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Ben Allums is the Director of Engineering at WebWorks.com.
Ben's experience in the field of E-Publishing stretches back 14 years to 1994, when he toiled to create the definitive single-source publishing tool for FrameMaker, WebWorks Publisher. His experience was bolstered by his stint at IBM's Tivoli Systems where he came to understand the needs and requirements of Enterprise customers. Returning to WebWorks.com, Ben extended the boundaries of online delivery and information workflow through his work on WebWorks Help and WebWorks.com's Edit/Review product. His experience and knowledge culminated in 2005 with the delivery of the first Enterprise ready online publishing system, WebWorks ePublisher. Today, Ben continues to push E-Publishing's limits through his leadership of the ePublisher Platform. DITA support, Wiki publishing, and a focused commitment on delivering scalable solutions for businesses, regardless of size, are the hallmarks of his tenure at WebWorks.com.
Tony is the Founder and CEO of Quadralay Corporation.
Tony worked for 12 years in the actual development of WebWorks Publisher, which was first released in 1994. Since 2004 I have been working with writing teams around the country, seeing first hand the challenges they face in capturing and delivering knowledge. With the launch of the ePublisher Platform, as part of the WebWorks team, I have been focused on enabling the publishing process to deliver the next generation experience to end-users, writers, and information architects of all types of organizations. Prior to Quadralay, I studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and obtained MS in Engineering.
Jesse Wiles is a Software Developer at Quadralay Corporation.
Jesse joined Quadralay in 2002. Jesse's been involved with content conversion for 9 years. Frankly, he's a geek who also enjoys watching professional football, wrestling with his kids, and dreaming up ways to marry the ePublisher platform to the iPhone.
Anne Gentle is the fanatical technical writer and community documentation coordinator at Rackspace for OpenStack, an open source cloud computing project.
Prior to joining OpenStack, Anne worked as a community publishing consultant, providing strategic direction for professional writers who want to produce online content with wikis with user-generated pages and comments. Her enthusiasm for community methods for documentation prompted her to write a book about using social publishing techniques for technical documentation titled Conversation and Community: The Social Web for Documentation. She also volunteers as a documentation maintainer for FLOSS Manuals, which provides open source documentation for open source projects. She writes a blog at http://justwriteclick.com/ and enjoys advocating for social and community techniques for web content. As the mom of two youngsters, she thrives on being busy and on-the-go.
My project with Ping Identity consisted of researching how to take large Framemaker 9 files and Word files and turn them into a modern web site that enabled comments with a proof of concept showing how to publish.
The modern web site could have been hosted in different engines but our evaluation resulted in Confluence being selected and a publication method showed using ePublisher Pro (2010.2).
Several years ago, Nadine made the leap from children's librarian to technical writer without ever looking back. Since then, Nadine has worked at a lot of different companies in the software and manufacturing sectors. In that time, she has had the opportunity to observe many approaches to creating documentation and has learned a lot about how not to do it. Probably the biggest lesson she has learned is that bells and whistles = overhead. Therefore, Nadine has become a big fan of keeping it simple.
Nadine has been using Quadralay/ WebWorks products since 2001 as a part of her "keep it simple" approach to documentation. In Nadine's current position as Documentation Lead at RDM Corporation in Waterloo, Ontario, she has adopted DITA XML for developing content, and she is pleased that ePublisher allows her to process DITA XML with relative ease. Nadine is certain that once she gets the PDF -XSL -FO output to submit to her will, it will be her second greatest life accomplishment.
Shalini Komarla (Program Manager, BMC Software)
Shalini has 14+ years of professional experience in enterprise software development and systems consulting, traditional and agile project management, requirements analysis, coding, testing, documentation and training. She has worked in various industries including High-tech, Manufacturing, Insurance, Finance, and Professional services. She recently completed the successful implementation of a XML‐based content management solution at BMC Software and is currently leading the conversion of BMC content to DITA and enabling multi-channel publishing. She holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science.
Vickey Morrow (Information Architect, BMC Software)
Vickey is a lead information developer and information architect for the mainframe business unit of BMC Software. She has over 16 years of technical communications and SGML/XML experience. She developed DTDs and information models for the conversion of BMC content to DITA. Recently, she created the stationery to enable the Webworks conversion of BMC content to the Eclipse Infocenter. She holds a master’s degree in English and an associate’s degree in Business Management.
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