Information Management News
Volume 7, Issue 11
November 2007

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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News & Events

Globalization, Reuse, Executive Buy-in Cited as Most Critical Factors for Successful Enterprise Content Management Deployment

Astoria Software and Idiom Technologies reveal findings surrounding success factors for ECM adoption in a multilingual corporate environment.

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XyEnterprise Experts Share Industry Vision And Innovation At Fall Conferences and Trade Shows

XyEnterprise, a leading developer of award-winning XML content management and multi-channel delivery solutions, is sharing best practices, thought leadership, and industry expertise with conference attendees from around the globe.

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XyUser Group Conference Shares Best Practices, Customer Input, Open Communication, and Business Strategy

XyEnterprise, announces another successful fall conference that provided an opportunity for attendees to share their best practices, learn about product enhancements and future releases, and collaborate with colleagues from around the world.

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Vasont Systems Joins Partner Program

Industry leaders partner to provide an automated solution to complex publishing challenges.

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A Push for Plain English by Stephen Barr, Washington Post article

Gobbledygook. It’s the stuff of government. Maybe its No. 1 export.

Now, a first-term House member, Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), wants to do away with the wordy, pompous and confusing forms and memos that spew out of the bureaucracy every day.

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The FrameMaker Chautauqua

This year The FrameMaker Chautauqua features sessions on diverse topics for structured and unstructured users. Presentations by real-world users with practical solutions and insights will help improve your FrameMaker experience.

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The Arbortext Edition of Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture has arrived! Buy your copy today!

Building a Collaborative Team Environment
JoAnn Hackos, PhD, Comtech Services, Inc.

Introducing new ways of planning, creating, and publishing technical content is the order of the day in 2007 and beyond. Most organizations begin by acquiring new tools and technologies. But buying new tools is the easy part. Changing how people think about their roles is not easy. As managers, we must recognize the challenge of building a collaborative team environment and develop a creative strategy for making it attractive.

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More articles

TODAY’S TOPIC: Rich Media, Social Networks, Dynamic Content, and On-Demand
Dan Ortega, Astoria Software

There’s an interesting confluence that’s just starting to gain traction in the enterprise. This is the intersection of rich media, social networking, dynamic content management and the on-demand business model.

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Information Developers–The New Role of Technical Writers in a Flat World
Virginia Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Maud Keisman, The Thomson Corporation

In her September presentation to the New York Metro chapter, JoAnn T. Hackos discussed the challenges that we writers face in the dawn of the 21st century. Technology has enabled organizations to work across cities, states, countries, language differences, and time zones. In our increasingly global world, companies now create products and services for use in multiple countries, necessitating different technologies, requirements, processes, and languages. Our offices and colleagues are spread all over the map. In many cases, we don’t know our international users, but we continue to design and write information that is supposed to help them use our products.

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