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Road to Successful DITA Implementations

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Build Your Business Case

Build Your Business Case

A properly prepared business case evaluates proposed costs and benefits, obtains senior management support for a content management initiative, and obtains adequate funding to move ahead with implementation. Let Comtech assist you with the information you need to make informed decisions and present findings for further departmental support.

Create your Information Model

Create Your Information Model

Information Models provide a specification for your information developers that will guide content structure, development, and organization. A well-defined Information Model provides the foundation for your authoring guidelines and the implementation of content management in your organization.

Evaluate Your Legacy Content

Evaluate Your Legacy Content

Prior to moving into a content management system, take the time to review your existing content. Is it consistent and well-structured? Or is it redundant, disorganized, and superfluous? Can you apply rational information typing? Or do you see a jumble of mixed content of unclear purpose? Let our experienced professionals help you with the evaluation process.

Select, Buy, & Install CMS

Select, Buy, & Install CMS

Our firm has relationships and experience with our industry’s leading content management systems vendors. We are tools-agnostic and can help guide you through the process of writing requirements, calling for requests for proposals, analyzing the demos, and selecting the CMS that is right for your organization. We can help you through the installation process from both a management and tools perspective.

Design Your Stylesheets

Design Your Stylesheets

Stylesheets are needed to transform XML/DITA source into output. Because each rendering application is different, each distinct output type requires a different transform and a different formatting stylesheet. Comtech has in-house skills to output technical publications, including XSLT, XSL-FO, and CSS3. We are also experienced in extending your stylesheets to produce foreign language content, including right-to-left languages.

Conduct Your Pilot Project

Conduct Your Pilot Project

We recommend conducting a pilot project to test the entire planned implementation, including process, architecture, procedures, and tools. We have been through many successful pilot projects and will steer your team toward best practices and away from potential pitfalls.

Measure Productivity

Measure Productivity

The efficiency and cost savings you reap, as well as your overall success, need to be communicated in concrete numbers. Let us help you develop a metrics plan. By collecting the right data early in your project, you’ll be in a good position to communicate your tangible success to project stakeholders.

Enterprise Roll-Out

Rolling Out to the Enterprise

After the pilot project and its evaluation, you’ll be ready to extend your initiative to the rest of the enterprise. From change management to training, we can help ease this transition.

Celebrate Your Success with Comtech

Celebrate Your Success with Comtech

Comtech is dedicated to helping organizations provide quality information that is relevant to its users. We will be there to guide you every step of the way and look forward to celebrating your success!

Potential Pitfalls could end a DITA project

Lapses in Collaboration

Lapses in Collaboration

Enrich your information development process with a strong collaborative infrastructure. Define your collaboration strategy early in the implementation to strengthen your organization.

Inadequate Resources

Inadequate Resources

Have you built a business case that ensures you have the resources you need to make your project a success?

Training Shortfalls

Training Shortfalls

Moving to DITA means more than shifting to a new toolset. Invest in training your organization in the process, methodology, and tools to ensure a successful project.

Lack of Management

Lack of Management

Does your project lack adequate support from upper management? Do you have a project champion who is influential in the larger organization? Without this support, your project may be jeopardized, especially when the inevitable pitfalls occur.

Process Gaps

Process Gaps

A topic-based architecture requires many more moving parts. Take the time to implement a working flow to your information development and management process.

Inadequate Tools

Inadequate Tools

Sometimes groups rush into a tools purchase without due diligence. Don’t let this be you! Take the time to define your needs and requirements first. Maybe you inherited tools? Comtech can help to determine if they can be made to work for you.

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