Introducing Kai…

Kai Ryan Aaron Coleman


Erin, Oliver and I are pleased to introduce everyone to the newest addition to our family. Kai was born this morning (Oct 21) at Joseph Brant Hospital here in Burlington. Despite valiant attempts (at various extremes of the traditional & new age spectrum) we couldn’t convince Kai to enter the world head first so a C-Section was in order. Kai was, literally, dragged screaming into the world at 8:45am, weighing in at a healthy 7lbs 2oz.

Mom and baby are both doing well – Oliver is loving his new baby brother and has given Erin and I permission to keep him.

Erin & Kai will be in the hospital for the next couple of days so we may be a little slow responding to emails or calls – thanks to everyone who has already passed along well wishes and congratulations…

Needless to say blogging might be a little light for the next couple of weeks :)

– Ryan

At Clay Tablet we like our CSA posts extra spicy…

In anticipation of our announcements today, we “sat down” with Don DePalma, of Common Sense Advisory, earlier this week to brief him on the new version of the product, what we’re up to and what to expect in the coming months.

He’s distilled it into a great post on their Global Watchtower blog.

And best of all he gave it the rare treat of three habaneros, the highest rating on their unique “importance” rating system… just the way we like it.

Visual Thinking School Blog

A few weeks Dave Gray pinged me to let me know about a new blog he was starting up about the Visual Thinking School/VizThink style events and asked if I wanted to contribute (and of course I said yes :) )

My first post was centered on finding other Visual Thinkers, and kicking off a community.

This morning I added a recap/how-to post about of VizThink5 and the Vizionary! game we played that night. be sure to swing on by and check it out.

– Ryan

Exciting things afoot at Clay Tablet…

You may have noticed posting has been fairly light around here the past few weeks – needless to say things have been a little hectic. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening:

Clay Tablet Version 2.0

Most of my time has been spent as we put the finishing touches on version 2 of our product. It’s been an amazing process to take everything we’ve learned from the past few years and roll it into a new version of the product.

As we’ve moved through the past couple of years we’re the first to admit that the Clay Tablet software has meandered a bit as it attempted to wiggle into it’s space in the market. Clients, partners and even good old curiosity have a habit of pulling you in various directions and what we’ve learned is there’s a fine-line to walk in the middle ware game. It’s very easy to stray off the path and suddenly find yourself building out a TMS or a CMS.

So for this version we stepped back, stripped the product right back to the drawing board and then only put back the parts that were needed to make this the best of breed integration software for connecting Content Management Systems to Translation Management Systems & Technologies.

We also moved Clay Tablet 2.0 away from .Net and over to Java – so we can now run in virtually any operating environment and it’s been built from the ground up to support total flexibility from an infrastructure point of view. Databases, message queues and operating systems can all be adjusted to support the operating environments of our clients.

As the sign above says, the paint is still a little wet but we’re starting to do demos in the coming weeks – if you’re interested in seeing what we’ve been up to swign by our site and sign up for a webinar or demo.

Speaking of the Site…

New Clay Tablet Site

You can’t have a new product without a new site now, can you… While not busting my hump on the new product I’ve been spending a lot of time working with the marketing team to get our new site up and running. Swing by the new and learn more about our integration software for the translation industry.


Last but not least, one of our core focuses as a business has been assembling the best set of partners in the translation industry. Our close relationships with both content and translation technology providers are what makes Clay Tablet a unique offering in this space.

With custom developed integrations between your content and translation systems you’re at constant risk of a patch, update or new version tanking your entire infrastructure on you.

To help prevent that we work closely with technology vendors so any surprises happen in our labs, not in your production environment. Because we can amortize this effort across all of our clients we can support a broad range of technologies much more efficiently than one-to-one or custom connections.

In the past couple of weeks we’ve had a couple of big announcements from a partnership point of view.

Today, we’re pleased to announce, we’ve signed a strategic partnership with SDL and to get their line of Global Content & Translation Management products connected to Clay Tablet. We’ve actually had Teamworks 2 & 3 support for a number of years now but we’re thrilled at the opportunity to expand our connectivity to their flagship TMS product.

This news, combined with our across announcement a few weeks ago, has caused a lot of buzz internally. We’re looking forward to taking the wraps off of some of the other connections we have in development in the coming months.

So, all-in-all, a really interesting and exciting day at Clay Tablet. If you’re at Localization World Seattle, stop by the booth (Booth #3)- Robinson and David are both down there for the week (I’m on a tight travel leash as my wife is imminently due with our second child)

Photo: _saturnine