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It's That Time of Year, Again...

t’s Spring and a man’s fancy turns to, well, what else? Advanced content management, of course. For the Doc, this means it’s time for his annual trek to San Francisco for the Gilbane Conference, the leading place for finding out more about everything related to content technology.

It’s Spring and a man’s fancy turns to, well, what else? Advanced content management, of course. For the Doc, this means it’s time for his annual trek to San Francisco for the Gilbane Conference, the leading place for finding out more about everything related to content technology.

Held this May 18-20 at the Westin Market Street Hotel, The Gilbane Conference delves into a host of topics from how to best engage with customers to collaborating with colleagues across large networks. The two tracks that hold the most interest for me, however, are highlighted here: Content Technology There are many different technologies involved in building web and enterprise content applications. Some of them are simple and some complex, some are open source and some are commercial, some are available via license, some as a service, some are ready for prime time, some aren’t, and some might be ready, but are controversial.

Sessions Designed For: Those who are either responsible for technology decisions, or those who need to keep up-to-speed with the latest technology for enterprise content applications of all types, including, central IT, departmental IT, strategists, and managers who need to know what's possible and what's coming. Session Topics Include: Multi-lingual technologies and applications, XML, standards, integration, content migration, mobile, search, open source, SaaS, semantic technologies, social software, SharePoint, XBRL, and relevant consumer technologies.

Content Publishing Multi-channel publishing has been a goal of many organizations for years, but it is now more important than ever - and not that much easier. In addition to more traditional print and web channels, smartphones, e-book readers, other mobile devices, and even “in-product” displays need to be considered. In addition to more channels, there are more media types to manage. Dynamic publishing is a key business requirement for both single and multi-channel delivery. Sessions Designed For: Those responsible for content creation, management, and multi-channel/multi-lingual publishing, IT and others that need to learn about publishing technology because of new multi-channel demands, including corporate or commercial publishers, content managers, digital asset managers, documentation managers, and information architects.

Session Topics Include: Multi-channel publishing, multi-lingual publishing, e-books, tablets, mobile, digital rights, digital asset management, documentation, structured content, XML, dynamic publishing, and publishing business models.

Frank Gilbane, who runs the conference, is not only an expert in these matters, but a nice guy as well. And hey, to the Doc that makes a difference. If you need an excuse to get to San Francisco (and get a free Amazon Kindle with your paid conference plus registration), then consider the Gilbane Conference this May.