OPTICAL INTERNETWORKING FORUM
AMS has worked with the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) since helping to launch the association back in April of 1998. OIF currently has more than 100 active industry participants as members and has published more than 60 technical standards and revisions. The group does liaison work with key industry bodies including the IEEE, IETF and the ITU. AMS worked with OIF on its successful merger with the Network Processing Forum (NPF) and continues to help coordinate numerous interoperability demonstrations of OIF technology and other various marketing events.
Within a year AMS has launched the new non-profit organization, the OpenFog Consortium, and managed their growth to 48 global members and counting. AMS has coordinated and managed three member meetings with attendance increasing from 60 at the February meeting to 100 at the September meeting. The AMS team has worked closely with the OpenFog Consortium Board, Executive Director, committees and working groups to keep activities running efficiently and smoothly.
As OpenFog Consortium’s management team, AMS has contributed to the first year of success and major milestones. Some of these include publishing their first reference architecture, creating fifteen working groups and committees, holding their first elections, launching a new website, having 350 active member accounts and participating in a hand full of industry conferences and trade shows.
Internet Engineering Task Force
In 2008, AMS became the Secretariat for the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an organization with a long history and a unique, vibrant culture.
AMS worked closely with IETF representatives to transition the infrastructure and institutional knowledge smoothly. Antiquated equipment was immediately upgraded and the IETF’s elaborate technical infrastructure was redesigned and rebuilt to be quicker, more resilient and robust. AMS staff then jumped headfirst into the IETF culture, becoming part of the community — participating in coding events, organizing new social activities, etc. — in order to understand more about how the organization works, and how we could help it to work even better.
Any organization that has been around for 30 years is likely to have tools and process that are outdated and inefficient. As we learned more about the organization, we saw many opportunities to introduce improvements. We developed new tooling, from a new meeting registration system with online reporting to new, searchable email archive system.
In order to give the IETF community more options for their thrice annual face-to-face meetings, we started securing contracts years in advance. We developed new contract templates and negotiated multi-event agreements with improved terms.
We also set about improving the face-to-face meeting experience for the 1400+ attendees, streamlining the onsite registration process and making it largely paperless. We introduced and supported new community programs (e.g. technical demonstrations of IETF protocols, newcomers’ events, hackathons and family and friends programs).
And, eight years later, we continue to look for ways we can improve things. We regularly recommend and/or implement tooling changes, and we constantly experiment with new attendee programs. Because meetings are community-building events, we also aim to keep things fun and we strive to share important information in unusual ways, from comical videos to QR code-based scavenger hunts.
At AMS we are proud to call the IETF a client but, more than that, we are proud to call them a partner. The goal of the IETF is to make the Internet work better, and we hope to support them in that work for many years to come.