July RSUG Meeting:  RSuiteUC17 & RSuite 5.3

Posted by David M. Turner on Aug 2, 2017 6:28:00 AM

We had another useful RSuite User Group Online meeting last week, so here's a quick synopsis for those who missed it.

What’s the RSuite User Group?

RSuite User Group Logo.png If you’re not aware, the RSuite User Group (RSUG) is a community of front-line users, IT staff, executive management, and industry consultants with a shared interest in RSuite. 

RSUG meetings are open to active RSuite clients, selected partners, and consultants working with active RSuite clients.  This group meets online every other month to discuss new developments, product enhancements, and questions related to our technology.

New RSuite LinkedIn Group

One of the announcements in yesterday’s meeting regarded the creation of the new RSuite User Group LinkedIn Group.  If you are a member of the RSuite Community, we welcome you to join by clicking the button below:

RSUG on LinkedIn

 

 

RSuiteUC17 Preview

Barry Bealer, Corporate Executive VP, provided a high-level overview of the upcoming RSuite User Conference in September.  Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Client Presentations: featuring the AMA, Macmillan, StayWell, The IET, and others.
  • Lightning Round Demos: 7-minute demos of fascinating new features and functionality in RSuite
  • Technical Training: including sessions on Semantics, Visualization, RSuite Edit, and RSuite Publish.
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Early Bird registration ends August 7.  Visit the RSuiteUC17 page for more details.

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RSuite 5.3 Preview

Lisa Bos, Corporate EVP of Content Management Software, next provided a presentation of what’s “On Deck” for RSuite – version 5.3. A key feature of 5.3 is the incorporation of Semantics, which leads to better metadata/data management and ultimately better content management.

Lisa gave a lesson on the basics of semantics, including foundational information regarding concepts such as triples, graphs, and taxonomies, as well as some of the benefits of semantics for publishing.

Other key features of 5.3 will include:

  • Powerful new possibilities for linking data
  • Means for managing “unmanaged” data
  • A new and vastly improved Admin user interface

RSuite clients and partners interested in learning more about RSuite 5.3 can log a ticket or start a forum on the RSuite Community Site.


A recording of the session is available for members of the RSuite Community.  Contact dturner@orbistechnologies.com if you are interested.


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Early bird registration ends August 7, so register now!

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Topics: RSuiteUC17, rsug, user group

RSuite User Conference Sessions Announced!

Posted by David M. Turner on Jul 21, 2017 1:49:00 PM

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Orbis has just announced the agenda for this year's RSuite User Conference.  Our dynamic 2-day event features both technical and non-technical sessions, helping attendees find solutions to key challenges publishers face today.


Stay tuned for additional announcements regarding sessions, speakers, and other refinements to our program.  Follow #RSuiteUC17 on Twitter or watch this blog for additional updates as they become available.

Register by August 7 and save up to $100.

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MarkLogic is the exclusive Platinum Sponsor of the RSuite User Conference.

Topics: RSuite User Conference, RSuiteUC17

Orbis Technologies to Showcase AARDVARK and RSuite Enterprise Solutions at MarkLogic Data Integration Summit

Posted by Sergei Moore on Jun 13, 2017 11:29:53 AM

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Orbis Technologies is a proud sponsor of the upcoming MarkLogic Data Integration Summit to be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In addition to being an event sponsor, the Orbis team will be showcasing two of their enterprise solutions that are powered by MarkLogic:  AARDVARK and RSuite.

AARDVARK is the product of choice for tactical intelligence users.  AARDVARK contains multiple Web-based applications and analytics that provides analytic, situational awareness, and intelligence production capabilities built upon the MarkLogic platform.  Advanced automated extraction and information fusion finds hidden relationships in order to support the creation and analysis of social networks, organizational diagrams, and intelligence work products that are shared and searchable across the enterprise.  AARDVARK provides templates for reporting and provides capability to create, modify, and export charts, graphs and dashboards.  

RSuite is a world leading enterprise information management solution optimized for the creation, management, reuse and delivery of multi-format, multi-channel content. It combines the power of the MarkLogic technologies  with an enterprise workflow engine, a fully-integrated authoring and editorial interface, and an automated composition engine to support both print and digital outputs. 

"We are very excited to be a sponsor of this event, and even more excited to showcase AARDVARK and RSuite, and how they highlight our growing product portfolio,” said Orbis Technologies Chief Executive Officer, Brian Ippolito. “Our partnership with MarkLogic allows us to provide mission-critical enterprise content and information management solutions for clients around the world.”

Register here for the  MarkLogic  Data Integration Summit

Join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the MarkLogic Data Integration Summit 2017 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, Washington, D.C.

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Topics: RSuite, MarkLogic, #MarkLogicSummit, AARDVARK

Orbis Technologies, Inc. Showcases RSuite Enterprise Information Management System at MarkLogic World Chicago and London

Posted by Sergei Moore on May 11, 2017 7:35:13 PM

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Annapolis, MD – May 11, 2017 Orbis Technologies, Inc. will be showcasing the award-winning RSuite Enterprise Information Management System at MarkLogic World Chicago (May 16th – 17th) and London (June 13th).  Built on MarkLogic, the leading NoSQL database on the market today, RSuite offers enterprise class customers the ability to store and manage any digital content, apply semantic search for content discovery, and automate business processes to reduce time to market pressure.

In addition to demonstrating RSuite’s core capabilities, the Orbis team will also highlight recent usability and design improvements as part of its demo. A key addition attendees can expect to experience is the use of RSuite for flexible management of business documents, as well as high-value content that requires controlled models and processes. Lastly, the Orbis team will provide a sneak peak into the software’s upcoming powerful content management exploitation of MarkLogic triple store for semantic metadata management.

With a client roster of Fortune 1000 business, U.S. military and intelligence community organizations, federal agencies, and global publishers and media companies, Orbis has software deployed in over 50 cities  on four contents around the globe.  As a market leader in semantic-driven solutions, Orbis continues to leverage an extensive product base, including RSuite, while integrating best of breed technology solutions for mission-critical global deployements.

“As a platinum sponsor of MarkLogic World Chicago and London, we are thrilled to be showcasing our RSuite Enterprise Information Management System”, stated Brian Ippolito, Chief Executive Officer of Orbis Technologies, Inc..  “Our partnership with MarkLogic allows us to provide mission-critical enterprise content and information management solutions for clients around the globe.”

About RSuite®

RSuite is the MarkLogic-based enterprise information management solution optimized for the creation, management, reuse and delivery of multi-format, multi-channel content. It combines the power of the MarkLogic platform with an enterprise‐strength workflow engine, a fully-integrated authoring and editorial interface, and an automated composition engine to support both print and digital outputs.

About Orbis Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 2006, Orbis is recognized as an industry leader in providing services and technologies for designing and developing next-generation Big Data platforms and solutions. Orbis provides solutions and services to assist commercial and government clients with near-internet sized data integration challenges.  For more information, please visit http://orbistechnologies.com/.


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Topics: RSuite, MarkLogic, #MLW17

RSI merges with Orbis Technologies, Inc.

Posted by David M. Turner on Apr 11, 2017 3:00:00 PM

 Orbis Technologies, Inc. and RSI Content Solutions Merge to Form a Global Content  Management Software and Solutions Company

Annapolis, MD – April 11, 2017 —Orbis Technologies, Inc. and RSI Content Solutions announced today the merger of the two companies. The merger creates a global Big Data company that provides software and services around the world.

The combined operating entity will assume the Orbis Technologies, Inc name with corporate headquarters in Annapolis, MD. This combined company immediately assumes a market leader role in global enterprise content and information management with products and solutions deployed around the world.

With a client roster of Fortune 1000 business, U.S. military and intelligence community organizations, federal agencies, and global publishers and media companies, Orbis now has software deployed in over 50 cities on four continents around the globe. Having serviced over 300 global customers, Orbis is positioned for continued growth and will invest in sales and engineering staff globally to meet current market demands.

“The merger of Orbis and RSI brings together two market leaders to provide next generation content management solutions and services to a global market”, stated Brian Ippolito, Chief Executive Officer of Orbis Technologies, Inc. “The combination of the organizations, the global customer base, and the integration of our product suites provides the marketplace with unique enterprise content and information management solutions."

As part of the merger, RSI Content Solutions co-founder Barry Bealer assumes the role of Corporate Executive Vice President, Global Software Sales and Consulting Services and co-founder Lisa Bos assumes the role of Corporate Executive Vice President, Content Management Software.  The Orbis leadership team of Matt Fernendez, Chief Financial Officer, and Thuy Pisone, Chief Operating Officer, remain in their current position.

About Orbis Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 2006, Orbis is recognized as an industry leader in providing services and technologies for designing and developing next-generation Big Data platforms and solutions. Orbis provides solutions and services to assist commercial and government clients with near-internet sized data integration challenges.  For more information, please visit http://orbistechnologies.com/

About RSI Content Solutions

For over 17 years, RSI Content Solutions has been at the forefront of implementing enterprise content management solutions for publishers, media companies, Fortune 1000 businesses, government organizations, and more. With headquarters in Audubon, PA, an engineering center of excellence in Chennai, India, and affiliate offices around the world, RSI has helped over 250 global organizations implement appropriate content management solutions. For more information, please visit www.rsicms.com.

Topics: #merger

Choosing an XML Model

Posted by Mary McRae on Mar 24, 2017 10:17:16 AM

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After seeing my infographic above, one of my colleagues asked me why I am so passionate about JATS (Journal Article Tag Suite NISO Z39.96) and its sister tag suite, BITS.  There are two big reasons: first, their suitability for the task, and second, the dedicated team of experts that designed them and continue to develop them.  That doesn’t mean I’m not an advocate for other tag suites.  I am, so long as they serve my passion about XML and using the right vocabulary for the job at hand.

The JATS standard has been developed for the STM (Scientific, Technical, and Medical) journal publishing community and contains the markup necessary for publishers to develop, manage, produce, and deliver research articles.  There are 3 flavors, listed from most to least restrictive:

  • Article Authoring (Orange in the infographic)
  • Journal Publishing(Blue in the infographic)
  • Journal Archiving and Interchange (Green in the infographic)

The vast majority of JATS users work with JATS Blue.  BITS, on the other hand, extends the JATS model for book-like structures and includes tags for front matter, back matter, parts, and chapters.  A third tag suite based on JATS is in use at ISO and is being standardized for use by international standards bodies and SDOs (Standards Development Organizations), which submit their standards to the international bodies for approval.

Which one should I use?

If you’re a journal publisher, any or all of these forms of JATS might be the right tag set for your journals.  It really depends on your particular situation.

Take authoring, for example.  For most journal publishers, content is written by researchers who don’t author in XML, so there’s little need for the JATS Authoring DTD.  These publishers might transform the original content (often supplied in Microsoft Word) to the JATS Journal DTD (Blue) after the content creation process.  Other publishers have found they need to restrict the way their authors create content and require them to use the JATS Authoring DTD (Orange).  Publishers converting an older, print-only back catalog may choose to use the JATS Archiving and Interchange DTD (Green), since its loose structure supports varying styles used over the years and does not require rework.

It’s not uncommon for a publisher to use multiple flavors of JATS and BITS and then to customize them.  What makes the most sense for your team depends on your content, your workflows, and the platforms that host your content; you may have to consider alternatives to JATS.

How do I choose the one DTD that works for everyone in my organization?

Sometimes you don’t choose only one!

It may make business sense to force everyone to use the same model, but it’s certainly not required.  Many of our clients use multiple DTDs effectively for different communities of users within their organizations–the key is how you build your environment.

Start by finding yourself a good consultant

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Contact me at mmcrae@rsicms.com and I can help you find a consultant.
  The best way to find out what you need is to hire a business analyst/content architect.  After he learns about your business objectives and does a thorough analysis of your content, workflows, and processes, he can recommend the best  vocabularies and customizations to be deployed at each stage of the process.  He can help you develop transforms to make your tag sets interoperable and to make it easy to go from your authoring DTD to whatever other publishing and delivery models your organization requires.

Invest in technologies to facilitate your choices

If you publish scientific articles, journals, or related content, there are a number of great tools on the market that support JATS and JATS-based DTDs out-of-the-box.  Others help you to build the transforms needed to maximize your efficiency and create seamless delivery between authoring, publishing, and archiving.  And of course, I can’t finish without pointing out the usefulness of a native-XML publishing automation system like RSuite to bring everything together.

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Useful Resources

Topics: DITA, XML, XML Schema, DTD, JATS, S1000D, BITS

RSuite Adds Integrated Edit and Publish Modules to its Enterprise Information Management Solution

Posted by David M. Turner on Mar 14, 2017 7:49:31 AM

Audubon, Pa.— March 14, 2017— RSI Content Solutions, creators of the RSuite Enterprise Information Management Solution, today announced the release of two new fully-integrated modules, RSuite Edit and RSuite Publish.  Together, these applications enable RSuite customers to further enhance their ability to manage and produce print and digital content in a single enterprise-strength solution.

RSuite Edit provides a simple, user-friendly interface that allows RSuite users to seamlessly create and modify content directly within the publishing solution.  Authors, contributors, editors, and reviewers can produce structured content in an intuitive, browser-based environment.

RSuite Publish provides an automated, template-driven capability to produce print and digital outputs, rather than having to rely on manual design processes.  Publishers can automate the creation of both print-ready PDF and EPUB output with a simple click of a button.

“RSuite enables many organizations to cut the time between authoring and delivery in half,” stated Lisa Bos, CTO/EVP Publishing Solutions at RSI Content Solutions.  “With RSuite, they deliver more and more consistent content through streamlined processes and automation. RSuite Edit and RSuite Publish make it even easier to include more users throughout the enterprise in publishing workflows, without needing special technical expertise."

About RSuite®

RSuite is the MarkLogic-based enterprise information management solution optimized for the creation, management, reuse and delivery of multi-format, multi-channel content. It combines the power of the MarkLogic platform with an enterprise‐strength workflow engine, a fully-integrated authoring and editorial interface, and an automated composition engine to support both print and digital outputs.  For more information, please visit http://www.rsicms.com/rsuite-enterprise-publishing-solution.

About RSI Content Solutions

For over 16 years, RSI Content Solutions has been at the forefront of implementing content agility solutions for publishers, media companies, Fortune 1000 businesses, government organizations, and more.  With headquarters outside Philadelphia, PA, USA, an engineering center of excellence in Chennai, India, and affiliate offices around the world, RSI has helped over 250 global organizations implement appropriate content agility solutions. For more information, please visit www.rsicms.com.

Topics: RSuite Edit, RSuite Publish

RSuite at the 2017 London Book Fair

Posted by Jeff Wood on Mar 10, 2017 7:01:00 AM

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Rob Smilowitz and I are once again gearing up for the annual London Book Fair next week, one of the best events of the year.  We’re in Stand 3B72 and will be giving demos of RSuite, complete with two brand new components we will be announcing the first day of the show!

Contact me at jwood@rsicms.com if you want to connect at the event and we can arrange a time to meet.

Meet Jeff @ LBF Visit our Web Page

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Topics: London Book Fair, #LBF17

RSuite in Action!

Posted by David M. Turner on Feb 2, 2017 12:22:13 PM

Interested in RSuite?

If you’re curious about RSuite but have never seen it in action, we invite you to join one of our bi-weekly webinars happening every other Tuesday at 10AM ET.  Our Director of Sales Engineering, Rob Smilowitz, provides an engaging 30-minute demo to highlight RSuite’s features and capabilities.

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There’s no cost or commitment to attend, you simply register here, pick a date, and then show up.  It’s easy!

Register Today (click here)

 

Topics: RSuite Bi-Weekly Webinar, Demo

How to get the most from your enterprise software application

Posted by Heather Dianno on Jan 30, 2017 1:59:13 PM


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After seeing the updated interview with Keith Lawrenz of SAGE, I just had to comment.  As an RSI Project Manager, I’ve seen first-hand the amazing results SAGE has achieved with RSuite:

  • Processing and delivering 5 times as much content as 10 years ago, with almost no added staff
  • Ingesting, validating, and delivering 140,000 items each month
  • Managing and supporting 1.8 million journal articles, more than 10,000 books, and all the graphics for those books, using 3 different DTDs.

Yes, RSuite is a fantastic technology, but it takes more than good technology to get these types of results.  Here’s an inside look at what this exceptional organization does to get the most from its investment.

RETHINK

When conducting an upgrade project, it usually seems to make the most sense to migrate the old to the new and move on—making as few changes as possible and focusing on getting it done.

But that’s not how it works at SAGE.  They see an upgrade as an opportunity to re-envision workflows, to relentlessly pursue new and better ways to use the system.  The team at SAGE talks to the business, monitors key industry trends, and re-thinks everything.

As a result, SAGE is always ready for the next new initiative.  Here are a few recent examples, all empowered by the RSuite team and technology:

  • Changing client-facing platforms with minimal effort, thereby saving more than $1,000,000
  • Reusing content created for other purposes to generate new eBooks with zero manual intervention
  • Launching a new revenue stream like SAGE video
  • Packaging all the articles related to a single topic from all 1000 journals (summarized by journal and summarized by year) in less than an hour

PARTNER

It’s most common for IT to take the role of “customer,” always following and reacting to the product roadmap of the vendor.  However, SAGE views itself as a “partner” and works side-by-side with RSI at all times.  The RSuite team at SAGE has learned the system inside-out and stays active in the community.  SAGE wants RSI to be successful, so its people speak at our events, invite us to speak at their events, and travel across time zones to attend our annual user conference.

And they give us great quotes:

  • "RSI and RSuite have grown with SAGE." (Keith Lawrenz)
  • "RSuite has made some of our time-consuming and manual processes automated with an added layer of quality control." (Sal Hewavita)
  • "RSI has been able to meet our changing needs over the last ten years. The staff at RSI listen, respond and work with us to successfully meet the needs of our business." (Tracey Ryan)
  • "I like that RSuite workflows automate what I don’t have to do, RSuite UI allows me to efficiently accomplish what I cannot automate, and RSuite professional services helps me to know the difference." (John Cooper)

EMPOWER

Finally, SAGE sets itself apart in that team members are always empowered to make decisions. Teams work best when they are staffed by a small number of people who can represent the company’s needs. SAGE has dedicated IT staffers who bring a detailed knowledge of SAGE business needs and a thorough understanding of RSuite. That combination makes a project manager’s job very easy!


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SAGE accepts a plaque from RSI to commemorate 10 years as a client.
Back row, (l to r):  Barry Bealer (RSI), Keith Lawrenz (SAGE), Sal Hewavita (SAGE)
Front row:  John Cooper (SAGE) and Lisa Bos (RSI)

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Topics: SAGE Publications, Enterprise Software, Enterprise CMS, Keith Lawrenz

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