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The Gilbane Conference Speakers - Amsterdam 2005

New Technologies & Best Practices
24 - 26 May, 2005
Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands

Conference Faculty Biographies

There are 30+ international speakers participating in our Amsterdam conference. We are proud to have such a high quality collection of experts join us to help provide you with the best advice and information available. Below are short biographies for most of them. A complete list is here.

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Martin Bauer
Managing Director, designIT

Martin Bauer is the Managing Director of designIT, an Australian based content management specialist practice. Martin has ten years experience in web development and web based content management. He is the world’s first certified Feature Driven Development Project Manager. Prior to his role as Managing Director, Martin held a variety of roles across a range of industries. This experience includes careers in law, advertising and IT. Martin’s breadth of expertise has culminated in a focus upon the delivery of effective content management solutions.

Wernher Behrendt
Senior Researcher and Head of Knowledge Based Information Systems, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft

Wernher Behrendt is a Senior Researcher and Head of Knowledge Based Information Systems at Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft in Austria. He has been involved in leading edge research projects of the European Union since 1992. Wernher was the lead technologist for the EU-IST strategic study EP2010 (2002-2003) in which the term "Smart Content" was introduced to point to the convergence of "semantics-based" systems and content-driven systems. Wernher is currently leading the EU Framework 6 project METOKIS in which ideas from the Smart Content Vision are being developed further, with the aim of merging the notion of the Semantic Web with "Ambient Intelligence" a driving vision of European applied research in Information Technology.

Janus Boye
Managing Director, Boye IT

Janus Boye is founder and managing director at Boye IT, a Danish consulting company that focuses exclusively on enterprise content management, including vendor evaluation, strategy, competency centres and project management to clients across Europe. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Janus Boye attended school in Denmark and in the US. Later he worked 5 years in Germany, including 4 years with an American CMS vendor responsible for Germany and Eastern Europe, in various technical, sales, and product management roles. Janus has had several articles published on content management, including on CMS Watch, and is also a regular speaker at industry events. Read more on

Rich Buchheim
Senior Director, Enterprise Content Management Strategy, Oracle

Mr. Buchheim is a seasoned professional with over 38 years of leadership experience in content management and related areas. His current role at Oracle focuses on leading product management and setting the overall strategic direction in the areas of enterprise content, records, and compliance management. Prior to Oracle he was President of LaunchWay Consulting, a consulting firm focusing on content management and enterprise computing strategies. He has previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of iHarvest Corporation, a provider of Web content capture and annotation technology (acquired by Interwoven) and Integrated Computing Engines, Inc. (“ICE”), which developed rich media production and management products. Mr. Buchheim also served as Executive Vice President at Intergraph Corporation where he was responsible for all enterprise software technology as well as Intergraph's system integration and consulting group. Prior to Intergraph, he co-founded and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Camex, Inc. a provider of newspaper production and pagination systems, which later became the Camex subsidiary of DuPont Printing and Publishing. Mr. Buchheim has authored and/or delivered more than 20 technical and management papers at a wide range of professional conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Thomas Burkart
Manager, Serviceability and Documentation, Customer Services, Siemens Medical Solutions

Mr. Thomas Burkart is currently in a management position for the Serviceability and Documentation Department of the Business Unit Angiography, Fluoroscopic and Radiographic Systems (Short AX Division). His education is based on electronic engineering and computer science. Thomas has been working as the project leader for strategy, design and implementation of a information management system in Customer Services and is responsible for harmonizing this landscape within all attached business units at Siemens Medical Solutions. Thomas worked in the past as a technical instructor for customer service engineers worldwide at the Siemens Medical Training Center

Mills Davis
Managing Director, TopQuadrant, Inc.

Mills Davis is TopQuadrant's managing director for industry research and strategic programs. He consults with technology manufacturers, global 2000 corporations, and government agencies on next-wave semantic technologies and solutions. Mills serves as lead for the Federal CIO Council's Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice (SICoP) research into the business value of semantic technologies. A noted researcher and industry analyst, Mills has authored more than 100 reports, whitepapers, articles, and industry studies, including a 3-part monograph entitled "Next Wave Publishing Technologies: Revolutions in Process and Content", which appeared in the Seybold Publications.

Eric Duchemin
General Director, Hafiba

Eric Duchemin, General Director of Hafiba, expertises stem from over 17 years of extensive involvement in the graphical industry. For over 9 years he worked with Bayard Presse (worldwide publisher) within the many different departments involved in the graphic chain process including, Manager of Pre-Press. In 1997, two global leading publishers, Hachette Filipacchi and Bayard Presse came together to form a pre-press company of their own called Hafiba. In 1999, Eric Duchemin was asked to join Hafiba as the Production Manager. Eric’s strong innovative capabilities and vision for the future of the market allowed him to create a technical department within Hafiba and be directly involved in the development of one of the most technologically advanced Pre-Press solutions in the market today called Ficelle. This software allows for the real-time tracking of the complete pre-press production via Internet. At the end of 1999, Eric was presented with the position of General Director. Since that time, he has successfully advanced Hafiba as not only a leading Pre-Press company but also, as a Partner of Quasar Technologies and main hosting provider for its new market leading enterprise content management solution, GETREADY.

Bård Farstad
Director of Open Source Relations, eZ systems

Bård Farstad one of the co-founders of eZ systems. He has been working professionally with CMS development since 1999 and written many general purpose libraries like XML parser, library, SOAP library and XML-RPC library. He has published several articles in magazines like PHP|architect and PHP magazine as well as on He is one of the main developers in the eZ publish CMS. In his spare time he likes to play with his daughters, play the guitar and is also into aquascaping. You can reach Bård at

Frank Gilbane
President, Bluebill Advisors
Editor, Gilbane Report
Founding Board Member, CM Professionals

Bluebill Advisors publishes the Gilbane Report, organizes the Gilbane Content Manangement Technolgogies conferences, and serves as advisor to the XML & e-business Integration Forum and Documation events in France. Frank serves on the board of directors of APT (Art Plus Technology). Frank also serves on the advisory board of the University of Washington iSchool Content Management Systems (CMS) Evaluation Lab . Frank is also a Managing Partner at Lighthouse Seminars LLC, and StrataData Partners, LLC . Frank was a member of the Board of Directors of market research and consulting firm CAP Ventures/InfoTrends, Inc. and the founding Director of their Dynamic Content Software Strategies service. Frank was the founder and former president of Publishing Technology Management, Inc., a founder of the French firm TechnoForum SARL, and co-founder of the Documation conferences. He held various positions in software development, marketing, and senior management at Texet Corporation and Quadex Corporation. He was a founding member of the Board of Advisors to SGML Open (now OASIS), is a past member of ANSI, ISO, and CALS Standards Committees, the Graphic Communications Association (GCA), numerous editorial advisory boards, and a recipient of the GCA's TechDoc award.

Erik M. Hartman
Consultant, Hartman Communicatie BV
Board Member & Management Committee, CM Professionals

drs. Erik M. Hartman is an independent consultant in the field of communications in IT. His company Hartman Communicatie BV provides organisations with communication strategy, design, and research. Hartman Communicatie BV has specific expertise in the fields of IT related change management, knowledge management and content management. Hartman Communicatie consulted several organisations with the selection and implementation of content and document management systems. Hartman’s customer base spans the 500 largest firms and governmental entities in the Netherlands , Belgium and the United Kingdom. Hartman Communicatie publishes a content management portal and maintains several on line overviews of content and document management systems.

Frank Hofstede
Director, Search Expertise Center

Frank Hofstede co-founded the Search Expertise Center in 1999. Frank started his professional career in 1995 as a consultant at The National Center of Artificial Intelligence. He conducted courses in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Utrecht. Frank developed one of worlds first multilingual semantic networks applied in Search Engines during this time. Within SEC, Frank combines his various ambitions: implementing state of the art Search Engines and research and development of innovative information retrieval technology products. University of The Hague (1994): Bachelor degree in Database Technology, Bachelor degree in Software Engineering, Bachelor degree in Data Communications Technology, Middlesex University (1996): Masters in Knowledge Engineering.

Sebastian Holst
VP Marketing, Axentis, Inc.

Sebastian Holst is Vice President of Marketing at Axentis Inc., a provider of enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management software. Sebastian is a director on the board of IDEAlliance. Prior to joining Axentis, Sebastian was VP/GM for Bluebill Advisors and Senior Editor for The Gilbane Report. In these roles, Sebastian has developed go-to-market strategies and industry-specific value propositions for Bluebill clients. He has also authored numerous features for The Gilbane Report including a series on search and categorization, web services, XHTML, XML repositories and web content management, and before that was Marketing VP for Artesia where he helped to establish the Digital Asset Management software category. Sebastian also held senior management, product and business development positions at Inso, Texcel, IBI and IBM.

Mary Laplante
Vice President Consulting Services, Bluebill Advisors
Senior Editor, Gilbane Report

Mary Fletcher Laplante manages all Bluebill Advisors & Gilbane Report Vendor and Enterprise consulting and services. She brings broad information technology marketing experience to the task of helping companies introduce new products. Ms. Laplante is a Partner Fastwater LLC, and was the first Executive Director of the industry consortium now known as OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards). OASIS provides a forum for the development of open e-business standards, typically built around XML. Before helping in the creation of OASIS, Ms. Laplante developed and managed her own consulting practice providing marketing and technical expertise in publishing-related applications and technologies. She has held executive and senior positions at several publishing software companies; she was President and Chief Operating Officer for Cygnet Publishing Technologies, Incorporated; Vice President of Marketing for Avalanche Development Company; and Vice President and Senior Product Manager at Scribe Systems, Inc. Prior to forming Fastwater, Ms. Laplante was a Director in the Document Software Strategies Group at CAP Ventures, Inc., a strategic consulting and research company that covers the markets for document technologies. Ms. Laplante is a frequent speaker at industry events like The Gilbane Conferences, Internet World, The Seybold Seminars, and the Gartner Group Internet Electronic Commerce conference.

Leo C. Meerman
Director, CELT Consultancy

Leo Meerman is director of CELT Consultancy, an independent bureau for knowledge management, content management and document management. His main focus is now on the analysis, design and construction of taxonomies, (faceted) classifications, thesauri and recently ontologies. He has published several articles on this subject. His education is based on Chemistry and Library and Information Science. He worked, among others, with Verity software to build knowledge bases, and with Filenet software for document and workflow management. Additional to his B2B activities he is a part-time lecturer at the Avans Hogeschool, Academy of ICT and Media. Before having his own firm he implemented SAP-modules for logistics, engineering and financial departments and was an international senior consultant on the subject of information strategy, including projects at NATO, Merck, Oilily, Wessanen, and Staatsloterij (National Lottery). The customers of CELT Consultancy can be found in a wide range of industries including utilities, health care and higher education. Recent taxonomy-related projects are realised at a Printer/Copier Multinational, a Water Management Consultancy firm and a Management School.

Chuck Myers
Technology Strategist, Intelligent Documents Business Unit, Adobe Systems

As Technology Strategist, Charles Myers spearheads the strategic technology direction for Adobes server product line within the company's Intelligent Documents Business Unit. He is also responsible for Adobes XML strategy and standards participation. Myers has more than 25 years of experience in the computer software and publishing industries. He held senior positions at Frame and Datalogics, where he was responsible for the PAGER publishing product and several early SGML and database publishing systems. Myers holds a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University. His recent speaking engagements include: XML Conference/US; XML World Conference; XML Asia Pacific; Seybold Seminars/San Francisco; Open Publish; XML Europe; On Demand Digital Printing and Publishing Strategy Conference; XPLOR; Drug Information Association (DIA) Document Management Conference; Association for Information and Image Managers Show and Conference (AIIM); and FOSE. Myers is also on the board of IDEAlliance.

Steven R. Newcomb
Consultant, Coolheads Consulting

Steven R. Newcomb is a consultant with Coolheads Consulting in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Coolheads provides information management consulting and topic map production services to an international clientele that includes U.S. government agencies. Dr. Newcomb drafted and serves as co-editor of the Topic Maps International Standard, ISO/IEC 13250. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the European Commission's "EP 2010" study. He founded and co-chairs the annual IDEAlliance conference series now known as "Extreme Markup Languages" now in its twelfth year (

John Newton
Chairman, & CTO, Activiti; Co-founder Documentum

John Newton has had one of the longest and most influential careers in content management. In 1990, John co-founded, architected and led the development of Documentum and for the next ten years invented many of the concepts widely used in the industry today. John's latest venture, Activiti, is creating an open source, open standards content management system and repository to extend the use of content management into applications and organizations that have not considered doing so before.

Steven Noels
Co-founder, Outerthought

Steven Noels is co-founder of Outerthought, a geek-level technical Open Source Java & XML competence support center. Prior to that, he held several key positions as technical SGML/XML consultant and tools specialist, working for some of the leading XML and internet companies in Belgium. Steven has been actively advocating and using Java, XML and open source technologies since many years. He maintains a weblog at Steven is a Member of the Apache Software Foundation.

Detlef Obenaus
Senior Content Administrator, Documentation Department, LHS

Detlef has a degree in Communications Engineering from the Deutsche Telekom FH in Leipzig, Germany. He started at LHS as a Technical Writer within the LHS Documentation Group in 1999. After an evaluation phase, the LHS Documentation Group decided in 2000 to use XML (Arbortext Epic) and a CMS (BroadVision One-To-One Content). Detlef Obenaus was actively involved in the implementation and configuration of the new CMS and its interface to Arbortext Epic. As a Content Administrator, he was responsible for the conversion of the legacy Word and FrameMaker files to XML, the creation of XSL style sheets for converting XML into PDF and HTML, the development of DTDs and TCL scripts, as well as customizations for the Epic XML editor.

Bjørn Olstad
CTO, Co-founder, FAST

Bjørn Olstad, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Technology Officer at FAST. Before joining the company, Dr.Olstad held key positions within General Electric Medical Systems,including Director of Research and Development for Cardiac Ultrasound.He has served as a professor in computer science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he was awarded the youngest professorship ever.

Eric Silberstein
CTO & Founder

Eric Silberstein founded Idiom Technologies in 1998 and is the company's chief technology officer and visionary. He first became interested in content globalization while working for Microsoft on the Microsoft Word localization team, first in the Redmond office and then in Beijing. He has been a chief contributor to the design and implementation of major content globalization solutions for eBay, Travelocity, Autodesk, Adobe, and Information Builders - and guided the companies decision to implement support for DITA in Idiom solutions. Silberstein completed his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at Harvard University, and is a frequent speaker at content management industry events.

Paul Trotter
Founder & CEO, AuthorIT

Paul Trotter is the founder and CEO of AuthorIT Software Corporation, the makers of AuthorIT. Paul is the architect of AuthorIT, and has been involved with documentation for over 12 years. Paul is a popular speaker at events all over the world on topics ranging from technical writing and help authoring to content management and localization. AuthorIT is one of a new breed of tools for authoring, management and publishing of printed and online documentation. AuthorIT solves the documentation problem by addressing the cause, not by attempting to treat the symptoms. AuthorIT is truly single source, allowing you to utilize single source authoring and single source publishing. AuthorIT is currently used in over 50 countries across five continents. Paul is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dale Waldt
President, aXtive Minds

Dale Waldt is CEO of aXtive Minds, an XML training and consulting group specializing in advanced on-site XML implementation and standards training. Mr. Waldt is also on the staff of OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), a standards consortium providing e-business XML standards such as UDDI, ebXML, UBL, and many others. Mr. Waldt has written, spoken and taught on structured information systems for many years. In a previous life, he was VP Product Technology at RIA, the Tax Publishing arm of the Thomson Corporation

Martin White
Managing Director, Intranet Focus Ltd

Martin White is Managing Director of Intranet Focus Ltd., which he established in 1999. He has over 30 years experience in information management, electronic publishing, market research and management consulting. Since 2001 Martin has written the Behind the Firewall column on intranet management issues for the US magazine EContent ( for which he is a Contributing Editor, a position he also holds for Intranets: Enterprise Strategies and Solutions ( He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Information Management. Martin’s book, The Content Management Handbook, was published by Facet Publishing Ltd in early 2005. Martin has been Chairman of the Online Information Conference since 1999. He is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield and a member of the Advisory Board of the CMS Evaluation Laboratory at the iSchool, University of Washington, USA.

David Wood
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Maryland, MIND Lab

David Wood is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Maryland, MIND Lab. He started the Kowari Metastore project (, an Open Source Semantic Web database and co-founded Tucana Technologies, Inc. David co-chairs the World Wide Web Consortium's Semantic Web Best Practice & Deployment Working Group.


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