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LavaCon Portland Pre-conference Webinars

Webinar Dates: September 5th, 2019 – October 15th, 2019

 

Top Selling Points for a CCMS – Deb Bissantz, Account Manager, Vasont Systems

Webinar Date: September 5th, 2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

You are currently authoring content in XML and know that you need a CCMS to manage your content, but how do you convince upper management that a CCMS is a valuable investment. During this webinar, Deb Bissantz will share benefits of a CCMS that you can use as selling points for a CCMS to upper management. Deb will discuss how to present this information so that upper management will understand the value of a CCMS.

 

How Modern Analytics Will Turn Your Tech Content into a Rock Star – Fabrice Lacroix, CEO, Fluid Topics

Webinar Date: September 17th, 2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

Understanding how product documentation is consumed can fuel your company with data that has the potential to transform operations and impact strategic decisions. To gain this insight, you need to change the way you track and mine the behavior of users when they search, read and interact with your technical content. By combining the latest delivery, text-mining and analytics technologies, you will transform tech content into a sensor and its delivery into a data generator. You will thereby unleash a tremendous potential of information innovation.

 

 

Outsourcing Technical Writing: Pilots vs. RFPs – Barry Saiff, CEO/Founder, Saiff Solutions

Webinar Date: September 26th, 2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

Outsourcing often gets blamed for things that actually have a deeper cause. Sometimes, outsourcing leads to reduced content quality and project failure. Often this is due to failures in planning, implementing, and managing outsourcing. 

The process of selecting a vendor is critical to outsourcing success. Typically, companies choose vendors based on proposals or quotations. This is not always optimal. The vendor candidate that is best at responding to your proposal request may not be the best at delivering what you need. In this webinar, we’ll explore how staging a pilot can help you identify the vendors that can deliver the best results over the entire duration of your needs. We’ll delve into the key success factors for staging an effective pilot.

 

Personalizing Content Using Taxonomy – Megan Gilhooly, Vice President Customer Experience, Zoomin

Webinar Date: October 3rd, 2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

Technical content is playing an increasingly important role in the overall digital experience for leading companies. The goal of your content must be to provide relevant, personalized answers to technical questions about your product as quickly as possible. Only then can you unlock the true value and ROI in your technical content resources. In this webinar, we will demonstrate what a taxonomy is, how taxonomy helps you to facilitate excellence in personalized content delivery, and we’ll walk through the basics of taxonomy design for technical content.

 

 

Why Is Consistent Content Reuse So Darn Hard? – Leigh White, DITA Specialist, IXIASOFT

Webinar Date: October 8th, 2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

Time and cost savings via content reuse are some of the main drivers for moving to structured content. Documentation teams look forward to reducing the amount of new content they have to create and use existing content in different ways. Effective reuse; however, is seldom so simple. There are three primary challenges to effective content reuse:

• Writing content so it can be reused
• Finding appropriate content to reuse
• Communicating about reused content

While DITA is not the only authoring model that enables content reuse, it is currently the most widespread model in the technical publishing industry. A CCMS is not strictly necessary for content reuse either, but using one to track how and where content is used certainly makes effective reuse much easier to realize. In this webinar, we’ll take a closer look at each of these three challenges using DITA and a CCMS.

 

What is the Digital Thread and Why Is It Important to Me?

Webinar Date: October 10th,  2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

Outsourcing often gets blamed for things that actually have a deeper cause. Sometimes, outsourcing leads to reduced content quality and project failure. Often this is due to failures in planning, implementing, and managing outsourcing. 

The process of selecting a vendor is critical to outsourcing success. Typically, companies choose vendors based on proposals or quotations. This is not always optimal. The vendor candidate that is best at responding to your proposal request may not be the best at delivering what you need. In this webinar, we’ll explore how staging a pilot can help you identify the vendors that can deliver the best results over the entire duration of your needs. We’ll delve into the key success factors for staging an effective pilot.

 

 

Put Away Your Red Pen: Collaborative, Online Review for DITA Content Is Finally Here! Chad Dybdahl, Solutions Consultant, Adobe

Webinar Date: October 15th, 2019, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT – Watch the recording!

Gathering feedback from subject matter experts and other stakeholders is frequently a source of frustration for both content developers and SMEs alike. Whether you use the old “red pen” technique or circulate PDFs to your SMEs for comment and review, incorporating that feedback into your source content is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and error prone – not to mention difficult to track over time.

In this webinar, Chad Dybdahl, Adobe Solutions Consultant, will walk you through a highly collaborative workflow experience that allows you to:

– Easily collect feedback from multiple stakeholders simultaneously, in real-time
– Quickly import changes from reviewers back into your DITA source content
– Accept and reject those changes efficiently
– Preserve trackability of the changes throughout the content lifecycle

Previous Webinars

 

Be The Captain of Your Career Webinar Series

Jack Molisani, President, ProSpring Technical Staffing

Webinar Dates: November 7th, 2018 – March 6th, 2019

In this webinar series, professional recruiter and author Jack Molisani will give you tools you need to take your career the next level, and then to absolutely new heights!

Part 1 – Resume Secrets

November 7th, 2018 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST: Resume Secrets that Might Surprise You

Watch the webinar recording!

Part 2 – Top 10 Mistakes

November 14th, 2018 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST: The Top 10 Mistakes Professionals Make when Looking for Work

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Part 3 – Acing an Interview

November 28th, 2018 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST: Acing an Interview Using Portfolios and Interview Strategies

Recording coming soon!

 

Part 4 – Workplace Negotiation

February 13th, 2019 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST: Honing Your Workplace Negotiation Skills

Recording coming soon!

Part 5 – Personal Branding

January 23rd, 2019 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST: Advance your Career through Personal Branding

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Part 6 – Increasing Your Corporate Value

March 5th, 2019 10 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST: When Your Ship Comes In: Increasing Your Corporate Value

Recording coming soon!

Part 7 – Career to the Next Level

Recording coming soon!