Once again Stuttgart played host to the annual conference of the technical documentation industry. From 8th – 10th November 2016 at Stuttgart’s International Congress Centre, we met with many business partners, customers and acquaintances both old and new. As usual there were some sore feet after wandering through the expansive halls, but we were delighted by the lively exchanges to be had with the many interested and knowledgeable experts on our stand.

With roughly 170 exhibitors and over 4,000 visitors and delegates over three days, the tekom annual conference is, and remains, the leading international event for the technical communication sector. And SCHEMA was right in the thick of it! Our stand party on the first day, with currywurst and Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), kicked off a great get-together – the flow of visitors continued throughout the following two days and our stand concept was a great success.

As in previous years, SCHEMA’s Blue Box proved to be a major attraction. The Blue Box allows guests to inform themselves about the entire SCHEMA portfolio – from the new project configurator to the SCHEMA Content Delivery Server and the SCHEMA ST4 Callout Designer – in the form of talks and presentations by speakers from SCHEMA and our partners. At the heart of our exhibition appearance this year was of course the presentation of the SCHEMA ST4 2017 Component Content Management System, the latest version of our CCMS that breaks new ground for automated content management and demonstrates numerous possibilities, as SCHEMA ST4 2017 succeeds in allowing the automation and usability of technical documentation to be advanced. Our sales colleagues therefore had plenty to do at our “Demopoints”, answering questions and demonstrating practical application examples for everything that the new version of SCHEMA ST4 has to offer.

Arno Schmidt from SCHEMA customer Ottobock referred to the expansion of APX (Automated Publishing Extension) in SCHEMA ST4 in his talk “Order-driven operating instructions for configurable wheelchairs”. An expert presentation given by Stefan Freisler together with Klaus Fleischmann (Kaleidoscope, Vienna) examined the problem of interfaces in an age of automated processes. This highlighted above all the pioneering COTI (COmmon Translation Interface) initiative by DERCOM, which seeks to rectify the current lack of standards in the field of translation management by developing an interface for authoring and translation memory systems. Together with representatives from Adobe, SAP, Docufy and others, SCHEMA, attended the tekom Information 4.0 working group to discuss and present – using live demonstrations – how the accessibility standard iiRDS (Intelligent Information Request and Delivery) works for exchanging information between different systems and how these concepts can find their way into Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

Like every year, the conference was packed from start to finish with information, discussions and the all-important cultivation of contacts. We returned to Nuremberg exhausted but pleased and hope that our customers, partners and visitors had as much fun at the event as we did – and after we have put our aching feet up for a short while, we will throw ourselves back into our work for SCHEMA ST4 and our customers. Perhaps we’ll see each other again at tekom 2017?

Here are some impressions from our fair booth and the SCHEMA booth party: