CIDM Information Management News June 2015: Best Practices—Planning Ahead

JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.

Best Practices 2015 is on the horizon. I’m planning to be in St. Petersburg, FL on September 20. I hope you’re planning your trip as well. Don’t forget to put your travel request in. If you’re a CIDM member (small or regular department), you already have one or two prepaid registrations for the conference.

Matt Varghese, Citrix, tweeted this week that we are reinventing CIDM Best Practices. If you haven’t looked at the new website, you’ll find it at If you’ve attended before, you know it’s a unique experience, unlike any other conference. At Best Practices, we focus on conversations rather than presentations. And for 2015, we are approaching conversation with new vigor.

A CIDM member recently mentioned to me that she was surprised at the great experience the first time she attended Best Practices. She had avoided attended because when she looked over the agenda, she found a small number of presentations, suggesting there wouldn’t be much to learn. Instead, she discovered that much of the learning takes place in conversations with other managers. Where else do you find an opportunity as an information-development manager to meet up with your peers? Where else can you share ideas about facing and overcoming challenges and celebrating your successes?

If you go to the conference website, you’ll find three kinds of presentations in the Call for Presentations. And, you get to vote on your favorite submissions. We are organizing the conference around these three ideas:

  • 10-minute Demo Jams so that you can learn about new technologies from developers and managers who are actually using them
  • 15-minute TED-like talks, short and crisp quick presentation of a key idea that has worked or a pitfall that you’re trying to overcome
  • 30-minute management success stories where you tell us how you succeeded and leave listeners with three key recommendations so they can achieve success as well

We are also planning a few panels, working sessions, and “Birds of a Feather” lunches where you get to discuss ideas with your peers.

If you’ve missed the deadline for presentations and have a great idea, please send me a note We might just be able to squeeze you in.

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