile the differences between old inventory data and Sedona NetFusion Discovery data. Reconciliation is a critical step to assuring the accuracy of current service paths and settings as well as the ability to plan and automate future service deployments.
The work does not end when migration is complete. Sedona continuously updates the new inventory system regarding any change in physical and logical inventory, as well as topology
Sedona excellent delivery team works hand-by-hand with the Inventory system professionals, operations and IT to complete integration of network models, resource adapters, discrepancy improvements and to establish an interface for continuous automated updates.