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DITA for Technical Publishing

DITA (Darwin Information Typing Architecture) is an open XML-based standard that describes the architecture for creating and managi ...

Luke Van Engen

Luke Van Engen

· 5 min read

Who are the CCMS Project Killers?

Looking back on the myriad of failed content management initiatives across the industry, common themes begin to shape that help exp ...

Brian Buehling

Brian Buehling

· 10 min read

Overcoming Cultural Roadblocks to Adopting a Modern Content Management System

Are you experiencing resistance to change in the way your content is created and managed? You’re not alone I recently had a convers ...

Dakota Systems

Dakota Systems

· 8 min read

B2B Manufacturers Product Pages are your Digital Front Door

90% of B2B buyers research products online prior to making a purchase, and over half believe the manufacturer has the best prod ...

Dakota Systems

Dakota Systems

· 4 min read

Software Developers: Architects or Artists?

Even though effective IT professionals must possess both the analytical skills of an architect and the creativity of an artist, exp ...

Brian Buehling

Brian Buehling

· 5 min read

Top 10 Interview Questions for DITA Developers

As DITA becomes more pervasive, hiring managers won’t have to look very hard to find candidates claiming to have experience working ...

Brian Buehling

Brian Buehling

· 6 min read

Single Source Publishing for Flight Operations Manuals

United Airlines asked Dakota to draft a statement of work relating to the effort of enhancing PDF stylesheets, specific to the ...

Dakota Systems

Dakota Systems

· 3 min read

Your SMEs Have Too Much Power Over Digital Channels

So, you’ve got a product catalog…a big one. I’ll bet you sell all kinds of complex industrial products to other companies, too. ...

Ryan Loechl

Ryan Loechl

· 3 min read

Overcoming Objections to DITA Authoring Systems

During a recent development effort, one of our clients was alarmed at the conversion costs of the proposed DITA-based content manag ...

Brian Buehling

Brian Buehling

· 10 min read

Understanding the Difference Between Translation and Localization Video

The ability to manage content for translation and localization, including delivery to translation management systems, is a prim ...

Dakota Systems

Dakota Systems

· 5 min read

Enterprise Publishing Trends

Dakota strives to help its clients adapt to current publishing trends:

Eric Fox

Eric Fox

· 10 min read

In The Wake of COVID-19 Digital Reigns Supreme

2020 has been a year of rapid change. Entertainment, exercise, education, online. Groceries, hobbies, décor, every kind of shopping ...

Kathryn Beears

Kathryn Beears

· 8 min read

Product Information Boring But Necessary or an Underutilized Asset

As digital content system developers and integrators, we tend to be immersed in complexity. Developing content transition s ...

Martin Edic

Martin Edic

· 8 min read

Are B2B Buyers Getting the User Experience They Need?

When it comes to routine maintenance on my car, I tend to be a DIY kind of person.

Martin Edic

Martin Edic

· 11 min read

Jargon is Elitism

"Not everyone goes to business school to learn cool terms like bleeding edge, low-hanging fruit, and paradigm-shifting, but eve ...

Translation is Essential to the Digital Product Experience

Localizing your digital content isn’t just a good idea – it’s the only way to stay ahead in an ever increasing global market.

Martin Edic

Martin Edic

· 7 min read

Mastering Next Generation Digital Communication Seminar

Most companies have great product content, but how do customers interact with your content? How do you make your content more f ...

Luke Van Engen

Luke Van Engen

· 14 min read

The Time Has Come for a Product Data Interchange Standard

Dakota is committed to coordinating with major manufacturers and distributors in key B2B industry segments to begin the hard work o ...

Martin Edic

Martin Edic

· 12 min read

Start with Training Before Selection a Product Content System

Moving to a structured content strategy for documentation and/or product information can be a confusing process given the numbe ...

Martin Edic

Martin Edic

· 9 min read

Hey B2B Manufacturers, Who is Visiting your Product Catalog?

When we’re able to use analytics to see who visits the product catalog, we try to segment visitors based upon what they download. T ...

Even the Most Complex Device is Ultimately a Collection of Basic Parts

As digital information experts we often get deep into the arcane details with our terminology and explanations. And it some ...

Martin Edic

Martin Edic

· 5 min read

Digital Product Experience

Your products are the centerpiece of your customer relationships and should be the cornerstone of your digital experience. The ...

Luke Van Engen

Luke Van Engen

· 5 min read

RIP Traditional Content Strategies and Methodologies

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” This tagline from Pam Noreault, presenter at the STC Chicago October chapter mee ...

Pete Wagner

Pete Wagner

· 9 min read

Getting the Information You Need from SMEs

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) often have limited time to spend with you. When you do get SME time, you need to establish credib ...

Pete Wagner

Pete Wagner

· 6 min read

How DITA Specialization Works

The specialization mechanism sets DITA apart from all other XML standards (as explained here). In this blog post, I want to cla ...

Jang Graat

Jang Graat

· 8 min read

Boost Your Career with a People-First Content Strategy

The Chicago STC Chapter meeting in July at the Olive Garden in Downers Grove featured Jack Molisani, president of ProSpring Tec ...

Pete Wagner

Pete Wagner

· 10 min read

Why You Should Use DITA for All Content

As the silos of marcomm (marketing communication) and techcomm (technical communication) are growing closer together, companies ...

Jang Graat

Jang Graat

· 6 min read

Project Mic Drop Text to speech in micro-learning with the DITA LT specialization

You probably know Nokia for their phones. However, Nokia is primarily a networking company. In fact, Nokia is in a top competit ...

inRiver and Dakota Systems Announce Partnership

inRiver, the leader in cross-channel product information management and enrichment solutions, and Dakota Systems, a design ...

Luke Van Engen

Luke Van Engen

· 2 min read

Twenty Years of Single Source Publishing Technology

This article takes a look back on some of the major contributors to single source publishing technology over the course of the ...

Brian Buehling

Brian Buehling

· 2 min read

Best Practices for Corporate Policies and Procedures

Corporate governance, quality management, and regulatory compliance all require companies and organizations to maintain doc ...

Paul Wlodarczyk

Paul Wlodarczyk

· 12 min read

Six Lessons Learned from Successful B2B Marketing Roll-outs

According to the Institute for Supply Management's December 2019 Semiannual Economic Forecast, manufacturing revenues grew ...

Paul Wlodarczyk

Paul Wlodarczyk

· 10 min read

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