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BFMA Upcoming Master Series Webinars!
A variety of webinars on interesting forms related topics have just been scheduled. Below are some of the highlights. To Register, visit the BFMA Website. Check back frequently for new additions to the schedule which are added regularly.
The cost for each session is $89 for BFMA members and $109 for non-members. The fee covers one "seat", that is, one Internet connection to the live presentation as well as access to the recording of the session for one-year. Multiple listeners are welcome to access the live webinar as long as there is only one Internet connection, making these webinars the perfect training tool during these difficult economic times.
The sessions begin at 1:30pm CST and run for 90 minutes. Please visit our Master Series Past Recordings page to view and purchase recordings of past sessions.
Assembling Your Project Request Form | Margaret Tassin
February 10, 2011
As a forms designer, your Project Request (PR) is both a showcase piece and a critical work tool. Learn what questions to ask to make jobs go smoothly and what design considerations to keep in mind to convince your clients/coworkers you are really the expert they need.
E-Forms Management in Cloud Computing | Ben Payami
February 17, 2011
Goal of this session is to unveil mysteries of Cloud computing and explain how E-Forms Management work in a Cloud environment and why department managers should start considering SAAS model for E-Forms Management seriously.
The term "Cloud" is used to refer to the internet. Cloud computing is computing over the internet, which is the use of software and other technologies over the internet. Cloud computing has the same characteristics (Servers, infrastructure, platforms and applications) as a typical computing environment.
In this session we will discuss layers, types of, services, economics and security of Cloud computing. Finally, we will talk about E-Forms Management solutions in Cloud computing environment followed by a demo.
Collecting Online Data: What You Need and Where To Get It | Dustin Tauer
February 24, 2011
Everyone wants feedback. It might be an attendee evaluation after a conference, an informational client satisfaction survey, or quiz testing a consumer's knowledge about your products. In any case, this information needs to be gathered in an efficient and effective way. This webinar will add clarity to the process. We'll explore multiple ways to collect online data including free hosted services, PDF forms, web forms, and Flash files. The objective is to clarify what resources are needed for each technique and what limitations may arise. Web forms or Flash files are most customizable, but can be the most complex to implement. Hosted services tend to be the easiest to work with, but can have limited customization. This webinar will help you identify which method is right for you.
Forms Management Excellence in the Public Sector (Centralized Forms Management) | Diana Sternitzke
March 3, 2011
In this session, Diana will share how the Illinois Department of Transportation was able to transform its antiquated formsmanagement program into an ISO certified process which ensures that all forms are approved, standardized, accessible to userswith disabilities, available at points of use, reviewed at regular intervals for continued suitability, and protects against the unintentional use of obsolete versions. This session will be valuable to anyone that is responsible for creating a forms management system, struggling with compliance, or faces challenges due to the size of their organization. Diana will begin with background on the challenges facing the department, how the department chose to use a hybrid approach to centralization, the decision to use Microsoft SharePoint as the primary distribution method, struggled with training and compliance issues all the way to current operations and plans for future improvements. Though presented through the lens of a transportation agency, this session is applicable to anyone trying to provide and maintain structure in their forms management program.
Forms Analysis – A Basic Approach | Margaret Tassin
March 10, 2011
How exactly do you do forms analysis? What are the key steps to follow during this process? Learn how to gather information for forms analysis and how the information gathered affects the design. Topics will include where to look during the analysis, what to look for, and what result certain characteristics have on the design & construction of the form.
Developing a Forms Management Strategy | Ray Killam
March 17, 2011
There's an old saying: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there". That's particularly true for trying to run any area of a business, including forms management. Yet, many forms departments don't have an articulated strategy. Many don't even have definitions of form, record or document that have been adopted by the organization.
Strategy consists of several elements, including definitions, structure, staffing, policies, processes, procedures, technology, the forms development process, metrics tracking and management reporting.
This presentation discusses strategy in detail, including providing a series of "talking points" that can be used to generate discussions within your organization that can lead to strategy development. It provides attendees with a clear vision for defining a best practices forms management strategy.
Conducting a Call for Forms | Ray Killam
March 31, 2011
Organizations with a large forms population are faced with an ever-changing forms management dynamic. This dynamic is a lot like raising children – left alone, they will certainly get into trouble! For forms, that generally means a proliferation of unauthorized forms and variations of forms. A periodic Call for Forms is a powerful method for maintaining control over the forms population.
This presentation covers the process of conducting an enterprise-wide call for forms. It presents a step-by-step process map and suggests methods for keeping the project organized and on-track. The speaker draws on the experience of having been involved in many such projects and how to avoid common pitfalls and problems.
Basic Forms Layout | Margaret Tassin
April 7, 2011
A forms designer has a palate of tools available, but the expert knows when to use each one and how to use them to create good flow within the form. Should you use a radio button or a drop down? Where should you place instructions? Enhance your design know-how with these basic rules of thumb.
Strategic Alignment: Getting Management Buy-In | Ray Killam
April 17, 2011
How do you get senior management's attention and support for your forms management efforts? How do you get the resources you need to operate a best practices forms management program? These are common questions we hear from many forms professionals today.
Positioning your department for success doesn't just happen. The forms manager needs a proven plan and methodology for management participation.
This presentation provide a methodology for speaking the same language of management, articulating common objectives, changing from the "cost center" approach to a "profit center" approach, and providing management with the metrics that are important to them.
*More webinars coming soon.
Are You Interested in Presenting a Webinar?
We are seeking persons willing to contribute their expertise. If you have a particular subject that you believe would be of interest to your peers and would like the opportunity to present a 90-minute webinar, please complete a Presentation Application and check the Master Series Webinar option. Here is a perfect opportunity to add to your resume and share your experience with other forms professionals. Topics can be general forms education, case studies, geared to a specific technology or topic, or in a general educational area.
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