Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Best in Show!

This past Friday I was honored by the Colorado State University Department of Technical Journalism as part of the 2nd annual Alumni Media Festival.

Out of about 150 entries, about 25 "Cammy Award of Excellence", 10 "Cammy Grande" awards, and 4 Best of Festival awards were given out. Entries spanned Broadcast, Newswriting, Public Relations an Technical Writing. Each entry was judged on a 0 to 100 point scale.

At the last minute, I decided to enter the specification for the DocBook Schema for Publishers, which finally achieved OASIS Committee Specification status this past August. The entry scored 100 points and was awarded a "Best of Festival" award!

Department Chair Greg Luft presenting me with the award
A proud Ram and his awards

Best of Festival Award

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another beginning's end

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." Seneca

After 5+ years in content management consulting at Flatirons Solutions, I've decided to move on to new opportunities.

I've had a great experience with colleagues and clients and had some very cool travel opportunities! In fact, I've achieved a few of my life goals and grown professionally and personally as a result. It has been a good run.

Some of my most favorite/memorable projects include:

  • Boeing Delta LPD
  • John Wiley and Sons HECMS - Oxford, India, NYC
  • McGraw-Hill Create
  • Jeppesen
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Cerner
  • McData
  • Informa
  • McGraw-Hill Digital Asset Library
  • Harvard Business School Press

I've also had the privilege of speaking at several conferences, including:

  • XML 2006
  • DITA 2007 West
  • OASIS Symposium 2007
  • XML 2009

In fact, many of my travels can be attributed to my work at Flatirons.

I've also taken a significant role in standards as Flatirons' Standards Coordinator. I helped to create:

  • DITA 1.1
  • DocBook v5.0
  • DITA Learning Content specialization
  • DITA for the Web
  • DocBook Publishers schema
  • DocBook eLearning schema

I hope to continue my involvement in DocBook and standards at my new company, including a new (for me) standard: ONVIF

I'm going to be an API Architect for Pelco (http://www.pelco.com). Pelco makes high-end security cameras and systems, so I'm sure I'll be monitoring your activities soon. ;-)

To all of my former colleagues both at Sun/Oracle and Flatirons, as well as my former clients and the folks on the various standards committees: I have been honored to work along side you and get to know you. Please stay tuned here or on FaceBook to monitor my activities! Let's stay in touch!