Learn from the leaders

Many of you are well into your DITA implementations. Some of you are wrapping up and reaping the benefits. Some of you have a way to go to achieve maximum benefit and have the end in sight. But some of you are just starting down the path with anticipation and perhaps some anxiety and might find a little sage advice helpful. This panel discussion brings leaders in implementation from all 3 categories, wrapping up, in process, and just starting, front and center to share their experiences in planning and executing. Please join us to discuss where DITA is at Akamai Technologies, a leading technology company, United States Pharmacopeia Convention, a Standards Development Organization, and Graco, an industrial manufacturing company. There will be plenty of good information shared and plenty of time for Q&A.

What can the audience expect to learn?

Leveraging the experience of others should make your project less problematic and go smoother.

Meet the presenter

Brian Trombley has over 35 years’ experience in helping clients implement content oriented processes and technologies for all aspects of publishing across a wide range of industry verticals. An early practitioner of structured content methodologies, Mr. Trombley was at the forefront of the SGML and XML revolutions and has helped clients successfully manage change and convert and leverage content for maximum business value.


Sabine Ocker has 20 years experience working in XML, and more than15 years architecting, deploying, and migrating structured authoring systems at major companies. She’s worked on both Docbook and DITA implementations, and worn many hats—Information Architect, Content Strategist, web site librarian and  Enterprise Metadata Czar. Sabine is currently leading Akamai Technologies  into a practical, successful and scalable DITA and CCMS implementation. When not working, Sabine is an amateur Photo Historian and enjoys collecting and talking about vintage snapshots.


Kate Mullen has been with US Pharmacopeial Convention for 14 years holding a number of positions including Editorial, Product Support Team Lead, and for the past 8 years Information Architect. Kate is leading the charge as US Pharmacopeial Convention makes the move from a proprietary XML schema to DITA and is also the administrator for the CCMS. Kate holds a Master of Science in Technology Management, a Master of Business Administration, and Web Development certification.


Shelly Saunders has been with Graco for 12 years, first as a Technical Writer and for the past 2 years as the Solutions Architect.   Prior to Graco, she spent 10 years as an editor for an educational publishing house.  Shelly is leading Graco’s technical documentation team in the transition to structured authoring with DITA.  She also heads up Graco’s translation management effort.  Shelly is focused on developing a digital content strategy that supports Graco’s delivery of differentiating customer experiences and A+ Service to every customer, every time.



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