We’ve just released the latest version of CROSS – V3.0, which brings a host of new features and capabilities to our solution. To show you these capabilities and how they impact live networks, we’ve created a new training video, which you can view, here.
Network inventory can be a critical pain-point for operators. That’s because inventory data is typically split across different systems, supported by different vendors. It essentially exists in silos, covering different network domains. There may be one for physical assets, one for virtual resources, and another for services – and so on.
This means that data is separated, so it’s difficult for operators to truly understand what assets they have in their network and how they can interact to support the services they offer. Worse, users can’t find what they need or don’t have the right information they need to make decisions available, at their fingertips.
This creates considerable operational inefficiencies and compromises the ability to quickly deploy new services. This can significantly increase OPEX while reducing competitive agility – if operators can’t get to market fast, they risk losing business to more agile competitors.
CROSS is different. It provides a uniquely unified view. This is achieved by creating a single model of all data, irrespective of its source. So, whether it’s a physical asset, its location, a virtual resource, or a service, all are combined to present a single source of truth, available through a common interface and portal. This can be accessed by different users, each with different needs, so that they can quickly discover what they need. The CROSS approach is shown below.
Since this reduces the time spent tracking, identifying and finding inventory assets, it has a dramatic impact on OPEX. In fact, our customers typically report OPEX savings of up to 20%. Crucially, CROSS doesn’t depend on accurate data to begin with. Instead, it works iteratively, allowing incremental enhancements to the dataset through time. It allows users to determine the data quality, marking it for future improvement – and enabling them to focus on finding missing resources to close gaps in the picture.
CROSS also lends itself a range of different use cases, each of which offers its own set of benefits and advantages.
Our new video explores each of these in depth and explains the benefits for your business. It explains how the unique, unified perspective can inform your business and help you make better decisions, based on alignment between costs and resources.
So, if you are faced with legacy inventory systems and are unable to adapt for sustained growth, why not take a few minutes to explore CROSS 3.0?