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Gilbane Conference 2013, Banner, Content and the Digital Experience

 

 

 

 

We have our own set of speaker guidelines that are specific to our event that we ask all speakers to read. But last week there were two Harvard Business Review posts that provide some of the best advice you can find anywhere on giving a great presentation or moderating an engaging panel. These are must reads for anyone who cares about presentation or moderating skills, and strongly recommended for Gilbane Conference speakers. Even if you are already a speaking pro, each post is likely to give you at least one new idea. See:

Call for papers

Please review the conference and track topics below and submit your speaking proposal.

Conference description

Businesses and organizations of all kinds are struggling to keep up with the dramatic changes and challenges caused by current and near-term future potential of digital technologies. These challenges are enterprise-wide because everybody from customers to employees to partners expects an integrated and compelling digital experience that just works.

Accomplishing an engaging digital experience requires creating and managing compelling content, but also includes measuring how effective the content is, building interfaces that are consistent yet appropriate for multiple mobile channels, and integrating with e-commerce and enterprise systems. None of this should be news, but putting all the technologies and practices together is still largely uncharted or experimental territory for enterprises. Well-informed decisions on digital experience strategies require proactive dialog with experienced peers and industry experts.

At Gilbane conferences we bring together industry experts, content managers, marketers, marketing technologists, technology and executive strategists to share experiences and debate what the most effective approaches and technologies are, and how to implement them. Our theme this year is Manage – Measure – Mobilize, and we have tracks focused on the customer digital experience, employee digital experience, future technologies for digital experiences, and a track on digital strategies for publishers and information providers where we expand our theme to include Monetize.

 

Main conference tracks

Track C: Content, Marketing, and the Customer Experience

Designed for marketers, marketing technologists, growth hackers, content managers, strategists and technologists focused on customers and digital marketing.

Topics include:

  • Web content management
  • Customer experience management & engagement
  • Digital and postdigital marketing
  • Inbound & content marketing
  • Marketing automation
  • Measuring and analytics: Web, mobile, social, big data
  • Growth hacking strategies
  • Mobile challenges & channel priorities
  • Marketing technologist best practices
  • Responsive design
  • Localization & multilingual content management
  • Content strategies
  • Cross-channel marketing
  • E-commerce integration
  • Search engine strategies

Track E: Content, Collaboration, and Employee Engagement

Designed for content, information, technical, and business managers focused on enterprise social, collaboration, intranet, portal, knowledge, and backend content applications.

Topics include:

  • Collaboration and the social enterprise
  • Collaboration tools & social platforms
  • Enterprise social metrics
  • Community building & knowledge sharing
  • Content management & intranet strategies
  • Enterprise mobile strategies
  • Content and information integration
  • Enterprise search and information access
  • Semantic technologies
  • Taxonomies, metadata, tagging

Track T: Re-imagining the Future: Technology and the Postdigital Experience

Designed for technology strategists, IT, and executives focused on the future of content and either internal or external digital experiences.

Topics include:

  • Hybrid cloud content management
  • Natural language technologies
  • Haptic and gesture interfaces
  • Big data platforms and tools
  • Big data analytics
  • Visualization
  • The future of the open web and walled gardens
  • New mobile operating systems
  • Beyond desktops
  • Distributed data, distributed apps – mixing up code and data
  • Internet of things and digital experiences
  • Wearable content

Track P: Digital Strategies for Publishing and Media

Designed for publishing and information product managers, marketers, technologists, and business or channel managers focused on the transition to digital products.

Topics include:

  • Designing for digital products
  • Business models and monetization
  • Mixing owned, earned, and bought content
  • Ad technologies and strategies
  • App development strategies
  • HTML5 or no?
  • Multi-channel publishing
  • Ebook readers vs tablets
  • Tablets vs smartphones
  • Mobile publishing workflows
  • Matching content to platforms and devices

Submit your speaking proposal. [red]The deadline is June 30th 2013![/red]

Federal government to spend $1.4 billion on web content management and infrastructure

Before we get to the spending mentioned in the title, there is some important background to cover. In an email to the Presidential Innovation Fellows program mailing list yesterday and a blog post with Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills last week, White House CTO Todd Park reported on the progress of a pilot program, RFP-EZ, to make federal government RFPs accessible to small businesses.

In addition to making it easier for small businesses to win federal contracts, a key goal is to save the government money since small business bids are typically lower than larger organizations’. Another significant benefit is that it makes it easier for agencies to purchase from innovative small businesses (since more are bidding). In the technology space especially, small businesses provide the lion’s share of innovation.

So how is this program doing so far? From Park and Mills post:

Applying agile development principles, the Fellows team designed RFP-EZ over a six-month period, publishing the platform’s code openly on GitHub. The team then launched the pilot by posting five relatively simple website development and database contract offerings, four of which were also announced via the standard government portal, FedBizOps. On a per-project basis, bids received through RFP-EZ were consistently lower than those received through FedBizOps—19% to 41% lower, and over 30% lower on average. Bids made through RFP-EZ also showed less overall variation. In addition, during the pilot period, RFP-EZ attracted more than 270 businesses that until now had never approached the world of Federal contracting.

Graph of RFP-EZ pilot progress

Ok, now for the spending. First of all, note that the OMB says the total 2014 Federal IT budget is $77 billion. If you haven’t seen it yet the OMB IT Dashboard yet it is worth a look, and you can download a spreadsheet that has details on spending by agency and project. Park and Mills also said in their post that:

According to Office of Management and Budget’s IT Dashboard, the Federal Government will spend more than $1.4 billion on Web Infrastructure and Web Content Management Systems in FY 2014. Based on 2011 and 2012 results, we can expect about half of these projects to be under the $150,000 “Simplified Acquisition Threshold” that would make them eligible for contracting through RFP-EZ.

This may not seem like a lot at first glance, but at $150,000 each it would mean 4,666 web content management systems or web infrastructure projects it would be fairly easy for small vendors and consultants to bid on in 2014.

Presumably the numbers came from the OMB IT spending spreadsheet, but since software category definitions are fluid, to say the least, doing your own analysis would be a good idea. While our community knows that, for example, “web content management” can include or be a component of a collection of digital marketing tools for engagement or experience management, marketing automation, etc. we can’t assume all federal budgeteers do – or did when the budgets were developed.

All of this is excellent news for a substantial number of the vendors, integrators, and consultants who participate in the Gilbane Conference. It is also great news for federal government conference attendees who can more realistically do business with smaller companies who have the latest technology.

To participate in the RFP-EZ program sign-up using the very simple web form.

HTML5 Definition Complete, W3C Moves to Interoperability Testing and Performance

HTML5_Logo_128The W3C announced today that the HTML5 definition is complete, and on schedule to be finalized in 2014. This is excellent news for the future of the open Web, that is, all of us. If you were involved in discussions about mobile development strategies at our recent conference you’ll want to check out all the details at http://dev.w3.org/html5/decision-policy/html5-2014-plan.

Moving right along, the HTML Working Group also published the first draft of HTML 5.1 so you can see a little further down the road for planning purposes. See http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-html51-20121217/.

From the W3C newsletter…

W3C published today the complete definition of the “HTML5″ and “Canvas 2D” specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning. “As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years, and what their customers will demand,” said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, a full programming environment for cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities; video and animations; graphics; style, typography, and other tools for digital publishing; extensive network capabilities; and more.

To reduce browser fragmentation and extend implementations to the full range of tools that consume and produce HTML, W3C now embarks on the stage of W3C standardization devoted to interoperability and testing. W3C is on schedule to finalize the HTML5 standard in 2014. In parallel, the W3C community will continue its work on next generation HTML features, including extensions to complement built-in HTML5 accessibility, responsive images, and adaptive streaming.

W3C Web Platform Docs – a new resource for web developers

Web Platform.orgW3C announced Web Platform Docs, which promises to be a valuable new resource for web developers of all levels. Imagine a single site that you can depend on for up-to-date, accurate, and browser and device neutral answers and advice for both simple and complex questions. It is brand new and “alpha” but already useful. Below is info from their announcement and a short video. For those of us that prefer textual info see this blog post from Doug Schepers: http://blog.webplatform.org/2012/10/one-small-step/

W3C, in collaboration with Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, and others, announced today the alpha release of Web Platform Docs (docs.webplatform.org). This is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation. With Web Platform Docs, web professionals will save time and resources by consulting with confidence a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices.

Microsoft & Sun: What is the Right XML Strategy for Information Interchange? – Keynote Debate at Gilbane Content Management Conference

3/16/05

Attendees to Learn What XML Experts Consider the Best Strategy for Preserving and Protecting Critical Business Content in Electronic Documents

Contacts:
Evan Weisel
Welz & Weisel Communications
703-323-6006
evan@w2comm.com
Jeffrey Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars
781-821-6634
jarcuri@lighthouseseminars.com

Cambridge, MA, March 16, 2005. The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars today announced that the Gilbane Conference on Content Management, taking place April 11-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will present a keynote debate titled: “What is the Right XML Strategy for Information Interchange?” Participating in this debate are Tim Bray, Director of Web Technologies for Sun, Jean Paoli, Senior Director, XML Architecture at Microsoft, and Jon Udell, Lead Analyst at InfoWorld. The keynote takes place on April 11th at 3:45 p.m.

The keynote debate description: Until recently it was difficult and costly to preserve your content in an “open” industry standard format so that it wasn’t, in effect, held hostage by being in a software vendor’s proprietary format and their own product and business goals. Integration of office documents into enterprise applications was a risky proposition for the same reason. With the widespread adoption of XML, and in particular Microsoft’s support for XML in their Office suite, it seems like enterprises should finally be able to own their own information, share it with whom they want, and integrate office documents into critical enterprise applications. But is it really that simple?

At one level this can be framed as a debate between Microsoft and Sun/OpenOffice.org – and that is a choice organizations will have to make, but it is more complicated than that. In spite of the fact that OpenOffice and Microsoft Office both provide comprehensive XML support, there are still subtle differences that need careful consideration. Is one more “open” than the other? What are the practical implications of each approach? What are the relevant technical, legal, policy, and resource considerations? This is a significant issue: governments in Europe and in the U.S. (e.g., Massachusetts) are making policy/ purchasing decisions about “open” document formats as well as about open source code. This panel will look at all sides of the debate, peel away the political and marketing hype, and provide you with a clear understanding of the real issues so you can make your own well-informed decisions.

“Although XML has been around for years, this remains an underestimated and misunderstood issue,” said Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair, “Developers, IT managers, and business managers will all learn from Tim, Jean, and Jon, who have emerged as the chief industry spokespeople because of their deep knowledge of this issue from both an application and technical perspective, as well as a facility for eloquence and refreshing straightforwardness.”

This event brings together 750 thought leaders and practitioners to provide attendees with actionable advice, techniques, best practices, and case studies to help understand and successfully implement content technologies critical to their businesses.

The Gilbane Conference on Content Management is unique in that the majority of its conference sessions are delivered by industry analysts and researchers to offer attendees a neutral and balanced market perspective related to content technologies and trends. The program is organized into five technology-specific areas: Content Management, Enterprise Search & Knowledge Management, Content Technology Works (case studies), Document & Records Management & Compliance, and Enterprise Information Integration.

Full event details can be found at: http://gilbane.com/San_Francisco_05.html

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report 
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report administers the Content Technology Works(TM) program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies, Atomz, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INCC), Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Mark Logic, Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX), Trados, Vasont, and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). www.gilbane.com

About Lighthouse Seminars
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs. http://www.lighthouseseminars.com

Content Management Conference in Amsterdam Brings International Experts Together

Leading analysts, consultants, and practitioners from a dozen countries explore the latest content technology technologies, trends, and practices – Preliminary program now available

Contacts:
Joy Blake Scott
Longleaf Public Relations
joy@longleafpr.com
Jeffrey Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars
781-821-6634
jarcuri@lighthouseseminars.com

Cambridge, MA, February 23, 2005. The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars announced that the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies to take place in Amsterdam at the RAI Centre, 24-26 May 2005, includes an unprecedented gathering of international experts in content management technologies. The preliminary program for the conference is available at:
www.gilbane.com/conferences/Amsterdam_05_program.html.

The Gilbane Conferences provide vendor neutral educational information for IT managers, system architects, and technically oriented business and project managers. At our Amsterdam conference, experts from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, the US, and more, will cover a broad range of content management technologies including:

  • enterprise and web content management
  • intranets, knowledge management, and collaboration
  • enterprise search, categorization and taxonomies
  • document management & compliance
  • and many other technologies for creating, managing and delivering with enterprise content

“Our educational conferences includes everything IT Strategists and project teams need to know in a hype-free environment and offer insights into existing and upcoming technologies necessary to implement content management applications,” said Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair. “Nothing can compare with the rich in-depth learning experience of being surrounded by subject matter experts and industry colleagues from all over the globe who are at various stages of implementing initial, or second or third projects that you can learn from”.

As an added bonus, attendees of the Gilbane Conference will be able to attend sessions at the co-located XTech 2005, giving attendees of both events unprecedented educational and networking opportunities. Formerly known as the XML Europe conference, XTech has widened its scope to incorporate neighboring technologies from the web and business. As well as XML, XTech 2005 will cover web development, browsers, open data, the semantic web and more. www.xtech-conference.org/

Justsystem is the Diamond sponsor of the Gilbane Conference. Adobe Systems, and Blast Radius/XMetal are Gold sponsors. Other exhibitors to date include: Antenna House, Astoria Software, AuthorIT, DataDirect Technologies, Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) Corporation, O’Reilly, Percussion Software, Quark, Quasar Technologies, Syncro Soft/oXygen, and Vamosa.

Additional Gilbane conferences in 2005 include: San Francisco, April 11-13, and Boston November 29 – December 1. For customer testimonials and more information see: www.gilbane.com/conferences/overview.html

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report 
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. and the Gilbane Report serve the content management community with vendor neutral publications, conferences and consulting services. They also administer the Content Technology Works program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies, Atomz, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INCC), Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX), Trados, Vasont, and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). www.gilbane.com.

About Lighthouse Seminars 
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs. www.lighthouseseminars.com

XTech 2005, Gilbane Conference to Co-locate in Amsterdam

XTech 2005, Gilbane Conference to Co-locate in Amsterdam 24-27 May
11/17/04

Contacts:
Joy Blake Scott
Longleaf Public Relations
joy@longleafpr.com
Jeffrey Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars
781-821-6634
jarcuri@lighthouseseminars.com

Washington DC, and Cambridge, MA, November 17, 2004. IDEAlliance, a leading trade association dedicated to fostering information technology standards, today announced that XTech 2005 (formerly XML Europe) will be held in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management. Both conferences will take place 24-27 May, 2005, at the Amsterdam RAI Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

XTech 2005 is the premier European conference for developers and managers working with XML and Web technologies, bringing together the worlds of Web development, open source, semantic Web, and open standards. Marion L. Elledge, Vice President of Information Technology Alliances and Conferences, IDEAlliance, says that co-locating the event with the Gilbane Conference will provide a broader experience for attendees of both conferences.

“We are very excited to have the Gilbane Conference take place in conjunction with XTech 2005,” says Elledge. “The in-depth content expertise presented at Gilbane events is a perfect complement to our event and will enrich the educational experience of all attendees.”

The Gilbane conference series brings thought leaders and practitioners from the analyst, consultant, integrator, vendor, and enterprise communities together to chart the course of the content technology markets, and provide advice, techniques, best practices, and “Content Technology Works™” case studies to help organizations understand and successfully implement the content technologies most critical to their businesses.

“Coordinating our European event with XTech 2005 will offer attendees of both conferences the opportunity to learn from – and network with – the broad XML, Web development, and content management communities, including vendors, analysts, and industry press,” says Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair.

For more information, visit www.xtech-conference.org or www.lighthouseseminars.com.

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report 
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report administers the Content Technology Works™ program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies (Open Text – NASDAQ:OTEX), Atomz, ClearStory Systems ( OTCBB:INCC) , Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM ), Trados, Vasont, and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). www.gilbane.com

About Lighthouse Seminars 
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs. http://www.lighthouseseminars.com

About IDEAlliance
IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization. Its mission is to advance user-driven, cross-industry solutions for all publishing and content-related processes by developing standards, fostering business alliances, and identifying best practices. Founded in 1966 as the Graphic Communications Association, IDEAlliance has been a leader in information technology – developing Document Markup Metalanguage (GENCODE), sponsoring the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), and fostering eXtensible Markup Language (XML). IDEAlliance builds on these languages to create specifications that enhance efficiency and speed information in all aspects of publishing and content-related processes. Learn more about IDEAlliance at www.idealliance.org.

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Gilbane Report Team Expands with Laplante as VP Consulting Services & Zoellick as Senior Analyst

5/18/04

Industry Veterans on Board to Manage Growth of Content Technology Works™ Program and Industry Consulting Services

Contact:
Mary Laplante
mary@gilbane.com
(630) 820.3007

Cambridge , MA , May 18, 2004. Bluebill Advisors, Inc. and the Gilbane Report announced the appointment of two highly respected industry veterans to meet the rapidly growing demand for the company’s consulting services. Mary Laplante has joined the company as Vice President, Consulting Services, and will be responsible for the management and operations of the Content Technology Works Program, Gilbane Report webinars, white papers, and consulting projects. Mary is well known throughout the content technology industry from her extensive industry sales, marketing, and management experience, from her work as an analyst, writer, and consultant, and from her role as Founding Executive Director of OASIS (www.oasis-open.org/). Mary’s experience and exceptional management and organizational skills will help grow the Gilbane Report CTW program and consulting activities to the next level. Mary will also chair the CTW Track at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies Conference in Boston.

Bill Zoellick has also joined the Gilbane Report as Senior Analyst, and will be devoting his considerable analytical and writing skills to the Gilbane CTW and White Paper programs. Bill is a highly regarded author whose books include CyberRegs: A Business Guide to Web Property, Privacy, and Patents, and Web Engagement: Connecting to Customers in e-Business, both from Addison-Wesley. Bill’s insightful and penetrating analysis has informed his many roles as a manager, researcher, developer and author in the content and information management industry.

“It is great to be working with Mary and Bill again,” said Frank Gilbane, CEO of Bluebill Advisors, “Bill, Mary, and Adina Levin worked with me as analysts at CAP Ventures in the mid-nineties where they developed a prodigious amount of sought-after analysis for the industry, including the very first research report on Content Management in 1997. Their experience and knowledge will be a great resource for all our customers.” Sebastian Holst, founder of the Gilbane CTW program, will continue to be a valuable contributor to the Gilbane Report.

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report 
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report (www.gilbane.com) administers the Content Technology Works™ program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies, Atomz, Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), INSCI (OTCBB:INSS), Trados, Vasont, Venetica, and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN).

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