October is a few months away but registration for the 2019 ETQ Product Strategy and Training Conference is open.
There are just under four months to go until ETQ’s annual user conference, but the planning process is moving smoothly through the gears. And while the four-day-event still has some boxes to tick, our upcoming trip to Dallas is firmly inked into the calendar.
With over two decades of experience behind it, the conference has always been an excellent opportunity for customers and ETQ’s quality management experts to dive deeper into not only the processes and applications of the software, but also the hot topics in quality today. As we highlighted in our previous blog post, the theme of the 2019 ETQ Product Strategy and Training Conference is “Harness the Power of ETQ Reliance” and we believe that the planned sessions and panel discussions will deliver this message.
The annual conference has relied on a mix of peer interaction and practical experience, with the aim being to provide attendees with the roadmap that they need to build both a culture of quality in their own organization and the tools to become a quality leader. Over the years the event has evolved to incorporate more customer presentations and less ETQ-centric sessions, an evolution that will continue with the fall event and be enhanced in 2020 with our soon-to-be-announced spring conference.
Harness the Power of QMS Software
The fall user conference runs from October 14th to the 17th, and will feature four distinct dimensions – Knowledge, Interaction, Networking and Training. The latter will take up two days of the schedule and all onsite content will focus on ETQ’s Reliance 2019 QMS software solution.
A long-standing part of the additional services that ETQ provides to its customers, the ETQ Academy is an integral part of the user conference.
There will be three levels of ETQ Reliance Passport Training available for designers in Texas – Basic, Intermediate and Expert. These sessions will include administrator training, configuration and advanced features for attendees who want to take their knowledge to the next level. Full details of the class levels and the prerequisites for participation can be found on the conference agenda page.
“This year, we are offering an enhanced training experience,” said ETQ Academy Director Angie Maze. “This includes Academy prior to the conference as a prerequisite, and then hands-on experience with our professional services at the conference. In other words, get ready to apply Reliance 2019 to your quality management processes.”
Understanding the Quality Journey
Prior to training taking center stage in Dallas, attendees will be able to take advantage of defined Product Strategy Sessions, all of which have been designed to inform and educate ETQ’s user community about the benefits of mapping out their quality journey.
The conference will offer three concurrent strategy sessions, which will include speakers from both ETQ and selected customers. Speaker details will be announced in the near future, but the agenda for these sessions can be found here.
The only pain point with holding concurrent sessions is that attendees have to choose which track to attend. Every presentation or panel will add value to a company’s quality processes, but the overall theme of harnessing the power of ETQ’s software will be front and center.
With that in mind, the topics will cover a range of issues, including but not limited to supplier quality, product updates, validation, the ETQ Academy and the move towards Quality 4.0. In addition, there will be real-world use cases presented by ETQ customers and a chance for people to quiz ETQ veterans such as Morgan Palmer, Glen Fraser and Tom Barlow.
“In my experience, the main reasons that people attend our conference are to meet and talk with other users, and to hear about the Reliance roadmap,” said ETQ’s senior enterprise account executive Jon Ariza. “The ETQ community also wants to see what is new in the product, and what they can expect from the non-beta version or commercial copy. As an added bonus, they get to hang out and grab face time with seasoned quality professionals like Morgan!”
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Quality experiences in the Lone Star State
Taking all of the above into account, it should come as no surprise that the entire ETQ team is looking forward to spending a few days in Texas.
The conference itself has changed a lot in the 23 years since we first invited the user community to join us for a more in-depth (and personal) look at all the bells and whistles of our QMS software, with the knowledge that quality creates limitless possibilities front and center.
Quality is under pressure in our modern and connected society, with customer expectations and experience defining what quality actually means. For the vast majority of companies, the quality journey itself remains somewhat elusive, and the fall conference will help connect the dots for attendees.
With that in mind, the annual conference has always been a chance for people to both interact with a global community of ETQ users and find out more about the pain points that can be solved with QMS software, and the 2019 version is going to be no different.
Registration for the 2019 ETQ Product Strategy and Training Conference is now open, but spaces are filling up fast. So don't delay, register for the conference here.
Spoiler alert: The fall conference is the first of two great ETQ-hosted events in six months!
The October event is a precursor to the more extensive Customer Conference that we have planned for Spring 2020. The spring event will include a track for senior quality leaders, our traditional Customer Innovation Award and sessions with external industry speakers and thought leaders. In addition, the Spring 2020 conference will mark the start of our move towards a non-fall conference schedule, so we invite our customers to plan on attending both events.
Details on the 2019 conference, including FAQs can be found here. And watch this space for the official announcement of the Spring 2020 location and dates.