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Forms Talk - The BFMA Newsletter

MAY 2010 


From the President

Program Council
Master Series: Best Practices in Forms Management

Forms & Technology Conference
Sept. 13 - 15

Call for Presentations

CFI East Report

Association News
2010 Board Members Announced

Sign up to Earn The CFSP Certification

Calendar of Events

Spotlight & Awards
Jo Warner Award Honors Leaders of Standards Development

Karen Albright Earns Award of Excellence

2009 Professional Award to Alberta Health Services

Results of the 2009 Recognition Program

2 Chapters Earn Norm Chilton Award

Kudos for The 2010 Symposium

Attendees Thoughts on Symposium

BFMA, Best For Your Career

Symposium Was Great!

This Month's Topic: Bandwidth and Data Transfer




Adobe Systems, Inc.


Amgraf Incorporated

Avoka Technologies  


Easel Solutions (Formerly TechEd)

Essociates Group, Inc.


Forms Professionals Experience Symposium

Lisa Lee, CEBS, FLMI

We have just returned from symposium, which provides a wonderful concentration of forms education and networking found nowhere else. There are as many perspectives on each symposium as there are attendees. We all bring different backgrounds and questions with us. In this issue of Forms Talk , in addition to the usual news from BFMA, you’ll find reflections on this special event from a variety of people. For those of you who were unable to attend, I hope this will give you a taste of the rich experience that one of BFMA’s in-person events can be. We’d love to have you be part of the tapestry. The next major event will be the Forms and Technology Conference in September. Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse into my experience of this symposium. 

Reflections of San Jose



Master Series - Best Practices in Forms Management

Mike Ash
Member Columnist

Every organization has a forms management function. Regardless of the size and structure of your organization this function may be formal and managed, or informal and mismanaged, but it certainly exists. How do you ensure that your forms management function is adhering to recommended best practices for the industry? You begin by registering for the latest master series on the subject presented by Ray Killam.

Sign Up for This Six-Part Series

Forms & Technology Conference - September 13-15, 2010

Symposium is over, but more education is on the way. Did you know that 75% to 85% of all transactional / transpromo generated documents start with a form? This made co-locating BFMA’s Forms and Technology Conference with DOCUMENT Strategy Forum a natural fit. What does this mean to you? Well, as a registered Forms and Technology Conference attendee, you'll be given access to any of the sessions taking place at the DOCUMENT Strategy Forum. The combined conference will offer seven tracks and feature more than 60 sessions and workshops over a three-day period to choose from, as well as a trade show component.

Qualify For A Free One-Night Hotel Stay

We Want to Hear You Speak!

Do you have expertise to share? Have you participated in an interesting project? Forms people love to learn from the experts as well as from the experience of their peers. If you have a particular subject that you believe would be of interest to your peers and would like the opportunity to present, either in person or online, complete a Presentation Application.

Be A Presenter and Add To Your Resume

Report From the Canadian Forms Institute

The forms management profession took a major step forward last month in Toronto, ON. Forms professionals from across Eastern Canada attended the 2010 Canadian Forms Institute (CFI) to learn about the new Canadian National Standard on Forms Management and how it can be used to implement a best practices forms management program, gain senior management support, and provide structure to our profession. Bet Morash and Julie Stephens have been involved with the committee that worked with the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) to establish the voluntary standard. Their presentation received high marks from the attendees. Based on the obvious interest, BFMA is considering conducting a third CFI later this year to provide this learning opportunity to more people.

Valuable Information Was Shared



BFMA Announces New Board For 2010

BFMA International announced that at the recently held Symposium in San Jose, California, the association named its board of directors. These members serve the association as volunteer leaders and are your representatives. They welcome your input and involvement any time.

Meet Your Board of Directors



Comfort Zone

Bill Hill, CFC, CFSP
FSCB Chair

Think about it. What is a comfort zone? It is a space we slide into subconsciously, all the time. No matter what you are doing, favorite chair, favorite pen, favorite restaurant, favorite cup... without being too aware, we go to that subconscious space in our life all day, every day.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone


Master Series: Best
Practices in Forms Management
6/10/2010 - 7/15/2010

CFSP Exam Period
06/05/2010 - 06/19/2010

CFSP Study Group

Forms & Technology  Conference
9/13/2010 - 9/15/2010

CFSP Exam Application Deadline



BFMA Announces Three Co-Winners of the 2009 Jo Warner Award

The Jo Warner Award is a lifetime award focused on honoring an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the form systems profession.

Three Deserving Individuals 

Karen Albright Wins 2009 Award of Excellence!

The Award of Excellence is designed to honor a member who has made significant contributions to our association. These efforts may be at the local, regional or international level.

Outstanding Individual Contribution Honored

2009 Professional Award-Alberta Health Services

Designed to recognize innovation and well-honed form systems analysis skills, the BFMA Professional Awards program honors members and their teams who have gone the extra mile for their organizations.

A Healthy Dose of Recognition

BFMA Would Like to Recognize...

BFMA’s Recognition Program celebrates the volunteer contributions of our members. All BFMA members are eligible for recognition.

The Gems of BFMA

Two Winners Announced for Norm Chilton Award

BFMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Ray Killam announced that two chapters won the 2009 Norm Chilton Award for Excellence in Education. Both chapters regularly offer outstanding chapter education events throughout the year.

Excerpts From The Nominations



Kudos to Symposium

Mike Ash
Member Columnist

They have done it again! Another fantastic Symposium experience resulting from wonderful planning by the organizers and great support from the sponsors. This year was my third Symposium and each year it continues to improve. The quality of the educational sessions is second to none and the interaction with the sponsors allows the attendees to really get a feel for the products and services being offered. As with every other year that I have attended, the primary problem was not deciding which class to attend but rather deciding which class I was going to have to miss. A challenging decision to say the least but luckily the majority of the sessions that I had to miss have posted their presentations and white papers on the BFMA Website.

Thanks to All Involved With Symposium

Symposium Thoughts from Attendees

A few comments from attendees on their experiences.

Attendees Share Their Insights 

Best Work Time Spent So Far This Year!!!

Sherry M. Reid, CHIM
Director of Member Relations

I just returned from BFMA’s 41st Annual Symposium (2nd one I’ve attended) and I left feeling such a sense of place, belonging, trust and mutual benefit. Being involved in BFMA, really taking the time to meet other members and my regional partners showed me something bigger than myself. The knowledge gained on the future of forms design, technology and business process was invaluable.

BFMA - One Of The Best Things For Your Career

San Jose BFMA Symposium: In The Words of Tony The Tiger, It Was GREAT!

Bill Hill, CFC, CFSP
FSCB Chair

The quality of education offered at Symposium in San Jose was terrific. Special kudos to President Lisa Lee and the Board who made adjustments to the event and provided a quality product. I heard a ton of rave reviews.

See You In Baltimore for Symposium 2011



Ask Ms. GeekSpeak

Laurie Weaver
Member Columnist

Have you been trying to work with Information Technology, but your initiatives and patience grind to a screeching halt? Do the terms they use sound like so much gobbledygook? Do you ever get the sneaking feeling that IT professionals just may, in fact, have come from Mars? If so, you've probably run headlong into some common "GeekSpeak" roadblocks. The aim of this ongoing column is to help forms professionals and technology professionals overcome roadblocks by gaining mutual understanding, vocabulary, and context. So if you need help with specifics, or if you'd just like to know more about a techie topic, email or post any and all questions to Ask Ms. GeekSpeak.

Topic: Bandwidth and Data Transfer

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