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  by James Won-Ki Hong 

1997 Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium (APNOMS'97) was held in Renaissance Seoul Hotel, Seoul, Korea in October 8-10, 1997.

APNOMS is a new form of a meeting where researchers and practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region get together, present their work, and share their ideas and views on the field of network operations and management.  APNOMS'97 was co-sponsored by KICS KNOM and  IEICE NOSC and co-supported by IEEE CNOM, NMF and The Electronic Times.
APNOMS'97 was attended by 245 participants from the Asian-Pacific countries as well as some from North America and Europe.  The theme of this symposium was "Toward Global Network Management". This three-day symposium featured tutorials, keynote speeches, technical sessions, exhibitions and a panel session.

The first day of the symposium featured tutorials on the latest breaking technologies. The first tutorial was given by Elizabeth Adams (Managing Director, NMF) and Keith  Willetts (President, NMF) on the current programs and future directions of NMF. James Won-Ki Hong (POSTECH, Korea) gave the second tutorial on Web-based systems and network management. The third tutorial was given by Mehmet Ulema (Daewoo Telecom, USA) on PCS and mobility management.  Graham Chen (CiTR Pty Ltd, Australia) gave the fourth tutorial on building integrated TMN solutions using multiple technologies such as CORBA and Java. Young-Tak Kim (Yeungnam Univ.,  Korea) gave the fifth tutorial on ATM/B-ISDN network management. Takaaki  Matsumoto (NTT, Japan) gave the last tutorial on platform technologies for the telecommunications industry.

The second day of the symposium started with an opening address by the  general  chair of APNOMS'97, Jong-Tae Park (Kyungpook National Univ., Korea)  and a  welcoming address by Joong-Yeon Hwang (Ministry of Information and  Communication, Korea).  These were followed by four keynote speeches  by world-renowned experts on network operations and management. Masahiko  Matsushita (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan) delivered the first keynote speech on "TMN of the 21st Century". Roberto Saracco (CSELT, Italy) delivered the second keynote speech on "Managing the Un-manageable". Sang-Hoon Lee (Korea Telecom, Korea) delivered the third keynote speech on "Strategy and Directions Implementing a Next Generation Networking Architecture". Kennichi Mase (NTT, Japan) gave the last keynote speech of the day on "Quality of Service (QoS) in Multimedia Era".

The technical sessions started on the afternoon of the second day. There were two parallel tracks of sessions. The first session of Track 1 was filled with the presentations on the latest TMN technology and the following session was filled with  the presentations on broadband network management.  The first session of Track 2 included presentations on performance and security management and the following session was filled with the presentations on service management.
APNOMS'97 participants were entertained with the latest network operations and management tools and technologies from 12 vendors around the world, including Fujitsu (Open Systems for Integrated Network Management), HP (Network Element Management System for PCS/HLR System), Informix (Web & Java based technology for TMN), LGIC (TMN-based PCS Network Management), NEC (Silicon Agent), NTT-AT (TNMS Engine), POSCON (ILOG Telecom), Vertel-Daou (TMN Fault Management Application), Ssangyong ICC (Integrated Network Management System), ONE (Realtime Agent Developer Toolkit), Oracle (Network Operations & Management System on NCA) and DSET (Visual Agent Builder & Local Service Management System).  The exhibitions and demos were displayed for the second and third day of the symposium.
After the technical sessions were over, there was a poster session that included twelve presentations. The poster session gave attendees the opportunity to examine and discuss the materials in depth with the presenters in a more relaxed and informal setting. The poster session was followed by a symposium banquet that was attended by the symposium participants and many distinguished invited guests from the Korean government and companies.
The third day of the symposium started with a keynote speech by Keith Willetts (President, NMF) with the title "May You Live in Interesting Times!". Keith emphasized that the competition in the telecommunications industry is tougher than ever and the telcos and service providers must provide faster, cheaper and better services in order to survive in this very competitive world.  Keith's keynote speech was followed by two parallel tracks of technical sessions. Track 1 included a session on TMN implementations and experiences followed by a session on broadband network management architectures and issues. Track 2 included a session on a very popular topic, Web-based management, followed by a session on Internet and distributed systems management.
The APNOMS'97 participants were treated with a very interesting and exciting panel discussion with the theme of "Integrated Management: How?". This panel session was chaired by Makoto Yoshida (NTT-AT, Japan) and included panelists Graham Chen (CiTR Pty Ltd, Australia) who gave a TMN management solution provider's view, Keith Willetts (NMF & TCSI, UK) who gave a consortium's view, Jong-Tae Park (Kyungpook National Univ., Korea) who gave a regional as well as academia's view, Masayoshi Ejiri (Fujitsu, Japan) who gave a vendor's view, and Masahiko Matsushita (Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan) who gave a standard's view.

The next symposium, APNOMS'98, will be held in Japan in the fall of 1998.