Summit '14 Agenda


Wednesday, September 17th



Welcome to Author-it Summit US '14!


Steve Davis: President & COO, Author-it Software



The Magic of Success!


Ralf Wittgen: Vice President, Services and Client Success, Author-it Software

What are the secrets of a successful implementation project, particularly when we look at SaaS solutions like Author-it? Ralf will share some insights and internal stories from the implementation team, which will help you and your team set the right focus for your next implementation project.



The World is Changing, Are You Ready: From Writer to Information Architect


Andrew Becraft: Senior Manager for User Experience, Author-it Software

Tom Erber: Solution Success Consultant, Author-it Software

Are you ready for your next career challenge? Writers are now asked to not only write but to strategize and architect content. Learn best practices from our experts to build your Content Strategy and Information Architecture. Let us turn you into an Information Architecture guru to achieve better results for your team and your career!





Networking and a chance to visit our solution pods.



Write Less and Publish More!


Kendra Carter: Manager, Implementation and Consulting, Author-it Software

Adrian Winks: Solution Success Manager, Author-it Software

Tired of working late to turn the same content into different content types with different outputs? Learn exciting tips and tricks for transforming the same book into multiple deliverables. Our experts will show you how to produce outstanding results in less time than you thought possible.



 The Localization Bermuda Triangle: Cost, Speed, and Quality



Susie Winn: Senior Consultant Localization, Author-it Software

Kendra Carter: Manager, Implementation and Consulting, Author-it Software

Don't get trapped in the Localization Bermuda Triangle. Let our expert Susie Winn help you navigate through the three concerns of localization: Cost, Speed, and Quality. Susie will demonstrate best practices to help you improve the quality of your content, speed your processes, and in turn reduce your costs dramatically.





Networking and a chance to visit our solution pods.



Learn from our Experts!


The Author-it Staff

Learn best practice content strategies to optimize your localization quality and cost.



Closing Notes


Paul Trotter: Founder & CEO, Author-it Software



Summit After-hours


Join us for an evening of Networking and Cocktails with industry leaders in Training & eLearning, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Technical Communications, and more!


Thursday, September 18th





Coffee, tea and muffins


Content Strategy Track


Opening & Introduction


Scott Abel: Chief Content Strategist, Content Wrangler

Steve Davis: President & COO, Author-it Softwar



From the Desktop To an Enterprise Saas Platform Our Journey – Then, Now and Our Vision For the Future


Paul Trotter: Founder & CEO, Author-it Software

Paul will walk you through Author-it’s journey from a desktop tool used to create product manuals and help, to a true Enterprise SaaS Platform delivering solutions in Tech Comms, Life Sciences, Training & eLearning and many more.



Keynote: Adult Learning in the 21st Century


Mary Ellen Beliveau: Founder & CEO, Knowledge to Practice

Mary Ellen is an expert in adult learning, instructional design and the development of novel learning technologies that transform how adults learn.  In this Keynote Mary Ellen will share some founding principles behind self-directed online learning and she will take you on her journey through the development of the adaptive learning portal for Mayo Clinic that is transforming how clinicians are engaging in postgraduate medical education.



Morning Break



A More Intelligent Approach To Content


Ann Rockley: CEO, The Rockley Group, Inc.

Despite advances in technology, content is still created and managed using manual methods requiring enormous amounts of time and human intervention. The requirements for content are increasing to the point we can no longer hand-craft our content over and over again for multiple channels and devices. We don’t have the resources or the time, and we can’t afford the cost of this error prone process. We need intelligent content!



Content Management System: A Roadmap to Finding the Perfect Fit

Abraham Moyano: Application Engineer, Baker Hughes Operations System (BHOS) Leadership, Baker Hughes

With so many Content Management Systems to choose from, identifying the right solution for your enterprise is more critical than ever. With over 20 years of experience in developing mission critical documentation, Abraham Moyano of Baker Hughes will share his experience with CMS solutions and best practices for enterprises. Join him as he shares his journey with lessons learned, success stories, and the benefits of utilizing a single source.






Walk the floor and explore various Author-it Solutions. Our team will be manning pods where they can demonstrate and answer your questions on Tech Comms, Training & eLearning and Life Sciences solutions.

Author-it Solutions Track


TechComms - Drive Reuse, efficiency, quality and localization savings


Peter Stroes: Managing Director, Author-it Europe

Peter Stroes will share Author-it’s plans to further enhance its TechComms solutions for the High tech and machine building industries.



Training & eLearning – a Component based approach to Learning Content


Matt Armstrong: Director Vertical Solutions, Author-it Software

Elizabeth Fiting: Training & eLearning Consultant, Author-it Software

Learn how content from other parts of the enterprise can be reused and easily incorporated into training materials.



Afternoon Break




Life Sciences – Component Authoring: Quality, Efficiency and Less Regulatory Risk


John Porter: Solutions Manager, Life Sciences, Author-it Software

Dan Glass: Product Manager, Vault, Veeva Systems

Hank Yang: Deloitte

Learn how Author-it, Veeva, and Deloitte are partnering to deliver a range of high value solutions in Life Sciences. See how this translates to massive efficiency improvements in MedComms.


Localization – Author-it Lionbridge Integration Realized


Ray Dixon: Solution Architect, Author-it Software

Connor Robinson: Solution Architect, Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

See the Lionbridge Freeway Author-it integration in action. Learn how this new release will remove human touch points and drive further savings in your localization budget.



 Closing – Looking forward 2015 and beyond


Steve Davis: President & COO, Author-it Software