WEBINAR | How to keep the reuse you have when you move to DITA

Broadcast | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

You are moving to DITA, but you’ve already got reuse happening in your legacy format. Reuse mechanisms don’t usually match DITA’s. How can you keep the added value of content reuse when you move the content to the new format?

You may have your reused content in text insets, common files, or snippets. Text insets and snippets can be big or small, contain any amount or type of content, from a single word or phrase to one or more entire topics, and anywhere in between.

Reuse in DITA, though, happens at the element level, whether by conref or topicref. So we've got to get your content into a form that is readily reusable as we republish the legacy information, as well as available for reuse in new publications.

Thankfully, there's a quick and easy way to do this, and we'll show you how. Join Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how to keep the reuse you already have when you move to DITA.

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This is the second in a new programme of Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinars for 2018. Check our website for updates - new topics and dates being added soon! You can also find more Stilo DITA Knowledge Series resources at stilo.com/knowdita


WEBINAR | How to prepare content for conversion to DITA

Broadcast: Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

So, the decision is made to implement DITA and you now need to convert your existing content from Word, FrameMaker or other unstructured formats. The content audit has been done and you need to figure out what you REALLY need to do to your content before you start the conversion process. It’s maybe not as much as you might think!

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for this recorded Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar, to learn:

  • What is the most useful thing to do pre-conversion?
  • What kind of things influence what else you might want to do pre-conversion?
  • What are the common trouble areas in the different source formats?
  • What is best left for post-conversion?

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This was the first in a new programme of Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinars for 2018. Check our website for updates - new topics and dates being added soon! You can also find more Stilo DITA Knowledge Series resources at stilo.com/knowdita


LavaCon 2018 | October 21-24, New Orleans, LA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the annual LavaCon content strategy conference being held in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 21-24, 2018. You will find us on booth # 21 in the Grand Ballroom, where lunch is being served and close by to the coffee station!

LavaCon started in Hawaii (hence the name) to give content strategists, documentation managers, and senior content professionals an opportunity to get away from the office and tend to their professional development. The conference mission is:

  • To help content developers embrace rapidly changing technology and customer demographics
  • To connect organizations experiencing content challenges with the consulting, translation, and tool vendors who can help
  • To create a community where content professionals can collaborate and advance the field as a whole

This year’s theme is Creating Content Experience Ecosystems. Visit the conference website for further information and to register.


CMS/DITA North America 2018 | April 23-25, Denver, CO

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the sponsors of the Content Management Strategies/DITA North America conference. Now in its twentieth year, the 2018 conference is being held in Denver, Colorado from April 23-25, 2018.

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.

You should attend if:

  • You’re considering investing in a component-based Content Management System and want to meet others who have done so
  • You’re interested in enhancing your users’ experience
  • You’re interested in learning about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it can improve your content
  • You’re thinking about implementing the OASIS DITA standard for structured content in your organization
  • You want to hear tips and tricks from others who are engaged in the DITA community worldwide
  • You would like to see how your peers are using taxonomies to improve their processes
  • You would like to learn how to successfully navigate an Agile environment
  • You would like to learn how to successfully navigate through your recent Merge/Acquisition
  • You are interested in learning about emerging technologies
  • Others in your company want to develop structured content but need authoring tools that hide XML complexity

Find out more about Content Management Strategies/DITA North America 2018 and register.


We will also be making the following presentation - so be sure to add it to you schedule:

Wednesday, April 25 | 9.40 - 10.20am
DITA: Start small, grow big, using open source tools
Patrick Baker, VP Development & Professional Services

Abstract: You’re considering using DITA and would like to try it out without incurring significant upfront costs, but also keeping your options open longer-term. Where do you start? How will you approach the challenges of content creation, content management, and publishing your content?

There are in fact plenty of options. The good news is that XML and DITA are open standards. This has led to a healthy ecosystem with quality commercial and inter-operable open source tools, that do away with vendor lock-in and keep operating costs down.

We will discuss the three challenges, show an example of how end-to-end solutions can be built based upon Git and other open source tools. In fact, the result may be better than you’d expect.

 


Director / PDMR shareholding

25 October 2017

Stilo International plc (“Stilo” or the “Company”) has been notified that David Ashman, the Company’s Chairman and Non-Executive Director, has today purchased 400,000 ordinary shares of 1p each in Stilo (“Ordinary Shares”) at 4.75p per Ordinary Share.

Following this purchase, David Ashman has a beneficial interest in 13,712,000 Ordinary Shares, representing approximately 12.03 percent. of the issued share capital of the Company.

 

1.

Details of the PDMR / person closely associated

a)

Name

David Ashman

2.

Reason for the notification

a)

Position / status

PDMR

b)

Initial notification / amendment

Initial notification

3.

Details of the issuer, emission allowance market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor

a)

Name

Stilo International  plc

b)

LEI

213800QIK312ADX4DN82

4.

Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument; (ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted

a)

Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code

Purchase of ordinary shares of £0.01 each in Stilo International plc

GB0009597484

b)

Nature of the transaction

Purchase of Shares

c)

Price(s) and volume(s)

400,000 at 4.75p

d)

Aggregated information

N/A (Single transaction)

–  Aggregated volume

–      Price

e)

Date of the transaction

25 October 2017

f)

Place of the transaction

London Stock Exchange (XLON)

 

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)
Andy Thacker
Nick Emerson
T +44 1483 413500


tekom Fair 2017 | October 24-26, Stuttgart, Germany

While not exhibiting, Stilo will be attending the tekom Fair 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26. If you would like to arrange to meet with one our representatives, drop us an email.

Learn more about Stilo’s Migrate – a cloud service that automates the conversion of content including MS Word & HTML to DITA, JATS & other XML formats, and AuthorBridge, a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content.

The tekom fair – together with the tekom annual conference and the tcworld conference, held simultaneously in English – is the world's largest event for technical communication. The fair takes its visitors to its venue, the ICS (International Congress Center Stuttgart) – Messe Stuttgart. Find out more and register here.


Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 | October 11-15, Germany

Come and meet Stilo at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, you will find us in Hall 4.2 - as part of the Professional & Scientific Information Hot Spot, on booth N92.

Learn more about Stilo's Migrate - a cloud service that automates the conversion of content including MS Word & HTML to JATS, DITA & other XML formats, and AuthorBridge, a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important international trade fair for content, the center of the international media world and a major cultural event. Nowhere else in the world does the publishing and media industry show itself from a more diverse, innovative and international side than during these five days in October.

Find out more and book your fair ticket.

Bookmark our presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair:
A new approach to XML JATS content conversion & editing using web-based tools

Presented by Les Burnham, CEO | Stilo International
Thursday, October 12, 3.30pm

XML-based workflows are becoming increasingly well-established. Moving to an XML-based publishing environment can save time and money and make new publishing paradigms possible.

In this session, we will introduce you to two new web-based tools for STM publishers looking to target the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) XML specification:

  • Migrate – a cloud service that automates the conversion of content, including MS Word & HTML to JATS, DITA & other XML formats
  • AuthorBridge – a web-based editor that enables non-technical users to easily create and edit XML content

Discover how Stilo can help you significantly reduce your ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.


Migration to DITA – The Atmel / Microchip Story

Morten Haaker, Staff Business System Analyst | Microchip Technology
Introduced by Les Burnham, CEO | Stilo International
Broadcast Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Are you thinking about moving to DITA? In addition to learning DITA, tool and vendor selection, creation of stylesheets, change management and other challenges, you may be faced with having to convert thousands of pages of detailed technical information from an unstructured format to DITA.

This was the task Atmel’s Morten Haaker was faced with back in 2013 when the company embarked upon their DITA migration project. Morten and his team successfully converted hundreds of Atmel’s complex technical documentation (semiconductor-specific information and datasheets of more than 2000 pages) from unstructured FrameMaker to the DITA standard using Stilo’s Migrate cloud XML content conversion service.

But the conversion project didn’t end there. In April 2016, Atmel was acquired by Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, and Morten was further tasked with migrating Microchip’s FrameMaker documents to DITA.

Join us, and Morten, for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar to learn how they approached the issue of content conversion as an integral part of their DITA implementation and how they managed the conversion of Microchip’s technical documentation following the acquisition.

» View recording (registration required)

 

Presenter bio | Morten is a Staff Business System Analyst at Microchip Technology responsible for the technical documentation project. Located in Norway, Morten has been with Atmel/Microchip for more than 15 years. He holds a Master of Computer Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and heads up the Nordic SDL Knowledge Center User Group.


Unaudited interim results for six months ended 30 June 2017

16 August 2017

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 2017. 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

  • 4% increase in sales revenues to £910,000
    (2016: £874,000)
  • Post-tax profits of £142,000
    (2016: £181,000)
  • Improved cash position of £1,602,000 as at 30 June 2017
    (2016: £1,393,000)
  • Payment of an interim dividend of 0.05 pence per Ordinary Share, representing a 25% increase
    (2016: 0.04 pence per share)
  • Increased investment in R&D to £290,000
    (2016: £259,000)

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18% increase in recurring software maintenance revenues to £465,000 (2016: £394,000)
  • 34% increase in Migrate revenues
  • Migrate customers for the period include GE, Brocade, Tyco, ITT, Microchip, Tibco, Cisco, Deltek and the RSSB (Rail and Safety Standards Board)
  • Release of trial version of AuthorBridge v2
  • Release of Migrate JATS for the Scientific and Scholarly Publishing market
  • Launch of new web site (www.stilo.com)

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

“Our total sales revenues for the period increased by 4%, with encouraging increases in Migrate sales and OmniMark maintenance revenues. With continuing profitability and improved cash reserves, I am pleased to announce the payment by Stilo of an increased interim dividend of 0.05 pence per share.”

The information communicated in this announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 .

Download a PDF of the 2017 Interim Results, including the Group Income Statement.


CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT

Our total sales revenues for the period increased by 4%, with encouraging increases in Migrate sales and OmniMark maintenance revenues.

Marketing activities increased during the period as we attended additional conferences and launched a new, much improved web site which has been well received by customers, partners and shareholders. We released a trial version of AuthorBridge v2 to favourable acclaim, along with an initial version of Migrate JATS for the Scientific and Scholarly Publishing market. Additionally, new developers have been recently recruited as we look to push ahead and complete important aspects of AuthorBridge functionality in 2017.

With continuing profitability and improved cash reserves, I am pleased to announce the payment by Stilo of an increased interim dividend of 0.05 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 eg 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 highperformance content processing applications integral to enterprise publishing solutions.

Users include Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, EADS, Thomson Publishing, and Wolters Kluwer. Sales for the period included orders from the European Parliament, Japan Patent Office and Embraer in Brazil.

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 GE, Brocade, Tyco, ITT, Microchip, Tibco, Cisco, Deltek and the RSSB (Rail and Safety Standards Board). Using Migrate, we have helped our customers convert over one million pages of content to the DITA format.

We have recently completed the development of a JATS version of Migrate and have just commenced the process of introducing it to the Scientific and Scholarly Publishing market. This is a market characterised by long-established workflows with outsourced conversion vendors, and will hopefully represent a significant new business opportunity for Stilo in the years ahead.

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 is progressing well, albeit with some 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.

A trial version of AuthorBridge v2 was released in February 2017 to favourable acclaim and new developers have recently been recruited as we look to complete important aspects of AuthorBridge functionality in 2017.

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 2017, there were 18 permanent employees in the Company, complemented by the use of contractors. We will continue to consider the recruitment of additional development personnel in 2017, but it is not anticipated that we will be growing headcount significantly, as we look to contain our costs and scale the business through technology sales.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

The results for the six months ended 30 June 2017 have been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

In 2017, the interim results for Stilo show a reduction in post-tax profits to £142,000 (2016: £181,000).

Total sales revenues for the period increased by 4% to £910,000 (2016: £874,000). Significant growth in Migrate revenues were offset by lower OmniMark software sales, which was expected. The Company continued to benefit from recurring revenue from software maintenance contracts of £465,000 (2016: £394,000) which represents a very encouraging 18% annual increase.

The Company maintains careful control over all operating costs. Investments in additional staff, a new web site, and attendances at new JATS–related conferences, contributed to an increase in operating costs during the period, excluding capitalised development costs, to £759,000 (2016: £691,000).
Investment in R & D continued in 2017, with total expenditure for the period of £290,000 (2016: £259,000). As a result of this investment, Stilo continues to benefit from research and development tax credits.

Of this expenditure, £91,000 relating to the development of AuthorBridge has been capitalised (2016: £83,000), and the total accumulated capitalised costs will be depreciated over a 10 year period, commencing later in 2017.

There was an improved cash balance of £1,602,000 as at 30 June 2017 (30 June 2016: £1,393,000), 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 2016 was paid, of 0.05 pence per share, providing an increased total dividend of 0.09 pence for the year (2015: total 0.08 pence).

The Board is pleased to declare the payment of an Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2017 to shareholders of 0.05 pence per share (2016: 0.04 pence per share) which will be paid on 21 November 2017 to those shareholders on the register as 20 October 2017. The shares will be marked ex-dividend on 19 October 2017.

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.

Following the launch of AuthorBridge v2 in February 2017, we have been receiving very encouraging feedback from trial users. There are still some important aspects of development that need to be undertaken over the coming months and this continues to be a high priority activity for the Company. As a consequence, AuthorBridge is not expected to contribute significantly to sales revenues in 2017.

Otherwise, the outlook for Migrate conversion services and OmniMark software remains promising for the remainder of the year, and overall Company trading is in line with management expectations.

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)
Andy Thacker
Nick Emerson
T +44 1483 413500


Introducing the Migrate Word to JATS web conversion service

A new approach for XML content conversion

XML content conversion workflows have long been established in the scholarly publishing community with publishers typically electing to use one or a mix of outsourced services, third-party software or custom-developed scripts. These different approaches have served the community well over recent years, but Stilo’s Word to JATS Migrate web service now provides a radically different approach to help publishers significantly reduce their ongoing conversion costs and associated production times.

The Migrate JATS hosted web service enables journal, academic and book publishers to automate the conversion of documents authored in Word to the JATS XML specification, as part of a publishing workflow. The service is available in the cloud or on-premise, and is accessible 24/7. Benefit from immediate turnaround times for document conversion, with full user control over conversion results and content quality.

Why Stilo Migrate?

Migrate has been established in the XML DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) community for many years, enabling publishers of technical documentation to reduce conversion turnaround times & costs and gain full control over content quality. It is this success within the DITA community that has inspired us to develop the Migrate JATS service for scholarly publishers.

Find out more

Watch a recent webinar (includes a demo of the Migrate JATS service)

Convert a sample document to JATS for free