STEM newsletter

STEM User Group Meeting 2008

30 April 2008

The Thirteenth STEM User Group Meeting will be held on 17–18 September in Cambridge, UK, and will focus around an extended, competitive modelling exercise, such as a dimensioning and planning model for enterprise ICT.

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 will be based this year at King’s College, situated on the banks of the River Cam, in the heart of historic Cambridge, with its breathtaking architecture and stunning views of the famous Chapel.

Last year’s user group was dominated by a highly successful interactive modelling exercise, with one team evaluating the business model for online conferencing while a second team looked at the unconventional example of distributed car hire.

Apparently magical modelling process

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 2008 user group event will be another 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 7.2 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 7.2!

These fast-moving, interactive sessions will be balanced with a number of Analysys showcase models, including the 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.

Finally, a What’s New session will look at ongoing changes to STEM, 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 us to maintain STEM’s relevance to their continually varying requirements.

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