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To DITA or not to DITA



Guests Alyssa Fox (NetIQ) and Toni Mantych (ADP) discuss their differing DITA implementation decisions. They will address the primary factors and decision-making process for when to choose DITA or ...

Guests Alyssa Fox (NetIQ) and Toni Mantych (ADP) discuss their differing DITA implementation decisions. They will address the primary factors and decision-making process for when to choose DITA or not.



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    To DITA or not to DITA To DITA or not to DITA Presentation Transcript

    • flickr: pleeker To DITA or not to DITA? Sarah O’Keefe (@sarahokeefe), Scriptorium Alyssa Fox (@afox98), NetIQ Toni Mantych (@tcmpdx), ADPcontentstrategy101.com
    • Before we begin… ❖ Everyone is muted except for the presenter ❖ Please ask your questions through the Questions area in the webcast interface ❖ The presentation is being recorded; attendees do not appear in the recordingcontentstrategy101.com
    • Sarah O’Keefe @sarahokeefe ❖ Founder and president, Scriptorium Publishing, www.scriptorium.com ❖ Based in North Carolina ❖ Coauthor with Alan Pringle of Content Strategy 101 (just released!) ❖ Interested in collision of content, publishing, and technologycontentstrategy101.com
    • Alyssa Fox @afox98 ❖ Senior Manager of Information Development, NetIQ ❖ STC Secretary and 2012 Summit Program Chair ❖ 15+ years of tech comm ❖ Interested in usability, targeted documentation, and Agile ❖ Houston, Texascontentstrategy101.com
    • Toni Mantych @tcmpdx ❖ Information Architect, ADP ❖ Overseeing migration of 60 people to DITA ❖ 20+ years as a writer; 10+ years in tech comm ❖ Portland, Oregoncontentstrategy101.comcontentstrategy101.com
    • Agenda ❖ Why DITA? (Toni) ❖ Why not DITA? (Alyssa) ❖ Advantages and disadvantages ❖ Most important factors in the decision ❖ Mistakes were madecontentstrategy101.com
    • To DITA… (Toni) flickr: roryfinnerencontentstrategy101.com
    • …or not to DITA (Alyssa) flickr: thegirlsnycontentstrategy101.com
    • Biggest advantage (Toni) flickr: bunniculacontentstrategy101.com
    • Biggest advantage (Alyssa) flickr: jayhemcontentstrategy101.com
    • Biggest challenge (Toni) flickr: ryanhcontentstrategy101.com
    • Biggest challenge (Alyssa) flickr: onmagazinecontentstrategy101.com
    • Decision factors ❖ Team size ❖ Deliverable requirements ❖ Localization requirements ❖ Skill sets ❖ Budget ❖ Corporate culturecontentstrategy101.com
    • No business case… ❖ Overwhelming cost of migration ❖ Little reuse ❖ Need for authoring flexibility ❖ No localizationcontentstrategy101.com
    • Can’t meet requirements with current toolset… ❖ Custom deliverable formats ❖ Need for heavy metadata ❖ Flexibility ❖ Localization ❖ Component-based product architecturecontentstrategy101.com
    • Lessons learned… flickr: ndangercontentstrategy101.com
    • What could change your decision? What could change your decision? flickr: ted_majorcontentstrategy101.com
    • Getting off the platform flickr: ndangercontentstrategy101.com
    • Sample business cases ❖ http://www.contentstrategy101.com/ ❖ 8 case studies ❖ Sample cost calculationscontentstrategy101.com
    • Content Strategy 101 Sarah S. O’Keefe and Alan S. Pringle Content Strategy 101 Transform Technical Content into a Business Asset ❖ Available now! ❖ Print, EPUB, and Kindle ❖ www.contentstrategy101.com Sarah S. O’Keefe Alan S. Pringle Foreword by Ann Rockley contentstrategy101.com
    • Upcoming events ❖ Business case for content strategy in tech comm webcast ❖ Lavacon conference (Portland, OR) ❖ tekom/tcworld (Germany) ❖ Register/more information at www.scriptorium.com/eventscontentstrategy101.com
    • Questions?contentstrategy101.com