The Oracle Communications Customer Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting in Orlando occurred a few weeks ago and I wanted to share some of the more significant enhancements in store for Billing and Revenue Management (BRM). Probably the biggest news for those using BRM is that Oracle is planning the next major release of BRM in Q4 of this year. This release will include all of the enhancements and improvements that have been added to the 7.5 release along with some exciting new features.
One of these new features is to integrate a discount rating engine into the Elastic Charging Engine (ECE). The goal is to replace Pipeline with ECE and while this goal may not be fully met with this release, Oracle is committed to simplifying and consolidating the rating into a single engine.
Another feature of the next release is the expansion on the capabilities of Billing Care. This will include SSO enablement for authentication and authorization, job scheduling in Billing Operations Center (BOC), and additional collections support. Stayed tune for more details of these features in subsequent blogs.
Oracle also provided information on some other BRM initiatives that are in the works that will be part of future BRM releases. These include ongoing additions to product configuration within Billing Care to eventually allow for most of the BRM server configuration to be modified from the UI, a unified look and feel across all the Billing Care applications, and continued extensions and enhancements of the BOC application.
Thanks to Oracle for providing some great information and for continuing to improve their products. The CAB is a great way to hear about the roadmap and provide feedback to Oracle on any desired features. I’m looking forward to more information at Oracle Open World 2016.
Janell Edwards is a Principal Billing Architect at SSG Ltd with 15+ years of experience with Oracle BRM. She brings a broad range of expertise in custom software design and development focusing around Oracle BRM across a variety of industries including telecom, cloud services, ISP, wireless and telematics. Janell has served as the BRM architect for several clients including CenturyLink, Dell and Sungard AS. She has also lead multiple iterations of the SSG University BRM training sessions. In addition to her architect position, Janell mentors a team of developers in both technical and career path arenas.