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This article aims to draw attention to the increasing importance of Technical Writers / Information Managers (m/f/d) and highlight the features of these job descriptions. As well as this, it offers an overview of possible developments and recommended qualifications. To improve readability, the following does not include the supplement “m/f/d”. Use the comments to let the community know which certifications you think are important for a Technical Writer or Information Manager.   The Technical Writer. The professional title "Technical Writer" was coined by Tekom (Gesellschaft für Technische Kommunikation) in collaboration with the Federal Labour ...
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Meet Dario!  Dario has a wealth of knowledge in Information Management and is eager to start networking!   If you haven't connected with Dario, please do so here . Name   Dario Finardi Position   CTO and new-product manager at GEAR.it  Company   GEAR.it Where do you live in?   Reggio Emilia, Italy How long have you worked in information management?  Generally speaking, I work in Information Management from the time I was graduating in Physics in 1998.  At the very beginning as a technician, I was working on data collection and analysis. Then I moved to data accessibility and usability. Now I’m more a decision-maker in document flow analysis and ...
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Self-employment is the dream for most working-class citizens and some are already starting their businesses. Setting your own shifts and not working under constant pressure from demanding employers sounds very convenient. However, some have been wondering if it is the right time to do so as many concerns race through their minds. So, how do you know when to leave your job and start your own business? Here are five signs that show if it’s time to be your own boss. If you don’t stop thinking about it When the thought of being your own boss and envisioning your business won’t stop, it probably means it is meant to be. If you also don’t stop thinking ...
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You did it - you passed the CIP exam. Congratulations! So how can you make the most of your newly acquired credential - and how can we help to make it more valuable to you? Here are a few things you can do - and some things we're working on as well that maybe you can help with. Recertify. The first thing you can do as a CIP to help ensure its growth and success is to stay a CIP by recertifying. After all, in the end it's the number and visibility of current CIPs that will make the CIP certification more valuable. We are very flexible in what we accept for CEUs - generally the only requirement is that the event or resource is related to CIP or information ...
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In case you missed it, we offer digital badges for the CIP program through  Accredible . If you've been a CIP for a while, we sent instructions out on August 1, 2018. Since then, every new CIP gets set up on Accredible within a week or so of passing the exam. Either way, you will receive an email with instructions on how to accept the digital badge, how to share via social or email, how to add to your LinkedIn profile, etc. You can also download and/or print the certificate, which includes the official date you originally passed the CIP exam. You can see my Accredible badge and certificate here:  https://www.credential.net/06wb2kdv These digital badges ...
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  Dan is one of our newest members!  I'm really grateful that he jumped on board so quickly to be spotlighted as the member of the month.  Dan is eager to start building relationships with our AIIM Tribe and taking advantage of education and training.    Take a moment to meet Dan! Name Dan Beck Position Director of Commercial Sales Company IQBG, Inc. Where do you live in?  Austin, Texas How long have you worked in information management?  Over ten years in consulting and professional services, supply chain, information management, and software. What does your work entail? Do you have company support? How are you helping ...
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Global Trends & Developments in Germany Nobody would have expected this development if technical writers had been asked 10 years ago: The job description has undergone far-reaching changes and has grown in importance across all industry sectors. “Documentation” was generally regarded as a very dry, quite boring subject. Latest trends and technologies, however, have brought about significant change. Definitely a gratifying development for technical writers. Their work has grown in importance and regard. But why is that? Will that trend continue? What changes will technical writers be facing? What will be his future responsibilities in the process ...
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The end goal of any business is to maximize its profitability. To accomplish this, a company needs to run efficiently. Efficiency means that there is little or no wastage of resources in the way the business operates.   Accomplishing total efficiency is easier said than done. It requires careful planning beforehand and monitoring afterward. Streamlining a business requires several steps:   Evaluating and analyzing all the business operations in their entirety. Planning how waste can be minimized. Implementing plans and monitoring the results.   Once a business is streamlined, it starts to operate profitably. Here are some ideas for ...
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Even when you have a foolproof plan, there’s always a chance you will end up facing some obstacles you couldn’t have foreseen. This is why you should constantly work on your problem-solving skills. If you let yourself be caught off guard, you’ll have a hard time solving the actual issue. Although it is sometimes impossible for you to predict what will go wrong, preparing for different scenarios will help you stay calm and focused on solving the problem. In order to ensure you can overcome any obstacle, here are some great ways to identify and solve business problems quicker. Define the Problem Clearly Before you even start thinking about possible ...
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Get to know your AIIM Tribe.  Eduardo Ortiz is an Analyst in Records & Information Management at CenterPoint Energy Company in Houston!  I've had the pleasure of speaking with Eduardo a few times and he's definitely good energy and loves what he does:)  If you haven't connected with Eduardo before, please do so here .  Name  Eduardo Ortiz Position  Analyst, Records & Information Management Company  CenterPoint Energy Company Where do you live in? Houston, Texas How long have you worked in information management?  3 years What does your work entail? Do you have company support? How are you helping drive the goals of your office through ...
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John Mancini desenvolveu mais um dos seus tradicionais relatórios para a indústria de IIM. O relatório  Modernizing the Information Toolkit - Building an Effective Strategy for Content Integration and Migration aponta entre outros dados interessantes que cerca de 40% das organizações possuem à esta altura CINCO ou mais soluções de ECM. Consequentemente, a migração de conteúdo para estruturas e ferramentas mais modernas torna-se cada vez mais crítica. Boa leitura! https://info.aiim.org/building-an-effective-strategy-for-content-integration-and-migration?utm_campaign=MI.Building%20an%20Effective%20Strategy%20for%20Content%20Integration%20and%20Migration.IW ...
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Whenever we ask AIIM Members what, or who they want to hear from when AIIM delivers content the response 9 out of 10 times is   “Real-world stories from people like me”! Now, that’s easier said than done, as many times we don’t know the fabulous work you are doing in your organization; The projects you have successfully managed and the $$ of savings recognized; The training you developed to share with your organization; The cuddly toy that is now the companies RM mascot! What we would like to do is a create a method where you can tell us about those successes; lessons learned; experiments; or perhaps the mistakes; the challenges or even the ...
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Who met Bernadette at AIIM19?! Her energy was so contagious, we had to share it with those who might have missed her. Bernadette is the Document Control Manager at MGM Resorts Design & Development--she's also a brilliant dancer:) If you haven't connected with Bernadette before, please do so here .  Name Bernadette Dunigan Position Document Control Manager Company MGM Resorts Design & Development Where do you live in? Henderson, NV (about 15min south of Las Vegas) How long have you worked in information management?  A little over 12years What does your work entail? Do you have company support? How are you helping drive the goals ...
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Today’s job market is flooded with prospective employees. As soon as an advertisement is placed, there is a deluge of applications. Being faced with such a vast pool of potential employees can be complicated. How do you whittle the field down to a shortlist of the best and brightest who will be the most significant asset to the organization? Even the most experienced HR professionals are faced with this situation and unsure of how to proceed. A gut feeling can wind up taking a heavy  financial toll on the company if the wrong person is selected for the job. The financial investment in an employee becomes a reward when that employ contributes positively ...
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Millennials are careful shoppers who will do their own research before they buy anything. Instead of buying things they don’t need, they would rather spend money on experiences and make memories that last a lifetime. The money they spend is usually on products that give them the experiences they’re looking for, whether it’s food, drink, technology or entertainment. Cellphones   Millennials use their cellphones for so many purposes and they tend never to leave their sides. They’re able to use all kinds of apps to manage their health, their budget and more. They’re more likely to own an iPhone than any other generation and these phones have good ...
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A little test: The IT documentation you find in companies is up-to-date and reliable, isn’t it? The quality is high and required information is immediately available. Decisions in strategic questions are no problem at all, thanks to intelligent information. This also applies, for example, to decisions on cloud transformations or the integration/separation of IT organizations. Right? Not realistic? And if it is? What if intelligent information does work in IT? Let’s do a thought experiment: Imagine, for example, that your company buys another company and you are responsible for the integration of IT. You don’t have any information about the new IT. How ...
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Devon McCollum joined AIIM in 2018 after 15 years in the industry. He quickly jumped in by networking with others through AIIM's online community, VIP Lounges, and applying to share his expertise at AIIM19! He just returned from AIIM19, so we sat down to talk to him regarding his own successes, challenges, and advice for other professionals in the industry. If you have not yet connected with Devon, do so here ! Name: Devon McCollum Position: Corporate Records & Information Manager Company: Members 1 st Federal Credit Union Where do you live? Harrisburg, Pennsylvania How long have you worked in information management?: I have over 15 ...
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Corporate governance refers to a framework of procedures, policies, and rule that is used to determine the overall performance and direction of the company. Senior executives and board members use this management approach to direct and control an organization. This framework is used because it ensures directives, instructions, and strategies are carried out effectively. On the other hand, compliance is a term used to describe the process through which businesses showcase they’ve conformed to requirements in contracts, regulations, policies, and laws. Corporate governance and compliance are linked. In fact, they fall under the umbrella term of  governance, ...
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Hello everyone, Are you coming to San Diego next week for the AIIM19 Conference. Come Join us for Karaoke Night on Tuesday, 3/26 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at the Werewolf. Get 2 free drinks if yo are the first 30 attendees. Also, CIP Exam Vouchers for door prizes. The San Diego AIIM Chapter and the Greater Los Angeles Chapter are working with Iron Mountain for a fun Chapter Social event with a "CIP" exam theme which includes CIP exam vouchers given out as door prizes. Call me for questions: Scott 512-508-0608
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If you are like most of us, there is a certain amount of excitement about taking on a records or document management project when your organization has appointed you the project leader. You understand what is to be accomplished but where do you begin? The ECM Industry Standards Working Group 2, Trustworthy Document Management and Assessment created a project phases and activities checklist that will guide you through your project. The Project Phases and Activities Checklist will guide you through six functions in any records or document management project. This checklist is based on International Standards ISO 18829, Document management – Assessing ECM/EDRM ...
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