Efficient Creation of Content through Intelligent Reuse of Existing Material
Separating your content into modules is the key to an optimized, cost and time-efficient way of working. In SCHEMA ST4 these modules are known as nodes. Staff in the authoring, translation, and specialist departments no longer have to process lengthy documents containing a high number of repetitions. Instead, by implementing what is known as the droplet model, small units are transferred to the process chain, which avoids redundancy. This makes the workflow more efficient and prevents delays in the process. What is more, the droplet model facilitates the entire process, as you no longer need to wait for a complete document to be finalized; instead processes like approval and especially translation can be carried out simultaneously. This avoids bottlenecks and rushing in the final phase of a project. Modularization also brings savings in terms of the essential cost factors: Authoring, approval, and translation. Costs can be significantly lowered for translation in particular, as nodes that are already translated do not need to be translated again. Translations are maintained as “dimensions” of the modules; this maintains the structure in all languages. The modules are also labeled with additional information, known as metadata, for example validity, comments, workflow information, version statuses, and much more besides. Metadata can be configured freely, enabling SCHEMA ST4 to be tailored perfectly to your company and product structure.
The advantages at a glance:
- Optimization and efficiency of workflows in the entire process chain
- Tremendous savings potential for content creation, approval, and translation
- Efficient scheduling for the creation and translation of projects
- Labeling and indexing of nodes for variant management or searching
Individual information modules that are as easy as possible to manage form the basis of modern editing. These modules need to be easy to find, capable of being combined dynamically, and made “intelligent” using metadata. Separating layout, structure, and content simplifies matters by a large degree and increases efficiency. However, this requires precise planning and consistent implementation.
SCHEMA has been setting standards in editing systems for over 20 years. Their ST4 DocuManager meets the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and is based on SCHEMA ST4, the market-leading professional and scalable editing system in German-speaking countries. The SCHEMA product range covers all eventualities in day-to-day editing and content management work for companies of all sizes.
The fundamental difference between working with and without an editing system is the principle of single source publishing. This method breaks documents and publications down into information modules, which may then be used time and again in different locations, but are only ever managed centrally. Prolific copying and pasting is replaced by a neatly structured data base.
SCHEMA ST4 DocuManager sets new standards, and is yet a standard system with technical support and upgradeability. SCHEMA consistently “standardizes” recurring requirements from numerous projects. “DocuManager” is a standard configuration of the powerful ST4 system; a turnkey solution for simple projects and the perfect basis for complex enhancements.
Technical content management systems should not simply be regarded as new software; they also enable you to reassess processes, writing methods, and documentation structures. While they are relatively quick and easy to introduce, a major benefit lies in how they will modernize your entire workflow. Here we have compiled some of the key benefits to justify your investment.
Separating content, structure, and layout in a CMS is the key to first-class dynamic publishing: Create different layouts from or customer-specific versions from the same source – cleverly controlled by metadata, with documents automatically produced from the data available in the ERP system. With all this and much more besides, the possibilities of SCHEMA ST4 are endless!
The trend towards electronic media could not be stronger, with benefits such as faster updates, interactive presentations, and context-sensitive help being harnessed for applications such as website assembly and catalog production. SCHEMA ST4 offers an extensive range of publication options for both print but also electronic media, separating content from structure and layout.
Your colleagues, partners, and customers need the latest information at their fingertips. How do you manage that in times of increasingly faster product cycles? How do you ensure these documents can only be used with proper authorization? SCHEMA´s Content Delivery Suite (CDS) intelligently supplies the different target systems – online and offline – via browser, tablet, or smartphone.
Do you want to speed up working in SDL Trados Studio and SDL MultiTerm even further and customize it even more precisely to your needs? Then you should take a closer look at our little digital helpers: expertTools enable elegant processes and solutions that would otherwise be highly complex and time-consuming. Many of our expertTools are available both as a freelance and as a professional version.
While you can simply download and try out some of our products for yourself, larger-scale solutions such as SCHEMA DocuManager or SDL WorldServer have extensive configuration options. To enable us to tailor these systems to your individual requirements, we can offer you specialist guidance and workshops. This will give you a clear picture of the desired and perfect solution for you.
Do you want tailored guidance and prompt support response times? Then you can rely on us! We provide support both for the SDL Trados products we market and for the software solutions we develop in-house, such as quickTerm, smartQuery, globalReview, and expertTools. In order to support the products from our other partners, we negotiate direct support and maintenance contracts on your behalf.