Keeping Connected with CONNEXIONS Professional4 weeks ago Services Ngong 13 views
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We are in the Transportation industry; we like to travel. We still think that face to face is by far the
best way to develop relationships, impart knowledge, conduct training, and ensure our clients can get the
best out of our solutions.
One of our recent blogs (Link) noted how our release planning had been amended to provide functionality
and tools to assist in minimizing or responding to the impact of Covid-19 uncertainties. Things have
changed. History has taught us that such seismic events as a global pandemic accelerate change inexorably
and have permanent impacts on how business is conducted. We continue to consider what this might mean
for client services and implementations/delivery.
Each year we have our RTS Summit in some world city, Lisbon last time in 2019, where we can connect and
enjoy time together, the local customs and food, as well as share ideas and gain insight into what our
clients would like from us and how we can improve our services. We are missing those enjoyable and
productive few days.
Based on these interactions and client feedback, it was clear that they would like to have more content
online, and potentially some form of user community. Now, we have tried this before but in all honesty,
received little traction or use. This was quite a while ago now, so maybe the time and technology are
ripe to invest more time in this and try again? Of course, webinars and web conferencing have been
around for years, but perhaps we have not exploited them to their full potential.
A first response has been to create CONNEXIONS. This is a portal for our Passenger clients and provides
quick and easy access to information on each new PAX Velocity release. Currently the main content is
introductory videos and brief descriptions of the key changes or new functions, along with the release
notes. This helps our clients decide if they want to take the latest release immediately and assists
them creating their UAT testing scenarios and plans.
Subsequently, we have posted the User Manual to CONNEXIONS, which will provide permanent access to the
latest version as this is updated with each release. We have held some client Webinars about forecasting
in Covid-19 and this content has been posted to CONNEXIONS as we envisage it becoming a wider repository
for all things PAX Velocity.
And we therefore reach our little conundrum on how much time we should invest in expanding and
focusing on online educational content and remote conferencing versus maintaining our on-site face to
face approach. Will travel budgets be slashed and the expectation of remote training become the norm?
We are certainly appreciative of the overwhelmingly positive response to CONNEXIONS although still feel
the connections made when together remain invaluable. For the immediate future, we will continue to
provide new release videos and look to expand our digital output as additional educational for key
functions/settings and self-help content sections and increase the number of regular interactive
conferencing sessions across the client base, keeping us connected.
Undoubtedly, we will be deliberating this for the rest of the year as we determine our long-term vision
for the future. But as ever we will be guided by the clients and will be consulting together to best
decide the future direction. No doubt a valuable balance will be struck.