LavaCon 2019 | October 27-30, Portland, OR

Join us in Portland, Oregon for this year's LavaCon conference!

LavaCon started in Hawaii (hence the name) to give senior content professionals an opportunity to stay ahead of rapidly changing publishing technology and customer demographics. However, LavaCon is more than just a conference. It’s a place where content rockstars gather to share tribal knowledge, network with peers, and build professional relationships that will last for years to come.

This year's conference theme is 'Creating Unified Content Experiences'
We are entering a new era of content consumption where customers expect personalized content. See how leading companies are seamlessly delivering technical, marketing, and AR/VR content to improve the customer experience (and generate revenue in the process).

Visit the conference website for further information and to register.


Stilo announces version 3 of AuthorBridge

Web-based DITA editing for subject matter experts - raising the bar ... again

Stilo announces version 3 of AuthorBridge with a live demo broadcast Jan 29, 2019.

Since its inception, AuthorBridge has provided SMEs with a truly unique guided and fluid authoring experience. Specifically designed for users with no knowledge of DITA or XML, it has helped organizations rapidly roll out DITA authoring to non-ID professionals in marketing, engineering, training and support.

To do this well requires sophisticated DITA content processing 'under the hood' and this is where AuthorBridge excels.

AuthorBridge v3 provides

  • a guidance panel to help SMEs understand what sort of content they are expected to write, and where to put it
  • change tracking for text and structural changes
  • review comments
  • DITA maps presented in a "document" mode with all topic content resolved and editable, and with an outline pane showing the topic hierarchy
  • topics resolved and editable, can be inserted, removed, moved around
  • advanced copy & paste support ensuring appropriate mark-up is applied and valid
  • superior table handling
  • intuitive support for conditions
  • optimized performance for large documents
  • may be customized to support DITA specializations

Watch the webinar recording (registration required) and see first hand why AuthorBridge v3 is the most full-feature, user-friendly DITA authoring tool on the market.

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WEBINAR AuthorBridge v3: web-based DITA editing for SMEs - raising the bar ... again

Broadcast: Tuesday, January 29

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Web-based authoring tools are improving all the time, but with the upcoming release of AuthorBridge v3, Stilo is setting new standards for ease-of-use and performance for SMEs in DITA authoring environments.

Since its inception, AuthorBridge has provide SMEs with a truly unique guided and fluid authoring experience. Specifically designed for users with no knowledge of DITA or XML, it has helped organizations rapidly roll out DITA authoring to non-ID professionals in marketing, engineering, training and support.

To do this well requires sophisticated DITA content processing ‘under the hood’ and this is where AuthorBridge excels.

AuthorBridge v3 provides

  • a guidance panel to help SMEs understand where they are in the structure
  • change tracking; text and structural, authors can accept or reject
  • DITA map support; topics resolved and editable, can be inserted, removed, moved around
  • advanced copy & paste support; ensuring appropriate mark-up is applied and valid
  • superior table handling; support for <CALS table> for complex table formats
  • optimized performance for large documents

Want to see all this in action?

Join Stilo’s VP of Development, Patrick Baker, for this demonstration of AuthorBridge and see first hand why AuthorBridge v3 is the most full-feature, user-friendly DITA authoring tool on the market.

View recording (registration required) >>


CMS/DITA North America 2019 | April 15-17, Durham, NC

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2019 Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference being held in Durham, North Carolina from April 15-17,  2019.

Join colleagues from around the world for three days of career-empowering knowledge, practices, networking, and practical solutions. The Content Management Strategies/DITA conference offers many unique networking opportunities! Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations. Hear from key tool developers who are actively supporting the standards-based community.

Find out more about Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2019 and register.

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Join us for our presentation as part of the Technology Test Kitchen on Monday, April 15 | 10.00 - 10.40am

DITA authoring at IBM: All of the power—none of the pain
Mike Iantosca, IBM and Patrick Baker, Stilo

For most subject matter experts, authoring rich semantic content is considered too difficult. The prospect of learning DITA is something they have little or no tolerance for, they typically want to continue authoring in Word, or a Word-like authoring environment, and understandably don’t want to learn about XML.

This was the problem faced by the central ID Tools team at IBM—led by Mike Iantosca. With more than 5 million DITA topics and thousands of content contributors, they needed a low-cost, easy-to-use structured authoring tool that would win over the occasional contributors without compromising on structure – so they collaborated with Stilo on the development of AuthorBridge.

Join us for this session to learn from Mike about the implementation of AuthorBridge at IBM—he’ll touch on the integration with their CCMS and how users were able to virtually walk-up and use with minimal training, as well as the wider business benefits for intelligent content authoring.

Stilo’s Patrick Baker will follow-on from Mike to provide a live demonstration of AuthorBridge and talk about the unique architecture that makes all the above possible, as well as highlight significant new features for 2019.

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IDEAS Winter Online Conference | January 22-23, 2019

Conference Theme - Reusing Content

Reuse is one of the key business drivers for the adoption of a structured markup publishing model such as DITA. The ROI potential is compelling in today’s resource strapped technical product documentation environment, imagine being able to reduce the volume of content writers must maintain by 30, 40 or even 50 percent!

IDEAS is a two-day industry conference brought to you by The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) that you can attend virtually from the comfort of your own office. The conference includes five 60-minute concurrent sessions in two tracks, giving you a choice of 11 unique presentations. Participate live according to the published schedule or watch a recording of any session when it’s more convenient for you.

Stilo will be presenting a tools session on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12.30 - 1.30pm PST - introducing OptimizeR - a new content optimization service that analyzes your DITA content collections for exact and near-exact matches and identifies reuse opportunities at topic and element levels. Following review, it automatically deduplicates content, updates the associated conref libraries and ditamaps and provides a report of all changes that have been implemented.

Find out more about the conference, including the agenda and details of how to register.


WEBINAR | Automating the conversion of content to DITA and optimizing for reuse

Broadcast: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Converting legacy content to DITA and optimizing reuse potential to ensure content quality and consistency across the enterprise is high on most organizations’ to-do list when implementing DITA.

So what tools are available to help ID professionals and where do you start?

In this DITA Knowledge Series webinar, Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, provides a demonstration of Stilo’s Migrate cloud XML content conversion service and OptimizeR, a new DITA content optimization service. Discover just how easy it is to automate the conversion of content to DITA and following analysis automatically deduplicate any replicated content.

Migrate is a unique cloud service that enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of content to DITA and custom XML from source formats including Word, FrameMaker, Robohelp and XML/SGML/HTML. Migrate provides greater control over conversion quality, immediate turnaround times and operates on a pay-as-you-use basis.

Free conversion offer

OptimizeR is a new content optimization service that analyzes your DITA content collections for exact and near-exact matches and identifies reuse opportunities at topic and element level. Following review, it automatically deduplicates content, updates the associated conref libraries and ditamaps and provides a report of all changes that have been implemented.

Free optimization offer

Stilo partners with Transperfect to deliver EnCompass Rapid Prototyping Program for MDR & IVDR Content Compliance

TransPerfect Announces EnCompass Rapid Prototyping Program for MDR & IVDR Content Compliance

Partners with XML Content Conversion Specialist Stilo and Leading Information Consultant Mekon to Deliver 50% Labeling Cost Reduction and 100% Content Compliance

TransPerfect Medical Device Solutions, the world’s largest provider of language services and process automation technology to the medical device industry, today announced the introduction of its new EnCompass Rapid Prototyping Program. Specifically designed to demonstrate the benefits of XML content management and process automation (including AI-Assist™), the EnCompass Prototype Program provides manufacturers with a working model of MDR and IVDR content compliance and cost savings.

Great Partners Make Great Solutions
The Rapid Prototyping Program combines validated content management technology from Astoria Software, process automation technology from TransPerfect,  critical conversion technology from Stilo and information development services from leading consultant Mekon.

Said Mekon CEO Julian Murfitt, “Our 25 years of expertise with information architecture and automated publishing provides an important benefit for device makers looking to address increased content requirements of MDR and IVDR.”

Added Stilo CEO  Les Burnham, “Automated content conversion services are especially important as manufacturers migrate to XML-based systems to support the increased volumes and throughput associated with MDR and IVDR.”

A Cure for the MDR & IVDR Headache
With only 18 months left before full implementation, the EU’s new MDR and IVDR are a source of stress and concern for global device makers. The new regulations span a number of operational areas and, according to industry consultant, Qserve, will increase both the volume and velocity of content that device makers must manage.

The EnCompass Rapid Prototyping Program provides a low-cost, low-risk approach for device makers to test the benefits of XML content management, automated publication, and translation process automation, (including AI processes) for critical device content: IFUs, software UI, websites, e-learning, clinical data, etc.

According to Marc Miller, Division President of TransPerfect Medical Device Solutions, “Faced with substantially increased content volumes due to MDR and IVDR, structured content and automation technologies are emerging as the key components for an effective compliance strategy.”

About TransPerfect Medical Device Solutions & Astoria Software
TransPerfect Medical Device Solutions is the specialized medical device division of TransPerfect, the world's largest provider of language services and process automation technology. From offices in more than 90 cities on six continents, TransPerfect offers a full range of services in 170+ languages to clients worldwide. With an unparalleled commitment to quality and client service, TransPerfect is fully ISO 9001 and ISO 17100 certified across all offices. The Medical Device Solutions group is further certified to ISO 13485 and ISO 14971.

Astoria Software is an award-winning solution for enterprise content management and a division of TransPerfect. Astoria delivers the most comprehensive on-demand solution for building, managing, and assembling DITA/XML content to satisfy documentation requirements in the software, hardware, medical device, and other discreet manufacturing sectors.


SDL Connect 2018 | November 7-8, Santa Clara, CA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the 2018 SDL Connect conference being held in Santa Clara, California from November 7-8, 2018.

SDL Connect is a 2 day event offering attendees the opportunity to learn about the SDL strategy and product roadmaps. Hear from customers and partners as they explore the latest trends in global content management. This year SDL will discuss a new approach that centralizes data, standardizes processes, and integrates technology into a unified platform across the entire content supply chain.

Our partnership with SDL will help your business unify and evolve your content supply chain.

Find out more about SDL Connect 2018 and register.


Unaudited interim results for six months ended 30 June 2018

15 August 2018

STILO INTERNATIONAL PLC

Stilo International plc (“Stilo”, the “Group” or the “Company”) today announces its unaudited Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2018. The Company provides software tools and cloud services that help organisations create and process structured content in XML format, so that it can be more easily stored, managed, re-used, translated and published to multiple print and digital channels. 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reduction in sales revenues to £707,000 principally due to the expiry of a 3 year customer contract for Migrate. (2017: £910,000)
  • Reduction in operating costs to £657,000. (2017: £759,000)
  • Post-tax profits of £42,000.  (2017: £142,000)
  • Cash of £1,442,000 as at 30 June 2018. (2017: £1,602,000)
  • Payment of an interim dividend of 0.06 pence per Ordinary Share. (2017:0.05 pence per share)

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Migrate customers for the period include Viewpoint, Arris, Synopsis, Deltek, Varian and Tibco.
  • AuthorBridge order win at Kaplan Professional Education, incorporating integration with the Componize for Alfresco content management system.
  • OmniMark sales include Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation (Japan Patent Office), European Parliament, Qantas and Gulfstream.
  • Launch in July of professional service to assist DITA users to maximise content re-use, utilising OptimizeR, a new product currently under development.

David Ashman, Chairman, commenting on the Company’s performance, stated:

“Our total sales revenues for the period decreased significantly, principally due to the expiry of a three year customer contract for Migrate.  Changes to IFRS accounting rules in 2018 also had the effect of deferring £27,000 of software revenue recognition beyond the end of December 2017 and £64,000 beyond the end of June 2018 resulting in the net reduction in H1 revenue of £37,000.

Nevertheless, with a reduction in operating costs for the period, assisted by favourable exchange rates, we have still been able to report a profit for the half year. This reflects well upon the overall resilience of the Company. As we look to build future sales, supported by healthy cash reserves and a strong balance sheet, I am pleased to announce the payment of an increased interim dividend of 0.06 pence per share.”

Download a PDF of the 2018 Interim Results, including the Group Income Statement.


 

CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

Our total sales revenues for the period decreased significantly, principally due to the expiry of a three year customer contract for Migrate. Changes to IFRS accounting rules in 2018 also had the effect of deferring £27,000 of software revenue recognition beyond the end of December 2017 and £64,000 beyond the end of June 2018 resulting in the net reduction in H1 revenue of £37,000.

Nevertheless, with an annual reduction in operating costs, assisted by favourable exchange rates, we have still been able to report a small profit for the half year. This reflects well upon the overall resilience of the Company.

As we look to build future sales, supported by healthy cash reserves and a strong balance sheet, I am pleased to announce the payment of an increased interim dividend of 0.06 pence per share.

David Ashman
Chairman 

 

BUSINESS OVERVIEW 

Stilo develops software tools and cloud services that help organisations create and process structured content in XML format, so that it can be more easily stored, managed, re-used, translated and published to multiple print and digital channels.

Over recent years, many organisations have adopted industry specific XML standards e.g. Publishing (DocBook), Aerospace & Defence (S1000D), Finance (XBRL), Life Sciences (SPL), Software and High Tech (DITA).  Stilo made the decision some years ago to focus new product development and marketing efforts on the emerging DITA standard.  This standard originated within IBM to support the publishing of its technical documentation and has been increasingly adopted by other software and high tech companies. DITA is now beginning to make inroads into additional market sectors including Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Publishing.

In order to diversify beyond the DITA market, we have recently undertaken research into the XML JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite) market for scientific and scholarly publishers. Initial indications are that this could represent a promising new business opportunity for Stilo, and we will seek to address this through the incremental development of AuthorBridge and Migrate.

We continue to build upon our strong reputation for excellent products and supporting technical expertise, resulting from many years of experience in the structured content marketplace. With offices in the UK and Canada, we support clients throughout North America, Europe and Japan. 

PRODUCTS AND CUSTOMERS 

OmniMark

Stilo’s core technology is OmniMark, a long-established development platform used to build high-performance content processing applications integral to enterprise publishing solutions.

Users include The Boeing Company, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus Defence & Space, Clarivate Analytics, and Wolters Kluwer. Sales for the period included orders from the European Parliament, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation (Japan Patent Office), Qantas and Gulfstream. 

Migrate

Migrate is the world’s first cloud XML content conversion service, and utilises OmniMark technology. Through advanced levels of automation, it enables organisations to improve turnaround times, reduce operating costs and take direct control of their work schedules, providing an attractive alternative to traditional outsourced conversion services.

Migrate users include IBM, Cisco, EMC and Oracle. Sales for the period include orders from Viewpoint, Arris, Synopsis, Deltek, Varian and Tibco. Using Migrate, we have helped our customers convert over one million pages of content to the DITA format.

Complementing Migrate, we announced in July the introduction of a new professional service utilising OptimizeR. OptimizeR is a tool that we are developing to help automate the de-duplication of DITA content and help maximise the opportunity for content re-use. It will initially be used by Stilo professional services personnel and will be productised in due course as we gain experience of various customer use cases.

OptimizeR addresses key issues for customers who are converting their legacy content to DITA, in addition to experienced DITA users, and represents a promising new business opportunity. We are encouraged by initial feedback received from prospective customers and business partners. 

AuthorBridge

AuthorBridge is a web-based XML authoring tool, designed for occasional content contributors who have no knowledge of XML or its complexities. It is currently targeted at large enterprises, which are looking to extend the use of DITA across different business units and potentially support thousands of users.

Development of AuthorBridge continues to progress well in 2018, albeit with significant slippage against original schedules. Its initial adoption by the central Information Developer Tools team at IBM in the USA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C. provides a good foundation upon which we can build future sales.

Early in 2018 AuthorBridge was selected by Kaplan Professional Education as their web authoring tool of choice and has since been successfully integrated with their Componize for Alfresco content management system, The partnership with Componize is encouraging and is already helping to generate additional business opportunities for AuthorBridge in the DITA market.

OPERATIONS

Stilo operates from offices located in Swindon, UK and Ottawa, Canada.  The technical team is based in our Ottawa office.

As of 30 June 2018, there were 17 permanent employees in the Company, complemented by the use of contractors. We will not be growing headcount significantly in 2018, as we look to contain our costs in line with the latest sales projections.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

The results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

In 2018 the interim results for Stilo show post-tax profits of £42,000. (2017:  £142,000)

Total sales revenues for the period decreased to £707,000 (2017: £910,000), principally due to the expiry of a 3 year customer contract for Migrate. A reduction in maintenance revenues and the net impact of transition to the new accounting standard IFRS 15 were otherwise offset by increases in sales of Migrate, OmniMark licences and initial embryonic revenues for AuthorBridge.

The Company maintains careful control over all operating costs. Favourable exchange rates helped as we reduced our operating costs during the period, excluding capitalised development costs, to £657,000 (2017: £759,000).

Investment in R & D continued in 2018, with total expenditure for the period of £271,000 (2017: £290,000). As a result of this investment, Stilo continues to benefit from research and development tax credits. Of this expenditure, £99,000 relating to the development of AuthorBridge has been capitalised (2017: £91,000), and the total accumulated capitalised costs will be depreciated over a 10 year period, likely commencing in 2019.

There was a reduced cash balance of £1,442,000 as at 30 June 2018 (30 June 2017: £1,602,000) and Stilo remains entirely un-geared. This balance sheet stability provides a sound financial base for the Company and will support continued investment in product development, sales and marketing.

DIVIDENDS

During the period, the final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 was paid, of 0.05 pence per share (2016: 0.05 pence), providing an increased total dividend of 0.10 pence for the year.

The Board is pleased to declare the payment of an Interim dividend for the year ending 31 December 2018 to shareholders of 0.06 pence per share (2017: 0.05 pence per share) which will be paid on 20 November 2018 to those shareholders on the register as at 19 October 2018. The shares will be marked ex-dividend on 18 October 2018.

The Board’s policy is to maintain payment of a steady and progressive dividend, well covered and paid subject to maintaining sufficient funds within the business with regard to prudent forecasts of future capital requirements, without the need for debt funding. 

OUTLOOK

The global market for dynamically publishing structured content to multiple channels continues to grow, which in turn drives the market for XML content conversion and authoring tools.

In the Company’s AGM Statement of 23 May 2018 and Trading Update of 26 July 2018 we indicated that results for the year ending 31 December 2018 would likely be impacted because of the non-repeatability of two significant contracts that were received in 2017. Unfortunately, during the first six months of 2018 the Company has not made the sales breakthroughs required to compensate for the orders shortfall.

This position is likely to continue for the second half of 2018, as the Company looks to build the sales pipeline whilst controlling costs in line with sales projections.

ENQUIRIES

Stilo International plc
Les Burnham, Chief Executive
T +44 1793 441 444

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nominated Adviser)
Neil Baldwin T +44 203 368 3554
Mark Brady  T +44 203 368 3551

SI Capital (Broker)
Nick Emerson
T +44 1483 413500


WEBINAR | DITA OptimizeR—maximizing content reuse, September 27

Broadcast: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Presented by
Les Burnham, CEO
Helen St. Denis, Conversion Services Manager

Content reuse is a fundamental benefit of DITA adoption, providing huge efficiency gains to authoring teams and helping to ensure the consistency of published information across an enterprise. However, identifying potential reuse opportunities and implementing reuse strategies can be a painstaking and laborious process. As an increasing volume of content is authored in DITA across authoring teams, then invariably more content is replicated over a period of time.

In this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar we introduce DITA OptimizeR, Stilo's new content optimization service. See just how easy it is to automatically identify reuse potential across your DITA content, deduplicate topics and update your maps and conref files.

Learn how, with the DITA OptimizeR service, you can

• significantly reduce the amount of content that needs to be maintained on an ongoing basis

• generate more focussed and rapid search engine results for customer queries

• publish more accurate and normalized content

VIEW RECORDING (Registration required)