STEM newsletter

STEM User Group Meeting 2007

30 April 2007

The Twelfth STEM User Group Meeting will be held on 19–20 September in Cambridge, UK, and will focus around an extended, competitive modelling exercise, such as the business case for an online conference service provider.

The event is a unique opportunity to learn about the activities of other STEM users from around the world, and to discuss best practice in business modelling for networks. The working sessions and the sublime Gala Dinner will be based this year at Corpus Christi College, founded in 1352 in central Cambridge.

Last year’s user group attracted 25 operator and vendor clients from four continents, and featured a range of presentations from Analysys, ADC Services, Alcatel, Ericsson, ITU-D, Juniper, Siemens and T-Mobile on topics including market forecasting, capacity growth, network evolution, and numerous specific technologies, as well as an interactive modelling session on the unconventional example of the business case for a budget airline.

Business modelling by storm

Existing clients will testify to the pace with which STEM enables them to sketch out new models. This means establishing a clear outline of an intended business structure, and then translating this into the service/resource structure required to define the necessary inputs:

  • the mix of segments and services considered
  • a list of significant cost items
  • the drivers which dimension the cost items (i.e. the capacity required to provision the service to end-users).

Practising these steps is as refreshing for an experienced user as it is insightful for someone new to STEM, and the focal point of the 2007 user group event will be a two-track interactive modelling exercise designed to showcase this apparently magical, whiteboard-to-STEM process which we promote in our regular training workshops.

The novice track will be led by an Analysys consultant, and will coach delegates into modelling, checking results at each stage and with some passing mental arithmetic to verify key orders of magnitude. The expert track will entertain a STEM support engineer and will focus on best practice and conceptualisation, as well as how to benefit from new features of STEM 7.1 and the improved interface with Excel.

There will be healthy competition between experts for alpha modeller status, and with the other team, and a prize will be awarded for using the most new features of STEM 7.1!

These fast-moving, interactive sessions will be balanced with a number of Analysys showcase models, including a new WiMAX-DSL training model, and there will be two guest presentation sessions on the application of STEM to a range of service and technology business-case topics. (The super-technical details will be deferred to one of the expert tracks towards the end of the conference.)

Finally, a What’s New session will look at ongoing changes to the STEM operation, such as soft-licensing, and the online desktop, and will include a discussion session where we will take requests for future development directions. In addition, a support desk will be co-located with the refreshments to answer specific technical enquiries during the breaks. As always, delegates will be able to enjoy the close dialogue with our consultants and developers which enables Analysys to maintain STEM’s relevance to their continually varying requirements.

Keep it snappy

The following agenda shows our vision for the 2007 STEM User Group Meeting, with sessions alternating between the interactive modelling tracks and the conventional presentations to keep the proceedings fresh. The exact content will crystallise as delegates and guest presenters are confirmed and we act to incorporate feedback on the latest market and technical developments.

Provisional agenda for the 2007 STEM User Group Meeting

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