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About Soapstone Networks Inc.
Soapstone Networks Inc. develops resource and service control software. The companys operations are focused on developing and marketing its Soapstone Provider Network Controller (PNC) framework. The Soapstone PNC framework is designed to help service providers and enterprises connect their physical networking infrastructure to Next Generation Network (NGN) software frameworks, and deploy services across their networks, by providing a multi-vendor, software-based service control plane.
Soapstone Networks is in the process of developing resource and service control software that is designed to automate the service lifecycle for carriers and large enterprises. The Soapstone solution is intended to accelerate service deployment and management by providing provisioning, monitoring and repair, network operations support, network fault to service correlation, Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring, performance, optimization, and planning software.
In 2008, the company made its multi-vendor dynamic control plane product commercially available to the PBT market. Additional products and related features, functions and supported platforms and technologies for the PNC are in the research and development stage.
The Soapstone Networks PNC framework is designed to automate the service lifecycle by providing provisioning, monitoring and repair, operations support, network fault to service correlation, performance, optimization, and planning software to carrier and enterprise customers. The Soapstone PNC bridges the gap between the centralized transaction model for services and the completely decentralized model that exists for transport by delivering centralized control and end-to-end coordination.
The first modules of the Soapstone PNC which were commercially available in the third quarter of 2008 include the service provisioning, monitoring and repair, and bridge-and-roll functionality for Carrier Ethernet.
The PNC performs complex path computations involving various constraints and equipment limitations and other constraints dictated by network policy rules. The PNC uses a combination of algorithmic, heuristic, and rule-based approaches to route each flow subject to the service constraints and limitations of the network equipment.
Service Monitoring and Repair
After a network event, such as the failure of a link, node or fiber, the network equipment responds in less than 50msec to provide service protection. After sub-50msec fail-over on the switch hardware through path protection capabilities, the PNC, which has a database of the network topology, determines which service(s) was affected by the outage and recreates both a primary and secondary path to restore the service and ensure that it remains protected.
Network Maintenance/Operations (Bridge-and-Roll)
The PNC provides network operations support by making it possible for customers to introduce new hardware or services into a network or perform routine maintenance in an automated fashion. This capability enables customers to request the removal of nodes from active service without disruption to services.
Service Level Agreement Monitoring
The PNC would allow each service to be monitored against the SLA requirement for the service. Should the service violate the SLA, the PNC would raise an alarm to the services layer.
Network Fault to Service Correlation
The PNC is positioned, through its monitoring of the network topology and over-laid services, to identify a network failure, determine which service(s) are affected by the outage and raise an alarm to notify the provider of the event affecting the service(s).
The PNC can monitor and correlate traffic at physical, transport and service levels to enable network planning. The PNC has the capability to plan for service activation by reserving bandwidth in advance of the service usage, thus guaranteeing service availability in the future.
The PNC presents an SOA-based northbound interface to software such as an OSS or external planning tools. The PNC would support multiple, simultaneous operating northbound interfaces allowing for external software agents to control the PNC and establish services, query states and monitor alarms. The PNC would support various northbound interface types including MTOSI and other OSS/BSS interfaces.
The company would market its Soapstone products to service providers and large enterprises.
The companys primary competitors include integrated data and control plane solutions from companies such as Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.
Soapstone Networks Inc. was founded in 1996.
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1. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. COMPANY PROFILE
1.1. Key facts
1.2. Financial Performance
1.3. Key Executives
1.4. Ownership and Major Holders
1.5. Company History
2. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. BUSINESS OVERVIEW
2.1. Business Description
2.2. Major Products and Services
2.3. Markets and Sales Activities
2.4. Locations, Subsidiaries, Operating Units
3. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. SWOT ANALYSIS
4. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
4.1. Financial Statements
4.1.1. Income Statement
4.1.2. Balance Sheet
4.1.3. Cash Flow
4.2. Financial Ratios
4.2.2. Margin Analysis
4.2.3. Asset Turnover
4.2.4. Credit Ratios
4.2.5. Long-Term Solvency
4.2.6. Growth Over Prior Year
4.2.7. Financial Ratios Charts
4.3. Stock Market Snapshot
5. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. COMPETITORS AND INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
5.1. Soapstone Networks Inc. Direct Competitors
5.2. Comparison of Soapstone Networks Inc. and Direct Competitors Financial Ratios
5.3. Comparison of Soapstone Networks Inc. and Direct Competitors Stock Charts
5.4. Soapstone Networks Inc. Industry Analysis
5.4.1. Software and Technology Services Industry Snapshot
5.4.2. Soapstone Networks Inc. Industry Position Analysis
6. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. NEWS & EVENTS
6.1. News & PR Activity Analysis
6.2. IR Corporate News
6.3. Marketing News
6.4. Corporate Events
7. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. EXPERTS REVIEW1
7.1. Experts Opinion
7.2. Experts Estimates
8. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. ENHANCED SWOT ANALYSIS2
9. UNITED STATES PESTEL ANALYSIS2
9.1. Political Factors
9.2. Economic Factors
9.3. Social Factors
9.4. Technological Factors
9.5. Environmental Factors
9.6. Legal Factors
10. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. IFE, EFE, IE MATRICES2
10.1. Internal Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.2. External Factor Evaluation Matrix
10.3. Internal External Matrix
11. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. PORTER FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS2
12. SOAPSTONE NETWORKS INC. VRIO ANALYSIS2
APPENDIX: RATIO DEFINITIONS
LIST OF TABLES
Soapstone Networks Inc. Key Facts
Income Statement Key Figures
Balance Sheet Key Figures
Cash Flow Statement Key Figures
Financial Performance Abbreviation Guide
Soapstone Networks Inc. Key Executives
Key Executives Biographies1
Key Executives Compensations1
Soapstone Networks Inc. Major Shareholders
Soapstone Networks Inc. History
Soapstone Networks Inc. Products
Revenues by Segment
Revenues by Region
Soapstone Networks Inc. Offices and Representations
Soapstone Networks Inc. SWOT Analysis
Yearly Income Statement Including Trends
Income Statement Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Balance Sheet Including Trends
Balance Sheet Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Yearly Cash Flow Including Trends
Cash Flow Latest 4 Quarters Including Trends
Soapstone Networks Inc. Profitability Ratios
Margin Analysis Ratios
Asset Turnover Ratios
Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Financial Ratios Growth Over Prior Year
Soapstone Networks Inc. Capital Market Snapshot
Soapstone Networks Inc. Direct Competitors Key Facts
Direct Competitors Profitability Ratios
Direct Competitors Margin Analysis Ratios
Direct Competitors Asset Turnover Ratios
Direct Competitors Credit Ratios
Direct Competitors Long-Term Solvency Ratios
Software and Technology Services Industry Statistics
Soapstone Networks Inc. Industry Position
Company vs. Industry Income Statement Analysis
Company vs. Industry Balance Sheet Analysis
Company vs. Industry Cash Flow Analysis
Company vs. Industry Ratios Comparison
Soapstone Networks Inc. Consensus Recommendations1
Analyst Recommendation Summary1
Price Target Summary1
Experts Recommendation Trends1
Revenue Estimates Analysis1
Earnings Estimates Analysis1
Revenue Estimates Trend1
Earnings Estimates Trend1
LIST OF FIGURES
Soapstone Networks Inc. Annual Revenues in Comparison with Cost of Goods Sold and Gross Profit
Profit Margin Chart
Operating Margin Chart
Return on Equity (ROE) Chart
Return on Assets (ROA) Chart
Debt to Equity Chart
Current Ratio Chart
Soapstone Networks Inc. 1-year Stock Charts
Soapstone Networks Inc. 5-year Stock Charts
Soapstone Networks Inc. vs. Main Indexes 1-year Stock Chart
Soapstone Networks Inc. vs. Direct Competitors 1-year Stock Charts
Soapstone Networks Inc. Article Density Chart
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SWOT, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, is an analytical framework that identifies the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable for a company.
Enhanced SWOT Analysis
Enhanced SWOT is a 3×3 grid that arranges strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats into one scheme:
- How to use the strengths to take advantage of the opportunities?
- How to use the strengths to reduce likelihood and impact of the threats?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that obstruct taking advantage of the opportunities?
- How to overcome the weaknesses that can make the threats a reality?
Upon answering these questions a company can develop a project plan to improve its business performance.
PESTEL (also termed as PESTLE) is an ideal tool to strategically analyze what influence different outside factors – political, economic, sociocultural, technological, environmental and legal – exert on a business to later chart its long term targets.
Being part of the external analysis when carrying out a strategic assessment or performing a market study, PESTEL gives an overview of diverse macro-environmental factors that any company should thoughtfully consider. By perceiving these outside environments, businesses can maximally benefit from the opportunities while minimizing the threats to the organization.
Key Factors Examined by PESTEL Analysis:
- Political – What opportunities and pressures are brought by political bodies and what is the degree of public regulations’ impact on the business?
- Economic – What economic policies, trends and structures are expected to affect the organization, what is this influence’s degree?
- Sociological – What cultural and societal aspects will work upon the demand for the business’s products and operations?
- Technological – What impact do the technological aspects, innovations, incentives and barriers have on the organization?
- Environmental – What environmental and ecological facets, both locally and farther afield, are likely to predetermine the business?
- Legal – What laws and legislation will exert influence on the style the business is carried out?
IFE, EFE, IE Matrices
The Internal Factor Evaluation matrix (IFE matrix) is a strategic management tool helping audit or evaluate major weaknesses and strengths in a business’s functional areas. In addition, IFE matrix serves as a basis for identifying and assessing relationships amongst those areas. The IFE matrix is utilised in strategy formulation.
The External Factor Evaluation matrix (EFE matrix) is a tool of strategic management that is typically utilised to assess current market conditions. It is an ideal instrument for visualising and prioritising the threats and opportunities a firm is facing.
The essential difference between the above mentioned matrices lies in the type of factors incorporated in the model; whilst the latter is engaged in internal factors, the former deals exceptionally with external factors – those exposed to social, political, economic, legal, etc. external forces.
Being a continuation of the EFE matrix and IFE matrix models, the Internal External matrix (IE matrix) rests upon an investigation of external and internal business factors integrated into one suggestive model.
Porter Five Forces Analysis
The Porter’s five forces analysis studies the industry of operation and helps the company find new sources of competitive advantage. The analysis surveys an industry through five major questions:
- What composes a threat of substitute products and services?
- Is there a threat of new competitors entering the market?
- What is the intensity of competitive rivalry?
- How big is the bargaining power of buyers?
- How significant is the bargaining power of suppliers?
VRIO stands for Value, Rarity, Imitability, Organization. This analysis helps to evaluate all company’s resources and capabilities and bring them together into one aggregate table that includes:
- Tangible resources
- Intangible resources
- Innovation and Creativity
- Organizational capabilities
The result of the analysis gives a clear picture of company’s competitive and economic implications, answering the questions if the resources mentioned above are:
- Costly to imitate?
- Organized properly?