S1000Dmanager™ simplifies the complex task of implementing the S1000D Common Source Database (CSDB) and provides robust capabilities essential to project management. It extends the functionality of a Content Management System (CMS) to the software’s S1000D project setup and management support capabilities. In one central location, users compile Data Module Requirements Lists (DMRL), define modules, assign authorship, manage project configurations and security, specify applicability, and promote the reuse of information.
The technical documentation management system is distinguished by its process-driven approach. Comprehensive, extensive features provide a framework for controlling the development of technical data utilizing S1000D publishing concepts. Manager is easy-to-use, and integrates authoring through publishing.
A powerful Library system allows users to access and organize information based on custom requirements, while supporting full version control. With quantitative metrics, the centralized Inmedius Dashboard makes the complete S1000D publication manufacturing process transparent. Integration with Microsoft® Project and Excel provides users with insight into the key components of S1000D documentation development. Schedules are defined and maintained with the system. Costs are examined and analyzed through custom, user-defined spreadsheets. With built-in workflow capabilities, audit trails and reporting capabilities, project managers can be assured that S1000D requirements and unique organizational rules are being enforced throughout the product lifecycle.
Extensive features provide a framework for controlling the creation of technical data utilizing S1000D publishing concepts, making it easy to specify DM, DMRL, ICN and security settings, in addition to managing workflow and project status.
Manager works together with Inmedius Horizon® to provide customizable document support. Going beyond the traditional XML content management systems, Horizon is a process-driven, business solution that delivers the tools and information needed to comprehensively manage a technical documentation operation. With Horizon, managers have complete, centralized control; ensuring that everything happening within the system is part of a consistent and predefined process.
Manager and the integrated Inmedius S1000D Publishing Suite is a complete, end-to-end solution to successfully manage the technical documentation publication process. Easy to implement, use and maintain, these innovative, performance-oriented applications cultivate, organize and disseminate data and technical information assets, supporting the entire S1000D documentation lifecycle.
Manager works seamlessly with S1000DauthorPro on multiple levels, providing visibility and access to data stored in the CSDB for the benefit of authors and project managers. The combination empowers writers to work more effectively, while still maintaining rigorous project control. The power of Manager extends to S1000Dinteract and S1000Dtransition, where it appropriately renders all the knowledge inherent in the CSDB, and more, to the information delivery process. Manager also fully integrates with S1000Dreview, the online S1000D commenting engine, allowing disparate teams to make centralized comments on a single data set. Working in conjunction with both Manager and AuthorPro, S1000Dinstructor, provides access to one, or many S1000D objects and transforms them into SCORM®-compliant output.
Only with an integrated solution can rules established by project managers be so effectively and automatically carried out from start-up through authoring to final delivery.
A powerful Library System allows users to access and view information in a structured manner. Through the Library, multiple projects are managed. Users navigate information as they would in a CMS, with the Library arranged in a Standard Numbering System (SNS) structure, organized by each Model Identifier within the Project. SNS structures are stored in their own document and may be edited separately. Information Codes are maintained per SNS and are mapped to a Data Module (DM) type.
Access to application functions are available as easy-to-use buttons attached to the project, rather than as global access through forms. Project information is managed from within the document library, enabling users to initiate new projects, clone or copy projects, define DMs, create and manage Illustration Control Numbers (ICN) and Data Module Codes (DMC), track DMRL, and define and maintain project configurations. Business Rules Exchange (BREX) allows separate projects to share configurations. Functions, such as Data Dispatch Notice (DDN) Export and Publish, are assessable directly from the project link in the Library.
Manage and control projects for globally separated teams. Multiple users — with the appropriate security privileges — have access to the form and can edit project information. Users are assignable to a project, indicating that they have access to data within that project. Projects are not viewable without access privileges.
Manage the applicability for Issue 3.0 through 4.1 of the Specification, with defined Data Module baseline and inline content level for metadata that defines what’s used where. Applicabilities can be designated as a baseline, which applies to the entire Data Module, or inline that applies to the content. Users have the ability to organize structured hierarchies of applicabilities, providing specific inline choices for associated defined baselines.
Organize applicability, Data Module extension information, products and languages for specific customers. Identify information particular to a given customer and apply it to a publication; which is used by the Data Module Extension (DME) to build and produce customer-specific data sets.
Sophisticated workflow technology ensures that all authoring and content revisions are approved in accordance with your organization’s accepted business standards:
Manager, in conjunction with Inmedius S1000DauthorPro, supports the S1000D Specification document editing and management requirements. Management functions are provided for all S1000D objects including DMs, Publication Modules (PM), Illustrations, DMRLs, and SNSs. Legacy versions of the Specification, back to Issue 1.8, are also supported.
Manager supports the following Data Module types:
Store, manage and retrieve Data Modules from one or more projects. Easily track the authoring process and update essential content when necessary. Reuse any and all data components. System users can ensure that proper controls are always available:
Users gain robust search and filtering capabilities using DMC breakdown, project name, issue date, issue type, issue number, and more. Manager’s search capabilities extend to the Library, facilitating and simplifying title, content and metadata lookups.
You can also view formatted DMs directly within Manager from the Preview Tab, enabling users who do not have an authoring system to preview.
You can also manage all PMs for each individual project. Users are able to extract and synchronize PM for each DMRL, and store and control applicability and effectivity information. Manager integrates publishing capabilities for exporting to S1000Dinteract and S1000Dtransition.
As XML documents with a lifecycle, DMRLs are managed as separate documents that can be created, merged, revised, imported and removed as needed. Check out, issue and approve DMRLs, which have their own workflow. Maintain control with issue numbers and dates, as well as Quality Assurance and workflow status. A project-wide DMRL is available from the Project Library, providing access to all project documents and the ability to generate CSDB status lists.
The centralized Inmedius Dashboard provides complete transparency and a visual representation of the S1000D technical documentation process. Quantitative metrics allow the publication manager to monitor organizational efficiency and identify choke points in the process. Managers are able to identify problem points and adjust resources as necessary to ensure project deliveries are on time and within budget.
The Dashboard provides standard, system-level reports for management visibility of work accomplishments. Specific S1000D reports can be found in the drop down menu on the dashboard and include reports such as:
Users gain insight into the key components of S1000D documentation development. Schedules are defined and maintained within the system. Costs are examined and analyzed through custom, user-defined spreadsheets.
Any changes made to a Data Module are documented with a detailed, time-stamped audit trail; creating awareness and assigning responsibility. The system tracks when a project has been created and to whom it was assigned for a particular role as it moves through a process. Who edits a Data Module or project, when it was edited, and what changes were made is also tracked, as well as when a document is transferred to another process, and when it is archived. This creates awareness and responsibility by providing details for all documents that have been edited or altered.
Provides Quality Assurance check of the Data Module on check-in or import. Layered BREX support occurs past the project level BREX checking occurring at multiple levels in a hierarchy. Errors that do not conform to the S1000D protocol are quickly and easily detected, ensuring that all technical documents are in compliance with the specification. Manager can be integrated with Inmedius Advisor Server to ensure strict enforcement of organizational rules for check-in/import.
The following configuration is a recommended standard configuration. It assumes only Inmedius product installed on the server, and that the database is installed properly on a separate, adequate server. If other Inmedius products and/or the database are installed on the same machine, additional hardware may be required.
|April 20, 2012 - Inmedius® Advances S1000D Support with Development of S1000Dmanager™ v4.2|
|January 26, 2011 - Inmedius® Advances S1000D Support with S1000Dmanager™ v4.0 Software Release|
|April 7, 2009 - Inmedius® S1000D Publishing Suite™ First to Deliver Issue 4.0 Support|
|May 7, 2008 - Inmedius® Debuts S1000Dmanager™ V3.0|