Video Posted – Where Are They Now [TC Dojo Open Session On-Line Event]

Video from Today’s TC Dojo Open Session — “Where Are They Now?” have been posted! It was fun to talk about what’s been done and what different organizations (regardless of industry) has achieved. It was also amazing to think of the oldest implementation we talked about got started 23 years ago! We know that there’s a software side to dynamic information delivery, but it was great to discover that you didn’t have to go out and build software to make it work. Equally impressive was the discovery that once you get it set up, you don’t really have to keep tweaking it to keep it up and running. I hope you enjoyed it.

Video from Today’s TC Dojo Open Session — “Where Are They Now?” have been posted! It was fun to talk about what’s been done and what different organizations (regardless of industry) has achieved. It was also amazing to think of the oldest implementation we talked about got started 23 years ago! We know that there’s a software side to dynamic information delivery, but it was great to discover that you didn’t have to go out and build software to make it work. Equally impressive was the discovery that once you get it set up, you don’t really have to keep tweaking it to keep it up and running. I hope you enjoyed it.

If you missed it, the video has been posted to YouTube and slides to the event announcement site. The URLs mentioned during the webinar are below. Continue reading “Video Posted – Where Are They Now [TC Dojo Open Session On-Line Event]”

Tweet Roundup: ROI of XML Webinar

Roundup of live tweets during the ROI of XML webinar held by Single-Sourcing Solutions in Sept 2010

Yesterday, David Lorenzoni, from Single-Sourcing Solutions, hosted a panel that addressed the ROI of XML. The panel included Charlotte Robidoux (HP), Greg Johnson (Medtronic), Todd Nowlan (Nortel), and Andy Pieper (Toro). They shared their stories of long-time, successful implementations and what it took to get there. Even the panelists said they learned something from talking with each other. It was a great conversation.

In case you missed it, you can sign up to view the recording or, because the event had a live Twitter stream, you can read through the highlights below. Enjoy!
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Documentation, Medical Devices, and the FDA

This month the implementation date for MDD directive (2007/47/EC) comes due. There are a number of issues that require action by manufacturers (changes to the Essential Requirements, clearer requirements for clinical evaluation, changes to the QA of third parties) and the Notified Bodies ( higher requirements for auditing Technical Files).

After seeing how well positioned Medtronic is, we started wondering how well the other device manufacturers were doing. Interestingly enough, none of them have really started the discussion about the benefits of dynamic information delivery in their business.

I might have expected it. The first step is always: let’s meet the requirements and be done with it. But when translation costs are $50/page when they could be less than $5/page, it makes me wonder when the life sciences companies are going to really join the discussion.

We had a customer in the manufacturing space — not life sciences — and their translation vendor offered them a steep discount if they got out of FrameMaker. Their translation costs went from $20,000 to $6,000.  Just getting out of proprietary systems and into a standard XML publishing system got their costs down by 2/3.  (Reuse is the second driver of cost reduction.)

Is there something about this I’m missing?

Medical Devices have a huge margin, why wouldn’t any medical device manufacturer want to maximize it as much as they could while improving their odds against failing an FDA audit due to product information development processes?