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23 November 2005
Lifecycle and Portfolio Management Group (LCPM) Makes Plans to Form a TERENA Task Force

Nineteen members of the LCPM initiative from European research and education networks (NRENS) met in Amsterdam on 23 November, both to present and discuss ongoing LCPM activities and to finalise plans to present the Terms of Reference for the creation of a proposed new task force, TF-LCPM, to the TERENA Executive Committee during their upcoming meeting in mid-December.

Nineteen members of the LCPM initiative from European research and education networks (NRENS) met in Amsterdam on 23 November, both to present and discuss ongoing LCPM activities and to finalise plans to present the Terms of Reference for the creation of a proposed new task force, TF-LCPM, to the TERENA Executive Committee during their upcoming meeting in mid-December. The initiative is led by Urs Eppenberger of SWITCH.

LCPM addresses the introduction of new services within NRENs and the discontinuation of existing services, the alignment of their service portfolios with customer requirements; the marketing of services within NREN service portfolios and methods for defining the lifecycle stage of a particular service.

Ann Harding of HEAnet provided an overview of a proposed work item to compare the current Service Level Agreements (SLAs) of NRENs. Magnus Strømdal of UNINETT presented the  UNINETT measuring point initiative’ is an idea that could be adopted by other NRENs and is an example of a technology that could be shared more easily should a mechanism is put in place to exchange ideas. Walter van Dijk of SURFnet expressed his hope that this LCPM activity would enable NRENs to learn from one another on topics such as: Acceptable Use Policies; Customer Segmentation and Tariff Models.

The participants identified four areas of activities to be included in the Terms of Reference for the proposed task force: analysis and comparison of the service portfolios of participating NRENs, comparison of service level agreements, exchange of ideas on delivering services and development of LCPM decision-making models and tools

BoF (Birds of a Feather) meetings were held during the TERENA Networking Conferences in 2004 and 2005 and at the NORDUnet Conference in April of 2005. The group also held a workshop in Lyngby, Denmark in March in conjunction with a TF-PR meeting  It is evident that there is an increasing need among the NRENs to address the issue of the service portfolios they offer and that there is interest among the NRENs to share their expertise and experiences. Presentations on LCPM made in a dedicated session on “What Services NRENs Need to Provide” at the TERENA Networking Conference 2006.
www.terena.nl/conferences/tnc2005/programme/sessions/show.php?sess_id=106

More information about the activities of the LCPM group at TERENA, including the presentations from the workshop can found at: http://www.terena.nl/lcpm/

A TERENA Briefing Report on this initiative can be found at:
http://www.terena.nl/news/briefings/lcpm1805.pdf