CIDM eNews

February 2016
A monthly e-newsletter from The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM)
JoAnn T. Hackos, PhD, CIDM Director

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CIDM News and Events


CMS_2016_square The CMS/DITA NA 2016 Conference will be held April 4-6 in Reston, Virginia.

SantaFe Save the Date!

The Best Practices 2016 Conference will be held September 12-14 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Upcoming Workshops

Advanced Publishing for DITA
February 22-26, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

DITA Boot Camp
February 29-March 4, 2016
Renton, WA

Content Management Strategies
March 11, 2016
Ultimo, NSW Australia (North Sydney)

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
March 14-15, 2016
Ultimo, NSW Australia (North Sydney)

Applying Agile Project Management to Information Development
May 10-11, 2016
Atlanta, GA

Upcoming CIDM Webinars

Reinventing Content Publishing
Presented by Ann Beebe, Microsoft Dynamics AX
February 17, 2016, 12pm EST

What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of DITA Adoption?
Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services and Stan Doherty, SimpliVity Corporation
February 24, 2016, 1pm EST

Implementing Content Strategy through Collaboration
Presented by Ron Hickman, Siemens PLM Software
February 25, 2016, 12pm EST

Recorded webinars.

Other Webinars

An Introduction to Component Content Management Systems (CCMS)
Presented by Vasont
February 10, 2016, 1pm EST

Digitizing Your Legacy Data – More Than Just OCR
Presented by Naveh Greenberg, US Defense Development, DCL
February 23, 2016 1pm EST

10 Steps to Make Your Conversion/Migration a Success
Presented by Naveh Greenberg, US Defense Development, DCL
March 22, 2016 1pm EST


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Suzanne Mescan Named President of Vasont Systems

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More Announcements.

Leading and Trailing Measurements: Applying Metrics to your Content

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

Last week, January 26 and 27, 2016, marked the second online conference offered by CIDM. One hundred members and non-members signed up, with many in regular attendance at the sessions and others intending to listen to the recordings. If you missed it, you missed a really exciting and worthwhile event.

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6 Layers of Resistance

Jason Furness, Manufacturship

The following is a synopsis of the “6 Layers of Resistance”,  based upon the work of Eli Goldratt who has now passed away. Eli was the founder of a group of work known as the “Theory of Constraints”. His best selling novel “The Goal” should be essential reading for anyone in business, not just manufacturing. I first read “The Goal” in 1991 when my first professional boss basically told me to forget most of what I learned at university about manufacturing and to just read “The Goal” and “The Machine That Changed The World”.

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Welcome to the New Year

Doug Gorman, SimplyXML

We’ve come a long way, baby. We’ve got Social Media including Facebook and LinkedIn. We’ve got streaming video and online ordering and Apple Pay. We can ask Siri a question and often get a good answer. Our phones can tell us where to go and how to get there. And if you want to know how old some movie star is or what the weather is going to be in Oshkosh B’gosh you can find that information quickly.

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February 2016 Best Practices Newsletter
Table of Contents



Collaborative Content Teams Laura Readdy & Julie Gibson, Siemens PLM Software
Hide and Go Seek Dawn Stevens, CIDM
Technical Communicators, Get Ready: Here Comes Augmented Reality! Rhonda Truitt, Huawei Technologies & Scott Hudson, Jeppesen
Joining Forces Across Organizational Divides Helen Chambers, Microsoft Mobile Oy
Top Ten List for Content Strategy Mysti Berry, Salesforce
Creating Dynamic Context Sensitive Help without Using IDs Trudi Miklos, ANSYS, Inc.
Comparing Lightweight Markup to DITA Raymond Gillespie, Nokia
If you are not a CIDM member, you can subscribe to the Best Practices newsletter online. An electronic version of the Best Practices newsletter is $99 USD. An electronic and print version is $129 USD. Please note, the Best Practices contains different and more in-depth articles than the free CIDM eNews.

Welcome New CIDM Member—Arris

arrisAs a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology, Arris continually works with their customers to transform entertainment and communications to solve the most pressing challenges of 21st century communications.

Learn more about CIDM (Center for Information-Development Management) here.

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