The long days of summer are just around the corner, but the ETQ team is focusing its attention on October. And while we are looking forward to warmer weather (especially on the East Coast), our annual user conference in the fall is a highlight of the ETQ calendar.
Now in its 23rd year, the 2019 ETQ Product Strategy and Training Conference will bring customers and ETQ’s quality management experts together for a four-day event in Dallas.
Running from October 14th to the 17th, the event is a perfect opportunity for customers to both learn more about ETQ’s Reliance 2019 SaaS solution and gain hands-on product training. As an added bonus, attendees will be able to meet up with other ETQ users to share best practices and quality management strategies.
What you need to know …
ETQ’s Fall 2019 event will feature the usual mix of conference sessions and panel discussions, all of which will build on the theme of “Harness the Power of ETQ Reliance.”
Four distinct dimensions will be in play over the three days of the conference itself – Knowledge, Interaction, Networking, Training – and attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the chance to connect with not only a global user community but also some of ETQ’s quality management rock-stars.
In addition to the obvious networking and training opportunities at the conference, attendees will be able to:
- Advance company strategies to use quality as a business differentiator
- Hear best practices from fellow quality leaders and champions
- Participate in hands-on sessions and training on ETQ products and services
- Meet ETQ’s management team and product leaders
- Receive interactive one-on-one consultations from ETQ trainers
- Build connections by participating in hosted roundtable discussions
- Maximize the ROI in their company’s investment in ETQ software
- Define new ways to attain a greater impact in their work
“The ETQ user conference has long been a part of our community, and it goes without saying that the team is looking forward to seeing familiar faces in Dallas,” said ETQ’s Chief Marketing Officer Nina McIntyre. “After a year in which the company has delivered a major update to ETQ Reliance, the conference represents the opportunity to connect on the benefits and new capabilities in our Quality Management solution, but the event also allows us to share both our product strategy and gain insights on our customers’ future quality strategies.”
Mapping the quality journey
The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on October 14, before ETQ’s CEO Rob Gremley and CTO Morgan Palmer take to the stage at the Hilton Anatole at 8:30 am on October 15 to deliver what promises to be a dynamic two-hour session on why quality matters and where the QM sector is headed.
After a short break for coffee and networking, the conference will then split into three concurrent product strategy sessions. Attendees will be able to choose from 12 different sessions in these tracks, including customer presentations on quality strategy and EHS impact, insights gained from analytics, and a customer-driven panel discussion on supplier quality management.
The second and third days of the 2019 ETQ Product Training & Strategy Conference will be focused on training.
Three levels of ETQ Reliance Passport Training will be available – Basic Designer, Intermediate Designer, Expert Designer – with these levels designed to both answer questions about Reliance 2019 and increase user knowledge in the workplace. It should be noted that customers can register for either the full 3+ day event (which includes both the Product Strategy Sessions and the Passport Training) or just choose to attend the product strategy day or the two days of training.
“It is hard to believe that this will be our 23rd annual user conference,” Palmer said. “Over the years we have focused on real-world applications of our software solutions, and this year’s event will be no different. Attendees can expect a full dive into the processes and applications contained in the Reliance 2019 platform, with our quality experts available to provide Basic to Expert training on-site.”
A global community experience
Taking all of the above into account, the global nature of our customer base is one of the reasons why an annual community get-together has always made sense to us.
Our company mantra that quality creates endless possibilities means that we can leverage the event to connect and increase the knowledge of our user community, with a continued focus on how companies can harness the power of our SaaS solution. With that in mind, we are confident that the Fall Conference will be a worthwhile experience for every attendee.
And, if our successful trip to Fort Worth for ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement is a barometer for how quality can become a business optimization tool, then it goes without saying that the team is looking forward to saddling up and heading back to Texas.
Spoiler Alert: Not one, but two great ETQ Conferences within six months!
The 2019 ETQ Product Strategy & Training Conference in October is a precursor to our more extensive Customer Conference, planned for Spring 2020, with the latter including a track for senior quality leaders, our traditional Customer Innovation Awards and additional sessions with outside industry speakers. Beginning in Spring 2020, ETQ will permanently move to a Spring Conference schedule, so we invite our customers to plan on attending both the Fall and the Spring events.
Further details on the 2019 user conference – including FAQs and registration – can be found here. Stay tuned for an announcement of the Spring 2020 location and dates.