Anne Bovard, Comtech Services, Inc.
Comtech Services, Inc. conducted a poll of Best Practices 2008 Conference attendees in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Willing voters were given the following ballot to complete:
Voter Background Info 1
53% of respondents indicated that they had attended a past Best Practices Conference. 47% of our respondents indicated that BPC 2008 was their first Best Practices Conference.
Voter Background Info 2
100% of returning attendees have maintained contact with someone that they met at a past Best Practices Conference. This goes to show the value of Best Practices as a networking venue.
Good news for Information Architects! 78% of respondents either will hire a dedicated Information Architect or they currently have one on staff. In 2007, 49% of respondents indicated that they currently had an Information Architect on staff. The trend looks good for this new position.
92% of respondents will make content available to other departments. Kudos to those of you with an eye on sharing, whether it is grudgingly or not!
Of the given reuse methods, 90% selected XML automation as the preferred method, 6% selected FrameMaker, and 2% each selected manual cut and paste and ‘We don’t want to.’ In 2007, we asked for people’s primary methods of reuse with the same options. 51% were using automated XML, 25% were using FrameMaker automation, and 24% were using manual cut and paste. Does this mean that there are differences between what people consider ideal and what they are doing today?
Recently, there has been growing debate about technical writers’ status. With a non-exempt status, technical writers would be eligible for overtime wages and meal breaks. The majority of our respondents, mainly a managerial audience, disagreed with Referendum D. 78% of respondents voted ‘no’ on making tech pubs employees non-exempt.
Thank you to all who participated this year! See you in Vancouver, WA!