An interview with the SCHEMA Graduates

The seventh SCHEMA Graduate Academy in beautiful Nuremberg was another resounding success. Over a period of three days, 12 students were given a crash course in SCHEMA ST4 and the SCHEMA CDS. The day’s activities were all centred in and around our training centre, while in the evenings, the students had the opportunity to get to know each other a little better in Nuremberg’s rock-cut cellars, escape rooms and restaurants.

The group was very diverse, with participants including technical writers, translators and media managers. We got together with three of them to find out what appeals to them about the Graduate Academy, what they like about our products and what they would like to see in the future for technical writing.

Hi everyone, so how was it?

Kornelia

I found the three days really informative and fascinating. Not only did I learn a lot from the introduction to SCHEMA ST4, but also the morning with the Head of Development.

I also found the way the time was divided and the coverage of topics over the three days worked really well. I would’ve liked to hear more about layouts and the Content Delivery Server, as they’re of particular interest to me, but I can obviously understand that it’s difficult to pack so much into three days.

I’m really pleased that I applied for the Graduate Academy and was able to be a part of it.

Kathrin

It was great! We had three fantastic days to get to know the software better as well as the other participants and the SCHEMA Group. There was a good atmosphere and we always had plenty of fun! The trainers were very dedicated and always open to questions. In the evenings, after the training, we had the chance to chat and get to know each other as we took part in fun activities and went out for delicious food in the city of Nuremberg. The accommodation, board and facilities were also excellent. All in all, three fascinating days that were really worthwhile!

What do you think of SCHEMA ST4?

Kathrin

SCHEMA ST4 is a great component content management system that can be used to easily create and organise information. The creation of nodes makes the work clear and, above all, the variant management feature makes life as a technical writer much easier in my opinion. Overall, I feel SCHEMA ST4 is intuitive to use and the software is well structured. The most impressive thing about SCHEMA ST4 is its variety, as there’s a solution for every individual need.

Alexander

I’m impressed with SCHEMA ST4. For me it’s the Mercedes of component content management systems, as it’s so user-friendly and offers many customisation options. Before I was only familiar with an older version of ST4 and the current release has shown me how quickly the system has been improved. I’m really excited to see where SCHEMA will take ST4 in 10 years.

Kornelia

I think having different editors to create documentation is particularly good. Although I’m a big fan of XML editors, an integrated Word editor is easier for beginners. It’s great that ST4 takes things like this into account. I also really like the terminology function in ST4.

If I were able to choose a CMS at work, it would definitely be SCHEMA ST4.

And what about the SCHEMA CDS?

Alexander

I can already imagine many applications in which the Content Delivery Server can provide real added value. One example that comes to mind is using it with VR or AR. During the presentation I imagined a scenario in the future in which service technicians go around wearing AR glasses that are barely any different to sunglasses and they see the information they need for repairs or assembly on the glasses. The main problem with this scenario seems to be the hardware.

Kathrin

For me the biggest advantage of the SCHEMA CDS is that information can be read on devices with any operating system like Android, iOS and Windows, and provided in real time. That makes it quick and easy to distribute and provide feedback on information in a suitable context.

What did you particularly like about the Graduate Academy?

Kornelia

The three days were really well thought out in terms of content and the evening events were also really great. I have to admit that I’ve been to Nuremberg often, but I’d never done the tour through the rock-cut cellars before and I’m really pleased to have seen them.

What I particularly liked though was that the trainers addressed all our questions so nothing went unanswered. The content of the courses was communicated in an interesting and varied way.

Alexander

The highlights of the academy for me were the animated discussions at mealtimes, the interesting tour through the Nuremberg rock-cut cellars and getting to know the other students.

What would you like to see in the future of technical documentation?

Kathrin

I would like to see the number of technical writers in businesses grow and an increased awareness of the advantages of technical documentation.

Kornelia

I would like to see more standardisation in technical documentation. At the moment when it comes to heterogeneous data from different systems, companies encounter problems providing customers with this data and making it available on different output devices due to different formats and content. tekom has made the first step in the right direction by developing the iiRDS standard. I’m very curious to find out how this topic will continue to develop in the future.

 

Kathrin Krug, Multimedia Communication and Documentation, Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences

 

 

 

Alexander Specht, Technical Writing and Communication, Munich University of Applied Sciences:

“For me Schema ST4 is the “Mercedes” of the component content management systems.”

 

Kornelia Hilgers, Technical Writing and Communication, Munich University of Applied Sciences:

“I really enjoyed the Graduate Academy and learnt a lot.”

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