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Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to pass on a few fun facts about Thanksgiving.

Though it was not called Thanksgiving at the time, what we recognize as the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated in 1621 by the pilgrims of the Plymouth colony along with about 90 Wampanoag Indians. The Pilgrims had suffered through a devastating winter in which nearly half their number died. Without the help of the Indians, all would have perished.

After the first harvest, Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer to God. The food, which was eaten outdoors, included corn, geese, turkeys, ducks, eel, clams, leeks, plums, cod, bass, barley, venison and corn bread. The feast lasted 3 days. Though the exact date is unknown, the feast clearly took place in late autumn.

In 1623, a period of drought was answered by colonists with a proclamation of prayer and fasting. This prayer and fasting was changed to another thanksgiving celebration when rains came during the prayers. Later that year, Governor Bradford proclaimed November 29 as a time for pilgrims to gather and “listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.”

Throughout American history, there were many thanksgiving proclamations and celebrations. In 1789 George Washington proclaimed a National Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday in November, in honor of the new United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, the third president, later discontinued it, calling it “a kingly practice.”

In 1863, Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced Abraham Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday. For the date she chose the last Thursday in November because of Washington’s proclamation. In 1941, it was officially changed to the fourth Thursday in November.

Since Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation, it has been a custom that all presidents of the United States make Thanksgiving proclamations every year.

ImageSource, Inc

ECM Best Practices: Training

As I was designing the training for our new software product, ILINX Capture, I had to think about how to structure the training. The best analogy that I came up with is that training should be like a story. There should be a beginning, middle, and an end.

The beginning or opening of the training session should set the tone of the training. The instructor should use a power point presentation to describe how the training is structured, and to outline what they will be covering during the session. The information that should be given to the students usually ranges from introducing themselves to a breakdown of what is covered each day.

The middle of training should primarily be lecture and labs. The lecture should be on the material that will be covered the labs. It is important that the material be structured in such a way that it will make sense to the students. First, you should walk the students through the concepts of why and when you would execute a task in the software. This should be followed by how to execute tasks by using labs. The labs should directly reflect what has been covered during the lecture. The first few labs should contain step by step instructions that the students need to complete. As the students move through the training there should be less step by step instruction in each lab. Another thing l like to see in lab materials are screen shots of what the student is trying to achieve. This should include screen shots of any buttons that need to be clicked.

The end of the training should be a short review of what was just covered in the lecture and lab. This allows the instructor to make sure the students understand the material. On the last day of training the review will cover all of the sections from the training. The very end of training includes the dreaded test. The questions can be multiple choice or true/false. These questions should only cover the material from the training and not introduce new material.

As long as you follow this basic format your training classes should be successful.

Chris Sturiale

Training Manager

ImageSource, Inc.

 

The Importance of ECM Training – Kofax, ILINX, Oracle

While conducting a Kofax training class, I asked the students how their company uses Kofax Capture v8.  They told me that their system consists of 20+ servers and multiple installations of Kofax Capture.  This was very surprising to me.  My students told me that the previous administrator never received training on the software, and that his manager told him to “just make the system work”, rather than sending him to training.  The administrator was able to “make the system work”, but did so in a way that was inefficient and did not take advantage of the full power of the software.  If the administrator had received proper training on the software, he would have realized that, at the most, he would have only needed one server for Kofax and one server for his remote sites.  The lack of training proved to be costly to his company.

Never underestimate the importance of training.  A complete list of available training courses at ImageSource University can be found by visting the Training page.

Chris Sturiale
Training Manager
ImageSource, Inc.