Interview with Todd Nowlan, “Benefits of XML and single-sourcing”

When we were getting ready for the CMS DITA/NA 2010, we reached out to long-time Arbortext customers to find out where they were now, what they did originally, and how they got from point A to point B. Just what did it take to make a successful single-sourcing implementation happen.

One of the customers willing to talk about their implementation was Todd Nowlan, “large Canadian telecom”. They’d started before DITA was really ready, and they’re still using the system today. The original project was to support enterprise content in a large, global company. What they did was amazing. We’ve heard Todd’s story several times, and are amazed each time. Something more comes out in what it takes to be successful at that level for that long. Continue reading “Interview with Todd Nowlan, “Benefits of XML and single-sourcing””

Interview with Doug Wade, long time Arbortext user

Liz Fraley talks with Doug Wade about his experience and knowledge with Arbortext.

This month we’re launching our PubWright Podcast: Voices from the Arbortext Community. Our first guest is Doug Wade.

Douglas Wade is a Software Engineer employed by a large aerospace company in Southern California. He has been working with Structured Content for over 10 years.

Doug has been involved in Arbortext projects and Technical Writing for a very long time. He digs into products and technology like he’s creating sandcastles at the beach. Doug has been a long-time advocate of spreading information.  Continue reading “Interview with Doug Wade, long time Arbortext user”

Podcast: Barry Shaeffer

First of all, I know that there are many of you out there who have been waiting the release of the next podcast. I think we underestimated how hard it was going to be to release a video every other week and still maintain our podcasting schedule.  Well, get ready to listen: We’ve got several stacked up in the queue ready to go and we’re starting the release schedule again with a flourish!

The first release in the new podcast series is with a legend in the industry: Barry Schaeffer. I met Barry very early on. I always looked forward to seeing him at industry events and reading the articles he published.  Barry was always a frequent speaker and contributor on subjects related to information and content management.

Barry is a legend.

He was Founder and President of X.Systems.Inc., a system development and consulting firm specializing in the conception and design of text-based information systems, with industrial, legal/judicial and publishing clients among the Fortune 500, non-profit organizations and government agencies, until it’s acquisition by XyEnterprise in 2008. His work with structured information began in 1979 with SGML, and with XML at its initial publication as a standard in 1996. X.Systems was the first company to partner with Arbortext.

Today, Barry is a Senior Analyst with the Gilbane Group and a Principal consultant with Content Life-cycle Consulting, Inc.

Over the course of his career, Barry has held management and technical positions with The Bell System, Xerox, Planning Research Corporation, U. S. News and World Report, Grumman Data Systems and XyEnterprise. As an experienced consultant and systems architect, he has supported a client list that includes major industrial organizations, Federal civilian and defense agencies and state governments.  He was even the new media columnist at Newspapers and Technology magazine for a couple of years.

And we are beyond delighted that he could help us restart the PubWright Podcast.

The advice he gives is invaluable when it comes to thinking about how to roll out XML publishing systems, how to think about organizational content strategy, and full of lessons learned about both. In fact, there’s a bit of important history here: Barry was there at BNA when IBM was learning the lessons that lead IBM to invent DITA. Interesting stuff!

Head on over to the podcast.  Hear from a long time part of the the XML/technical publications family: Barry Schaeffer.