Frank Gilbane is President of Bluebill Advisors, Inc., a consulting and analyst firm covering information management technologies, and founder of the Gilbane conferences. Frank was previously President of Outsell Inc’s Gilbane Group, founder and CEO of Gilbane Group Inc, Publishing Technology Management Inc, a co-founder and Managing Director of Technoforum SARL and the Documation conferences in North America and Europe, and Publisher of the Gilbane Report. He was deeply involved in information standards and technologies in the 80s and 90s, including the markup and style languages SGML and DSSSL, the parents of HTML, CSS, XML, and XSL, content management and information integration. He also spent eight years as a software developer and manager working on publishing and information management technologies.
Frank was a founder and former member of the board of the Content Management Professionals Association (CM Pros). He was also 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 (now IDEAlliance), the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Advisory Board of the MIT Press journal Markup Languages: Theory & Practice, served on the advisory board of the University of Washington iSchool Content Management Systems (CMS) Evaluation Lab, and a recipient of the GCA’s TechDoc award. Frank has a Bachelors degree from Boston University and a Masters degree from Tufts University in Philosophy.
Now the fun part: According to Real Story Group and CMS Watch Founder Tony Byrne “Every truly worthy community boasts a genuine eminence grise. For the content management analyst community, that person is surely Frank Gilbane.” – According to Content Management Bible author Bob Boiko, “Frank is the godfather of document and content management.” – According to Digital Clarity Group President Scott Liewehr Frank is the “Godfather of Content Management”.