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Program Management


Program Management

Orbis Technologies has been supporting Cisco’s technical documentation needs for over ten years, working for a variety of departments. One of the groups we support is responsible for the publication of technical content to Cisco’s internal technical staff and its worldwide network of resellers. Supporting this effort is an Orbis Technologies project team which is trained on Cisco’s processes and systems and works closely with Cisco subject matter experts (SMEs) worldwide.

The Orbis Technologies project team is made up of personnel with the skills and capabilities to support the wide variety of tasks and content types Cisco requires. The team is led by the Orbis Technologies Project Manager who has overall program responsibility, including the program’s key performance indicators (KPIs) which were set jointly by Cisco and Orbis Technologies. One of these KPIs, unit cost, measures the cost of publishing each type of deliverable, the objective being to identify and implement ways to drive cost reductions.

As part of this program Orbis Technologies develops, updates and publishes the following types of content:

Orbis Technologies initially worked with Cisco to understand its business objectives and KPIs to determine the best method for tracking and reporting progress, analyzing and improving publication process efficiencies, and maintaining communication with various stakeholders.

The management reporting Orbis Technologies provides gives Cisco stakeholders visibility into the status of their projects, budgets, and unit costs.

Orbis Technologies manages and supports over 2,000 deliverables for Cisco on an annual basis, providing management reporting and ongoing recommendations for process improvements. By the end of the first quarter of the program, Orbis Technologies reduced unit costs by an average of 7%, while reducing the time to publish new content by almost 20%. Orbis Technologies continues to work with Cisco to evolve the program to support an ever-changing workload while supporting Cisco’s goal of getting technical content to its customer on a timely basis while continuing to drive down unit costs. Orbis Technologies makes it easy for Cisco to manage its technical content.