DUBLIN, OHIO, AUG. 4, 1997 _ BASIS document management system users will prepare to enter the knowledge management era at the Information Dimensions Exchange Association (IDEA) Annual User Group Conference this fall in St. Louis, Mo. The conference, for sharing document management experiences and strategizing for the 21st century, runs from Sunday Oct. 5, through Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Hyatt Union Station.
End-users from companies such as Boeing, NEC Research Institute, MCI, Merck & Co. and LSI Logic will share stories of successfully managing and sharing the knowledge contained in their huge collections of business-critical documents. Coming out to reinforce the users' messages are representatives from major technology partners such as Microsoft and from industry analyst groups such as International Data Corp. and Delphi Consulting. The conference focuses on helping users and executives learn how BASIS document management systems can help companies mine the valuable content contained in their document collections while preserving those documents' integrity.
"When our users come together, there's more real-world document management experience in the room than anywhere on earth," said Bruce Duff, vice president of marketing and sales at Information Dimensions, whose installed base comprises more than twice as many users as its nearest competitor, according to the International Data Corp.
"When our users begin sharing their vast experience, even the savviest practitioner learns lessons they can use to enhance knowledge-sharing and productivity in their own organizations," Duff said. "These lessons are especially important as business shifts its focus from information systems to knowledge management-the practice of making sense of the proliferation of information resulting from technology."
Karen Neimanis, president of IDEA's Executive Committee, agreed, saying, "The conference provides an excellent opportunity for document management users to learn from the real-life experiences of others who are facing similar challenges. Armed with their new knowledge, users can streamline their knowledge management process in their own workplaces."
Information Dimensions' BASIS document management system and BASIS Intranet Solution, the fastest way to publish huge collections of complex documents on the web, let users index, search, view and share business-critical documents around the world while leveraging all of BASIS V8's document management capabilities. These capabilities include tracking, version control, security, document integrity and automated publishing features.
BASIS users founded the Information Dimensions Exchange Association (IDEA) in 1980 to trade the secrets of success. This year's conference, with its "Gateway to Success" theme, will focus more than ever on user presentations and industry insights.
Highlights of the conference include:
The Role of the Information Professional in the Next Millennium
Michael Muth, Delphi Consulting Group
- Delphi identifies the skills, talents and attributes IT professionals will require in the next century as the emphasis in corporate computing environments continues to shift focus from information systems to knowledge management. Delphi will also identify the key tools and technologies that will equip the information professional to thrive during this dramatic evolution.
Microsoft's Document Management Strategy and Vision-Rich Noffsinger, Microsoft
- Microsoft matters. So how does the world's largest software vendor view the document management market, where is Microsoft going in the 21st century? How will the Internet affect this direction, and how will Microsoft's vision affect document management solutions in the future? This valuable session will prepare attendees for what's coming next from Microsoft and how it will merge with existing information infrastructures.
Managing Corporate Knowledge-User Presentations
- Users from leading U.S. companies will disclose how they are managing and sharing knowledge found in their policies and procedures, technical engineering documents and library information with hundreds of thousands of users all over the globe. Attendees will come to appreciate the power of putting critical information on the web for companies like Boeing and NEC Research Institute.
Web Paradigms: Intranet, Extranet and the Internet-User Presentations
- In executing the vision of a "borderless enterprise" on the 'Net, organizations can let employees, partners, customers and the public access documents from a wide variety of sources in easy-to-manage, easy-to-navigate online collections. New groups of users can tap valuable content directly through their standard web browsers, enhancing the value of the information and reducing the costs of copying, faxing, mailing and printing. Attendees will hear users from LSI Logic and MCI Communications share their stories.
- Managing electronic literature on the web has emerged as a way to allow companies to dramatically reduce their costs of distribution and information access. Merck & Co., a research pharmaceutical company, will describe how its Clinical Literature Information Center has made a database of published pharmaceutical literature available to employees on an intranet. Also, Centillion Digital Systems will demonstrate a new product called Destiny, which allows corporations to centralize, collaborate on and distribute digital images, text, sound and video via the Internet, corporate intranet or client/server technology.
Document Management into the Year 2000 and Beyond-Amie Shapiro White, IDC
- The Internet will play a critical role in document management into the next century as it becomes the standard corporate information disseminator. According to IDC, increasing numbers of employees are adopting the web browser as their primary means of accessing corporate information from document repositories, and executives are increasingly relying on the Internet as a high-value medium to "push" information out to the user.
Registration and More Information
To register for the conference and find the latest conference program updates, visit the IDEA web page at www.idi.oclc.org/idea. Or e-mail the IDEA Executive Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Information Dimensions
Information Dimensions (www.idi.oclc.org) was founded in 1986, and is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, serving its growing customer base with a worldwide network of direct sales, distributors and business partners. The company realizes Information Management for the Borderless Enterprise™ by delivering secure document management and library solutions via the Internet, intranets, and extranets for organizations with large, complex document collections. Information Dimensions, Inc., is an affiliate company of Gores Technology Group, of Los Angeles, Calif.
Featured Speakers at IDEA 97
- Keynote Speaker Michael Muth, senior consultant with the Delphi Consulting Group, will identify the skills, talents and attributes that 21st century IT professionals need to survive as business shifts its focus from information systems to knowledge management.
- Rich Noffsinger, industry sales and marketing manager for document management, imaging and workflow at Microsoft Corp., will share the company's view of the document management market and how it will affect users' organizations.
- Amie Shapiro White, senior research analyst for the Collaborative and Intranet Computing program at International Data Corp., will paint a picture of document management in the next millennium.
- Dr. W. Herbert Senft II, general manager of Centillion Digital Systems, will demonstrate Destiny, a new system for managing digital information for marketing, creative services and advertising departments on corporate intranets.
- Valerie Tucci, a research librarian at the NEC Research Institute, will share her experience setting up The TRAPS (Technical Reports and Publication System) database, which serves as an index to internal research reports for the NEC Research Institute.
- Melanie A. Meyer, electronic marketing manager at LSI Logic, will share the secrets behind her success in setting up an online technical documentation database that contains more than 45,000 pages of product information, and a corporate extranet for customer support.
- Cheryl Morton, technical library manager at Boeing Company's Seattle headquarters, will pass on some of the lessons she's learned in making corporate knowledge available to her large organization by pioneering the use of BASIS for web delivery of technical information.
- Bill Forquer, president of Information Dimensions, will discuss the company's direction in the emerging market for document management and special library products as well as ways organizations can successfully bring business-critical documents and library collections to the web.