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Gilbane expo pass includes keynotes, product labs, reception

For those of you that do not have the time to spend 2 days with us at the Gilbane Boston Conference, we still have a lot going on for you to consider spending a half-day or few hours with is as our guest using your Complimentary Technology Showcase Pass.

Your pass includes the option to attend one or both of the conference Keynotes, Product Labs, full access to the exhibit area and the conference reception on December 1st. It is worth the effort to plan your time in advance. Here is a quick list of the activities to consider:

Wednesday – December 1, 2010

  • Opening keynote session with Marie Williams, Senior Director, Web Innovation, Global Online Services, Hilton Worldwide; Keith Cook, Global eBusiness Officer, ACE Group and Aaron Hill, Senior Director, Online Strategy & Services, SAS
  • Product Labs starting at 11:00am – 4 labs today
  • Second Keynote – Industry Analyst DebateWhat’s Real, What’s Hype, and What’s Coming with Hadley Reynolds, Director, Content & Digital Media Technologies, IDC; Stephen Powers, Senior Analyst, Forrester; Scott Liewehr, Senior Consultant, Web Content Management, Gilbane Group; Tony Byrne, Founder, The Real Story Group & CMS Watch; Kathleen Reidy, Senior Analyst, 451 Group
  • Expo Area and Networking10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Reception, Technology Demos, and Networking5:00pm to 6:00pm

Thursday – December 2, 2010

  • Product Labs starting at 8:30am – 6 labs today
  • Lunch Reception, Technology Demos, and Networking from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Expo Area and networking at 10:40pm to 2:00pm

There is still time to take advantage of a special $200 discount off the Conference Plus package, the Pre-Conference Workshop & Conference package and the Conference Only options – just use the discount code “Gilbane“. Learn from the unique collection of leading practitioners, analysts, and technologists that can only be found at the Gilbane Conference!

Technology showcase hours
Wednesday, December 1: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 2: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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See you in Boston!

The Lighthouse Seminars & Gilbane Group Team

Gilbane Boston 2010
Westin Copley Place
November 30 – December 2, 2010

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Smart Content In the Real World: Case Studies & Results

Today we highlight T2: Smart Content In the Real World: Case Studies & Real Results taking place at Gilbane Boston, December 1, 2:40 – 4:00pm at the Westin Copley.

XML content with semantic enrichment enables some powerful and interesting applications, including modular reusable topics, dynamic assembly of content by areas of interest, and distributed collaboration in the cloud. This session will describe what makes XML content smart and explore how it changes how we create and manage it with real world examples of smart content in action.

Moderators: Dale Waldt, Senior Consultant & Geoff Bock, Senior Analyst, Outsell’s Gilbane Group

Mike Iantosca, IBM Authoring Tools and Content Management System PDT Lead, IBM Corporate User Technologies
Evolution of Smart Content in the Enterprise
Devin Holmes, Executive Director, Warrior Gateway
Patrick Quinlin, Lead Curriculum Specialist, Citrix Education

Register today!

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ADAM Software Announces Strategic Alliance with Van Gennep

ADAM Software and Van Gennep- Media Automation Consulting BV are working on an integration of their software systems that will span workflow requirements. This will provide users with a coherent approach to digital asset management, business process management and multi-channel publishing workflows. Van Gennep produces one of Europe’s leading publishing systems, with a position in the editorial market. ADAM Software adds to two previous strategic partnerships with ESKO (DAM and Packaging) and SDL Tridion (Web Content Management and DAM). The first phase of the ADAM and Van Gennep partnership has already been completed, the two companies having delivered a number of joint installations which aligned both software platforms to exchange assets between the editorial and DAM systems. In early 2011, a new version of PlanSystem will become available, fully compatible with the ADAM v4 platform. In the second half of 2011, Van Gennep will deliver the next version of PlanSystem – PlanSystem version 5 – that will make use of ADAM’s full functionality and make PlanSystem the first editorial system powered by a DAM system engine, offering customers end-to-end control of all their publishing channels, including print, online (web, mobile, etc.) and broadcast.

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Cotendo Unveils Page Speed Automatic Open Source Technology Developed at Google

Cotendo, a growing provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) and Value Added Site Acceleration services, announced the deployment of Page Speed Automatic, a new web site code optimization service that uses the optimization engine of the mod_pagespeed open source project developed at Google. Cotendo worked with Google to enhance the mod_pagespeed code to address massively scaled content delivery environments and deployment to multiple customers and various configurations in a service environment. This new service from Cotendo automatically optimizes code of HTML pages as they enter the CDN to provide maximum acceleration benefits to Web application and page delivery. Page Speed Automatic’s code modification methodology is built on a set of best practices that are designed to minimize page load time and enhance web performance. In aggregate, these code modifications, when rendered within Cotendo’s network, could reduce image size by 20% to 30% and page load time by as much as 50%. Cotendo’s Page Speed Automatic service automatically optimizes HTML on the fly. As part of Cotendo’s new service all new Google Page Speed best practice standards will automatically be incorporated. The new Page Speed service offered by Cotendo will be part of its proprietary new performance application platform Cloudlet, which is able to execute both open source and any proprietary code. 

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The Gilbane Group’s Publishing Practice’s Blueprint Study is Now Out!

Our Blueprint study is the first in-depth look into ebook-related issues from the book publishers’ perspective, tying digital considerations to the everyday book publishing processes (A Blueprint for Book Publishing Transformation: Seven Essential Processes to Re-Invent Publishing.) Book publishers across all segments are embracing ebooks, but they require guidance grounded in what they actually do, more than simply a focus on technology.

See my blog in Publishing Practices about some of our Blueprint findings.

And let us know what you think!

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Blueprint Study is OUT!

Our Blueprint study is the first in-depth look into ebook-related issues from the book publishers’ perspective, tying digital considerations to the everyday book publishing processes (A Blueprint for Book Publishing Transformation: Seven Essential Processes to Re-Invent Publishing.) Book publishers across all segments are embracing ebooks, but they require guidance grounded in what they actually do, more than simply a focus on technology.

Here is the figure in the study reporting on the book publishing segment breakout participating in the Blueprint survey that has trade publishers showing very strongly, at nearly one-third of respondents. This was a somewhat surprising showing to us, with our long and in-depth experiences with STM and education publishing. It’s good to get confirmation on claims we—and many others—have been making about trade publishing finally getting into ebooks in a serious manner.

Blueprint Fig 1.jpgOur expectations were thrown in other ways, too, and again because of The Gilbane Group traditional market focus, we’re we’ve been following content management platform development and helping with implementation in the enterprise for two decades.  We’ve seen a lot of software and hardware go into companies to make their content creation, handling, and distribution more integrated.  When it comes to book publishing, however, planning still starts—and, for many—ends with Word docs and spreadsheets. We believe this will change in the years ahead, and we certainly see a number of strong efforts toward integration of publishing processes out among the vendor community’s offerings.  Process integration must and will happen in book publishing, but we con only guess at the timetable for this, presently.

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One reason for our faith in book publishing process integration is that almost half of the surveyed respondents claim that they’re routinely working on print and digital versions concurrently, and this number goes to about three-quarters if the concurrent development is not necessarily routine, but pursued nonetheless. These numbers tell us several things, but the best news form them may be that book publishing is, indeed, seriously engaged in ebooks.  Technology has a fierce and deserved reputation for being over-hyped (and, yes, despite my best efforts to get into Heaven, I’m guilty enough of this charge myself, in too many instances over the years); ebooks are in early days, but the inflection point is solidly behind us.

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One proof of “early days” is the high level of confusion about ebook formats.  This confusion on the part of book publishers isn’t about what these formats are, but rather how to produce the various desirable (or market-demanding) ebook formats. While some publishing platforms offer flexible format production, many book publishers are using outside partners—like Blueprint sponsor Aptara—to take on conversion and production.


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Speaking of ebook formats, our next study, now in planning stage, looks to describe the various practical approaches for book publishers wanting to master this often-confusing issue.  Working title: Ebooks, Apps, and Formats:  The Practical Issues of XML, ePub, PDF, ONIX, .AWZ, DRM, ETC.

Stay tuned. Drop a line.




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XMLSpy 2011 Adds Chart Creation Capabilities for Viewing and Analyzing XML Data

Altova has announced the availability of XMLSpy 2011, with new support for creating charts based on XML data. Version 2011 has added several customer-requested features including a new schema flattener, extended SOAP validation capabilities, and enhanced functionality for creating schemas. Altova XMLSpy 2011 includes the following new features: Chart Creation – XMLSpy 2011 adds support for creating line, gauge, and 2D and 3D pie and bar charts based on XML data; XMLSpy users can now visualize and analyze numerical XML and XBRL data directly inside the XML editor without having to export; Charts are created with a few clicks and include customizable data selection, titles and axis labels, fonts, colors, and more; Charts can be saved to the clipboard, printed, saved as an image, or saved in XSLT or XQuery code for use in other stylesheets or applications; Charts are dynamic, reflecting new relationships as soon as the underlying data changes; Users can create up to nine different charts on available tabs within the Output window to compare data quickly and easily; the SOAP Validation feature lets users check validity of SOAP messages against the SOAP specification or any XML Schemas referenced in the corresponding WSDL definition; The new schema flattener allows schema designers to write all the dependent files included in a schema into one file; Creation of Schema from Subset gives users the ability to create a schema from a subset of a larger schema. A complete list of all the new features added to XMLSpy 2011 and across the entire Altova 2011 product line is now available.

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Amazon Moves Into eBook Lending

Amazon has announced a plan to add a new feature to its Kindle range of devices, allowing users to share selected ebooks with each other. Known as ‘Lending for Kindle’, the new feature allows device users to lend their ebooks to other Kindle users for a 14-day period. In a posting on the Amazon Community Forum, a member of the Kindle team explained the terms under which ebooks can be lent: ‘Each ebook can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Not all ebooks will be lendable, as the publisher or rights holder determines which titles are enabled for lending. Amazon said the new feature is expected to be launched in the US soon before being rolled out to the rest of the world.

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Amazon to Launch Kindle App for Windows Phone 7, Inc, announced that Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will be the first major eBook application available for Windows Phone 7. Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will be released later this year, and includes existing and new features built into a Kindle app, such as personalized book recommendations and the ability to send a book suggestion to a friend. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Windows Phone 7 will let customers Buy Once, Read Everywhere–across devices. Customers can sign up to be notified when the Kindle for Windows Phone 7 is available later this year. With Kindle Worry-Free Archive, books purchased from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in a customer’s Kindle library on Amazon, where they can be re-downloaded wirelessly for free.

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Open Text Acquires StreamServe

Open Text Corp. acquired StreamServe, Inc., which Open Text reports will supply the Open Text ECM Suite with complementary document output and customer communication management software. In addition, Open Text’s reach will be extended in the Nordic market while also enhancing its SAP partnership. The transaction, subject to purchase price and holdback adjustments, was valued at approximately $71 million. StreamServe specializes in enterprise communication products that allow organizations to process and deliver personalized documents in paper or electronic format. Specifically, the company’s products will enhance the Open Text ECM Suite by allowing the automation of business processes for business-to-business and business-to-customer markets.;

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