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Veteran’s Day

Pentecom staff proudly shares stories of their loved ones who have served in our armed forces in this video: Veterans Tribute 2017

A Veterans Day Tribute from Pentecom

Pentecom has a rich history of working with the military sector. In this video, Pentecom staff proudly shares stories of their loved ones who have served in our armed forces. Veterans Tribute 2017 Select the link above to view the video

Small Business Perks

Author: Pat Platt     Working with a small business, like Pentecom, is different than working with a large corporation. While a big corporation can usually complete your job successfully, when you work with a small company, your project receives attention directly from the top…

Defining Perfection

• A requirement for high-quality data conversion Achieved by gaining an understanding by setting aside time to review specific rules, having group discussions to review examples, and asking the right questions to clarify the issues.   • The action or process of improving something until…

What to do when you need help?

Pentecom has the answer for you! Introducing <onRetainer/>™, Pentecom’s service offering that allows small and large companies to access technical expertise and knowledge in a simple, affordable, and expedited manner.   When you need A Tech Pubs 911 to solve a problem, to supplement your…

Pentecom Contributes To S1000D ISSUE 4.2

Pentecom congratulates the S1000D community on the publication of S1000D Issue 4.2 and recognizes the contributions of our staff to the continued evolution of the international standard for technical publications utilizing a common source data base. S1000D Issue 4.2 was released earlier this month and…

What it Takes to be an Effective Data Technician

One of Pentecom’s many job categories is “Data Technician.”  What IS a Data Technician, you ask?  At Pentecom, our Data Technicians are our work horses.  They are the ones in the conversion trenches; the ones who make sure that each document is converted correctly.  So,…

Success! How Sweet It Is!!

What an exciting way to celebrate sweet success!  After completing a task to convert a technical manual for an Air Force test stand to SGML in accordance with MIL-DTL-87929, the Pentecom team received a sweet package (literally).  Inside the package was a box of chocolates…

A conversation about S1000D

One of the conversations that almost all Pentecom employees have around here is about how each one of us got involved in S1000D. Because of our combined S1000D backgrounds, we are a company of vast and varied S1000D experiences and we are able to use…

Incorporating Your Life into Your Work

A little rumination on this Wednesday morning. And, as I am staring at my computer screen and the title of this post, I realize that I could have just as easily entitled this, “Incorporating Your Work into Your Life”. In choosing a company with whom to…

Domain Spoofing

To our Friends: We have recently discovered that someone is spoofing our domain name to send out random text messages. If you receive an unexpected message from us, please know that we did not send it. As a company, we do not communicate with our clients,…

How to Organize a Project

Over the years, I have tinkered, struggled, and experimented with project organization. I fell into managing projects, like many people, by accident. I was serving as a business analyst and developer, and sometime technical lead, on projects with a consulting firm specializing in content management systems….

Converting Data Stateside

There are plenty of overseas vendors who do a great job at converting content, OCR-ing, digitizing, etc. But, for many reasons, shipping content overseas is not always a) an option or even, b) the best idea. What are some reasons a company would/should choose to…

The Art of Wearing Multiple Hats

A small business frequently requires its employees to become adept at tasks and skills outside of their initial comfort zone. Perhaps a sports analogy is warranted: Big college football programs can afford to recruit specialized players. The Ohio States, University of Texas, and Alabamas of…

How Near Shoring and Rural Sourcing Can Help You

“Near Shoring” or “Rural Outsourcing” are two somewhat trendy terms of late, effectively capturing the idea and goal of seeking business partners who are closer to home as opposed to half way around the world. The reason near shoring and rural outsourcing have emerged as trends…

ICN Coding in S1000D

Introduction S1000D includes many authoring requirements, which can be tailored for a project or organization. One of these authoring requirements requires a project or organization to determine the identification method for icons, diagrams, pictorial illustrations, and multimedia. What are ICNs? Information Control Numbers (ICNs) are…

BREX, the developer’s big brother

Introduction S1000D provides a unique eXtensible Markup Language (XML) data module called a Business Rules EXchange or BREX. The BREX was first introduced in Issue 2.2.   What is a BREX? A BREX is used as a means of sharing the agreed business rules among…

The Importance of S1000D Business Rules

Introduction S1000D is an international specification for technical publications that benefits from contributing members from all over the world with expertise in multiple industries. The specification is different than other technical publication standards in that it provides a structured approach regarding organization, processes, and management…

Reflections on the 2015 S1000D User Forum

Introduction The 2015 S1000D User Forum just finished up last Thursday and it sure did live up to this year’s theme, Actualizing S1000D – Making it real! Putting S1000D through its paces in North America has been a lot of work over the last 10…

Specification Update: SX001G Glossary Issue 1.1

The public release of SX001G Issue 1.1, Glossary for the S-Series ILS specifications, will soon be coming from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD) Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Specification Council (SC). Ryan Augsburger, Pentecom’s Director of Software…