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To understand complex systems, one needs to know the ties that connect the individual entities. Complex Systems View

analytic work

Helps to navigate through the complexity of external information.

intelligence solution

For an entire region (such as Europe, Africa, and the Middle East) or the whole world.


SONEAN (an acronym for Social Network Analysis) is an ecosystem intelligence solution firm. Based in the vicinity of Frankfurt, Germany, SONEAN serves corporate decision makers worldwide.

SONEAN was founded in 2013 and its ecosystem intelligence solution created shortly after in 2015, on the premises of providing its global clients with reliable, relevant and actionable intelligence about markets and industries where the client companies conduct business. For years, organizations have struggled through enormous inflows of unfiltered data. To address a rapidly growing need for structured and relevant information, SONEAN created an intelligence solution based on network analytic foundations.

A tailored ecosystem model that is created for our corporate client is the backbone of our unique solution. The model covers all relevant stakeholders, including e.g. our client`s corporate customers, competitors, vendors, government agencies, universities and financial institutions at the global scale, i.e. the central entities which make up the network monitored. The ecosystem model representing the relevant network of organizations has tremendous analytical capabilities, and is updated continuously. Our advanced technology and knowledgeable team generate, filter and connect information from diverse sources and languages into intelligence provided in a single target language such as English. In our analysis we solely focus on publicly available information and assure the relevance and reliability of data.

SONEAN thus helps its clients navigate through the complexity of external information. We aid boards and executives to make informed vital decisions. Depending on preferences by the client we provide daily, or weekly, intelligence for an entire region (such as Europe, Africa, and the Middle East) or the whole world. The client no longer hast to cope with thousands of different information sources, standards, languages etc. which leads to a substantial reduction of complexity, saves considerable costs and increases the quality and independence of our actionable intelligence considerably.

A single intelligence platform which can be tapped into not only informs about the latest relevant developments, but also allows unique query and analytical capabilities to be used across the whole organization.

SONEAN Ball Logo – Connecting the Nodes

Connecting The Nodes

A tailored ecosystem model that is created for our corporate client is the backbone of our unique solution.

Network Science

is the basis for our unique research and intelligence process

Managing Complexity

a single intelligence platform empowers our decision makers to spot dynamically opportunities and threats across the world with data provided in a single target language

SONEAN Whitepaper December 2016

The influential networks behind Germany`s largest listed companies (DAX-30)

SONEAN’s latest research into the social ties that connect Germany`s largest listed companies reveals some unique findings about the networks in which organizations and their leaders are embedded. We analyze over 4500 social ties that connect 395 executive managers and non-executive directors (not including employee representatives in the non-executive board). A special focus is dedicated to the role of network diversity, i.e. the unique ties (which don`t overlap) that executive (managers) and non-executive directors bring to the company. We show that the diversity discussion, which is currently being led by policy makers, creditors, investors, and shareholders alike, needs to go well beyond traditional measures such as gender, age, and e.g. ethnicity. Diversity of social ties is crucial when it comes to innovativeness, governance as well as performance of the company. We rank DAX-30 companies based on the following network and diversity measures: 1) Number of unique connections that executive managers bring to their DAX-30 companies 2)  …

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