Pricing models for OSS systems have remained largely unchanged for decades but have become increasingly complex. However, changes in the industry will force vendors to look closely at their pricing models.
This report analyses the way that software vendors price service fulfilment systems and how the ways in which that software is delivered to the customer affects that pricing mechanism. The report also provides recommendations for service fulfilment system vendors that are evolving their solution sets to prepare for the introduction of virtualised networks.
It is based on several sources:
- Ingoing internal research into network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-controlled networking (SCN) trends, and the service fulfilment market
- SaaS research
- Interviews with more than 15 software vendors
- Interviews with communications service providers (CSPs).
This report provides:
- an overview of the pricing and delivery models that are in use for the licensing of service fulfilment software systems
- an assessment of whether the established pricing methods are ready to cope with the move to hybrid virtual/legacy networking
- recommendations for pricing in the industry
- insight into alternative delivery models in service fulfilment
- an examination of whether communications service providers (CSPs) are starting to prefer SaaS-based delivery of fulfilment systems.
Key Questions Answered in this Report
- What are the pricing and delivery models in use for the licensing of service fulfilment software systems?
- Are the current methods ready to cope with the move to hybrid virtual/legacy networking?
- What are the best practices for pricing in the industry?
- What are the industry trends in alternative delivery models in service fulfilment?
- Are CSPs starting to prefer SaaS-based delivery of fulfilment systems?
Who Should Read this Report
- Service fulfilment system vendors that are updating their solutions to prepare for virtual next-generation (vNGN) technologies.
- Vendors that are adapting their portfolios to provide their CSP clients with a SaaS-based solution.
- CSPs that are exploring new service-led relationships with their software vendor partners.