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.

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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


Migrate cloud XML content conversion service DEMO

Broadcast July 12, 2017

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a demo of the Migrate cloud XML content conversion service. Migrate is a unique cloud service that enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of content from various source formats including XML/SGML/HTML, FrameMaker, Word, Author-it, InDesign, RoboHelp and DocBook to DITA and custom XML. It provides greater control over conversion quality, immediate turnaround times and operates on a low-cost, pay-as-you-use basis.

See why Migrate is the conversion service of choice for organizations including Altera, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Extreme Networks, IBM, Qualcomm, Teradata, Varian Medical Systems, Webtrends and many more.

Find out more about the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service

Convert sample document to DITA for free

View recording (registration required)


Demo recording | Migrate cloud XML content conversion service

Broadcast July 12, 2017

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a demo of the Migrate cloud XML content conversion service. Migrate is a unique cloud service that enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of content from various source formats including XML/SGML/HTML, FrameMaker, Word, Author-it, InDesign, RoboHelp and DocBook to DITA and custom XML. It provides greater control over conversion quality, immediate turnaround times and operates on a low-cost, pay-as-you-use basis.

See why Migrate is the conversion service of choice for organizations including Altera, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Extreme Networks, IBM, Qualcomm, Teradata, Varian Medical Systems, Webtrends and many more.

Find out more about the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service

Convert sample document to DITA for free

View recording (registration required)


Balisage 2017 Symposium | July 31, 2017, Rockville MD

Up-translation and up-transformation: tasks, challenges, and solutions
a Balisage pre-conference symposium

Stilo's Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis will be providing a demo of the Migrate cloud XML content conversion service and available to answer any questions attendees may have on content conversion. Visit the symposium website for more information on this and Balisage 2017.

About the symposium

Document users sometimes find that the formats of the documents available are not rich enough to support their intended uses. Conversion of content and/or increasing the specificity of markup is an important task in many different content and information workflows. Markup transformations can involve high-level structuring, detailed component structuring, and/or enhancing information by inserting or matching or linking to external vocabularies or data. Enhancing markup presents numerous challenges including lack of structure of the inputs or inconsistency of input data down to the level of spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. Sources for up-translation may be XML, word processing documents, or just plain text.

The range of approaches to up-transformation is as varied as the specifics of the input and required outputs. Solutions may combine automated processing with human review or could be 100% software implementations. Transformations can require maintenance and evolution as content practices and standards evolve over time.

The presentations in this pre-conference symposium will include goals, challenges, solutions, and workflows for transformation and significant XML enhancement, including approaches, tools, and techniques. Topics include content types such as LaTeX, MS Word XML, RTF, HTML, TEI, DITA, JATS, BITS and workflows for existing content and new content. HTML as a robust intermediate format will be a major topic. The symposium will also include a session of demos of conversion tools.


A new approach to XML content conversion | July 18, 2017, 9am PDT

Join us for this free 30 minute webinar to see Stilo’s Word to JATS Migrate web service in action and discover how your organization could benefit from immediate turnaround times for document conversion with full user control over conversion results and content quality.

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

A new approach to 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 about Migrate JATS

Convert sample document to JATS for free

Watch recording

Exercise of share options

7 July 2017

Issue of new shares / Exercise of Share Options

The Board of Stilo International plc (“Stilo” or the “Company”) (LSE:STL), the AIM quoted software and cloud services company, announces that it has today issued 87,000 new ordinary shares of 1p each in the company (”Ordinary Shares”) following notification of the exercise of share options by an employee. The exercise price of the new shares is 1.5 pence per share.

Application has been made for the 87,000 Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is expected that admission will take place on 13th July 2017.

The Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu with the existing shares of the Company.  Following allotment of the Ordinary Shares, the total issued share capital of the Company will be 113,930,470 ordinary shares.

For the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules (“DTRs”), the issued ordinary share capital of Stilo following this allotment will consist of 113,930,470 ordinary shares with voting rights attached (one vote per share). There are no shares held in treasury.  This total voting rights figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculation by which they will determine whether they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Stilo under the DTRs.

ENQUIRIES

Stilo International plc
Les Burnham, Chief Executive T +44 1793 441 444
Liam O’Donoghue, Company Secretary T +44 20 7583 8304

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


SDL Connect 2017 | October 25-26, San Jose, CA

Stilo is pleased to be one of the bronze sponsors at SDL Connect 2017, being held October 25-26 in San Jose, California - SDL's annual flagship event that offers attendees two packed days of learning, networking and connecting!

Prepare for the future of digital globalization at SDL Connect!

Join us for two packed days at SDL Connect, our annual flagship event, to discuss globalization, localization, AI, web and technical content management, and much more. We’ll also be commemorating how, for the past 25 years, SDL has been helping companies change the way they communicate with customers, and we’ll share our vision for the next 25.

Find out more about SDL Connect and register to attend.


Migrate Live Demo | July 12, 2017, 9am PDT

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a live 30-minute demonstration of the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service. Migrate is a unique cloud service that enables technical authoring teams to automate the conversion of their content from various source formats including XML/SGML/HTML, FrameMaker, Word, Author-it, InDesign, RoboHelp and DocBook to DITA and custom XML. It provides greater control over conversion quality, immediate turnaround times and operates on a low-cost, pay-as-you-use basis.

See why Migrate is the conversion service of choice for organizations including Altera, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Extreme Networks, IBM, Qualcomm, Teradata, Varian Medical Systems, Webtrends and many more.

Find out more about the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service
Convert sample document to DITA for free

Watch recording