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2018 iConnectSolutions user conference will be held April 22-25 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown

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Sunday, April 22
 

6:00pm

 
Monday, April 23
 

7:30am

Registration/Breakfast
Monday April 23, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Dining

8:30am

Welcome
Monday April 23, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Plymouth Ballroom (240)

8:45am

Vendor Moments
Monday April 23, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
Plymouth Ballroom (240)

9:00am

Keynote Address
Monday April 23, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Plymouth Ballroom (240)

10:00am

NCS Roadmap
Monday April 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Plymouth Ballroom (240)

11:00am

Break
Monday April 23, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am
TBA

11:15am

NCS Advertising - Intros and Expectations
Latest news & features

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Smallwood

Jennifer Smallwood

Lead Application Analyst - 2018 iConnect President, A H Belo
I have been around the newspaper business since I was 1 yr old. My mom began working in the call center at The Dallas Morning News (a property of A. H. Belo) in April 1974. I came to A. H. Belo's DFW Suburban Newspaper, located in Arlington, Texas, in February 1994 as a subscription telemarketer. Within one week I moved into their circulation customer service department and held many positions in circulation until August 1994 when I moved into classified sales. In June 1997 I moved to The Dallas Morning News classified department and spent the next 12 years as one of the top sales people of the department holding position in both inside as well as outside sales. When A. H. Belo decided to change their advertising system I became engrossed with learning everything there was to know about the system and moved over to IT as a System Administrator in November 2009. I have since become one of the... Read More →


Monday April 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Circ - Intros & Expectations
Latest news & features

Monday April 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

ONSET: Current and future states
A look at Newscycle’s new digital content management system, what development is focusing on now, and how it can open up new workflow possibilities regardless of the print or digital system you use.


Monday April 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Mobile - Monetization Opportunities with Mobile
Latest news & features

Speakers

Monday April 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Event-listener scripting, the elf in the box
Chances are that you’ve already discovered the power of scripting the Adobe applications to perform repetitive tasks, simplify complicated ones and reduce technical errors by your design and production staffers. But if your scripting tools do not include event-listeners, you may be overlooking a way to multiply that power. The event-listener does not wait for the Adobe user to remember to run it. Instead it piggybacks on the actions that a designer takes in the normal course of working: opening, saving and close documents, placing library items, copying and pasting and so on.
The Star Tribune uses dozens of event-listener scripts in InDesign and InCopy to handle a wide range of production chores. At this session, we’ll look at a few examples that might be useful to other NCS Content users. If you’re already using event-listeners, come and share your experiences. And if you haven’t jumped into Adobe scripting yet, come to get an idea of what can be done.

Speakers
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Robert Kyle

Designer/Superuser, Star Tribune


Monday April 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

iPublish Media Solutions, LLC
Brian Gorman

Monday April 23, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Lunch
Monday April 23, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining

1:00pm

All Users - Paypal
Monday April 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

1:00pm

Circ - Digital Subscriptions
Features, DPM, setup overview

Monday April 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Reducing publishing costs: How can you do it?
How can sites reduce publishing costs? Are there alternatives to Adobe apps? Digital First Media is working toward eliminating InCopy; Gatehouse is using Lite Editor with plans to move to ONSET; and there’s Content Planner to help reduce InDesign licensing. European workflows include doing partial layouts using layout geometries. If there is time, we can cover other things within InDesign that can help the production process, including scripting.

Speakers
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Amanda Reiter

Senior Editor, Digital First Media


Monday April 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Paypal Express - Liz Sullivan - Star Tribune
Star Tribune added Paypal Express for subscriptions and renewals, has seen 20% increase since implementation.  

Monday April 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Tech Session 2
Monday April 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

PCF/Dart
Paul Zanotta
Matthew Griffin
Michael Giordana

Monday April 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Break
Monday April 23, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

NCS Advertising - Customer Enhancement Forum
Speakers
BC

Bob Cochran

Gannett/USA Today Network


Monday April 23, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Circ - Router maintenance
Monday April 23, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

2:15pm

Cyber Security - Are You Protected?
Speakers

Monday April 23, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Tech Session 3
Monday April 23, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Paypal
Monday April 23, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Break
Monday April 23, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Circ - Revenue Ideas
Fees, activation, Wallet / Premium, Kiosk Sales, Rewards, ???

Monday April 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Roundtable: Customer Enhancement Forum for editorial/mobile
Do you have questions about the Customer Enhancement Forum and how it works? We can go over how to enter requests and how the forum works. 
Also, are there things you have asked for NCS to develop that you feel could benefit other NCS customers? Are there elements that aren't working as expected? 
Bring your wish list for any editorial product. 
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The latest from NCS: We are working our way through the CEF requests already submitted. In addition, the key deadline dates are as follows:
  • NCS Content 2018-2 – List needs to be compiled by 1/15/2018
  • NEP – List needs to be compiled by 2/15/2018
  • ONSET – Since this is rapid release, it is harder to pinpoint dates for specific versions. So I would like to see a list by 6/1/2018, and we will try to incorporate their submissions in the next release – just can’t predict what number we will be at by that point in time.
  • We are also packaging up a Maintenance Release dedicated to Lite Editor/Reporter Client that will be going to select beta customers this year. That should be GA by the first of next year. Lots or requests come in for LE/RC. So hopefully the group will see that as good news too.

Moderators
Monday April 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Tech Session 4
Monday April 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Tecnavia
Diane Amato

Monday April 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

5:00pm

Reception
Monday April 23, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Plymouth Ballroom (240)
 
Tuesday, April 24
 

7:30am

Registration/Breakfast
Tuesday April 24, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Dining

8:30am

9:30am

Break
Tuesday April 24, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

10:45am

Break
Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:45am - 11:00am
TBA

11:00am

NCS Advertising - XML Converter
Speakers

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Circ - Customer Enhancement Forum
Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Migrating to ONSET
What you need to know and need to think about before starting an ONSET implementation. Will be of particular interest to current NCS Digital and NCS Content customers, though much of the conversation will apply regardless of your existing platform.

Speakers

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Mobile - The Importance and Challenge of Push
Speakers

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

NCS Circulation and the Linux Shell
This session is geared for on-premise installations of NCS Circulation. It will go over various processes and troubleshooting that can be done from the Linux shell to resolve common issues in the NCS Circulation system.
Issues that will be covered:
  • Reports not appearing
  • Printing has Stopped
  • Shutting down & Restarting Databases
  • ODBC Errors Due to Overstuffed Progress Fields

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

VersaPay Corporation
Chad Nicholson

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

Circ - Subscriber Rating
Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Google News Lab overview
Google focuses on four areas where it can help fuel innovation in journalism: Trust and Verification, Data Journalism, Immersive Storytelling and Inclusive Storytelling. 
A Google representative will give an overview of all of the tools available to any newsroom, which can help aid in reporting and storytelling. 
For more on the Google News Lab: https://newslab.withgoogle.com/

Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Tech Session 6
Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Vendor Session 6
Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Break
Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

2:15pm

Circ - Underutilized Features
Speakers

Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Google News Lab: Digging in
It hasn't been decided yet, but we'll focus on one of the tools the Google News offers and give you some new tools to take back to your newsroom. 

Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Mobile - Thing to Consider or Possibly Avoid in Mobile
Speakers

Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Tech Session 7
Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Vendor Session 7
Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:15pm

Break
Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

NCS Advertising - Installment Billing Feature
Speakers

Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

3:30pm

Circ -TM
TM / campaigns including revenue applications

Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Analytics roundtable
A discussion of the current tools and metrics available. What do you find the most helpful? What information do you wish you had but don’t know how to find? What do you do with the information once you have it?



Moderators
Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Customer Service Roundtable
Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Vendor Session 8
Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, April 25
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Wednesday April 25, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Dining

8:30am

8:30am

Circ - Stump the Chump
Wednesday April 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
TBA

8:30am

ONSET: Primary Theme walk-through
The Primary Theme is intended to provide an attractive web design out of the box while also serving as a foundation for customer-specific adjustments to meet your look-and-feel needs. This session will focus on what the Primary Theme is and how it’s structured under the hood.

Speakers

Wednesday April 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
TBA

8:30am

Other Session 9
Wednesday April 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
TBA

8:30am

Tech Session 9
Wednesday April 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
TBA

8:30am

Vendor Session 9
Wednesday April 25, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
TBA

9:30am

Break
Wednesday April 25, 2018 9:30am - 9:45am
Dining

9:45am

9:45am

Circ - SubscriptionLink
Wednesday April 25, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
TBA

9:45am

ONSET: How to go beyond the Primary Theme
A deeper dive into customizing the Primary Theme and understanding when it might be best to break away from the Primary Theme entirely.

Speakers

Wednesday April 25, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
TBA

9:45am

9:45am

Tech Session 10
Wednesday April 25, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
TBA

9:45am

Vendor Session 10
Wednesday April 25, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
TBA

10:45am

Break
Wednesday April 25, 2018 10:45am - 11:00am
Dining

11:00am

11:00am

NCS Advertising - Fielded Data and Rating
Speakers

Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Circ - Site-set codes
Site-set codes: adjustment, reason, ? -- best practices & gotchas

Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Q&A: Print products
What drives you crazy about NCS Content, Content Publisher, or NewsEdit Pro? What makes you think “there has to be a better way to do this?” What questions haven’t been answered this week? You ask, we’ll share our expertise and help you make sure you’re getting the most from your print production system.

Moderators
Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Tech Session 11
Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Vendor Session 11
Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday April 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dining

1:00pm

1:00pm

Circ - Task Management
Wednesday April 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Q&A: Digital products
What drives you crazy about NCS Digital or Lightning? What makes you think “there has to be a better way to do this?” What questions haven’t been answered this week? You ask, we’ll share our expertise and help you make sure you’re getting the most from your digital production system.

Wednesday April 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Mobile - Updates on Newcycle Mobile and Ask the Experts
Speakers

Wednesday April 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Tech Session 12
Wednesday April 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Tech Session 12
Wednesday April 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Vendor Session 12
Wednesday April 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Break
Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Dining

2:15pm

NCS Advertising - MediaLink and PGL
Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Circ - File Mapping
Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Content/Digital Session 13
Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

NEWSCYCLE Executive Panel Discussion
Speakers
TB

Talin Bingham

Chief Technology Officer, NCS
BM

Bob Mason

Executive Vice President of Cloud Operations and IT, NCS
BM

Bill Mercer

Executive Vice President of Services and Support, NCS
DP

Dan Paulus

Chief Revenue Officer, NCS
SR

Scott Roessler

President, NCS


Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Tech Session 13
Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Vendor Session 13
Wednesday April 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:30pm

NCS Advertising - PDF Linker for E-Invoicing
Speakers

Wednesday April 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Circ Session 14
Wednesday April 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Content/Digital Session 14
Wednesday April 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Other Session 14
Wednesday April 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Tech Session 14
Wednesday April 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Vendor Session 14
Wednesday April 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA