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PDF Days Europe 2015 – Information and inspiration for users

Users and experts to share their knowledge / First PDF/A User Award imminent

Following a successful premiere in 2014, the second edition of PDF Days Europe is about to start. On the 8th and 9th of June 2015, participants will get to know a range of solutions and technologies related to PDF, the stable global standard that has become an indispensable part of the business world. The Maternushaus in Cologne will offer information and inspiration for IT managers, decision-makers, ECM strategists, developers and PDF experts looking to use PDF optimally. The inaugural PDF/A User Award also underscores just how user-focused this event intends to be. It will be awarded for the first time this year to mark the tenth anniversary of the PDF/A standard.

The PDF Days will begin with the Educational Day on June 8th, starting at 10am, which will allow participants to assemble their own personalized information package. It all starts with a look back on the last ten years of PDF/A, during which Olaf Drümmer, chairman of the PDF Association, and Thomas Zellmann, director of the PDF Association, will present the PDF/A User Award. This will recognize the best application on show during the PDF Days. The "7 Minutes" session will then present a series of rapid-fire real-world PDF applications focusing on problems, solutions and benefits.

There will then be three different programs to choose from. The first track will focus on users presenting their own knowledge and experiences; Alte Leipziger Versicherung, for example, will report on its own experiences converting PDFs. The second track is focused on the mobile world, including document capture and processing, as well as displaying PDFs on smartphones. There will also be a discussion on whether PDF is always the best format for small mobile devices, or if alternative methods of presentation such as HTML5 can be preferable. A timely series of discussions, now that mobile devices are everywhere - including, increasingly, in business applications and processes. The third track will be in English and will go in-depth on specific subjects. The day will be rounded off with a summary from each of the individual groups, followed by an evening event.

Solution Day on June 9th will concentrate on the practical implementation of PDF solutions. Starting at 9am, it will include reports from customer projects, best practices for users and developers, advice on protecting documents against unauthorized use and presentations on archiving and accessibility. The developers axaio, callas, levigo, LuraTech and WebSupergoo will present a range of PDF products and solutions, after which the program will again split into three tracks.

The first track, "PDF in Practice", will consider forms and comments, as well as signing, printing and scanning PDFs. The "Output and ZUGFeRD" track will include print and publishing standards, as well as e-invoicing using the ZUGFeRD data model. ZUGFeRD enables automatic invoice processing using machine-readable data. SAP Services employees will clearly demonstrate how SAP users can implement ZUGFeRD for incoming and outgoing invoices to benefit from this data model. The third track will consist of English-language presentations, such as a critical evaluation of the bring-your-own-device culture in businesses and a roundtable discussion on "PDF in Business". The conference will end with the ceremony for the PDF/A User Award.

Interested parties can visit http://www.amiando.com/PDF-Days-2015.html to register.
For further information, visit the PDF Association's website at http://www.pdfa.org/event/pdf-days-europe-2015-2/.

About the PDF Association:
First established as the PDF/A Competence Center in 2006, today, the PDF Association is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology.
The association facilitates education, networking and communication, and the sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. The current membership includes over 100 enterprises and numerous individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries.
The management board includes industry leaders from Adlib Information Systems Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., callas software GmbH, Datalogics Inc., intarsys consulting GmbH, levigo solutions GmbH, LuraTech Europe GmbH, Nitro Software Inc. and Satz-Rechen-Zentrum (SRZ). The association's chairman is Olaf Drümmer, CEO of callas software GmbH. Peter Duff, President and CEO of Adlib Software, is the association's vice-chairman.

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