Advice from the Front Line: Key considerations when planning a DITA migration

Over the past 10 years, the technical documentation market in the United States has experienced substantial migration to DITA. During that same time, global implementation of DITA, especially in the EU, was not a common practice. However, the landscape is changing and organizations in the EU are preparing for the rapid adoption of DITA. This session offers those considering or just starting a DITA migration, valuable advice from practitioners who have been intricately involved for many years with the specification. This presentation will discuss planning, resourcing, budgeting, tools selection, data conversion, and training. Please join us in this informative and valuable discussion.

Representatives from the technical content supply chain who have experience with all levels of DITA migration will share advice and ideas you can bring back to your organization.

The format of this presentation will be a moderated panel discussion with the following DITA expertise:

Brian Trombley – National Sales Director, DCL

Dipo Ajose Coker – Technical Writer, GE Healthcare
Nolwenn Kerzreho – Technical Account Manager, Ixiasoft
Briana Stevens – Consultant, Comtech Services

Meet the Presenters

Brian Trombley has more than 35 years’ experience helping clients implement content-oriented processes and technologies for all aspects of publishing across a wide range of industry verticals. An early practitioner of structured content methodologies, Mr. Trombley was at the forefront of the SGML and XML revolutions and has helped clients successfully manage change and convert and leverage content for maximum business value.


Originally from the UK, Dipo Ajose Coker began his career as a TEFL English teacher and Information Technology instructor. Now based in France, Dipo has spent over 15 years combining his language and IT skills as a technical writer and editor. He enjoys helping others to learn, supporting his colleagues on the Mammography technical writing team at GE Healthcare, and teaching MS Office Skills at Paris Diderot University. Dipo holds an MA in Multimedia and Multilingual Document Design, and together with DCL, began migration of GE Healthcare’s Mammography documentation from FrameMaker to DITA in 2018.


Nolwenn Kerzreho is IXIASOFT’s Technical Account Manager for Europe and has over a decade of experience in the technical communication industry. An international speaker and author, Nolwenn holds a Master’s degree in Technical Communication, Translation, Terminology and Project Management. Nolwenn teaches Technical Communication at the European Master in Translation at Université Rennes 2, where she introduced DITA in 2009. Based in France, Nolwenn has international work experience in the chemical, Telecom, language, and high-tech industries.


Brianna Stevens joined Comtech as a Consultant in 2015 and immediately became an expert in creating and implementing DITA constraints. Brianna’s design education gives her unique insight into visualizing the content challenges facing our customers. Her outgoing personality puts people at ease, making her an ideal consultant to involve in user and benchmark studies and competitive analyses. In addition to consulting, Brianna does graphic design for the CIDM and Comtech websites, advertisements, and publications.



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