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

rsuite_logo_nocms.jpgRSI Content Solutions Launches New Version of its Award-Winning RSuite Publishing Solution 

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

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 Sponsors MarkLogic World NY | Free Registration!

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Jun 16, 2015 9:30:48 AM

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Topics: RSuite, MLW2015

RSuite User Conference 2015 | Publishing Automated

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Apr 2, 2015 9:05:00 AM

RSuite User Conference 2015 | Register now

RSI Content Solutions is pleased to announce the return of the RSuite User Conference on Tuesday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!).

During the RSuite User Conference, you'll see publishing automated through:

  • Customer presentations
  • Product roadmap
  • New feature reveals
  • and more!
RSuite is Multi-channel publishing

Tuesday, May 5th will be a day for the RSuite community to come together to listen, learn, and participate in shaping the future of RSuite. In addition to the user conference, Wednesday, May 6th will be reserved as a technical training day and is limited to the first 25 registrants.

Please reserve Tuesday, May 5th on your calendar to join RSI and your fellow RSuite Community members in Philadelphia at The Hub Cira Centre and see why customers say that RSuite reduced their production time for their flagship product from 12 weeks to 4 days. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

MarkLogic is the exclusive gold sponsor of the RSuite User Conference.

RSuite CMS is powered by MarkLogic

Topics: RSuite, RSuite User Conference, #RSuiteUC15

RSuite CMS and MarkLogic 8: Match made in heaven

Posted by Christopher Hill on Feb 10, 2015 4:07:00 PM

MarkLogic

The enterprise NoSQL database powering RSuite CMS has a major new update: MarkLogic 8. A wealth of new features are available in MarkLogic 8. Many of these are designed to make managing your data simpler, cheaper, and faster than ever before and will immediately be usable with existing RSuite installations. Other enhancements will provide our product team with new tools that will power features in upcoming future RSuite releases.

After taking advantage of the MarkLogic early release program, the RSuite product team has certified that RSuite is ready to be deployed using MarkLogic 8.  RSuite customers may contact support at anytime for upgrade coordination.  

We would like to congratulate our partner on this exciting release. By advancing the state of the art for database technology MarkLogic helps RSuite continue to raise the standard for content management.

For more information on MarkLogic 8 visit www.marklogic.com.

For more information on RSuite visit www.rsuitecms.com.  

Topics: RSuite, MarkLogic, NoSQL

RSuite truly is Publishing Automated

Posted by Barry Bealer on Feb 3, 2015 9:15:00 AM

describe the imageWhen you hear a tag line from a business, do you believe it?  Some companies have nailed the tag line such as American Express (Don’t leave home without it!) while others are questionable given their press over the years (Bank of America:  Higher Standards).  Tag lines are without a doubt the first reflection of a company’s culture and their ability to deliver on their promises.

When we changed our tag line for RSuite last year we thought very hard about what would reflect our culture and our product?  Developing a tag line is not easy, but our team settled on “Publishing Automated”.  There were two main reasons for the change in tag line from “Content Management for Publishers” to “Publishing Automated”:

  1. RSuite is being licensed and used by more and more organizations that publish but would not be considered a traditional publisher.
  2. RSuite continually was touted by our clients as their publishing automation tool that significantly decreased their production timelines.

So for the reasons above our team at RSI felt that “Publishing Automated” truly did reflect what RSuite is all about.  But don’t take our word for it, here’s just a sample of the feedback we have received from our RSuite clients over the last few months:

"The first book we published through RSuite reduced the production time from 12 weeks to 2 weeks.”

"RSuite reduced our process to update marketing information from 10 days to only a few minutes."

“We published our book so fast that our marketing department was not prepared to begin to promote it because they were used to the old production timelines!”

“RSuite has reduced our publishing cycle by 75% and we feel we can reduce that even more.”

Needless to say the RSI team continues to work hard to make all of our clients realize their publishing automation goals.  While “Publishing Automated” may be a relatively new tag line for our business and software, it remains the core of why we built RSuite in the first place and will certainly be the focus of future product releases.  

Let us show you how RSuite could reduce your production time by 50% or more!  Signup for a demo.
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Topics: RSuite, RSuite CMS, CMS, Publishing Automation

HarperCollins and RSI Content Solutions Contribute EPUB 3 Transformation to DITA for Publishers

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Jan 14, 2015 12:55:00 PM

epub3 conversionHarperCollins Publishers today announced it has finalized the implementation of EPUB 3 for its e-book production; all new e-books are now being distributed in EPUB 3 with backward compatibility to EPUB 2. The company has implemented RSuite CMS workflows and EPUB transformation to allow for continuous support of the format. HarperCollins and RSI Content Solutions will contribute the EPUB 3 transformation to the DITA for Publishers open-source community so that others may benefit.

“Implementing EPUB 3 enables us to support industry standards while increasing accessibility for the disabled community,” said Leslie Hulse, vice president of business development. “We look forward to the enhanced benefits this new format will provide readers.”

“Working with RSuite allowed us to upgrade to an XML-based digital workflow that facilitates more automated e-book production,” said Leslie Padgett, senior director, global digital operations. “We are excited to contribute the work we’ve done on the transformation to the DITA for Publishers project so the community can benefit from our team’s good work.”  

“The joint team can be proud of the final work product that resulted from our close collaboration,” stated Paul Eisenberg, director, professional services at RSI Content Solutions. “HarperCollins has demonstrated leadership by contributing the EPUB 3 transform back to the DITA for Publishers community.”  

About RSI Content Solutions

RSI Content Solutions accelerates publishers’ revenue and profit growth through better content management. Since 2000, RSI Content Solutions has provided publishers, media companies, and technical publishers with award-winning software solutions that transform their businesses to provide clients with the ability to delivery content in any format, to any channel, at any time. For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 65 unique imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in over 30 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

Topics: RSuite, DITA, HarperCollins, ePub3

RSuite CMS Expands Publishing Automation Features

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Dec 19, 2014 9:51:00 AM

RSuite | Publishing AutomatedRSuite CMS, a leading publishing automation and multi-channel publishing content management solution announced today version 4.1.  RSuite 4.1 provides an extensive use of templates to drive efficiencies into the book publishing process.  The pre-configured environment allows book publishers to realize their goal of multi-channel publishing by simply utilizing the free Microsoft Word templates to automatically generate XML, ePub, PDF, and other outputs.  In addition the out-of-the-box workflow plugin instantly allows for editorial and production staff to begin to organize, execute, and report on the entire production process.  Managers can now monitor and report on the status of their production process by personalizing the RSuite dashboard.

“Our clients report that on average they are able to reduce their production time by 50% by leveraging the automation tools in RSuite” stated Christopher Hill, vice president, product management at RSI Content Solutions.  “That is an amazing statistic when you think about how much more capacity a publisher will now have to produce new products in both print and electronic formats.”    

Key enhancements to RSuite include:

  • Microsoft Word book template library to standardize author and editorial submissions
  • Automate transformations to PDF, ePub, HTML, XML, and InDesgin
  • Pre-configured editorial and production workflows can be setup in a matter of minutes
  • Manage and monitor entire production process through dynamic reporting and customizable dashboard

“RSuite has made the sky the limit on what Human Kinetics can automate. In two and a half years, we’ve automated our e-book production, our print book production, and website content” stated Steven Calderwood, director, content engineering and digital delivery. "Recently, we’ve leveraged RSuite to reduce the time to updating prices in our marketing catalogs from 10 hours to just a couple of minutes.”  

About RSuite

RSuite CMS provides the ability to automate the full life-cycle of content and asset management for publishers, technical publishers, government agencies, and organizations who need multi-channel publishing.  Whether your company publishes books, journals, standards, magazines, technical publications, reference material, or marketing material, businesses can leverage RSuite’s ability to be up and running in days while expanding and scaling RSuite's automation at their own pace.  Because RSuite provides publishers with the automation required to meet today’s multi-channel publishing requirements, our clients experience an average reduction in production time of 50%.  For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

Topics: RSuite, Publishing Automation, 4.1, Template Driven

CEO of RSI to Present at NISO's October Virtual Conference

Posted by Sarah Silveri on Oct 20, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Barry Bealer to present 'Trends in Publishing Automation' at NISO ConferenceToday, October 21st, between 12:30 PM -1 PM EDT, Barry Bealer, President/CEO of RSI Content Solutions, will be taking a virtual stage at the NISO Two-Day Virtual Conference, sponsored by none other than RSuite client, SAGE Publications.

Barry's presentation, 'Trends in Publishing Automation' will be about publishers and how they have traditionally focused on the development of content along product lines. Barry will speak about how today, publishers are moving towards a product agnostic production focus that requires automation to meet time to market demands. He will then review the current trends in automation technology within a publishing organization.

For more information or to register, please visit NISO's event page.

Topics: RSuite, Barry Bealer, NISO, Virtual Conference, Trends in Publishing Automation

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