About SNI

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SNI Projects Board

ITSS - SNI's logistics company

SNI Services:

Telecoms and Space Consulting

Business Support Services

Executive Training

EU Consulting

Establishment of New Networks

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The SNI Network Concept

SNI is an independent managed international business network of excellence, organized as an economic cooperative. This means the following:

  1. As an international network, SNI joins members at dispersed locations having diverse disciplinary capabilities and resources. This gives SNI multidisciplinary range, access to assets, and geographical outreach.
  2. As a network of excellence, SNI applies strict admission and quality control to achieve this standard of delivery.
  3. SNI is independent of the Big Six consultancy and accounting conglomerates and, indeed, of any vested interests. It is entirely self-financing and self-run, and is beholden to no one, including its clients. Each project team operates according to a separate "mandate", which terminates on completion of the project. These features give SNI the ability consistently to provide impartial advice.
  4. As a managed network, SNI facilitates the exchange of information and skills among its members. It screens all projects proposed by members of the network, and establishes project teams and the modalities for implementation. It assumes responsibility for promoting approved projects and for concluding arrangements with clients and cooperating partners.
  5. As a business network, SNI allows the pooling of its members' business interests in a larger and broader entity, and the consequent development of shared goals in a coherent manner. It also provides common resources, such as databases and access to research materials and tools. A key business feature of the network is the outreach it allows, including through this website and through participation in various bodies.
  6. As an economic cooperative - possibly SNI's most radical characteristic - members sign up to a mode of participation and working together that is mutually supportive. SNI's management system furthermore incorporates measures that assure a high degree of accountability to members, without in any way compromising project management. The prerequisites for an economic cooperative to work are personal responsibility and mutual regard. Their achievement results in a high level of personal engagement and teamwork, which contribute to the excellence SNI demands.


An advantage in practice of the network concept just presented is stability; SNI has welcomed several arrivals since its foundation in 1995, but witnessed few departures. Another, and related advantage, is the collective wisdom that has formed. A powerful combination of experience -- obtained in some of the world's leading organizations, like NATO, the EU, ESA and companies like BT and Siemens -- has been enhanced through working in SNI. Finally, such a network is highly cost effective. The telephone, good PCs and software, fast internet access and webcams are our critical working investments, not Big Six corporate palaces. These practical advantages add to the inherent strength of the network concept, and give it an assured future.