Since launching Obie, we have learned a lot from the thousands of teams who’ve used our products. Most notably:
- Having an up-to-date knowledge base is the key to self-serve support
- Knowledge bases and wikis are useless without robust search
- Search functionality can’t be biased to one source of information
- Knowledge is easier to consume within the flow of work
- Knowledge is easier to capture within the flow of work
- Issues sometimes require more than an answer in the knowledge base
- Remote teams must prioritize knowledge management early
Traditionally, we have built Obie for larger organizations, and less so for startups, teams within larger companies and remote teams. More broadly speaking, our solutions were not designed or positioned for teams of less than 50 members. This is about to change.
We have endeavored to address the needs of smaller teams over the past few months and we have arrived at a solution: Obie Access.
So what is it that is different about these companies and teams? And how does Obie Access address these eccentricities?
#1 Company development stage
Startups can use the current climate to prioritize documentation.
Firstly, smaller teams are often at an earlier stage in their journey of documenting their knowledge. Larger companies already have established processes, knowledge stores, and ingrained habits. For them, the priority is to make existing knowledge more accessible, discover existing knowledge gaps, and ensure knowledge remains verified and up-to-date—something Obie does really well.
The pain is different, too. We have found larger companies experience more frequently asked questions, repeat issues and severe productivity constraints without universal access to verified knowledge. On the other hand, for smaller teams, their knowledge base is often non-existent or resembles a sea of disorganized folders in Google Drive. Now, with Obie Access, startups, remote teams et al. will be able to begin building a Slack-first knowledge base with our redesigned content authoring tools:
- Markdown support
- Embed rich media and documents
- Robust permissioning
- Slack sync
As your company scales, along with your needs, Obie scales with you to tackle challenges at every stage of the knowledge journey.
Bottom line: Obie Access allows small teams to either take existing knowledge from Google Drive (for example) and make it instantly searchable within the flow of work (in Slack), or build knowledge from scratch with our native knowledge base solution.
#2 Speed of integration
Secondly, because of the dynamic that smaller teams have, speed of integration is much different from the mid-market to enterprise scope. Smaller teams and startups tend to have amassed a diverse toolset to solve various problems along their journey. The reason they do this is because they tend to run lean of resources (both financial and human) and they often acquire micro-solutions, at a modest cost, to solve a problem that will accelerate their workflow in lieu of adding headcount. If they’re experiencing a given pain-point, they can drop a new tool into their stack and as long as it plays well with most of the other technology, we have a winner. That’s why teams tend to stick with the Google Suite, Atlassian stack and Slack – they’re well supported from various perspectives. Obie Access does the same: you can drop it in your stack and it just fits. From the perspective of knowledge management, bringing Obie into your workflow doesn’t require that you make massive changes to your workflow or invest time into revamping one or more knowledge silos.
Bottom line: Obie Access integrates seamlessly with 16+ third-party integrations like Google Drive, Confluence, Dropbox and Slack without the heavy switching costs of traditional solutions.
Third and finally, pricing is always at the forefront of any small team’s concerns when making an investment in technology. We’ve designed Obie Access for budget conscious teams looking to bring rigor to their documentation process and be confident that they won’t need to incur solution switching costs as their company grows. As you make more investments in technology, such as an IT service desk (like Jira Service Desk), or the needs of your rapidly growing teams evolve to adopt tools like Zendesk, Box and Confluence—Obie is ready and waiting to help.
Bottom line: Obie Access fits into small team budgets and scales with your company as it grows.