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

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

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Choosing an XML Model

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


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


Contact me at 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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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

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

Topics: RSuite Edit, RSuite Publish

RSuite at the 2017 London Book Fair

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


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 if you want to connect at the event and we can arrange a time to meet.

Meet Jeff @ LBF Visit our Web Page


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.


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


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)


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!


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)

Watch Keith's Video Contact Heather Visit SAGE


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

Attending DBW Next Week?

Posted by Jeff Wood on Jan 13, 2017 11:22:58 AM


I always look forward to attending the Digital Book World Conference in New York each year.  Unlike some other events, DBW’s sessions are the focus – sessions filled with valuable insights on significant topics from a “who’s who” of industry speakers.  DBW also attracts an impressive group of attendees, so there’s no shortage of dynamic conversations to be had with some of the best minds in publishing.

This year’s program is all about “Smarter Book Publishing for a Digital World,” which is exactly what we do for our book publishing clients at RSI.  So I’m excited to get there and get started! 

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

Contact Jeff Visit our Website Register for DBW


RSuite Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary!

Posted by David M. Turner on Oct 13, 2016 1:16:44 PM


Audubon, Pa.— October 13, 2016—RSuite is celebrating a decade serving the global publishing community’s automation needs to meet the increasing demands of a multi-channel and multi-device world. With thousands of users around the globe, RSuite has provided the automation tools necessary to reduce time to publication by over 50%. Powered by MarkLogic, RSuite continues to evolve to meet the enterprise publishing needs of Fortune 1000 businesses, government organizations, non-profit associations and standards bodies.

“When we launched RSuite over a decade ago, we knew we were at the forefront of something exciting,” stated Barry W. Bealer, President and CEO at RSI Content Solutions. “Today our success is measured in our client’s ability to completely transform their publishing environment by leveraging the enterprise class capabilities we have built in RSuite.”

“RSuite has been a pioneering product in the enterprise publishing marketplace. Built on MarkLogic, RSuite has enabled customers to leverage the MarkLogic database platform to manage content at scale” stated Matt Turner, Chief Technology Officer, Media and Entertainment at MarkLogic. “We congratulate RSI Content Solutions for 10 years of success with RSuite and look forward to the next 10 years of working together and helping customers integrate data from silos and maximize the value of their content and data.”  

About RSI Content Solutions

For over 16 years, RSI Content Solutions has been at the forefront of implementing content management 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 management solutions. For more information, please visit

About RSuite®

RSuite has been built specifically for organizations that need to publish to multiple channels and to serve as their centralized publishing solution. RSuite is optimized for the creation, management, repurposing and multi-format, multi-channel delivery of content by utilizing an enterprise‐strength of MarkLogic. In addition to its strong XML capabilities, RSuite manages any and all forms of digital assets (MS Word, PDF, images, audio, video, etc.) and all of its associated metadata.

RSuite’s powerful and highly-configurable workflow engine allows customers to implement multiple workflows that incorporate both manual and automated tasks, such as transformations, packaging, delivery, and more. Customers are implementing RSuite to manage the end-to-end publishing process, from content creation through multi-channel, multi-format deliveries. For more information, please visit

Topics: RSuite, MarkLogic

RSuiteUC16 Rewind

Posted by David M. Turner on Oct 3, 2016 8:30:04 AM

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year’s RSuite User Conference and Tech Day.  By all accounts, it was a raging success!


Quotes from This Year’s Event:

  • “Your clients just like you so much…”
  • “I found the user panels and case studies engaging and thought-provoking…”
  • “Free headshots? Epically great idea…so much better than free swag!”
  • “Leslie…You and your stable system….”
  • “1.8 million docs exported in just a few hours…”
  • “One-click eBooks!”
  • “No click eBooks!”
  • “RSuite automation helps reduce external composition costs by 80% while speeding production up by 2 weeks.”
  • “Globalization through centralization…”
  • “The number of people who have hearts in their eyes for @lisabos at #RSuiteUC16 is staggering.”

Special Thanks

A special thanks to our great panelists:

And also to our sponsors:




Thanks again to everyone for making RSuiteUC16 so fantastic…we look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2017!

Topics: MarkLogic, #RSuiteUC, #RSuiteUC16, XTM, Klopotek

Sponsor Shout Out

Posted by David M. Turner on Sep 9, 2016 12:41:29 PM

As we continue to prep for RSuiteUC16, I wanted to dedicate this post to 3 companies who are helping to make it all possible:  our sponsors.


For over a decade, organizations around the world have come to rely on MarkLogic to power their innovative information applications. As the world’s experts at integrating data from silos, MarkLogic’s operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database platform empowers our customers to build next generation applications on a unified, 360-degree view of their data. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, MarkLogic has offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Here's a short video by our CTO, Lisa Bos, about MarkLogic and our long-standing relationship with MarkLogic:


Klopotek is a leading international provider of software and consulting services for publishing and media companies. More than 350 publishing houses with 4,400 imprints around the world rely on Klopotek products. The company makes an ongoing, significant contribution to discussions, ideation, and networking in the industry, with the declared goal of inspiring modern publishing and media companies.


XTM International develops XTM, an award-winning online TMS, available via the cloud or on your own servers. The centrally shared TM, terminology, workflow and translator workbench are all accessed via a browser. XTM is cost effective, easy to use, includes filters for all common file types and is built for collaboration. Our global customers range include some of the world’s largest LSPs and enterprises.

Take a minute to visit these companies on the web and follow them on Twitter.  After that, make sure you register for the RSuite User Conference so you can meet these companies in person!

Register Now


Topics: #RSuiteUC16Sponsors, #RSuiteUC16, #Sponsors

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