Content management professionals have every reason to look forward to next month. With a gaggle of professional comings together and free drinks courtesy of our kindest CM vendors, this coming April in San Francisco is turning into an CM bonanza you might not want to miss. First there's Gilbane SF, in parallel is the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) Forum, and then just on the heels will be the CM Professionals conference.

Gilbane San Francisco + LISA

The headline event of the week is the annual Gilbane Conference in San Francisco. This year the conference is packaged-up with the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) Forum USA. Gilbane is the industry's favorite conference on Content Management Technologies covering web and enterprise content management applications such as enterprise digital rights management, enterprise search and information access technologies, publishing technology, wikis, blogs and collaboration tools, and information on globalization and translation technology. Highlights of the two events include: * Two-day LISA Forum USA * Expanded Track on Enterprise Search & Information Access * Expanded Track on Publishing Strategies & Technologies * Expanded Track on Enterprise Wikis & Collaboration * Understand how to leverage content management within your organization * Vetted Case Studies from the Content Technology Works Initiative * In-depth tutorials taught by the experts who other experts consider experts In addition, at the on-site Gilbane Technology Showcase more than 60 content technology suppliers will show you their latest products, services and features. Exhibitors include the large well-known players, as well as lots of newer companies with great technology that you won't find at other industry events. The details: Palace Hotel San Francisco, April 10 - 12, 2007 Exhibit Hours Wednesday April 11th: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Thursday April 12th: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm More info and registration.

CM Professionals Summit

If you are still standing, a third event, the CMPros Spring Summit is happening the following day, on April 13th. Program - Sessions and Speakers include: * Creating a Stakeholder Management Plan -- Tim Bombosch * Rapid Ramp-Up: Rapid and Early Discovery of Potential Change Management Issues in CM Projects -- Rahel Bailie and Emma Hamer * Migrating Your Team to Topic-Based XML Authoring -- Staffing, Training, and Change Management -- Lori Fisher * Step-by-Step: The Phases of Planning and Completing a Successful Portal Migration -- Brett Borgeson * Building a Business Case for Content Management -- Ann Rockley * Content Management: It’s a Process, NOT a Product -- Jim Howard * Content Management’s Best Practice: Integrating Web Content Management, Email, and Analytics -- Kristen LaReviere * Things that Go Bump in Your Content Management Project -- Rita Warren * Beyond Schedule and Budget: Using a Balanced Scorecard to Measure the Success of Content Management Projects -- Neville Fleet and Joan Lasselle * Beyond the Web -- Towards a Holistic Approach to CM: Information Architecture, Business Process and Technology -- Molly Bullock and Kevin Nichols * Using Emerging Content Technologies to Manage a Complex Content Management Project -- Aniel Sud When: April 13, 2007 8:00am-6:00pm Location: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St Cost: US$ 295 members or US$ 395 non-members Registration for the CM Pros event entitles you to access to the roundtable sessions, workshops, panel, and keynote and gets you your first year membership to the CM Pros organization -- a US$ 100 value. If that's not enough they've thrown in a US$ 200 discount off Gilbane Conference and LISA Forum admission. To round the hard edges, apparently the folks at Crown Peak have decided to support San Francisco's penchant for drink and are sponsoring a CM Pros cocktail party. With much appreciation we're sure to be taking our elixirs early and often.