Re: Confluence Usage

Subject: Re: Confluence Usage
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Laura Phillips <laurap -at- pluribusnetworks -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:51:12 -0700

Confluence is easy to learn and as people get used to inline comments
and other collaborative features it makes communication much more
efficient. I can't imagine going back to FrameMaker and having to do
reviews with PDF comments or Word change markup. I'd probably have to
hire another writer or two to handle what I can do on my own with
Confluence.

I started out with a 10-user version ($10) and enabled and disabled
logins as I needed feedback from various SMEs. It very soon became
clear that a 25-user version was worth the cost ($1200).

I have a separate 10-user instance I use to test things and to keep
the cost down for add-ons such as Scroll HTML Exporter that no one
else uses.

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 12:09 PM, Laura Phillips
<laurap -at- pluribusnetworks -dot- com> wrote:
>
> We just got a new program manager who mentioned that her previous company used it with "great" success. I looked at the pricing and to support the potential number of collaborators, weâd have to pay $300 per month. Given that my FM subscription is substantially less than that, I didnât really explore it any further when I was looking at options 2 years ago.
>
> I am not confident that engineering would buy into a collaborative system when I can barely get functional specs written for features. Itâs usually an email or text in a bug that requires further investigation on my part. Iâm also hesitant about the learning curve and time required to put together a working version of Confluence. Iâm still the only pubs person, and our release cycles can be brutal when supporting customer requests. We donât use Agile as a development methodology so itâs more of an ordered chaos process.
>
> Anyway, thatâs the core issue around moving to this type of authoring process.
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References:
Confluence Usage: From: Laura Phillips
Re: Confluence Usage: From: John G
RE: Confluence Usage: From: Sharon Metzger
Re: Confluence Usage: From: Laura Phillips
Re: Confluence Usage: From: John G
Re: Confluence Usage: From: Laura Phillips

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