Information Management News
Volume 6, Issue 7
July 2006

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

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News & Events

Best Practices 2006Registration is open for the 2006 Best Practices conference to be held September 18–20, 2006, in San Diego, California. The program is available online.

PTC Webinar

Join us for the PTC Webinar series: Employing Best Practices and Tools for DITA Success. For more information visit the PTC web site.

Comtech Services Releases DITA User Guide

We are accepting orders forIntroduction to DITA: A Basic User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. Order your copy today!

Host a Workshop

Organizations that host a workshop in the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series receive four registrations for the price of one. Find out how to become a host.

Trisoft releases Trisoft InfoShare 3.4

For information on this major release from Trisoft, read the announcement.

PUBSNET Documentation and Training Conference 2006

7th Annual Documentation and Training Conference hosted by PUBSNET to be held October 3–5. For more information visit the Conference Website.

Upcoming Workshops

DITA: Getting Started
Jen Linton,
July 25–26
San Diego, CA

XML for Writers
Kylene Bruski,
September 13–14
San Diego, CA

DITA Boot Camp
JoAnn Hackos, Jen Linton, Kylene Bruski
August 21–25
Wakefield, MA (Boston area)

For more information on these and other workshops, visit the JoAnn Hackos Workshop Series web site.

Cooperating, Coordinating, Collaborating – Which Model Fits Your Organization?
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
CIDM Director

Collaboration is the theme for the Best Practices 2006 conference in September. The theme has generated considerable enthusiasm among CIDM members, covering everything from teamwork among information developers to initiatives involving training, support services, partners, and customers. The presenters document exciting possibilities for extending the influence of technical communication in the global enterprise.

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More articles

The Rise of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
Taj Whitesell, CIDM

In his article “The Globally Integrated Enterprise,” Samuel Palmisano, Chairman of the Board and CEO of IBM, talks about how the idea of the multinational corporation is no longer compatible with the realities of 21st-century global business. We should not apply today’s ideas about the corporation to the future but rather look at the emergence of what Palmisano calls the Globally Integrated Enterprise.

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CIDM Wants Your Organization!
Bill Hackos, Comtech Services

No, we don’t really want your organization. We just want to know how your group is organized. We are updating our organization White paper and we need your input. In the days before the world became flat we classified writing groups as centralized or distributed. If you have ever been involved in a management discussion with JoAnn or me you know what these terms mean. Now with a history of acquisition, outsourcing, offshoring, and other collaboration, things are getting complicated.

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