Virtual Postcard from EMUG 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for Aries’ 2021 virtual Editorial Manager User Group (EMUG) meeting! Aries was thrilled to connect with our Editorial Manager® (EM) and ProduXion Manager® (PM) customers for our three day virtual event, held on June 15-17th.

The EMUG 2021 virtual conference was offered free of charge to further assist our user community during the pandemic. Each day of EMUG 2021 embodied a unique theme, and our virtual platform allowed us to more than double our standard reach, with just under 300 unique registrants across all three days compared to the ~130 average in-person attendance for our US user group meetings held each summer.

Day 1: Innovation Forum included Aries’ signature Feature Workshop, a highly interactive session designed to solicit direct feedback from EM/PM users. Following welcoming statements from Aries Managing Director Jennifer Fleet to kick-off the conference, the two hour workshop began! Divided into fifteen Zoom breakout groups, 115+ attendees discussed personal workflows, shared challenges, and brainstormed potential system features and enhancements with members of Aries staff. Typically rated the most popular session at our in-person user group meetings, we were delighted to achieve a similar level of engagement with our user community during the virtual workshop, which resulted in more than 170 feature suggestions for the Aries team to consider!

Day 2 and Day 3 of EMUG 2021 were knowledge-packed with three webinar-style presentations held consecutively from 9:30am – 11:30am ET daily. Day 2: Expanding Connections within the Aries Ecosystem, with 267 registrants, included presentations that highlighted recent and upcoming partnerships with industry-leading technologies to integrate best-in-class tools within EM and PM. With 193 registrants, Day 3: Bridging the Editorial and Production Workflow included sessions on Aries technologies that can help bridge the gap between editorial and production processes and helpful configuration options. The final session of the conference, The Road Ahead lead by Aries’ VP of Product Management Nathan Westgarth, covered the strategic themes on Aries’ development roadmap for 2021 and 2022. The EMUG 2021 agenda of presentations was as follows:

  • Day 2: Convey for Automated Disclosure Workflows
  • Day 2: Data Repository Partnerships
  • Day 2: Advanced Reviewer Finder Tools
  • Day 3: ProduXion Manager vs. Task Manager
  • Day 3: What’s New with ProduXion Manager and Task Manager
  • Day 3: The Road Ahead


Recordings of Day 2 and Day 3 of EMUG 2021 are now available in the Aries webinar catalog.

We thank our dedicated Aries staff and user community for making the 2021 virtual EMUG meeting a success! Stay tuned for more details on EEMUG 2022!