The value of peer-to-peer networking: Get by with a little help from your friends

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Ringo Starr is a genius.

It’s true. In terms of networking and surrounding yourself with talented thought leaders, Ringo is in a league all by himself. After all, even though I love his drumming and “singing,” I admit that John, Paul and George probably would have been alright without him.

That’s the value of peer-to-peer networking and why you should attend the OnBase Training & Technology Conference (OTTC): You get great ideas from other people. By simply being around them, you elevate your game. Maybe you’ll choose to go in a different direction than you would have ever thought of by yourself, or with your team.

You’ll create better music, to use our Ringo metaphor. And since I love Ringo so much, let’s really go for it.

What would you think if I sang out of tune?

We all sound like rock stars when we sing in the shower. That’s why it’s so important when someone like a significant other gently suggests we close the window. It’s so much more pleasant for the neighbors – or end users, in software terms.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own music and the details that we need external help – a different viewpoint that we’ll never have, because it comes from the outside.

“If you work in isolation, you repeat the mistakes others have made,” according to Bethan Ruddock, content development officer at Mimas, University of Manchester. Networking is an opportunity to provide and receive mutual support and advice, she says.

Not only that, but it helps you keep up with current trends and developments.

What do I do when my love is away?

That’s an easy one. Just talk to your peers who have implemented a mobile strategy, so employees can instantly access documents and processes – wherever they’re located.

If your organization is having issues with accessibility, there are so many networking opportunities at OTTC, you’ll easily find someone who is using mobility to keep work moving when people are out of the office.

How do I feel by the end of the day?

By networking with a thousand experts in the enterprise content management (ECM) field, at the end of the day, you sleep well. You know you’re on the cutting-edge, providing your organization and its employees instant access to real-time information that’s secure and auditable. Not only do you help with regulation compliance, you empower excellent service levels.

You’re an all-star.

But even all-stars have coaches. That’s why growing your group of advisors is so important. You get great advice from experts. You get by with a little help from your friends.

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien is a senior content strategist for Hyland and is the editor of The OnBase Blog. An author with an MBA and two books in print, he enjoys writing about how technology helps organizations decrease their dependency on paper to optimize processes and better serve customers. His industry certifications include CDIA and ecmp.

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