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  • Repurposing DITA Content for Microsoft Office Users
    Repurposing DITA Content for Microsoft Office Users Eric Kuhnen and Bill Gamboa Recorded: Apr 18 2018 56 mins
    Technical communicators around the globe use the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) to help them create structured, semantically rich, topic-based technical documentation designed for reuse. The benefits of DITA, including content reuse, are limited to content teams who use XML editing tools. Content creators working with Microsoft Office tools cannot reuse DITA content easily, so content silos coalesce around the tools that content teams use.

    It’s one thing to understand the value of content reuse. It’s another to find a solution that defeats tool-driven content silos so that teams who don’t have access to—or knowledge of—XML editing tools are able to effectively reuse and repurpose DITA content. Attend this free, one-hour Content Wrangler webinar, brought to you by the content management gurus at Astoria Software, to learn how technical content teams are sharing and repurposing DITA content with team members who create content using Microsoft Office software.
  • Publishing DITA Content to a Chatbot
    Publishing DITA Content to a Chatbot Patrick Bosek Recorded: Apr 3 2018 60 mins
    Chatbots have a long way to go to be self-sufficient, but if you build them on a base of structured content, they can be a helpful content delivery tool today. Join The Content Wrangler, and Patrick Bosek of Jorsek LLC to learn how you can publish your DITA content to your chatbot.

    As a part of this process, Patrick will talk about how chatbots fit into your total content delivery strategy, how to transform DITA content for chatbots, and how to update and maintain chatbots as a delivery system.

    About Patrick Bosek

    Patrick is a co-founder and Director of Customer Success at Jorsek LLC, the makers easyDITA. Since beginning with Jorsek LLC in 2005 Patrick has worked on a wide range of projects all focused on improving authoring, production, and distribution of content. Most recently, his primary focus has been empowering the users of easyDITA and generally advancing the product documentation industry.

    Patrick is a software industry professional specializing in developing, productizing, and solving problems with product content software. He is a highly skilled developer, thoughtful manager, passionate customer advocate.
  • Office 365 As A Content Services Hub? Seriously!
    Office 365 As A Content Services Hub? Seriously! Steffen Frederiksen Recorded: Mar 15 2018 61 mins
    Do you have Office 365 in your organization? You may not realize it, but you already have the perfect solution for delivering the right information to the right people, at the right time, in the right format and language–and on the device of their choosing.

    Most content services hubs are expensive and complicated. Office 365 is an affordable, cloud-based, scalable platform that allows you to build content for a future of AI, machine-learning, chatbots, and machine-to-machine communication. It enables everyone, whether experienced in content architectures like DITA and XML or not, to use Microsoft Word and other familiar tools to create and share content in real time. Gartner recognized Microsoft as a leader in the Content Management Platform Magic Quadrant in 2017. Find out why!

    Join our special guest host, Paul Perrotta, and our special guest, Steffen Frederiksen, for this free, one-hour webinar, and learn exactly why and how Office 365 is a great platform for authoring, managing, and delivering the content of the future. Attendees will also learn the benefits that come with using it, as well as be taken through a specific use case in financial services.

    ABOUT STEFFEN FREDERIKSEN

    Since 1989, Steffen Frederiksen has been working with the creation, management, and distribution of structured, reusable business content. This work includes methods, software tools, training workshops and CMS solutions. He has managed the training of more than 200,000 writers around the globe, primarily in the financial services, pharma, and other regulated industries.

    While working for Information Mapping, Steffen developed the concept of “object-oriented information” as well as the MOM (Mapping Object Model) XML DTDs – some of the foundation of the DITA standard. With the objective of bringing the power of structured content to everyone, he founded DitaExchange in 2001 and developed its Dx4 software, which combines the DITA standard, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office.
  • Enabling Content in Chatbots and AI: Part II — The Microcontent Solution
    Enabling Content in Chatbots and AI: Part II — The Microcontent Solution Steve Manning Recorded: Mar 13 2018 59 mins
    On December 12, 2017, Steve Manning presented a discussion on how new technology will change the way we approach content. The addition of Bots, voice-enabled interfaces, and Artificial Intelligence means we must change the way we structure content. We are moving from a broadcast style of communication – publish and hope for the best – to a more conversational style of communication. More question and answer.

    This imposes requirements on the content models you need to create if you want to talk to the Bots. We must be more granular in our models. We need to implement Microcontent.

    Join our special guest host, Val Swisher, and Steve Manning In Part II of this series, where Steve will go a little deeper. He will discuss the language of bots/AI: intents, attributes, and assets. Then he’ll relate that to how the granularity you design into your models, the semantic labels you apply to elements, and the taxonomy you capture in creation can make or break your ability to publish DITA content to the new technologies. The session will include real-world scenarios that rely on a microcontent strategy.
  • How to Reuse Structured Content with DITA
    How to Reuse Structured Content with DITA Gosia Radymiak Recorded: Mar 8 2018 58 mins
    Reusing content can be beneficial, but complicated to manage without proper guidelines. You can reuse content on many levels and apply different methods, from conditional filtering on entire maps to variable phrases for single words.

    Join guest host Paul Perrotta, and our special guest, Gosia Radymiak, Customer Success Manager at Jorsek LLC, the makers of easyDITA, for this free, one-hour webinar. In this webinar, attendees will learn how to 1) review reuse mechanisms available in DITA; 2) learn about reuse best practices, including content organization and localization do’s and don'ts; 3) learn how to create a reuse strategy suitable for your content; and finally, 4) to get links to useful resources about DITA and reuse, including articles and training.
  • Advanced Practices in Technical Communication Management — A Panel Discussion
    Advanced Practices in Technical Communication Management — A Panel Discussion Paul Perrotta, Eeshita Grover, Craig Prior, and Joe Gelb Recorded: Jan 24 2018 60 mins
    Join us for a panel discussion designed to help you identify—and overcome—the big challenges associated with digital product content delivery. Join host Paul Perrotta, formerly Senior Director of Information Experience at Juniper Networks, Eeshita Grover of Cisco, Craig Prior, Director of Technical Communications at Mastercard, and Joe Gelb of Zoomin Software for this lively panel discussion. The panelists will share lessons learned that you can use to develop a streamlined content delivery process that takes advantage of modern content creation and management practices, and prepares your content to support emerging delivery technologies such as chatbots, voice interfaces, the Internet of Things, and augmented reality.
     
    Attendees will learn about:
    –Increasing speed to delivery without sacrificing quality
    –Having consistent access to all of your technical content, no matter the source format
    –Exposing the right content to the right audience 
    –The value of scenario-based content design
    –Optimizing the maintainability of content over time
    –Building trust around your content
    –Preparing your content to support emerging technologies
  • The Wrong (and Right) Way to Select Digital Asset Management Technology
    The Wrong (and Right) Way to Select Digital Asset Management Technology Jarrod Gingras, Real Story Group Recorded: Jan 23 2018 56 mins
    Technology is increasingly important to every enterprise's initiatives, but with dozens of alternatives, do you have the right solution? Thinking about divorcing your current vendor? Looking to adopt new technology from scratch? This session is for you.

    Rather than selecting technology based on a ratings spreadsheet or who plays golf with your boss, we'll offer a more practical — and effective! — approach. This webinar deals the straight dope on pitfalls to avoid and reliable paths to follow.

    You'll learn about the most important criteria when creating a shortlist, what should really be in that (brief) RFP, and how to plan a vendor demo that's meaningful and useful to you. So stop selecting the wrong technology. Here's a better way to ensure you make the right choice.

    ABOUT JARROD GINGRAS

    Jarrod Gingras is Real Story Group’s Managing Director and an analyst covering Digital Workplace and Marketing technologies. As a conference speaker and consultant, he regularly advises some of the world’s largest and most complicated enterprises on their enterprise information challenges.

    Prior to joining Real Story Group, Jarrod worked as a web developer, information architect and user interface designer at a systems integration firm, where he developed user-focused content management strategies and solutions for clients in a multitude of industries.
  • The 5-Step Approach to Forming a Successful, Winning Team
    The 5-Step Approach to Forming a Successful, Winning Team Andrew Lawless, Rockant, Inc. Recorded: Jan 23 2018 58 mins
    Leading teams is hard. One single team member can bring you down - from halting your improvement plans to a complete breakdown of key operating functions and alienation of customers. Because of that, the answers to the question of whom to hire and whom to keep are vital when automation shrinks your workforce.

    The equation involves many make-or-break variables, including the balance of skills and experience, mix of styles, personalities, and relationships, and diversity of natural talents and strengths. To further complicate things, each variable must also be consistent with the executive agenda as well as the team lead’s personal leadership style and strengths profile.

    In this webinar, Andrew Lawless will share the best-working tools and strategies from 20 years of transforming teams with the goal of teaching you about a five-step approach to transforming your team.

    This webinar is for you if you are dealing with team members who are smart, capable, and competent, but struggle to agree with your changes, wrestle with automation, or fail to meet new job requirements. You will learn about methodologies that help you understand which team members to keep, coach, or transition.

    TAKEAWAYS

    1. Understand each team member’s view of the world
    2. Show a different scenario or reality
    3. Disrupt counter-productive behavior
    4. Attract and keep the right talent
    5. Initiate small changes in the right direction

    ABOUT ANDREW LAWLESS

    Andrew Lawless is a best-selling author, performance coach, educator, and consultant. He elevates senior executives and business owners to success, sanity, and happiness in business and life. He brings a unique blend of experience in behavioral sciences, publishing, localization, and education. He served as a trainer and consultant to the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit where he helped analyze the mindset of hostage takers.
  • The Importance of Communicating with Images and Video
    The Importance of Communicating with Images and Video Ryan Knott, TechSmith Corporation Recorded: Dec 14 2017 56 mins
    Humans are hardwired for communicating with visuals. Learn some eye-opening statistics on engagement with video and images, as well as some best practices for improving your marketing and social media videos. Learn how you can use video and visuals to better engage your customers.

    Join Val Swisher, sitting in for Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and Ryan Knott, Public Relations Specialist at TechSmith, for this free, one-hour webinar. Attendees will learn why visuals and video are so important to your marketing content, why perfection is killing your marketing videos, and three easy ways to improve your video process.
  • The Easy Formula: Validation Made Easy
    The Easy Formula: Validation Made Easy Patrick Bosek, Jorsek LLC Recorded: Dec 14 2017 60 mins
    Validating content is a core component of the modern TechComm process, but often there are still far too many manual processes. Manual checking and validation is inefficient, error-prone, and supremely not fun.

    Join Paul Perrotta sitting in for Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Patrick Bosek, co-founder of Jorsek LLC, the makers of easyDITA, for this free, one-hour webinar. In this webinar, Patrick will go through a set of tools that demonstrates how validation can be mostly automated, making your life easier and ultimately producing better results.

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