Workflow

Raise the Bar On Your Responsiveness: Examine Your Workflow
June 19, 2015

Pressures on revenues and margins have made many publishers ask themselves if their content workflows can be fine-tuned to "do more with less".

Unfortunately, an early focus on headcount savings can undermine your chances of actually getting good things done. You can't improve workflows if the people you need to make them better are thinking that success means a trip to unemployment.

It's better to ask relevant operational questions, particularly ones like "Is my workflow getting in the way of my overall responsiveness?" Frequently, the answer to that question is a resounding "yes"

3 Ways To Plan An Effective Digital Workflow
May 8, 2015

The most reliable digital workflows are transparent: everyone who uses them to create content knows how and why things work the way they do. The most reliable digital workflows are also simple and predictable. Organizing a workflow to be transparent and simple starts with deliberate planning.

For a project that examined the value of XML workflows in publishing, Laura Dawson and I assembled a checklist for publishers looking to create a simple, effective digital workflow.

How HarperCollins Automated EPUB 3 Production with DITA4Publishers
April 16, 2015

I had the pleasure of hosting terrific webinar last week, featuring HarperCollins senior director of global digital operations Leslie Padgett and content solutions architect at RSI Content Solutions Eliot Kimber. They did a great job of articulating how HarperCollins has begun to transition from legacy print production to a system that is automated and truly multichannel.

A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback
March 4, 2015

CURIOUS strollers in early-16th-century Venice might have paused by the shop of the great printer Aldus Manutius only to be scared off by a stern warning posted over the door. "Whoever you are, Aldus asks you again and again what it is you want from him," it read. "State your business briefly, and then immediately go away." To state the current business at hand briefly, Aldus is the subject of a new exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of his death - and the birth of reading as we know it.

Understanding the Big Picture of the Five Ed Tech Trends Highlighted in the 2014 Learning Impact Report
March 4, 2015

This week IMS Global released the 2014 Learning Impact Report which summarizes trends we are seeing in the ed tech sector based on the current year and historical winners of IMS's annual Learning Impact competition. Many thanks to those that participated in the competition from around the world and, of course, the evaluators and editorial panel! Ed tech researchers or leaders interested in helping with the Learning Impact work in the future please contact us!