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Tuesday ~ April 24, 2018


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Technology Test Kitchen

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast and Morning Announcements
8:00 – 8:40 The future is decided by your actions today
Liz Fraley, Single-Sourcing Solutions
Growing up DITA: A practical DITA maturity model
Maria Essig, Healthwise
Learn from the leaders
Brian Trombley, DCL
Sabine Ocker, Akamai
Kate Mullen, US Pharmacopeia Convention
Shelly Saunders, Graco
Automate or die!
Wayne Brissette, ARM
8:50 – 9:30 Funding fun!
Debbie Roemer, Sigma Technology
Sharing content across the enterprise
Amber Swope, DITA Strategies
The First Step: Implementing a CCMS is only the beginning of the journey
Brian McCown, Elekta
Thriving in an environment of change
Neeraj Bhatia, Guidewire Software & Nenad Furtula, Bluestream Database Software
9:30 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:40 Implementing a CCMS with a small information design team
Karen Geldhof & Tracy Taylor, California Casualty
How embedded data queries will hugely increase your DITA content reuse
Jang Graat, Smart Information Design
Sculpting an elephant: Refining a DITA implementation
Anne Grosvenor & Patrick Wright, Invidi
Preparing your content for intelligent machines
Rob Hanna, Precision Content
10:50 – 11:30 DITA for small teams: Lessons from the front lines
Misti Pinter, Oracle &
Shane Taylor, Cengage Learning
Managing shared glossaries and references to terms with DITA
Eliot Kimber, Contrext
Five lessons learned from migrating a mature DITA model to a new CCMS
Marlo Miller & Cathy Jones, Jack Henry
Look around the door—leverage structured authoring to get ready for coming age of conversational UI’s
Bharat Prakash, Adobe Systems
11:40 – 12:20 DITA for tiny teams
Janette Lynch & Nat Tosh, Veracode
Let’s define the DITA project!
George Bina
How DITA dragged the accounting industry into the 21st Century
David Prather, Prathco LLC
DITA as a building block for delivering content in new ways
Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT
12:20 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 2:40 Solving the people puzzle
Deb Bissantz, Vasont
Getting comfortable with Keys
Nancy Harrison, Infobridge Solutions
Our rollercoaster ride to implementing a DITA CCMS for highly regulated products
Yamina Dessein, Frederic Fontbonne
DITA content for guided troubleshooting applications
Charles Andrews, Ovitas

2:50 – 3:30 Matrix structures and the power of collaborative management
Pat Burrows & Amy Woodsmall, Waters Corp
Keys in action
Magda Caloian,
DITA-Anwender Bodensee
Pushing DITA beyond software and IT: Implementing structured authoring in the Oil and Gas Industry
Morley Tooke, Innovatia
Designing voice assistance with DITA
Alan Houser, Group Wellesley

3:30 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 4:40 Trending up—hot or not
facilitated by Pam Noreault, SDL
Keys Applied: Practical strategies for designing, using, and managing DITA Keys
Roger Hadley, Fiserv
How Emerson migrated their multilingual DITA content
Dominique Trouche, WhP
Diane Thomas, Emerson
Chatbot and technical content. Beyond the demo; myth and reality
Fabrice Lacroix, Fluid Topics 
4:50 – 5:30 DITA Reuse Metrics as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI)
Sari Eklund, Ericsson
Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT
What the military can teach corporations about after action reviews
David Welguisz, NXP Semiconductors
Mathematical models for systems that manage chatbot strings
Eric Kuhnen, Astoria


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