Mekon is proud to announce that we are now a G-Cloud 9 supplier providing services to the public sector.
G-Cloud is a UK government framework designed to simplify public sector procurement by utilising a pre-approved list of suppliers on the UK Digital Marketplace portal. As a supplier, Mekon provide transparent and cost effective services to help support the use of cloud-based services. The framework can be used by organizations across the UK public sector including local government, defence, health and education.
Mekon G-Cloud services include:
- Content Strategy Assessment
- Information Architecture
- Prototyping i.e. testing of structured content tools
- Content Management System (CMS) Implementation
- Authoring and Publishing tune up
- Content Migration
- Style Sheet Development
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) works with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and improve the quality of service delivery. The CCS goal is to become the “go-to” place for expert commercial and procurement services.
Content Strategy Assessment
A content strategy assessment can help an organization understand its content and the optimal way of managing it and the potential ROI in restructuring the content. The objective is to answer some key questions:
- Is there a business case for moving to structured content?
- If yes, what is the most appropriate technology framework to use i.e. DITA, DocBook, S1000D, Wiki frameworks, etc.?
- What are the next steps?
Information Architecture and Taxonomy
Customers don’t want to search through irrelevant information and want to optimise access to their content. Mekon are experts in helping customers to build a model of their content and to understand and apply a tailored taxonomy to the content to ensure that access to the appropriate content can be reached swiftly and effectively.
DITA Information Model Development
Mekon consultants have real-world experience of working in and managing collaborative structured authoring teams. We take a coaching approach to helping you with your information model, running workshops and gathering input throughout the internal standards development process. We document the resulting standards in a clear, easily referenced, and updatable way so that your information model becomes the centre of your DITA content development practice.
Conference Room Prototypes
Mekon work with solution vendors to deliver tailored workshop and demonstration sessions, using your own content, so that you can experience first-hand how tools actually work, look and feel in a live environment. Our comprehensive evaluation structure:
The key stages of a conference room prototype are developing requirements, preparing sample content, participating in hands-on evaluation workshops, and analyzing the results.
System Implementation and Project Management
We work in partnership with clients to understand their high level objectives and break projects down into discrete and manageable sub-projects, each of which has a clear outcome and delivers a particular benefit, so that there is always visible progress.
All our project managers have experience working with Agile and Scrum methodologies, as well as PRINCE2.
We provide a range of standard and bespoke training including:
- CCMS systems
- DITA orientation courses
- Migration to structured content methodology
- Use of XML authoring and editing tools such as Oxygen and XMetal
- Use of tools such as FrameMaker and ePublisher.
Authoring and Publishing Tuneup
Mekon can provide an expert view on how to improve your authoring and publishing processes. This is often best achieved through a structured exploration of the various aspects of an information model, from element structures and reuse patterns through to topic types, chunk sizes, and map organization. This is achieved using a collaborative approach with the client.
Mekon have considerable experience of content migration between formats and information models including S1000D, Docbook and DITA.
Clients benefit from Mekon planning their migration by evaluating how content will be restructured to utilise a defined Information Architecture (IA). Mekon convert small volumes of content for prototyping and conversion assessment and work with specialist conversion technology such as omnimark and Migrate or conversion service providers to manage larger volumes.
Mekon can convert:
- HTML to XML, XML to DITA XML using XSLT
- Doc Book, S1000D, DITA from unstructured source content
- Unstructured MS Word, FrameMaker, MadCap Flare
- SGML to XML
Style Sheet Development
Mekon are experts in developing DITA to PDF plug-ins using the powerful Antenna House XSL-FO software and develop bespoke XSL stylesheets and DITA Open Toolkit plug-ins to optimize publishing efficiency.
XSLT Development is one of Mekon’s core skills. Mekon has a comprehensive insight into XSLT and XSL FO combined and many formatting standards like AVP 70 used by the Royal Air Force and Mil Spec standards using the US DOD ATA 2200.