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The Content Payoff – Transform Business with Content-rich Customer Experiences

When Forrester asked over one hundred enterprise digital experience decision-makers to rank their investment priorities in digital experience technologies, Web Content Management came out on top!

Web content management is at the core of any web experience and gaining more and more attention as brands looks to reinforce their content and experience management strategy.

As a business or technology stakeholder, if you are considering investment in your content and experience management platform, this webinar will leave you with invaluable insights on key content and technology best practices.

Join Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and Ted Schadler, Vice President and Principal Analyst for Forrester, and learn about the latest trends, data and perspectives that turn content and experiences into revenue to help justify your business case. Understand the fundamental content & technology principles that will differentiate your brand today and for years to come, and be inspired with specific actions you can take from the world's leading authority on content and experience delivery.
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    Moving from legacy systems to modern technology can be a daunting task. Depending on the number of documents you currently have, just deciding what to move can be difficult.

    Join The Content Wrangler and Stephani Clark of Jorsek LLC to learn how to perform a content audit, develop a conversion plan, and learn about other considerations when transferring content.

    About Stephani Clark

    Stephani Clark is a Customer Success Manager for easyDITA, a DITA Component Content Management System based in Rochester. She works to train and assist users of easyDITA’s software. Stephani also works on easyDITA’s information development team and spends about half her time creating technical documentation for the software.

    Before she worked for easyDITA, Stephani spent over ten years working for her family’s energy efficiency company. During that time, she worked in sales management, operations, and project management. Stephani also developed the company’s training program and served as their National Training Administrator, which brought her to Rochester in 2010 when the company opened an office there.
  • Publishing DITA Content to a Chatbot Apr 3 2018 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
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    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.

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    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.

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  • Office 365 As A Content Services Hub? Seriously! Recorded: Mar 15 2018 61 mins
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    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.

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  • How to Reuse Structured Content with DITA Recorded: Mar 8 2018 58 mins
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    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.
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    Jarrod Gingras, Real Story Group
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  • Tracking and Controlling Technical Documentation Projects Recorded: Dec 14 2017 59 mins
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    Attendees will learn from the results of a real-world case study of a technical documentation project that required technical writing, technical illustrations, and a couple of key metrics: cost per page and pages per date. You’ll learn how difficult it was for the team to track, calculate, and report these seemingly simple numbers and how they overcame these challenges. You’ll discover the connection between measurement and process design and learn valuable lessons that should help you avoid getting lost in the weeds of data- and cost-tracking.
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    Attendees will learn about 1) a simple, workable set of definitions that you can use to promote shared understanding among stakeholders of what tone is; 2) A framework for identifying and applying tone attributes so that you can create a foundation for consistent practice, and 3) Some typical factors that will help you to see how tone can go awry and will help you create your own risk factors.


    Pierre Gagnier is a content strategist at ADP's Innovation Lab in New York. He works extensively with user experience researchers to help ADP web and mobile product teams align their content strategies consistently with users' realities.
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    Join Paul Perrotta, sitting in for Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and his special guest, Padma Gillen, of Scroll UK, for this free, one-hour webinar. Formerly Head of Content Design for the UK's Government Digital Service, Padma has been at the heart of this emerging discipline since its earliest days. He now teaches others how to do it, and helps organizations rebuild their entire content function around the principles of user needs, designing with data and agile content production.

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