Tuesday, September 12, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast (Included with registration!)
8:00 – 8:40 AM Getting to Yes: Successful Negotiation
Jill Orofino, Dell EMC
8:50 – 9:30 AM Influencing Up through Personal Leadership
Andrea Ames, Idyll Point LLC
Overcoming the Complexities of Mergers and Acquisitions
Vlad Khanin, NextGen Healthcare
9:30 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 – 10:40 AM Content as a Business Asset
Sharmila Rammohan, Thermofisher Scientific
Mergers and Acquisitions—Been There, Done That!
Dawn Stevens, Comtech Services
Mark Novembrino, Number 9 Solutions
Becky Paris Christie, Arris
Stan Doherty, HPE/SimpliVity
10:40 – 11:00 AM The Case for Conferences
Jennifer Condon, MasterCard
11:10 – 11:50 AM Facilitated Role Play
Anthony Apodaca, xPublisher Inc. & Brianna Stevens, Comtech Services
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch (Included with registration!)
1:30 – 1:50 PM Innovating with Information
Joe Gollner, Gnostyx Research
2:00 – 3:00 PM Innovations in Technology—Panel
Augmented Reality:  Tulika Garg, Adobe
AR/IoT:  Berry Braster, Etteplan
Extended Reality: Michael Zhenyu, Huawei
Innovations in Content    
Just the Right Information,  Sherry Zhang, Huawei Technologies
How to Get More Out of Your Content, Suzanne Mescan and Sue Wear, Vasont Systems
The Bots are Coming,  Hannan Salzmann, Zoomin
3:00 – 3:20 PM Break
3:20 – 4:00 PM
Inspire 2017 Competition
Case Hearings, Judge & Audience Rulings
Inspire 2017 replaces the “Rare Bird Competition” and simplifies the application process!
In this session, Contestants will give their best “elevator pitch” (less than five minutes) to all who are present at the Best Practices conference in September.
Final judging will then occur on site, with two awards given:
Judges’ choice
Community choice
4:00 – 5:30 PM Round Tables (15 minute sessions)
Collaborative Online Creation, Dustin Vaughn, Adobe
Merge, Baby. Merge! Bill Gamboa, Astoria Software
A Flight of Translation Best Practices, Jennifer Johnson, Hypertherm
Measuring Success with DITA Production Metrics, Keith Schengili-Roberts, IXIASOFT
How to Get More Out of Your Content, Suzanne Mescan and Sue Wear, Vasont Systems
Test your DITA Content for Global-Readiness, Dominique Trouche, WhP
Survival Guide for Upcoming M&A, Joe Gelb, Zoomin
Clean and Lean! Brian Trombley, DCL
Drinking Our Own Champagne: DITA in Theory and Praxis, Anthony Apodaca and Simon Fischer, xPublisher
Tiny TIM ForumDon Bridges, JANA
6:00 – 9:00 PM Improv Night / Banquet
Vermont Comedy Club
Join us for a fun night out at the Vermont Comedy Club.
Come for dinner, come for the show, come to experience the funnier side of Improvisation!
This event is included in your conference registration.

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