The emergence of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) brings the challenge for network equipment providers (NEPs) and developers to create a new breed of platforms to enable these new services. This white paper provides an overview of the IMS architecture and its benefits, describes the new family of conversational services that will be enabled by IMS, provides some technical highlights and examples of IMS platforms, and gives an overview of the NMS products that can help NEPs and developers get their solutions into service providers’ networks.