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30 January 2006

The STEM business modelling software for networks offers a comprehensive range of productivity-enhancing features built on an established process which focuses on specific quantitative inputs and assumptions.

An entry-level system is now available from GBP1000 which models up to 30 elements of service demand and equipment installation, and enables decision-making based on quantitative results for a single consistent set of business assumptions.

This affordable licence package lowers the barrier to getting started with STEM and uses the same process to create business logic so that you can focus on the impact of strategic choices for a network business.

Creating business logic

How often have you started a ‘back of envelope’ analysis of a new business opportunity, spent a fortnight getting the logic right and adding a range of essential financial outputs, only to have a colleague (or even a client) spot a trivial error? Business-case models are commonly built the hard way, from the bottom up each time in a spreadsheet. As well as the laborious re-working of basic calculations that this requires, editing at the cell level inevitably leads to subtle copy errors which may only be detected by a time-consuming review process. Arbitrary modelling techniques and a lack of high-level structure guarantee slow handover, as colleagues must comprehend the business logic cell-by-cell.

STEM (Strategic Telecoms Evaluation Model) is a consistent language and flexible framework for evaluating investments in telecoms business. This internationally renowned business-modelling software is a time-based revenue, capex and opex calculator which supports network roll-out and investment decisions, and a high-level communication tool, which uses icons to represent the key drivers in a business plan.

Rapid model development process

STEM manages a complex structure of individually straightforward calculations to help you focus on evaluating the financial impact of strategic choices for a network business. The established STEM modelling process helps you unlock significant insights through a critical focus on specific quantitative inputs and assumptions which apply to any business model.

A few places are still available for our first open training session in the week 6–10 February 2006 at Motorola’s Galvin Training Centre in Chicago. Pricing for this 5-day, open (i.e. multi-client) course starts at GBP1250 per head, depending on the final number of attendees. Another course is scheduled for the week 8–12 May at our head office in Cambridge, UK. Please contact Implied Logic for more details.

STEM enables flexible analysis of network economics

STEM is designed specifically for the agile development of business models that must be regularly adapted to match the evolving shape of an operator’s revenues and costs. STEM models can be rapid-prototyped, and are readily adaptable by virtue of the careful separation of data from calculation structure, most of which is generated at run-time.

A comprehensive modelling package is available when you are ready to invest the necessary time to process and compare the results of a wide range of input parameters and sensitivities, and to benefit from detailed financial reporting or node-level technical analysis.

STEM is a flexible analytical system which provides user-definable inputs and formulae, multi-dimensional scenario management and sensitivity analysis, and which allows for the detailed risk analysis of a wide range of core and topic-specific business model inputs.

STEM is a professional modelling package which offers template replication for repetitive model structures, resource-level breakdown of costs allocated to services, and manages the seamless integration of annual, quarterly and monthly inputs and outputs.

STEM is a logical tool which manages complexity in business modelling. The core STEM proposition of managing a complex structure of calculations to help you focus on evaluating the financial impact of strategic choices for a network business acquires an increased significance with the comprehensive STEM system.

User-defined inputs and transformation outputs preserve the object-based approach which is fundamental to the system-generation of calculation structure which increases productivity and ensures clarity and reliability.

The integrated multi-dimensional scenario manager provides effortless agility in the exploration of new scenarios, enabling new insights which are often too time-consuming to explore in a spreadsheet, and guarantees a consistency of analysis throughout.

Native sensitivities are the fastest way to test the robustness of a model to uncertainty in assumptions and future market conditions.

Template replication increases productivity through the automated copying and updating of large, repetitive model structures, improving clarity and reliability and guaranteeing consistency, especially when incremental structure is propagated through a model.

The resource-level breakdown of costs allocated to services delivers incomparable detail and insight into the business realities within a network, as well as full accountability (and debugging) of all resource costs.

The seamless and convenient integration of annual, quarterly and monthly inputs and outputs bridges the gap between a ‘back of envelope’ calculation and a quarterly business case which captures critical mid-year dynamics.

Management will have greater confidence in models built on the recognised structures and professional features of a reliable, standardised business-modelling platform.

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