Common Questions: BOMs

BOMs can be created automatically as part of your organizational content strategy

This week’s topic: BOMs

As organizations start to see returns from XML implementations in technical publications, training, and support, they start to see how it can benefit even more departments across the organizations. One of the places that organizations look at first is to BOMs. BOM documents are highly structured. They’re the definition of reused content: Their contents come from other places, other systems, other documents. Two classic signs for content that can benefit from XML creation and publishing systems.

Last week, we got a peek at the new Service Information System (SIS) that PTC is working on. SIS is a complete system for creating, maintaining and delivering service information throughout a product’s lifecycle. That’s a big topic, and that’s why SIS was the subject of a webinar.

Today, we’re scaling back and looking only at BOMs. As always, if you have a question that we haven’t answered or if you want more details, remember to send us your questions or add them to the comments!

Question: Creating BOMs Automatically

Can you create a bill of materials (BOM) definition of the configuration of a document that identifies the components to be included and their versions such that the document can be produced as required and could be reassembled from its component parts at any time in the future?


Yes, you can create BOMs and DITA maps directly in ACM.

Question: Versioning BOMs

Do you support versioning of BOMs to track how document configurations have changed over time?



Question: Versioning BOM metadata

Does ACM support versioning of metadata that is attached to a component or a BOMs to identify when metadata has changed even if the metadata change can change the meaning of a component or a document?



Webinars coming up through the end of 2010

Webinars coming up through December 2010

There are lots of good product information, tips, and feature-focus sessions coming up through the end of the year. Here’s a short list of what’s coming up:

  • August 31: DITA Style in Arbortext. It’s Easy!
      Liz Fraley, from Single-Sourcing Solutions, is going to show some best practices of doing DITA stylesheets in Styler. Understanding fall-back processing, using read-only stylesheets, modular stylesheet development. All of these contribute to a successful DITA implementation and a productive environment.
  • September 23: ROI of XML
      Want to know why you implement an XML publishing system? Missed the user meeting on August 28th? Hear from some long time experts about why they did it and what it took to sell it to the executive suite. Panelists include: Greg Johnson/Medtronic, Todd Nowlan/Nortel, Charlotte Robidoux/HP, and Andy Pieper/Toro.
  • October 26: Under-the-hood Multimedia publishing
      Details coming soon. Jean Kaplansky from PTC will be showing what you can do with DMP. We’re output geeks and currently playing with things interesting technology like ePub, HTML5, CSS3… stay tuned!

Lots of stuff coming over the next few months. Sign up to guarantee your seat or at least guarantee you get a copy of the web session to view later!