SIPA Helps Lead to Successful Merger for Member

Dave Garrett started gantthead, an online community of IT project managers, at the height of the dot-com boom in 2000. About a year later, it was time to try to make money, and advertising—“the thing that everyone said doesn’t work,” he told me back in 2010—was the only thing working. Eventually, the company became successful and changed its name to

About three months ago, Garrett emailed to tell me—happily—that they were in the process of being acquired by a trade association. “We’ll be their front-end community portal and have a lot of money to grow, etc.,” he wrote.

Sure enough, a couple weeks ago I saw this: “Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, today announced the acquisition of and; two of the largest online resources for project managers and professionals.”

“Today is an amazing day for us here at,” Garrett wrote to his audience. “Everything you love about the site is about to get better. As a part of the PMI family, we will have the resources to step up our game and become more responsive to your needs than ever before. Our reach will grow exponentially, so more of your peers will be here to answer questions and to share ideas with.”

Back in that 2010 interview, I asked Garrett what his defining moment had been. He harked back to those early days. “It was at that point I knew that this was something that people had been doing for decades; it’s just that some of the mechanics had changed. For years I thought there was no place where I could find publishing peers—people who ran niche companies that are the same size as mine. I joined SIPA as soon as I found it, and it’s been a helpful learning experience ever since.”

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Ronn LevineRonn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering diversity, Newspaper in Education, marketing and leadership before joining SIPA in 2009 as managing editor. Follow Ronn on Twitter at @SIPAOnline


Member news: an acquisition, showcase, platform and updated book

 BLR acquires HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands

Longtime SIIA and SIPA member BLR—Business & Legal Resources—has acquired the HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands and certain assets, it was announced late Friday. This gives BLR, a leading compliance information provider for HR, environmental, safety, and employee training professionals, an important new presence in the coveted healthcare regulation and compliance field.

“For more than 20 years, HCPro has built a reputation for top quality content, solutions and training. It serves its audience of healthcare professionals with the same passion and commitment that drive the team at BLR®,” said BLR CEO Dan Oswald (pictured here). “Bringing these two companies together allows us to continue to expand our business as the leader in compliance information, training, and related solutions.”

“We are delighted that HCPro and Health Leaders will continue to provide their exceptional, valued services to clients in the marketplace under BLR® ownership,” said HCPro CEO Jim Malkin. The acquisition was financed with the assistance of NewStar Financial, Northcreek Mezzanine and Tenth Street Capital.


Thomson Reuters collaborates with SciELO to showcase emerging research

Global scientific content received a boost recently when the Intellectual Property & Science business of SIIA member Thomson Reuters announced a collaboration with Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) to integrate the SciELO Citation Index into their Web of KnowledgeSM.

The initiative will bring greater visibility and improved access to research from emerging economies, particularly Latin America, the Caribbean, South Africa, and developed Ibero-America areas including Spain and Portugal. It will also enable researchers to review and analyze relevant regional content along top-tier international literature.

“It is a pleasure for us to collaborate with SciELO to further the reach of important research from emerging regions, as well as augment our own data by integrating high-quality, Open Access content into Web of Knowledge, “said Christopher Burghardt, vice president of Thomson Reuters Scholarly & Scientific Research.

The SciELO Citation Index will include approximately 650 titles and more than 4 million cited references from Open Access journals. It comes after a similar model was developed for the Chinese Science Citation Database in 2008, and before a planned 2014 launch of a journal database featuring Korean scholarly literature.


New Ebooks platform for IOP Publishing

SIPA member IOP Publishing in the U.K. recently announced both the company’s new ebooks platform and the very first published titles—IOP Expanding Physics and IOP Concise Physics.

The new book content has been fully integrated with IOPscience, the company’s online journals platform for seamless searching and exceptional discoverability. The programme provides multiple options for reading on different devices (HTML, PDF and ePub3) and includes embedded multimedia, interactive charting and MathML.

Olaf Ernst, commercial director for IOP, said: “It has been an incredibly exciting year for everyone working on ebooks at IOP and our partners at M&C. We have some of the leading voices in physics already signed up to publish with us on a diverse range of subjects and a great platform that will change the way authors and readers interact with a book. We believe we can fully meet the needs of the research community in a changing publishing environment.”


Harris authors book on Canadian Copyright Law

Lawyer, copyright expert and SIPA member Lesley Ellen Harris (pictured here) of tackles copyright issues in the completely revised and updated Canadian Copyright Law, 4th Edition. With extensive expertise in managing copyright issues, she sets out existing copyright law in a matter-of-fact and easy-to-understand manner. The Hill Times describes it as, “a useful reference, which could save speechwriters, screenwriters, all writers much grief, and lawyer fees.”

The book covers:
• The latest updates to international agreements;
• New Canadian legislation and court cases relating to copyright law;
• Suggestions on how to protect your work and respond to the unauthorized use of it;
• The complete update on copyright issues relating to digital media in Canada.

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Ronn LevineRonn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 as managing editor. Follow Ronn on Twitter at @SIPAOnline


This Week in the Federal Cloud: April 16-20

This week, DOD and Intelligence officials speaking at the AFCEA conference highlighted the need to match acquisition policy with the speed of technology. As we have seen over many years, governments consistently struggle to change their culture and mindset, as well as the underlying acquisition policy, to keep pace with changing technology. As governments plan for and begin to move to cloud computing, this issue will continue to be a point of debate.

This week we also saw the release of an insightful survey by Serena Software, highlighting the views of federal IT officials on a number of key topics. Agile development – a software development process focused on delivering results quickly in small increments – was a priority for only 22 percent of the 225 federal IT professionals surveyed. The same study also reported that only 19 percent of those surveyed listed cloud computing as a priority despite the push by the Administration for “Cloud First.”

The drumbeat around continuous monitoring also continued this week, as lawmakers began debate on Rep. Issa’s FISMA 2.0 legislation. The bill, H.R. 4257, known officially as the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee earlier this week by voice vote and is expected to be considered on the House Floor next week. The key to continuous monitoring, which is seen by many as an alternative to compliance audits, is making sure the underlying control environment you are monitoring is secure. Simply monitoring a weak system won’t achieve the desired results.

Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG.

The Real Jobs Machine by Robert Samuelson

WASHINGTON — If you’re interested in job creation — and who isn’t these days? — you should talk to someone like Morris Panner. In 1999, Panner and a few others started a small Boston software company called OpenAir. By 2008, they sold it for $31 million. The firm had then grown to about 50 workers. It turns out that entrepreneurship (essentially: the founding of new companies) is crucial to job creation. But as Panner’s experience suggests, success is often a slog.

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