- reusing and managing an enormous load of components (more than 100k) for different channels and renditions,
- providing direct view of in and outbound links to components
- ability to manage translations in relation to the source
- complete integration with Alfresco as we had already chosen Alfresco as our CMS
AMD is a world leader semiconductor company that develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets.
For years, with a traditional, document-based CMS in place, their documentation team had been forced to delegate an entire document to one writer at a time and wait for changes before sharing, and to spend extra time consolidating and updating multiple versions of the same document.
In 2009, they selected Componize to save significant time and resources by working in parallel on various pieces of the same document.
The EskoArtwork documentation team produces dozens of documentation deliverables every year, in five or more languages. In addition, we need to share this content with the training and support departments. The need for a CCMS based on the DITA standard was acutely felt. After a thorough vendor selection process we decided to go with Componize because of their deep understanding of DITA and the needs of our documentation team, and the tight integration with Alfresco.
After only a few months of use, we are already seeing benefits: finding topics is a no-brainer thanks to the metadata library, publishing to PDF or web output has been reduced to just a few clicks, and we no longer need to worry about broken links and references. The Componize team is extremely helpful and responsive - our cooperation has been a pleasure.
Read the full Esko case study (PDF)
American Library Association
Componize's partner Dakota Systems has worked with the ALA team on several projects in support of ALA publishing initiatives. The primary goal of this most recent effort was to tie these past projects together with a unique repository to manage the RDA XML content, output transformations and workflows.
The result is an end-to-end publishing solution centered on the Componize CCMS to support the publication of ALA’s core product as PDF, XHML and ePub. This custom solution provides:
- Automated processes for translation management,
- Supports SME’s distributed across North America, Europe and Australia, and
- Offers technical authors a fully customized web-based authoring tool.
Read the full American Library Association case study (PDF).
SAP Education is the training department of SAP, the largest enterprise software company in the world, and is a global player too. Leader in the worldwide IT training market, SAP Education trains more than 300,000 learners per year and provides courses in more than 40 countries.
Early adopters of XML - they implemented a proprietary semantic XML application for producing learning content 10 years ago - SAP Education has selected Componize for Alfresco to be the heart of a brand new infrastructure based on DITA.
Componize for Alfresco will be used for managing multilingual content from several hundred of internal and external contributors spread around the world, allowing content reuse and dynamic publishing, including e-Learning (SCORM) and virtual Training specific outputs.
Read the full SAP case study (PDF)
Kaplan is the world’s largest diversified education company helping millions of students achieve their educational and career goals.
Kaplan is tapping the power of technology to deliver effective content specialized to each student’s need and learning preferences.
In 2010, Kaplan put Componize at the very heart of their company-wide instructional design & content management system. With this system, they manage and package together countless different combinations of learning content chunks for producing both online content as well as Test Preparation books.
Industries using Componize
This non-exhaustive list can give you ideas on how DITA can lead to a winning project, reliable documentation, new markets, and new reader’s formats. Among others, Componize serves customers in these industries Medical Devices, Semiconductors, Learning and Training, Standardization, Publishing, and Software, Finance, Telecom.
Education and Training
Fast-paced environments raise challenges for updating professional skills. Learners expect trainings to be pin-point accurate, tailored to their previous knowledge and learning style, and supplied to their favorite device. Hence, training organizations need to distribute their content over several time zones, in a growing number of languages, using multiple variants and formats. Componize, which boosts open standards, native XML, and one of the best publishing engines for high volumes, proves the perfect fit.
Medical devices information must comply with more and more standards for each market. Whether the devices are used in a fully-equipped laboratory or in an NGO refugee camp, the information must be up-to-date and accessible in the right format: print, web, or mobile. A strong supply chain means the authors gain control of the information earlier in the writing process. Componize also ensures more users can participate in reviews in an easy and controlled way, so that the content is ready earlier to customers and medical personnel.
Technical information is a core asset in the semiconductor industry. From design to production, the information must be up-to-date, highly maintainable, and published instantly. Product variants must be mirrored in the documentation for added adjustments. Componize helps automate technical information production with a reliable and robust tool chain, which performs sterling service in controlling variants for authoring and publishing. Plus, tech pubs can inject data from other systems into their publications.
Highly structured, standards are well suited for modular XML. Because a lot of participants are volunteers, collaboration must be both easy and controlled. Componize helps by tracking changes, preserving comments, and automating reviews and approvals. Componize hosted solution means the members only need a browser to participate in workflows, comment content, or approve a version. Bodies can deliver the standards faster, so that the member organizations can start their conformance process earlier.
The publishing space is fast moving to digital. With game-changer reading formats and mobile devices, publishers must create publish to a variety of formats. With Componize, publishers benefit from a truly open format, modular, and recognized internationally. Together with easy-to-use editors, templating and form-based authoring help more authors can switch to DITA.
Software and Hardware
Highly technical environments have never released products faster. And the documentation must match all product variants, releases, and local preferences. Componize supports simultaneous deliveries, variants, releases, customizations, and taxonomies. The system supports your team’s effort to build-up and secure customers’ confidence in your information and, ultimately, in your products.