Information Development World 2015

September 30 - October 2nd, 2015

San Jose, California

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IXIASOFT is a Gold Sponsor of IDW 2015. We look forward to seeing you in San Jose!

IXIASOFT DITA Information Architect, Keith Schengili-Roberts, along with Rob Kimm, Sr. IT Business Analyst at Medtronic, Inc. and IXIASOFT DITA CMS Customer, will be participating in this year's DITA Summit at IDW as panelists for the following discussion:

Selecting Tools for DITA Projects — DITA Summit Discussion Moderated by Amber Swope

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm 


Selecting the best tools to support your team can be a daunting task. This panel, moderated by Amber Swope of DITA Strategies, Inc., includes representatives from teams who have recently selected DITA authoring, storage, or delivery tools, as well as a representative from a leading Content Management Systems (CMS) vendor. Come participate in the discussion and learn from their experience.

Join Amber and these panelists for a lively, informative discussion:

  • Laura Bellamy, Director of Information Experience, VMware 
  • Rob Kimm, Sr. IT Business Analyst, Medtronic, Inc. (IXIASOFT DITA CMS Customer)
  • Madhu Mathew, Director of Technology, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board 
  • Keith Schegilli-Roberts, DITA Information Architect/DITA Specialist, IXIASOFT
IXIASOFT DITA CMS customers, Catherine Long, Technical Writer, and Richard Perry, Documentation Manager, Product Support Engineering at Varian Medical Systems, Inc. are also presenting during IDW's Medical Device Summit:

Much Ado About Templates: Reduce the Learning Curve and Increase Productivity at DITA Implementation
Presented by Catherine Long, Technical Writer, and Richard Perry, Documentation Manager, Product Support Engineering, Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Time: 11:30am - 12:15pm


The Product Support Engineering (PSE) department at Varian has a different structure from the regular documentation department. We are service oriented. This brings on an entirely new set of issues. We do not know what document type will be needed, which SME will need to write it, and when the end user needs it. We have many authors (100), who are not tech writers, we have various document types (60), and we have tighter deadlines – usually yesterday. This means we need to implement DITA with as much structure and as little training and transition time as possible. Templates to the rescue!  

We are using bookmap and topic templates to solve many of our unique issues.  Since PSE used Word templates, it makes sense to mimic that for simplicity in training and transition. It also implements a built in structure to the tools that offer almost too many options. The use of templates will simplify training and troubleshooting. This presentation covers the reasons for, creation of, and implementation of templates in DITA.
Review the full conference schedule here!