Information Management News
Volume 5, Issue 3
March 2005

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

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News & Events

Content Management Strategies 2005

Read more about the conference and how you can register or become an exhibitor today.

Webinar: Authoring More Effectively with DITA

Learn more about this free Arbortext webinar.

CIDM is proud to be a partner with Arbortext in the 10th annual AUGI(Arbortext User Group) conference.

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Upcoming Workshops

The CIDM sponsors the following workshops:

XML for Writers
Jen Linton,
March 9–10
Roseville, MN

Structured Writing for Single Sourcing
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
March 16–17
Beaverton, OR

Managing Your Documentation Projects
Bill Hackos, PhD,
March 22–23
Mountain View, CA

Structured Writing for Single Sourcing
JoAnn Hackos, PhD,
July 7–8
Gatineau, Quebec

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

Product Announcements

Innodata Isogen Webinars

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Register for the Content Management Strategies conference by Friday, March 11, and save $100!

Modular Content—No Pain, No Gain
JoAnn Hackos, PhD
Bill Hackos, PhD

We’ve recently noticed a disturbing trend as we talk to people who are moving to modular writing and XML. Organizations are eager to report their rapid progress. They explain that they have contracted with a content management vendor not only for the software but also for the service of converting their books to modular form and XML. Others have contracted with system integrators or other consultants to create DTDs based on the structure of their existing books.

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More articles
Good Business Practices for Surviving in Tough Economic Times—Sue King
Building a Personal Network: Pain or Blessing?—Julie Bradbury

Good Business Practices for Surviving in Tough Economic Times
Sue King
Independent Consultant

As part of my investigation into the consequences of offshoring, I sought out a friend of mine, Debra Hodgens, who is the president and CEO of her own privately held business, Quality Partners. Quality Partners is US-based and presently centered on software and system level testing of wireless telephony devices and applications. She has developed this business over the course of the last ten years, successfully steering it through the high-tech and internet business downturn, as well as the migration from PDA devices to smart phones. Her business is an acknowledged leader in its field and highly sought after by offshore companies as an acquisition target.

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Building a Personal Network: Pain or Blessing?
Julie Bradbury
Independent Consultant

You’ve heard people say networking is important, and many trace their current employment to knowing someone in the company. But I believe networking is more than a job-finding tool and can benefit you on several levels. Connecting with other managers in your personal network can improve your ability to…

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