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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AuthorBridge Live Product Demo – October 6, 2016

Migrate Live DemonstrationThursday, October 6, 2016
9:00 AM PDT | 12:00 noon EDT | 5:00 PM BST

Join Stilo’s VP of Development & Professional Services, Patrick Baker, for a live 30-minute demonstration of AuthorBridge. AuthorBridge is a simple web-based, walk-up and use DITA authoring tool, designed for SMEs and occasional content contributors who have no knowledge of DITA or its complexities. It is targeted at enterprises that are looking to extend the use of DITA across different business units and potentially support thousands of users.

Discover how, with AuthorBridge, you can benefit from:

  • Guidance text in the user interface for creating a new topic
  • User interface controls that provide hover help and/or tool tips
  • Non-intrusive, in-line textual guidance for the high-level parts of the topic body
  • A visual guidance panel, specially adapted for each document type
  • A totally customizable authoring environment

Depending on registration numbers, we plan to open up phone lines for questions, allowing for a more interactive/collaborative session. To participate you will need to join the audio conference via telephone rather than VOIP.

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Stilo partner InfoParse to show AuthorBridge at the JTCA Symposium in Kyoto, Japan | October 5-7, 2016

Stilo is pleased to announce that our local partner in Japan, InfoParse, Inc, will exhibit and present AuthorBridge—Stilo’s simple web-based, walk-up and use DITA authoring tool, designed for SMEs and occasional content contributors who have no knowledge of DITA or its complexities—at the Japan Technical Communicators Association (JTCA) Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, which takes place October 5 to 7, 2016.

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Migrate Live Product Demo – September 15, 2016

Migrate Live Demonstration

Thurs, September 15, 2016
9:00 AM PDT | 12:00 noon EDT | 5:00 PM BST

Join Stilo’s Conversion Services Manager, Helen St. Denis, for a live 30-minute demonstration of the Migrate XML cloud content conversion service. Migrate 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.

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.

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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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WEBINAR | A Tale of Two Formats; Creating content with Word and DITA XML simultaneously | Varian Medical Systems

Presented by Catherine Long & Rich Perry | Varian Medical Systems

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
9am PDT | 12noon EDT | 5pm BST

Varian Medical Systems
You decide to move to publishing with DITA XML. It all appears wonderful. You purchase a CMS, select an editor, create your information model, and share the plan with your authors. This is great! You begin to analyze documents, get a style sheet designed, prepare and schedule author training, but then problems and issues of resistance start adding up. There are so many different document types (60) and so many global authors (100) who are not tech writers. You begin to realize that unless the company can stop needing to provide service and installation for 3 to 6 months, you are not going to be able to flip the switch and move to DITA all at once.

What can you do?
Make the move at your own pace, and publish documents with Word and DITA simultaneously. Doing so provides many benefits, such as bringing the different document types into the project a few at a time and training authors with their own content already in the system.

Catherine Long and Rich Perry show you how this dual publishing helps you move through the process of moving to DITA so that the experience is easier, and perhaps cheaper, for everyone involved.

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Catherine Long
Catherine Long has been with Varian Medical Systems for five years. She was brought in to assist the service documentation department with authoring standards and the publishing process, as well as to lead the move to DITA XML. Her challenge is to design a system architecture and provide training for 100 SMEs who write documents as one part of their busy schedules. Her relaxation is to immerse herself in the worlds of Shakespeare, Wodehouse, Wilde, and others.

Rich Perry
Rich Perry manages a publication team responsible for processing technical servicing content at Varian Medical Systems. Over the course of his career work life, he has held various technical positions supporting military and medical devices. These experiences as an end-user of servicing procedures lit a fire in him that led to his avocation as a technical trainer, curriculum developer, and product support specialist.

Rich’s team is in the process of transitioning from an unstructured Word authoring environment to DITA. While he and his team have not fully implemented DITA, Rich is ready to share his experiences as the struggle continues!

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WEBINAR | Intelligent content authoring for everyone | Mike Iantosca, IBM

Presented by Mike Iantosca | IBM and Patrick Baker | Stilo International

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
9am PDT | 12noon EDT | 5pm BST

The power of intelligent content becomes possible only when that intelligence is intentionally injected, most often in the form of structure and descriptive semantics. That intelligence helps machines do their automated magic. Most often, the needed structure and semantics are added by humans during content authoring. Content management, for both content development and delivery, generally becomes more powerful, flexible, and valuable with the growth of structure and semantics–but at the price of complexity and required skills for content creators.

Structured content authoring tools have advanced, masking some of that complexity, but even so-called lightweight and tag-less authoring tools leave gaps for diverse content creators and contributors, making intelligent content component strategies for the enterprise an elusive proposition.

Join us for this Stilo DITA Knowledge Series webinar as Mike Iantosca, IBM’s Structured Content Authoring Tools Lead, lays out a multi-tier strategy for addressing the needs of organizations with diverse authoring roles and skills, from professional content creators through casual contributors.

Following Mike’s presentation, Stilo’s Patrick Baker will present the case for a guided + fluid authoring solution for SME’s and casual contributors and provide a demonstration of AuthorBridge, a new cloud XML authoring service which delivers all the advantages of free-form authoring (user-friendly, with little or no restrictions), while ensuring that rich semantic content is generated under the covers, capturing the author intent without any of the complexities of XML.

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LavaCon Dublin 2016 | June 5-7, Dublin, Ireland

Join us at the first European LavaCon conference in Dublin on 5-7 June 2016 at the Trinity College Conference Center near the Temple Bar area of Dublin, Ireland. LavaCon is a gathering place for content strategists, content engineers, documentation managers, and other content professionals.

Visit the conference website to find out more and to register.

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SSP (Society for Scholarly Publishing) Annual Meeting | June 1-3, 2016, Vancouver, BC

Join us at the SSP (Society for Scholarly Publishing) 38th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia – you will find us on booth TT #2. Ask us for a demo of the Migrate Word to NLM JATS cloud conversion service.

About the conference:
As publishers, librarians, authors, and researchers, we find ourselves at a time of unprecedented change and unexpected collaborations. At last year’s meeting of SSP, we saw how innovation and change are taking place on the edges of traditional fields and processes. In Vancouver, we will meet again to examine new ways of bridging concepts and challenging assumptions about the marketplace, business models, and our individual roles.

Organizations and individuals willing to step out of their “comfort zone” are re-defining the world of scholarly publishing by breaking down silos, forming new partnerships, and expanding their focus to reach a global audience. Sessions at this year’s meeting will focus on ways we can learn from these experiences and explore what lies over the horizon for scholarly publishing.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

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