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3 11, 2014

Author-it is going to Europe

By |November 3rd, 2014|Tekom 2014|0 Comments|

Why Author-it is hitting up the largest TechComm Convention and who should care
(Look out for the surprise Dr. Seuss twist)
 

What is it?

Tekom and tcworld dominate the technical communication (techcomm) industry. Tekom, as the largest professional association for the industry, brings together the various companies across the globe to create industry collaboration. Tcworld, an e-magazine platform, focuses on the industry’s toughest problems in their cutting edge articles. Coming together for this annual conference, the two organizations are creating a force of opportunity for the participants, exhibitors, and speakers.

 

Are YOU going to the Tekom ’14 Conference?

It might be said that this is the event of the year to attend. That this is the event that anyone who is someone in the industry will be at. But who is that?
A description, Dr. Seuss-style:
Calling all Technical Communication Companies:
This conference is for people, companies, and more. It will not be a bore.
You will find […]

10 05, 2014

Life Sciences

By |May 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Intelligent Content Life Sciences event was held in our backyard at San Francisco this week. Organized by Ann Rockley of the Rockley Group and Scott Abel, Content Wrangler this was a great opportunity for us to meet people from Life Sciences organizations, discuss the challenges they face and how we might deliver value.

Our Founder and CEO, Paul Trotter spoke to a packed audience on Global Reuse of Medical Information and Improved Customer Experiences while I did a short presentation on our business and how we are supporting the Life Sciences industries. Patrick Welsh, VP Vertical Solutions Life Sciences rounded out our team for the event.

Although it was small at around 100 attendees, I thought the interest in exploring best practice content strategies and intelligent content was strong. The attendees seemed to be very aware of the content challenges that they face but this is balanced by the fact […]

5 05, 2014

Visit By New Zealand Government

By |May 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

From left: John Bryan NZTE, Steve Davis President Author-it, Paul Stocks Deputy Chief Executive MBIE, Adam Bennett NZTE, Karla Falloon MBIE and Micaela Buckley MBIE

Author-it has always enjoyed a positive relationship with the government of our homeland, New Zealand (NZ). As a small island nation, NZ is heavily reliant on exports to fuel its economy. The NZ Government has recognized this and is very supportive of companies engaged in exporting and growing into international markets. They have set up advisory and networking services in our major markets including the US and we have been able to take advantage of this support over the years as we have built our global business.

As part of the ongoing support we have been privileged to host government officials such as the Honorable Amy Adams, Minister for Communications and IT, Peter Crisp, Chief Executive of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and last week, […]

27 12, 2013

Ending the Year With a Bang

By |December 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

—Paul Trotter

In 2012, Author-it invested heavily in Research and Development and released Author-it Cloud, our Author-it Saas offering. This year, we followed our success with the release of Author-it 6 On Premises.

2013 was a monumental year for Author-it in many ways. We welcomed a significant number of new clients into the Author-it family, both on Author-it Cloud and Author-it On Premises. To accommodate our growing number of European Author-it Cloud clients, we opened a third Author-it data center in Europe to compliment our data centers in Florida and Texas. The result…our subscriptions revenue this year has grown over 200%, and our growth into next year looks even more positive.

To accelerate our growth, we took a round of funding in July that has allowed us to invest significantly in building our team and growing our business. To accommodate this growth, we moved to larger offices in San Jose and opened […]

13 02, 2013

Getting Your Plugins and Extensions

By |February 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

New process for submitting your Author-it Cloud plugins for review

With the launch of Author-it Cloud more than a year ago, Author-it Software Corporation took the first key steps toward the future of collaborative, fully web-based Enterprise Authoring. Many of you have joined us on this journey, but there are also some customers and partners who’ve been unable to move to Author-it Cloud due to previous restrictions on customizations such as plugins and extensions. Today, we’re announcing a new process for getting these types of customizations up and running in Author-it Cloud.

To ensure the security and data integrity of the information you’ve entrusted to us, as well as the performance of the service for all our customers, plugin and extension developers will need to submit their code for review by our development team. Once approved, our IT team will upload your plugins and extensions to the Author-it Cloud servers on […]

19 08, 2012

The Future of Cloud Computing

By |August 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

I recently presented a session on Cloud Computing at the 2012 Society for Technical Communications (STC) conference in Chicago. At the session, I went into some detail on our perspective on Cloud Computing and also how it specifically relates to Software as a Service (SaaS) and of course, to Author-it Cloud. The key message that I was trying to get across is “Cloud is now and Cloud is the future”. Five years from now we will all be using some form of Cloud infrastructure and taking advantage of a myriad of SaaS offerings. There are obviously concerns. This is only natural as we go through such a step change in the way we work with enterprise software. Having said that, the benefits in almost every case vastly outweigh the concerns when viewed objectively.

North Bridge Growth Equity Venture Partners, a prominent Silicon Valley investor in Cloud and SaaS, recently released […]

24 07, 2012

Fear of Disruptive Innovation

By |July 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Paul Trotter, Founder and CEO at Author-it Software Corporation

To succeed, business decision makers need to be open to new ideas, while at the same time appreciating that standard processes are standard for a reason: they work. It’s a fine balance, and understanding when to look and when to leap can be the difference between growth and stagnation.

In my Death of the Document article, I talked a bit about accounting software and the way it’s evolved from the clunky spreadsheets imitating the old written ledgers to the clever SaaS software that lets users just put in their data and get out what they need. I argued that it’s time for authoring software to evolve in the same way – that there’s no reason producing a document shouldn’t be just as easy as producing a set of accounts. It’s a new way of looking at authoring software.

With new ways of looking […]

11 05, 2012

Death of the Document: It’s Time for a New Way of Thinking About Document Authoring Software

By |May 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Paul Trotter, Founder and CEO at Author-it Software Corporation

When people first started creating software to automate their business processes, it was natural enough to think of it as a kind of simulator to imitate what was already happening on paper. So in accounting, for example, you got these massive spreadsheets that basically just simulated the ledgers accountants were working with at the time. In its way it was marvellous because it meant you could use formulas to add stuff up and automate a lot of the work that accountants previously had to do manually. Even so, it didn’t take long to figure out that working with your data in its final form really restricted the way that you could manipulate and control the data itself.

From there you got the database-driven systems. These offered best-of-breed solutions in very specific areas, so you had your human resources programs and your accounts […]

12 03, 2012

Boston City Marathon April 2012 – Fund Raising

By |March 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

—Paul Trotter

Last Year New York

Running the ING New York Marathon in November last year was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I ran for an awesome charity called Team for Kids, and managed to raise over $3000 to help educate young kids on health and fitness. So I would like to give a big thanks to all of those who contributed to that great cause.

The NY Marathon was the first big marathon I had run, and only my second marathon. I did the Rotorua marathon in New Zealand in April last year, and as you would expect for a newbie, made heaps of basic mistakes. But I learnt from those mistakes and changed my game plan for NY.

On November 6, 2011, I started the day by catching a bus at 6am from 51st St in Manhattan to the race start point in Staten Island. After waiting […]

14 02, 2012

New SaaS Cloud for Enterprise-Level Writing

By |February 14th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

© Ugur Akinci

The review process is always a critical link in the life cycle of a technical document. The process is prone to errors and riddled with frailties.

Especially when multiple reviewers are involved, it’s so easy to duplicate effort or override a change unknowingly. It’s a process that needs to be coordinated, with a built-in lock mechanism to prevent simultaneous reviewing by multiple reviewers.

To some extent a software like Microsoft SourceSafe accomplishes that by refusing to save a review if the document is checked out by someone else. However, SourceSafe does not automatically deny a review attempt if the document is checked out. It just denies a save after allowing the review to proceed, which means wasting precious time for nothing. So one needs to be careful when using SourceSafe.

Acrobat.com‘s collective review interface does a good job in organizing the review process and allowing multiple reviewers to read each […]