CMS/DITA North America 2017 | April 24-26, San Diego, CA

Stilo is pleased to once again be one of the premier sponsors of the Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in San Diego, California on April 24-26 2017.

The conference serves a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future. 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 the conference and register to attend.

Add our presentation and technology test kitchen sessions to your schedule.

Monday, April 24 | 10.00 – 10.40 am
Making sense of an authoring free-for-all
Patrick Baker, VP Development & Professional Services

Full DITA, Lightweight DITA, MarkDown, HTML5 … is it all getting a little confusing? Can these alternative authoring approaches form part of a unified structured content strategy, bringing together technical writing teams and SMEs with no knowledge of XML or DITA?

During the course of this presentation we will consider the relative merits of the alternative approaches, reflect upon some use case examples and show how collaboration between the different groups might be possible.

Tuesday, April 25 | 11.20 – 12.00 noon
Technology Test Kitchen | Low-cost, web-based DITA authoring for SMEs
Patrick Baker, VP Development & Professional Services

This session will provide participants with a hands-on introduction to AuthorBridge. AuthorBridge is a low-cost, web-based XML authoring tool developed for use by SMEs with no knowledge of DITA or its complexities. It has been developed in close co-operation with IBM to complement existing XML editing tools and provide a ‘Word-like’ authoring experience for non-ID professionals.

In addition to providing an attractive user interface, AuthorBridge provides a Guided + Fluid authoring experience for SMEs, free from the frustrating constraints generally associated with XML authoring tools.

Participants will be shown how to edit and review existing DITA topics, and to quickly create new ones. No knowledge of DITA or XML is required. All participants will receive a free 30-day trial of AuthorBridge, which they may continue to use following the conference.

What you’ll need to bring
All you need is your laptop. We will provide sample content. If you wish, you can provide us with your own Word or FrameMaker files, say 20-30 pages, ahead of the session (email to our Conversion Services Manager). We will use Migrate, our cloud XML conversion service, to convert it to DITA for use during the Test Kitchen. And you can take away the DITA generated for your own evaluation purposes. Alternatively, you can also bring along your own DITA content to work with.

 


 

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Best Practices 2016 | September 12-14, Santa Fe, NM

Join us at the CIDM Best Practices 2016 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In its 18th year, the conference will be held at the La Fonda On the Plaza hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Best Practices conference is the premier annual conference for managers of information development whether it be for user and product support, or training. Learn about best ideas and innovations in the industry. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.

The theme for this year’s conference is Maximizing Value – Reducing Waste; Moving to Leaner Practices, Processes, and Information Products.

  • Consider how process improvements in your area are reducing the number of steps to complete a task.
  • Consider how reusing content among deliverables reduces content redundancy and multiple revisions.
  • Consider that reducing the total amount of content may make the most useful content easier to find.
  • Consider writing less by understanding users needs more.

The conference will also continue to focus on communication and collaboration: internal communication among global team members and communication with our content consumers, including those in emerging markets.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

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CMS/DITA North America 2016 | April 4-6, Reston, Virginia

Silo is pleased to once again be one of the premier sponsors of the Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in Reston, Virginia on April 4-6 2016.

The conference serves a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future. 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 the conference and register to attend.

We are also delighted to announce that we will be making the following presentations at the conference (click the link to read the full presentation abstract):

Monday, April 4 – 2.35-3.15pm | Intelligent Content Authoring for Eveyone
Presented by Mike Iantosca, IBM and Patrick Baker, Stilo International

Wednesday April 6 – 10.35-11.15am | “Extreme” DITA Conversion: Lessons learned from doing it the hard way
Presented by Christina Mayr, Extreme Networks and Helen St. Denis, Stilo International

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Best Practices Conference 2015 | Sept 21-23, St. Petersburg, Florida

Stilo will be attending the CIDM Best Practices conference – the premier annual conference for managers of information development, whether it be for user and product support, or training. From your colleagues, learn about the best ideas and innovations in the industry. Discover how organizations are pursuing dynamic publishing, content management, social media, enterprise-wide information creation through wikis and blogs, and much more.

Visit the conference website to register and for further information.

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Stilo will be providing a demo of AuthorBridge, our new enterprise DITA authoring solution that enables SMEs and occasional contributors to make browser-based contributions to a CCMS at very low cost, and without requiring any knowledge of DITA.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
3:00-5:00pm AuthorBridge – Guided, fluid authoring for SMEs and occasional contributors
Presented by Patrick Baker, Stilo International

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Webinar | Overcoming the Barriers — Getting Collaboration to Work, Dr. JoAnn Hackos

Dr JoAnn Hackos, Comtech President and Director of the CIDMPresented by Dr. JoAnn Hackos,
Comtech President and Director of the CIDM

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
9am PDT | 12noon EDT | 5pm BST

 

Do you believe that you could be more successful in getting customers the information they need if you could get the content providers in their organizations to collaborate? As soon as you begin to broach the idea of collaboration, do you run into barriers? For example, when your team is tasked with developing solutions-oriented content, do you have a hard time finding anyone who knows what the solutions are? Do you have colleagues in other organizations who hoard their content and refuse to work together to develop a coherent strategy?

In this webinar, learn about the most common barriers to collaboration and how to identify them in your organization. Most importantly, learn from Dr. JoAnn Hackos how you can work to overcome them.

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Dr. JoAnn Hackos is President of Comtech Services, a content-management and information-design firm based in Denver, Colorado, which she founded in 1978. She is Director of the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM), a membership organization focused on content-management and information-development best practices. Dr. Hackos and colleagues are called upon by corporate executives worldwide to consult on strategies for content management, development and organizational management, product interface design, customer studies, Web and traditional information architecture, and tools and technology selection.

For more than 33 years, Dr. Hackos has addressed audiences internationally on subjects ranging from content management, project management, effective interfaces and information, minimal information products, usability testing, and online and Web-based information, to managing the information design and development process. Her workshops are dedicated to enhancing the practices and products that will best promote customer satisfaction.

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WEBINAR | Leaving proprietary solutions behind, Dr. JoAnn Hackos

Dr. JoAnn Hackos, Comtech President and Director of the CIDM

Presented by Dr. JoAnn Hackos, Comtech President and Director of the CIDM
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9am PDT | 12noon EDT | 4pm GMT

 

 

Your organization developed a proprietary solution for handling content. Perhaps you started with DocBook or DITA and customized them extensively to meet your needs. Unfortunately, the customizations make it impossible to implement the latest version of these standards. Or, your technical experts created their own solution using SGML or XML or something really unusual.

Now, executives are questioning the expense of maintaining that proprietary solution when alternatives are readily available at reasonable cost.

Join Dr. JoAnn Hackos in exploring the costs involved with proprietary solutions and the reasons you may want to consider in converting to a standards-based approach.

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Dr. JoAnn Hackos is President of Comtech Services, a content-management and information-design firm based in Denver, Colorado, which she founded in 1978. She is Director of the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM), a membership organization focused on content-management and information-development best practices. Dr. Hackos and colleagues are called upon by corporate executives worldwide to consult on strategies for content management, development and organizational management, product interface design, customer studies, Web and traditional information architecture, and tools and technology selection.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Hackos has addressed audiences internationally on subjects ranging from content management, project management, effective interfaces and information, minimal information products, usability testing, and online and Web-based information, to managing the information design and development process. Her workshops are dedicated to enhancing the practices and products that will best promote customer satisfaction.

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