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Making "Technology Confidential" Accessible For All

Wednesday, February 13, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Maya Fakundiny

BISG's broad membership stretches across the United States and includes several international organizations. This proves to be a challenge when it comes to making discussion-based programs available for all.

To preserve both budget and the conversational nature of the sessions, we had stopped recording sessions at the end of 2017. But that wasn't the most popular solution: for each program or event, we have continued to field requests for remote access, recordings, and other time-shifted viewing options.

"Technology Confidential", a two-hour program held in early February, is now the testing ground for a new approach. With the assistance of our generous sponsors and panelists, BISG is pleased to make a recording of "Technology Confidential" available for purchase.

On February 5, BISG welcomed four dozen guests, our moderator Bill Trippe (Publishing Technology Partners), and our panelists Rod Elder (Virtusales), David Hetherington (knk Software), George Logan (Klopotek), and Rob Stevens (Firebrand Technologies) to the Cambridge Room at the Harvard Club. Over the course of two hours, these C-level representatives from competitive publishing technology businesses came together to discuss the value of standards and best practices, to explain why extensive customization too often doesn’t pay off, and to show how investments in publishing-specific solutions can help the industry navigate change.

We promised attendees a look under the hood: "Ever wonder what technology partners talk about after you leave the room? This is your chance to find out. We’ve assembled a panel of industry veterans whose companies have gone behind the scenes with literally hundreds of publishers worldwide. These partners have witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly. They may not name names, but they are more than prepared to tell us what works."

We think we delivered on that promise, and there's video to prove it. Anyone can purchase the full two-hour recording by visiting the BISG Store page that houses our white papers and publications. Members can obtain the recording for $50, while non-members can gain access for $149.

You might be asking why there's a cost, particularly if you're a member. We decided to charge for the recording to both cover costs and encourage all those interested in the content to come to the live event if at all possible.

Networking, interaction with panelists, and even the continental breakfast are all wonderful benefits of attending in person, but we don't want to exclude anyone whose membership is outside of a commute to New York. Sometimes travel just isn't an option, and we are working to recognize and mitigate that reality while delivering the high-quality programming our members have come to expect.

Even if you were unable to join us for the discussion, we hope that the ability to purchase the content of the programs will help fulfill our goal of serving as an "information hub" for the book industry. We are and will remain receptive to any feedback you may have in response to this new approach, as BISG adapts to the changing needs of the publishing community.


Rebecca Burgoyne, United Methodist Publishing House says...
Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Many thanks to all who made this possible. Looks like you had a good live turnout for the event! It's great that you've found a way to include those of us who weren't able to be there.


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