Product documentation

Scale content creation and deliver a rich, rewarding experience (consistent across pre- and post-sale) for product documentation, information manuals and more.

Product documentation

Meet the growing demand for high-quality documentation

Product documentation, be it help, support or technical, is often the first thing that customers look at when using a product. As organizations create more product variants and SKUs, the demand for associated documentation keeps rising. But, more often than not, documentation teams are either understaffed or lack appropriate solutions to do this effectively. Not only can scaling content creation become a challenge but managing content efficiently and providing a rich, consistent content experience across channels also takes a massive effort. Organizations face various challenges across the content lifecycle:

Experience-driven product documentation

High total cost of operation

Piecemeal, disjointed solutions from multiple vendors drive the total cost of operation higher, posing a massive challenge for IT teams. This problem is compounded by the fact that technical and support content is generally managed using a different CMS from the web CMS used for marketing purposes.

Poor documentation experience

Most documentation portals are not easily searchable, the experience isn't interactive, and often just have static, monolithic PDFs.

Inconsistent content experience

Providing a content experience which is consistent across channels, especially with marketing content, is a big challenge. This is primarily due to the silos between marketing and technical content teams.

Inefficient review and collaboration

Organizational content workflows often lack robust review and collaboration capability. They fail to keep authors and content contributors informed of the multitude of changes and/or versions. In fact, most solutions can’t even provide an easy way to involve subject matter experts in the review process.

Frequent product updates

Organizations are constantly evolving their products. While the core documentation might remain the same, a lot of it can get enhanced compared to earlier versions. There can be new workflows, features, steps, error fixes, new branding, or regulatory changes. The task of keeping so many documents up-to-date can be overwhelming, especially without an efficient content reuse capability.

Soaring translation costs

Inefficient content reuse leads to content duplication, resulting in higher translation time and costs.

Multichannel publishing

Consumers today want personalized experiences, tailored to their needs, across devices and formats. Without an enterprise-class multichannel publishing capability, that can be difficult to deliver.

Inefficient content workflows

Over a period, the content technology stack can become cluttered with complex workflows which require manual intervention. This increases time, costs, and maintenance overheads.

Creating long and complex documentation

Technical documentation, especially in high-tech and manufacturing sectors, tends to be long and complex which mandates the need for a robust, scalable solution built on a structured content management approach.

Migrating from unstructured to structured content

Moving legacy unstructured content to structured can be a daunting task requiring huge investments in terms of time, cost, and effort. This can also severely impact business continuity.

Getting stuck with a proprietary content format

Organizations are always wary of getting stuck with a proprietary format that makes them vendor dependent. An open standard helps future proof their content and migrate easily if need be.

Lack of integrated analytics

An inability to track technical content consumption reduces the ability of content teams to deliver personalized marketing content based on usage patterns.

Overcoming these challenges can go a long way in delivering an exceptional customer experience.

Pallo Alto Networks

“Adobe Experience Manager Guides proved valuable in our delivery of top-notch technical documentation that seamlessly integrates with our web experience.”

Laralyn Melvin, Senior Director, Technical Publications, Palo Alto Networks

Designed for all kinds of content

Product specifications/Technical specifications

Product specifications/Technical specifications

Technical documentation

Technical documentation

Help content

Help content

Support documentation

Support documentation

Part manuals/Bill of materials

Part manuals/Bill of materials

Product catalogs (including eCommerce websites)

Product catalogs (including eCommerce websites)

Training manuals

Training manuals

Maintenance guides

Maintenance guides

Technical service bulletins

Technical service bulletins

Troubleshooting guides

Troubleshooting guides

Installation and operations guides

Installation and operations guides

Datasheets/Data booklets

Datasheets/Data booklets

Service kits

Service kits

User manuals

User manuals

Installation, and service manuals

Installation and service manuals

IETM (Interactive electronic technical manuals)

IETM (Interactive electronic technical manuals)

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for your business.

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for your business.

For any queries, write to us at techcomm@adobe.com

For any queries, write to us at techcomm@adobe.com