Information Management News

November 2015
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

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Other Events


DITAeurope2015-Small_PostCard The DITA Europe 2015 Conference will be held November 16-17 in Munich, Germany. For more information click here.

measure_anything_icon The 2016 CIDM Online Conference will be held January 26-27. For more information click here.

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

SantaFe Save the Date!

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

Upcoming Workshops

Minimalism: Creating Information People Really Need
November 10-11, 2015,
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Upcoming CIDM Webinars

Minimalism Revisited — Let’s Stop Developing Content that No One Wants
Presented by JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.
December 8, 2015, 1pm EST

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

Other Webinars

Converting and Integrating Legacy Data and Documents When Implementing a New CMS
Presented by Greg Fagan, DCL
November 10, 2015, 1pm EST

Converting and Transforming Technical Graphics
Presented by Don Larson, Larson Software Technology and David Manock, Vizualsite LLC
November 11, 2015, 1pm EST

Preparing Your Legacy Data for Automation in S1000D
Presented by Naveh Greenberg, US Defense Development, DCL
November 17, 2015, 1pm EST

Developing and Implementing a QA Plan When Converting Your Legacy Data to S1000D
Presented by Naveh Greenberg, US Defense Development, DCL
December 15, 2015, 1pm EST

Click here for recorded webinars.


Sharper Tools, Better Results: DITA CMS 4.2 Now Available for IXIASOFT Customers Worldwide

Syncro Soft Announces New Release of Oxygen XML Editor version 17.1

Vasont Systems Introduces an Enhanced Collaborative Review Tool for the Vasont Content Management System

CM Quick Tips Newsletter – October 2015

Adobe Tech Comm Newsletter – October 2015

Click here for more announcements.

Team Composition and Critical Skills

Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services, Inc.

In the October 2015 Monthly Management Round Table, attendees discussed the composition of their teams and what skills they prioritize when looking for new team members. The discussion became a valuable learning opportunity for those on the call. A manager whose group is new to agile was able to listen to the experiences and strategies of a manager whose team has been working in agile for years. Similarly, a manager whose team is moving to DITA was able to learn from the managers leading teams who have fully implemented DITA.
Read the article.

3D Party—The Fun in Innovation

Adam Dales, Siemens Industry Software Ltd.

As an innovative company, we’re pushing hard to find different ways to do things better and better ways to do things differently.
Read the article.

The Leader is the Glue

Eeshita Grover, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Content professionals have always played a unique role in the product or service lifecycle. The role is not analogous to any other function. As a result, managing and leading content teams comes with unique situations and differentiators.
Read the article.

CIDM E-news Wants To Hear From You
Working on an exciting project? Developed a new strategy? Creating content in new ways? Delivering content in new media? Let us know what interesting developments you’ve been working on. We would love to have a short article from you (1,000 words or so) for the e-newsletter. Our readers would love to know what is working and even what hasn’t. Send a note to CIDM Editor, Lisa Larson, at with your idea.

Welcome New CIDM Member—Hypertherm

hyperthermHypertherm’s mission is to provide customers with the best industrial cutting solutions in the industry. It’s a mission we’ve been committed to since 1968 when Hypertherm founder Dick Couch and colleague Bob Dean discovered a way to create a narrower plasma arc, capable of cutting metal with a speed and accuracy never before seen. Nearly 50 years later, Mr. Couch’s founding principles of customer focused innovation remain strong. More than 10 percent of our Associates work in engineering, leading to many cutting innovations. Innovations like oxygen injected cutting, HyDefinition® plasma cutting, Coaxial-assistTM jet, and LongLife® technologies, just to name a few. It’s why Hypertherm’s plasma, laser, and waterjet systems consistently outperform the competition in cut quality, productivity, and operating costs. And why our customers can cut with confidence.

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

bestpractices CIDM is calling for contributions to the bimonthly publication, Best Practices. Please contact our Editor, Lisa Larson, for more information.

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