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Opportunities for involvement

Evan Linwood August 12, 2020

There are a number of reasons why engaging with the ArenaCore community can be of benefit for those who have an interest in solution design, infrastructure management, operations management, DevOps or Big Data (etc).

The challenges within each of the above domains are already significant. In terms of supporting a common design pattern across these domains, the ArenaCore platform and community is by virtue of its nature attacking a challenging and interesting problem!

Learning

ArenaCore draws on decades of knowledge and experience developed by others in the field of Business Operations Support Systems (B/OSS). In particular this knowledge has been captured and structured by the TMForum (the pre-eminent standards body for B/OSS management platforms globally). ArenaCore seeks to repackage aspects of this knowledge however in a ‘light and easy’ format that can be extended and customised by end users who do not have a B/OSS background or need for a very complex B/OSS environment.

Additionally as discussed, ArenaCore is intended to enable a totally new way of supporting how composable digital products can be defined, shared and utilised on a visual design canvas.

The ArenaCore community is intended to support and play a role in shaping how these capabilities are evolved and implemented within the ArenaCore platform itself.

By participating in these discussions you would be availing yourself of knowledge that perhaps would not otherwise be straightforward to gain access to!

Many of the world’s largest hyperscale infrastructure and service providers are increasingly aligning themselves with these same TMForum B/OSS models and principles (as are used within ArenaCore), not just at the technology management layer, but also in terms of multi-layered operations process management at the organisational layer. This trend is not often mentioned publicly, but is known to be the case within the B/OSS community.

Knowledge of B/OSS fundamentals will most likely be viewed quite positively within these organisations.

The starting point for involvement in the ArenaCore community is simply then to begin digesting the documentation materials available here. In addition to gaining familiarity with the platform, by default you will be absorbing fundamental B/OSS principles.

Numerous additional external sites containing relevant background technical information will be referenced and put into context over time here also.

Whilst it is not the intention of this community to provide courseware as such, it should ultimately be possible to learn a good deal about B/OSS as a result of participation here.

Join existing community community Groups that are of interest

We have created an initial set of Groups within the community based on specific areas of ArenaCore functionality so that ongoing discussions relating to those areas can be managed in the context of the associated product documentation. If you are interested primarily in hardware implementation, please join the Physical Resource Management group! if you are interested in DevOps, Big Data, AI/ML, Networking, Storage, Virtualisation, Containerisation etc – please join the Logical Resource Management group!

More community Groups are planned!

As ArenaCore evolves, it is expected that additional groups will be added to support a variety of areas:

  • ArenaCore integration to external management system platforms
  • Security considerations
  • Groups relating to development of specific product ranges across various large, medium and small technology vendors
  • Groups relating to operational utilisation of ArenaCore including subjects such as on-boarding, network discovery, design/architecture best practice groups, etc

Open Source

As discussed in the subsection on Open Source, it is anticipated that the evolution of ArenaCore will result in a number of open source capabilities being published that should be of benefit to the open source community. This applies particularly in the area of management platform integration with respect to implementation of relevant TMForum OpenAPIs. There will likely be a number of opportunities to participate and contribute in this area, relative to how well this aligns with your own objectives.

Professional Interaction

ArenaCore Group discussions are intended to remain generally on-topic, and hence valuable professional interactions can be anticipated as a natural consequence of participation in these discussions. Also the size and cross-section of the ArenaCore community will likely never approach that of large social media platforms, and so the professional value of these interactions should hopefully remain worthwhile!

As mentioned above, ArenaCore falls into a category of applications known as Business Operations Support Systems (B/OSS). It is anticipated that some community members will be veterans of the B/OSS world, and will hopefully be inclined to offer some of their experienced insights within the conversations that will occur here.

Feedback

It is our hope that community members might provide feedback regarding any problems experienced while using the platform, or suggestions relating to improvements that you might of. We don’t expect ArenaCore users to do detailed product testing for us, but nothing compares to honest feedback!

Project work

Over time it is expected that active and helpful community members will become known to us. We may be able to engage some community members to help with aspects of ArenaCore project work where this is possible and mutually beneficial on both sides. Please note that opportunities will probably be limited and may not be advertised. For larger pieces of work these opportunities would probably also be fielded externally. We are certainly interested to get to know community members and their capabilities however, and expect that this should happen naturally over the course of time.

Best practices

There is a wonderful opportunity more generally to discuss system architecture design practices, in particular given ArenaCore can serve as a repository of best practice blueprints that can be shared and instantiated on demand. It is early days at present but there is more to be said in this area as things progress!

Wrap-up

Hopefully the ArenaCore community will thrive and grow as a place where members can benefit from interactions across some or all of the areas described above.

It is anticipated that people with a wide variety of skills and experience will become involved in the ArenaCore community. No doubt there will be many things that we can learn also! All in all we look forward to interacting with you as a community member and hopefully contributing to your development!

This is the end of the ‘Introduction’ document. If you are interested to explore ArenaCore in more depth, please continue to the document describing Physical Resource Management.