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RSuite CMS Success Stories | Human Kinetics, Steven Calderwood

  
  
  

Steven Calderwood, Director, Content Engineering and Digital Delivery at Human Kinetics explains how RSuite CMS allowed his organization to see immediate ROI by enabling in-house journal production. They've also gained a huge increase in quality control for their ebook process and can now meet ebook standards without involving third party vendors. 

 

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RSuite CMS Success Stories | The IET, Sara Sharman

  
  
  
Sara Sharman, Editorial and Production Manager at The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) explains how RSuite CMS has allowed her organization to establish an e-first publishing workflow to publish individual articles before the entire issue is complete, manage ONIX metadata, and future plans to manage video content for their IET TV department.


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RSuite CMS Success Stories | HarperCollins, Mike McGinniss

  
  
  

In this video, Mike McGinniss, SVP of Digital Technology Services of HarperCollins Publishers, explains how RSuite is a new way of thinking for their company. HarperCollins is transforming their publishing processes across multiple business units and RSuite is playing a major role to meet the new vision.

 

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It Takes More Than Tools & Technologies to Succeed

  
  
  

Success with RSuite CMSThe rapid shifts in publishing over the last few decades has lead most publishers to realize that the tried-and-true processes that served them well in the twentieth century may be hindering their ability to respond to the demands of twenty-first century publishing. Oftentimes part of the solution is a revision to the tools and technologies used to publish content. Technologies and tools can serve to catalyze and support needed change in an organization, but they cannot guarantee a successful outcome.

One person's hero becomes another's zero

It is tempting to look at successful peers for leadership when looking for effective revisions to your publishing workflow. After all, if a set of technologies and tools enables others to succeed, wouldn't the same approach succeed in any similar organization? Apparently the answer is "no" based on the number of failed attempts to address digital publishing requirements. Never forget that the success you see elsewhere is not just fueled by tools and technologies. There's a lot of work involved in the transition as well.

Is it the hammer or you?

It is tempting to blame the technology or tools when a transition begins to go badly. But remember, you cannot expect success with today's tools to succeed if you apply legacy techniques when using them. The tools of an 18th century blacksmith couldn't expect to compete with those of the industrial age. By the same token, modern tools cannot hope to achieve their promise with the techniques of the blacksmith. Modernization is doomed unless the blacksmith also changes. It is easy to blame the tools and technologies when transitions fail. Doing so, however, will only return you to your past - and a slow decline as more adaptable organizaeetions overtake you.

Change is often a slog rather than a glorious revolution. Never forget that it takes real effort to support a transition. Any transition will be accompanied by resistance and temptation to return to the past. Don't forget to prepare for the effort needed to move your organization after the tools are deployed.

Think about likely objections in advance. Be ready to address the real problem that lies behind the objections. Here are a few common examples when moving from traditional to digitally-oriented processes:

"These tools are impressive technologically, but won't work for us. We need something more like our old tools."

Likely problem

This explanation is often heard when those using the new tools or technologies have not had the time and/or training to understand the new environment. It is a challenge to continue production while migrating to a new environment. Unless those participating are properly prepared for the additional effort and given the appropriate resources, there is a good chance the transition will not succeed.

Solution

Provide training and resources to the staff as well as a knowledgeable champion who can serve to help facilitate a transition. When identifying such a person don't assume they will be the masters of your current systems. After all, masters of the artisanal processes may not be the right fit for transitioning to a modern machine shop. The current masters are no doubt critical to the future of the organization, but if they are firmly rooted in the current approach they may be slow to adopt new approaches. Sometimes, turning to external sources for these examples can work. Consultants or contractors can sometimes ease the transition. Don't forget to look for mentors in similar organizations who have made a similar transition.

 

"Our customer would never accept automated formatting."

Likely problem

Often publishing professionals assume that the standards of the 20th century are fully applicable in the 21st century. Remember, prior to the rise of sites like Google with is sparse design and interface web sites were highly designed. While pretty under carefully controlled conditions, as browsers evolved it became costly to maintain high-design sites. Today the web is dominated by utilitarian design and interfaces.

Solution

Consider whether your consumer will notice or care about any formatting issue requiring additional programming or effort. Oftentimes formatting issues that seem critical to a professional go completely unnoticed by the consumer. In many cases faster, accurate delivery trumps artisanal design for consumers.

Do the work

Transitioning to a digital-oriented publishing strategy is challenging. It is easy to find reasons to abandon new systems in favor of the old. But remember change is inevitable if you hope to adapt to and deliver digital content efficiently. The benefits available to publishers today can only be realized if you succeed at working your way out of your legacy approach.

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RSuite CMS Success Stories | SAGE Publications, Keith Lawrenz

  
  
  

In this brief video, Keith Lawrenz, ‎Sr Business Analyst & Content Systems Supervisor at SAGE Publications, explains why RSuite CMS is a great fit for publishers and how RSuite CMS has enabled SAGE to control their content. You'll hear how SAGE had tens of thousands of zip files that they couldn't begin to look at until RSuite CMS was implemented. Now, they're able to search and discover their content within RSuite.

 

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Transformation with HarperCollins | On Demand

  
  
  

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If you missed the RSuite CMS and HarperCollins Publishers Digital Publishing Transformation webinar which took place on June 10th, here's your chance to view it until September 9th! During this webinar, Mike McGinniss, Senior Vice President, Publishing Services from HarperCollins Publishers and Denis Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of Book Business discussed:
    • Pros and cons of transformation projects 
    • Lessons learned from executing cross-organization and cross-functional projects 
    • Best practices for meeting aggressive timelines

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A Legacy CMS' False Sense of Security

  
  
  

old computerAs with everything in life, it's all a matter of the lens you view things through.  Something can look rosey to one person while looking like a train wreck to another.  Often times the view of a legacy content management system is dependent on where you sit within your organization, and rightly so.  But many times the decision to not replace a legacy CMS is based completely on the false premise that everything is OK and IT has everything under control.  In our experience, many times the IT organization is overwhelmed with projects and maintaining a legacy system becomes more difficult with each passing year.  

In many publishing organizations that we speak with on a daily basis, legacy CMS' are patched together by one or two very key individuals within an organization because they happen to be the longest tenured staff and were around when the system was installed.  There is generally a knowledgebase of small system idiosyncracies that these individuals know to stay away from because of either a design flaw or through implementing the system incorrectly.  Having an IT person be a single point of failure is not a good business practice to begin with, but having little or no understanding of what the black box legacy CMS is doing is much, much worse.  Unfortunately these situation exist at major publishing organizations around the globe.  This is an outgrowth of publishers who don't want to face the reality that their system is in serious jeapordy of crashing and there is no recovery mechanism in place.  

So how does each management level within a publisher view a legacy CMS?  Here's an outsiders perspective:

C-Suite View - We have technology that is proven

From the top, everything looks calm, cool, and collected.  Think about the duck gliding across the pond.  Products are being produced, money is being collected, why do we need to change anything? Remember the duck is paddling like crazy under the water.

VP View - We can make this work with little investment

While there are issues we need to address, the technology is solid and has been proven for some time.  Our team does not have turnover issues and therefore they are well versed in the CMS.  Some investment might be required to patch things here or there, but we have no need to upgrade to a new CMS.  Throwing more staff or budget at the legacy CMS will take care of everytihng.  We should be fine to meet our strategy.

Director View - We are unable to keep up with daily issues let alone scale the system

The system has been working, but barely.  The fragile nature causes daily concern that one hiccup could bring the entire production process down.  Editorial is comfortable with the workflow, knows the editorial tools, but under the covers the CMS cannot be extended and is patched because the technology has not been upgraded in years.  Adding more content, integrating with other systems, or adding third party tools will be extremely difficult without a large budget and a sufficient timeline to complete.

Developer View - We are so screwed 

The application has been maintained by different people over time.  Nothing has been documented, we have not paid support and have not received CMS software upgrades, and the underlying database has not been upgraded in years.  If the system goes down, I may need to look for a job.

The Bottom Line

Every position and management level at a publisher has a different view of their CMS.  It's natural.  What consistenly surprises people is that a legacy CMS can only address the requirements from yesterday and potentially not address the strategy of multi-channel publishing or automated eBook creation or whatever objective because changes are difficult and the system cannot scale.  Legacy systems are generally proven, but they do not generally have the stability to support the long-term business objectives and must be replaced.

If your CMS is over seven years old, has been patched to keep it running, and doesn't support your strategy, let us show you why publishers from around the globe and over 10,000 publishing professionals use RSuite every day.

FrameMaker to CCMS: A DocZone Sponsored Webinar

  
  
  

FrameMaker to CCMS: A DocZone Sponsored WebinarOn Tuesday, June 24th, at 11am EDT, please join Alan Houser, co-founder and president of Group Wellesley, Inc., former president of the Society for Technical Communication as he presents the FrameMaker to CCMS webinar, sponsored by DocZone. 

Alan is a distinguished consultant and trainer in the fields of XML, XML technologies, publishing workflows, and authoring and publishing tools. Christopher Hill, V.P. Product Management at RSI Content Solutions, (makers of DocZone CCMS) will be conducting the interview.

 

They will discuss questions such as: 

  • Are desktop publishing tools like Adobe FrameMaker keeping up with today’s new business and customer requirements?
  • How can component content management systems like DocZone dramatically improve the efficiency of your publishing workflows and content lifecycles?
  • How can you plan for and successfully deploy component content management in your organization?

Whether you’re working with legacy content or starting your technical documentation from scratch, we hope you’re able to attend this informative webinar.

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RSuite CMS and HarperCollins Publishers Digital Publishing Transformation Webinar

  
  
  

Webinar | The Reality of Digital Publishing Transformation ProjectsPublishers today are under increasing pressure to meet shorter time to market demands, build more products through content reuse, and automate the entire lifecycle of content development. HarperCollins has embarked on a transformation project to meet their long-term publishing strategy.

Mike McGinniss, Senior Vice President, Publishing Services from HarperCollins Publishers and Denis Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of Book Business will discuss:

      • Pros and cons of transformation projects
      • Lessons learned from executing cross-organization and cross-functional projects
      • Best practices for meeting aggressive timelines

Whether you are just starting a digital publishing transformation project or plan on embarking on a project, you won’t want to miss attending this webinar.

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RSuite CMS Recognized with a Voltage Award as an Emerging Innovator

  
  
  

RSuite CMS Recognized with a Voltage Award as an Emerging InnovatorRSuite CMS, a content management system for publishers, was recognized last week by SmartCEO Magazine with a Voltage Award at a ceremony held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at The Ballroom at the Ben.  The event was attended by over 200 Philadelphia technology executives.  RSuite CMS was a finalist in the Emerging Innovator category. 

“We are very excited to be recognized with a Voltage Award,”  stated Barry Bealer, President/CEO, and Co-founder at RSI Content Solutions. “RSuite CMS has helped many of the worlds leading publishers completely transform their business and we believe our product is truly innovative."

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