Ann Arbor, MI – December 20, 2016 – Prompted by client requests, Oberon Technologies, a leading consultant and systems integrator of content solutions, has organized regional peer roundtables for documentation leaders across the US. While Oberon manages the meeting logistics, the discussion topics and meeting locations are all set by the event co-hosts. Organizations including Johnson Controls Inc., Ingersoll Rand groups Thermo King and Trane, The Toro Company, and Joy Global among others have opened their facilities for meetings and led discussions on common challenges and lessons learned regarding the creation, management, publishing, translation and delivery of content.
These invitation-only events are technology agnostic and free from any vendor promotions. The collaborative format enables peer-to-peer discussion and sharing of expert perspectives. By limiting attendance to 30-40 participants at each meeting, everyone has an opportunity to join the conversation and have their needs addressed. Most importantly, attendees walk away from every meeting with a network of resources and actionable ideas to take back to their organization.
Feedback on these events has been very positive including these attendee statements: “Meeting the others and realizing we were all dealing with similar issues (some a little further along than others) was refreshing. My report back to my manager after the session left him very encouraged” and “I thought the roundtable was quite informative. It was great to see what other area businesses are doing for their technical publications. In particular, we were able to confirm some of the strategies that we already implemented, hear about new strategies and ideas, and gain networking opportunities.”
Oberon’s head of marketing and roundtable organizer, Vi Kellersohn, says “Our goal is to help our clients build local communities that can provide advice and assistance to those facing difficult decisions and/or new documentation challenges. By avoiding pitfalls and building on proven outcomes, we can help everyone in our communities succeed.” Plans for 2017 focus on adding roundtables in new regions including the Bay Area, Research Triangle Park, southwest Michigan, and New York among others. Vi adds “I am always looking for co-hosts interested in establishing a community of leaders in their area.”