Mergers and Acquisitions—Been There, Done That!

Presentation Abstract

In any merger or acquisition, managers are faced with imminent clashes and potential redundancies within their departments. To be successful, they must rapidly resolve different processes, competing products, and dissimilar cultures, and integrate the teams into a cohesive, collaborative whole.  In this panel, Dawn chats with managers who have navigated the challenges presented by a merger or acquisition. They share their experiences and tips for shaping the experience of both teams through the transition and making sure your departments and products flourish in the process.

Meet the Presenter

Dawn Stevens is the President, and owner of Comtech Services and the Director of the Center for Information-Development Management. With over 25 years of experience, including 15 years at Comtech, Dawn has practical experience in virtually every role within a documentation and training department, including project management, instructional design, writing, editing, and multimedia programming. With both engineering and technical communication degrees, Dawn combines a solid technical foundation with strong writing and design skills to identify and remove the challenges her clients face in producing usable, technical information and training.

Mark Novembrino has over 25 years of experience as a software developer and XML systems specialist. He has worked as a technical leader and tools developer at Cisco Systems and, and is now the owner of Number 9 Solutions, a company that provides CMS and DITA consulting, integration, and customization services.

Becky Paris Christie, Sr. Director, Technical Publications and Training at ARRIS

Stan Doherty lives in the Boston area and works as a technical publications manager at SimpliVity Corporation, a networking start-up. He participates as a voting member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee, serves as secretary for the OASIS DITA Adoption Technical Committee, and supports companies in New England considering DITA. Feel free to contact Stan if you are considering DITA, DITA tools, and DITA-aware CCMSs.