SAVE THE DATE - 2016 RSuite User Conference and Tech Training Day

Posted by David M. Turner on Jun 8, 2016 11:35:21 AM

SAVE THE DATE

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If you have an interest in RSuite, please join us for the annual RSuite User Conference and Tech Day at The Hub CityView in Philadelphia, just a short walk from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station (view map here).

You'll find this event to be informative and useful, whether you are an RSuite user, developer, consultant, or prospective client.  If you have any questions, please contact me at dturner@rsicms.com.


Wednesday, September 21st, 2016:

Tech Training & Evening Reception

 Thursday, September 22nd, 2016:

Full Day RSuite User Conference

NOTE: Seating is limited, so register early to reserve your seat.

Register now

Special thanks to MarkLogic for being the exclusive Gold Sponsor of the RSuite User Conference and Tech Training Day (#RSuiteUC16).

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Topics: #RSuiteUC16

JOIN RSUITE AT SSP 2016, TABLE 7

Posted by David M. Turner on May 25, 2016 12:56:13 PM

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At SSP 2016, Table 7


 RSuite at SSP | 38th Annual Meeting | June 1-3


Schedule a demo at SSP and discover how RSuite can help you publish 50% faster than today


  • MS Word-based Authoring and Editing
  • Easy-to-use XML Editorial Tools
  • Semantic Enrichment
  • Automated Output to ePub, PDF, and more
  • Rules-based Packaging and Distribution
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Topics: RSuite, SSP, RSuite 5

RSuite CMS Developer License Now Available to the MarkLogic Community

Posted by Sarah Silveri on May 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

RSuite-Publishing-Automated-Logo.gifAudubon, Pa. – May 10, 2016 RSI Content Solutions announced today at MarkLogic World 2016 the availability of an RSuite Developer License.  RSI kicked off 2016 by releasing RSuite 5, the latest version of its highly configurable, multi-channel, automated publishing content management solution. Due to many requests after the RSuite 5 release, RSI is now officially offering a full, no-cost version of RSuite Developer License to the MarkLogic community.

RSI is also launching a completely revamped and enhanced online user community. The new community will provide a much more user-friendly interface and delivers easier access to support, documentation, user forums, product videos, and downloads.

“The past few months have been an exciting time for us with the release of the RSuite Developer License,” stated Lisa Bos, Chief Technology Officer at RSI Content Solutions. “Now that we’re offering it alongside our new RSuite user community, it will allow us to expand our user base with ease and allow a seamless transition for our customers to use RSuite on a daily basis while increasing their production workflow and decreasing their product time to market.”

To download and register for the RSuite Developer License, as well as access documentation and other training materials, please visit the RSuite CMS Community.

About RSuite

RSuite has been built to serve as the centralized enterprise publishing solution for organizations who wish to automate their publishing processes and reduce time to market by over 50%. RSuite is optimized for the creation, management, repurposing and multi-format, multi-channel delivery of content by utilizing an enterprise‐strength native XML repository which stores and indexes XML content in its natural hierarchical format.  In addition to its strong XML capabilities, RSuite manages any and all forms of digital assets (MS Word, PDF, images, audio, video, etc.) and all of its associated metadata. 

RSuite’s powerful and highly-configurable workflow engine allows customers to implement multiple workflows that incorporate both manual and automated tasks, such as transformations, packaging, delivery, and more.  Customers are implementing RSuite to manage the end-to-end publishing process, from content creation through multi-channel, multi-format deliveries.  For more information, please visit http://www.rsicms.com/rsuite-enterprise-publishing-solution

About RSI Content Solutions

For over 16 years, RSI Content Solutions has been at the forefront of implementing content agility solutions for publishers, media companies, Fortune 1000 businesses, government organizations, and more.  With headquarters outside Philadelphia, PA, USA, a MarkLogic engineering center of excellence in Chennai, India, and affiliate offices around the world, RSI has helped over 250 global organizations implement appropriate content agility solutions. For more information, please visit www.rsicms.com.

Topics: RSuite, RSuite Developer License

See Your Content in RSuite at London Book Fair

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Mar 31, 2016 10:30:00 AM

SEE YOUR CONTENT IN RSUITE
AT LONDON BOOK FAIR STAND 3B72


 Will you be at London Book Fair? See your content transform from Word document to EPUB right in front of you by following these steps:

  1. Schedule a demo with your content here
  2. Send us your Word document (book chapter, journal article, etc.)
  3. See your Word document transform in RSuite at London Book Fair

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RSuite was built specifically for publishers for their centralized publishing solution. It is optimized for the creation, management, reuse and delivery of multi-format, multi-channel content. RSuite utilizes an enterprise‐strength workflow engine and manages any and all forms of digital assets (MS Word, PDF, images, audio, video, etc.) and its associated metadata.

Not ready to send us your content? No problem. Schedule your RSuite demo at RSuite's Stand 3B72 now:

  1. Schedule a 15 minute RSuite demo
  2. Schedule a 15 minute discussion with one of our representatives

Topics: RSuite, London Book Fair, RSuite 5

RSI Content Solutions’ CTO and Co-founder, Lisa Bos, to Speak on Digital Book World Panel

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Mar 8, 2016 11:16:57 AM

Lisa BosAudubon, Pa.— March 8, 2016 — On Tuesday, March 8th, at the Digital Book World Conference in the Hilton New York Midtown, Lisa Bos, CTO and Co-founder of RSI Content Solutions, will be speaking on a panel with four of her esteemed industry colleagues on the Production Automation: Strategies, Solutions, Successes. This session will be a lively discussion among panelists who develop, use, and in many cases depend on production automation to do their work.

“RSI has always been at the forefront of automated publishing,” stated Lisa Bos, Chief Technology Officer at RSI Content Solutions. “I’m very excited to discuss methods of automation that have been successful in our experience as well as struggles that I’m sure we’ve all experienced."

RSuite, RSI’s automated publishing solutions with highly-configurable dynamic publishing platform for managing and optimizing modern end-to-end publishing processes, will be exhibiting at Digital Book World booth 313 on March 8th and 9th. Schedule your meeting for either day now.

Topics: RSuite, Lisa Bos, Digital Book World, #DBW16

RSI Content Solutions Launches New Version of its Award-Winning RSuite Publishing Solution

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Feb 9, 2016 10:29:36 AM

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Latest release provides enhanced integrated workflow and automated publishing capabilities, to be unveiled in live webinar on February 16.

Audubon, Pa.— February 9, 2016 — RSI Content Solutions, the industry-leading content agility company, announced today the availability of RSuite® 5, its next generation publishing solution based on the MarkLogic® platform.  The latest version provides a more tightly integrated user experience to efficiently create and manage all types of digital content.  In addition, improved navigation and workflow features provide the user with a visualization of workflow steps to better understand the state and status of individual and team work assignments.  These innovative advances in managing content and business processes significantly improve user efficiency and support our historic product time-to-market reduction of 50%.

 “We have taken a significant step forward with the release of RSuite 5” stated Lisa Bos, Chief Technology Officer at RSI Content Solutions.  “This version will provide a more integrated view of the content and assets to users and managers and immediately improve overall publishing efficiency."

 RSuite 5 builds on the solution’s core publishing capabilities, including:

  • Word-to-XML transformations
  • Multiple integrated browser-based authoring/editing tools
  • Support for Adobe InDesign as well as automated composition of PDF, HTML, EPUB and other outputs
  • Component content reuse
  • Semantic content enrichment integration and exploration

A live webinar showcasing RSuite 5’s new and improved publishing automation features and user interface will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 10:00AM EST.  Interested participants can register here.

About RSuite

RSuite has been built specifically for publishers to serve as their centralized publishing solution. RSuite is optimized for the creation, management, repurposing and multi-format, multi-channel delivery of content by utilizing an enterprise‐strength native XML repository which stores and indexes XML content in its natural hierarchical format.  In addition to its strong XML capabilities, RSuite manages any and all forms of digital assets (MS Word, PDF, images, audio, video, etc.) and all of its associated metadata. 

RSuite’s powerful and highly-configurable workflow engine allows customers to implement multiple workflows that incorporate both manual and automated tasks, such as transformations, packaging, delivery, and more.  Customers are implementing RSuite to manage the end-to-end publishing process, from content creation through multi-channel, multi-format deliveries.  For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

  

About RSI Content Solutions

For over 15 years, RSI Content Solutions has been at the forefront of implementing content agility solutions for publishers, media companies, Fortune 1000 businesses, government organizations, and more.  With headquarters outside Philadelphia, PA, USA, an engineering center of excellence in Chennai, India, and affiliate offices around the world, RSI has helped over 250 global organizations implement appropriate content agility solutions.  For more information, please visit www.rsicms.com.  

Topics: RSuite, RSuite 5, The Content Agility Company

RSI's CEO to Speak on ALPSP's RFP Panel this Wednesday

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Dec 8, 2015 9:26:27 AM

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RSI's CEO and Co-founder, Barry Bealer, will be one of nine speakers at ALPSP's seminar, "Cracking the RFP Code: Strategy & practical guidance for getting the most from RFPs" this Wednesday, December 9th in Philadelphia. Barry will be speaking from the view of a vendor and will be presenting real-world examples of different types of RFP's through brief case studies run by different types of organizations. Coverage will include technology-focused RFPs as well as RFPs for business services. Attention will be given to tips and best practices that will minimize risks and engender success.

 Through presentations, panel discussion, and audience Q&A, attendees will learn:

  • Key differences between RFQs, RFIs, and RFPs, and under what circumstances each is the right tool
  • When to use an RFP, and perhaps more important – when not to
  • The business drivers that lead to the RFP path
  • How to structure RFPs to be less cumbersome and to allow for agile decision making
  • Who to involve in the RFP process and decision making, and how to manage scope in a project team with different agendas and priorities
  • When to involve a consultant to help with RFP management
  • What to expect of vendors RFP bad habits to avoid How to create an RFP that focuses on what really matters to your organization and ensures you can differentiate between vendor offerings

The day will conclude with an audience-participation Q&A panel discussion representing views of publishers, vendors who receive RFPs, and the consultants who manage them, bringing a 360-degree view to the key issues raised during the day. Register now.

Topics: RFP selection, RFP, ALPSP, Seminar

CMS Supplier Dilemma: RFP Schedules

Posted by Barry Bealer on Jul 20, 2015 10:52:00 AM

RFP.jpgAs a supplier of software solutions and publishing automation tools we regularly receive Request for Information (RFI) or Request for Proposals (RFP).  In many cases there is an aggressive supplier schedule to return questions, then submit a final document.  Some are just ridiculously short periods of time to adequately digest the information and respond appropriately, but we try our best to showcase our knowledge and software capabilities.  After working long hours to address the short turnaround time, one of the following inevitably happens: 

  1. Schedule extended:  Solicitor received too many proposals and will need more time to review them.
  2. Vendor pushback:  Submission period is extended since some suppliers balked at the short timeline and the solicitor wants their bids.
  3. Mismanagement:  Nothing (worst case)

Lets look at each of these situations a bit more closely to get to the root cause of each one.

Scheduled extended – Many times a company has a template driven procurement process.  The procurement department forces the software vendor to adhere to the timeline without regard to complexity of solution or the number vendors being sent the RFP.  If there are only three vendors in a niche marketplace, procurement will still require the business sponsor to send the RFP to ten vendors regardless of their applicability to the actual project.  This happens over and over again when we receive Web Content Management RFPs when our software is classified as an Enterprise Content Management System.  With a little homework, the company looking for a solution can distinguish between the two, but in all fairness, some vendors blur the lines between solutions in their marketing speak to make their solution broader in capability then it truly is.  When the procuring business receives back way more responses than they anticipated, of course they are going to need more time to review each proposal.  Again, sending out an RFP to a large disparate group of software vendors is going to result in a large disparate group of RFP responses which then confuses the entire procurement process which leads to delays.  Think about receiving vendor proposals whose approach is to build from scratch versus vendor proposals that want to use best of breed tool integration versus vendor proposals listing third party systems that only require a little configuration.  Three valid types of responses, but very different RFP responses.  Confusion around solution approaches usually leads to procurement delays.

Vendor pushback – Let’s be honest, many companies have preferred vendors when they send out an RFP.  If those preferred vendors push back on the company because the timelines are just too short to respond, a miracle occurs and the deadline gets extended.  If the vendor is not on the preferred list, most likely the schedule will not be extended and the vendor will submit a basic response just to stay in the game.  Some organizations do however hold tight to the schedule regardless of how ridiculous the timelines for questions and RFP response truly are.  Those are the rules and its my game, so do as I say.  Unfortunately some very good vendors are weeded out when this happens because the procurement department is just too rigid.  There needs to be a give and take between the procuring business and the vendor.  Actually, realistic timelines would be most welcome.

Mismanagement – I could probably write an entire blog post about how poor some companies are with managing the RFP process.  In general, the process does not come second nature to anyone in the business and the procurement department is forcing the process onto the organization because that is their mandate from management.  In addition, many companies really don’t care about timelines after they receive RFP responses.  At that point, they have the information they need and will take whatever time THEY need to review the information and figure out next steps.  It always amazes me that suddenly when the RFP responses are turned in, a black hole appears and no communication comes out of the organization.  Timelines are missed by the procuring company, phone messages are left and follow-up emails are sent by the vendor…silence.  Miraculously communication picks up a month after the deadline to communicate to the vendors and now the procuring company has 100 questions that need to be answered in 48 hours or less.  And did I mention that if the procuring company actually read the RFP, the questions are answered in the text.  You see, most companies read the executive overview, look at the proposed implementation schedule, and obsess on the budget numbers.  The rest of the RPF response to them is filler.

There is no single way to fix the procurement process.  Some companies have a very good procurement process while others seem to do it to appease procurement and therefore really have no interest in following the process unless it is advantageous to them.  Let’s start by having both sides adhere to the timelines set forth in the RFP.  That includes final selection and start of the project.  All any vendor wants is a fair shot at winning the opportunity and having the procuring company live up to their side of the relationship.  

If you want to see why we receive RFPs for publishing automation solutions, register here to see a demo of RSuite®.

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Topics: RSuite, RFP selection, RFP

RSuite and MarkLogic: A Decade of Partnership

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Jul 13, 2015 10:50:39 AM

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RSuite and MarkLogic have been partners for over a decade. Publishers need to deliver more than they ever have in the past. They need to do it faster and they need to reuse content in ways that simple have not been historically possible. One of RSuite’s greatest strengths is enabling the discovery and reuse of content, not only at a document level, but at a very deep, granular level. That’s something that MarkLogic’s native XML support helps to enable. RSuite enables publishers to automate their publishing. RSuite is Publishing Automated.

 

Topics: RSuite Enterprise Edition, MarkLogic, Lisa Bos, #RSuiteUC15

Beware the "Independent" Consultant Who Wants to Build You a Content Management System

Posted by Barry Bealer on Jun 24, 2015 8:12:00 AM

Beware the "Independent" ConsultantIt all seems like the logical next step. Hire the independent consultant who has been analyzing your business requirements for several months to build your next content management system. Who better to lead your organization to the CMS promise land? It doesn’t matter that building software is not their expertise, nor does it matter that they don't actually have a development staff. You like the leader, the onsite business analyst is strong, and you’ve had a great working relationship for a long time. This rosy picture plays out more often than one would think. There is no ill will or deceitful practice, it’s just a natural progression of a business relationship. But over the years we have found many pitfalls with this approach:

  1. Staff it and they will build ...something: If the consultant is truly “independent", they will have no interest in building a software solution. However, if they feel they can build the solution because they are leaving money on the table, they cobble together a development team made up of independent contractors and possibly partner with a small development firm that allows them to act like a general contractor, but none of the project team is an employee. This loosely organized tech team may not have the appropriate skill or bandwidth to complete the project, nor have many of them ever worked together before and they each may have different approaches and methodologies to develop the software.
  2. Analyzing and building are two different things: This is the "no duh" statement but often overlooked.  Just because a consultant can analyze and document business and technical requirements does not mean they have the vision or skill to build a solution that meets requirements. Think architect versus carpenter. Building a custom solution can get very messy very quickly and unless the consultant has the software development discipline (i.e., Agile experience), requirements will go unmet, shortcuts will be taken, and I venture to guess the schedule will be missed.
  3. Where is the “independence”?: Having an independent consultant bring together and lead the development team to build a solution is a lot like asking a lawyer to pick the judge they want for their trial. Of course the lawyer will pick the judge who sides with them more often. The same is true for a consultant who brings in a development team. It’s a biased situation. No one is really creating the checks and balances to hold the development team accountable. If the consultant remained independent, there would be a separation of church and state and a better likelihood that the project would succeed.
The observations above are all situations that we have encountered over the past 15 years since we started RSI Content Solutions. This is not to say that some independent consultants can’t pull off a software development project, but in our experience these projects usually don’t end well. How do we know this? RSI was once the “independent” consultant who one day was asked to build out a CMS. It felt so right, but quickly we learned we needed to operate differently and we did struggle. We eventually got it right, but it was a lesson from over 10 years ago that we still remember. Our suggestion is to make sure you keep your “independent” consultant truly independent and let the software solutions up to the people who do it every day.

Topics: best practices, CMS project, Barry Bealer

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