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Wondering whether to write an article on jQuery, cloud computing, or predictive analytics? Or maybe your expertise lies in one of the many IBM products and solutions for developers. Before you start to write, get the inside track on which topics the developerWorks editors are eager to publish in the coming months. Click a content area below, and browse the suggestions from our editors to see where your technical know-how will best serve developerWorks readers.

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AIX and UNIX

The AIX and UNIX content area welcomes proposals for articles aimed at developers and system administrators. We particularly want to cover the topics below, but proposals on other topics are welcome:

PowerHA (High Availability solutions for AIX and UNIX)
Performance
Tuning
File systems
Security
Communication
System/network integration
Development tools
Porting and migration
Installation
Application development
System administration
DB2 and WebSphere for AIX developers

Business process management

The Business process management content area publishes information for developers and business users of IBM business process management products, including IBM Business Process Manager, IBM Operational Decision Manager, IBM Blueworks Live, IBM Business Monitor, and the Business Rules and Workflow services in IBM Bluemix. We are interested in information that is not already available in existing product information centers, IBM Redbooks, or articles. Send us proposals for content that address the following types of topics:

End-to-end BPM scenarios using one or more IBM business process management products

Real-world BPM solutions showing how IBM business process management products can be used or have been used, including work-arounds to customer problems found in the field

Robust business solutions using business process management products working with other IBM products or third-party products, especially Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social, and Security (CAMSS) products or technologies

How-to tutorials on IBM business process management products or technologies

Real-world solutions or workarounds to customer problems found in the field

Explanations of how to use important new functions or innovations in IBM business process management products that are not available elsewhere

Cloud computing

The Cloud computing content area welcomes proposals for technical articles aimed at cloud application developers and system administrators. We seek high-quality content that is not available in product documentation, IBM Redbooks, or other articles. We are interested in the following topics, but proposals on other topics are welcome:

Cloud Interoperability
Cloud security
Cloud standards
Cloud and Big data
Cloud and mobile
Cloud DevOps
Cloud management
Cloud monitoring, troubleshooting, and failure recovery
Cloud app debugging and performance analysis
Multi-tenancy and related issues such as performance isolation
Enterprise Application integration with the cloud
IBM PureSystems, the cloud-based trial and pattern development kit for developers

Commerce

The Commerce content area welcomes proposals for articles, as well as how-to videos, focused on these topics:

Best practices for performance tuning and high availability deployment

Software initiatives such as IBM Smarter Planet, IBM Smarter Commerce, social networking, and cloud computing

Commerce as a Service, Software as a Service, and other Network solutions

How Commerce products interoperate with other Commerce products or with other IBM products, including Information management, Rational, and Lotus

How Commerce products integrate with non-IBM products such as SAP or Oracle, or open-source products such as JBoss or Apache Ant

Solutions or workarounds to Commerce customer problems that are currently occurring in the field

DevOps

The DevOps content area seeks and publishes technical content that:

Demonstrates the principles and practices of continuous software delivery
Presents best practices for automating software development, testing, and release processes
Shows how IBM solutions, open source software, or both can help organizations improve quality, speed delivery across the software development lifecycle, and reduce time to customer feedback
Makes or proves a business case for Agile transformation
Offers advice or a scenario about when to introduce tools to support your agile projects
Describes how to effectively run a distributed agile team or team of teams

IBM i

The IBM i content area welcomes proposals for articles aimed at developers and system administrators. We particularly want to cover the topics below, but proposals on other topics are welcome:

Security
System administration
Application development
Development tools
Availability and recovery

Information management

The Information management content area publishes technical articles and tutorials on current versions of the IBM Information management portfolio of products. We publish material that is not available in existing product documentation, IBM Redbooks, or other articles. We are interested in practical, how-to articles that help readers use the Information management portfolio of products effectively to solve business problems and to implement information on demand in their businesses. We are particularly interested in scenario-based content that enables the reader to see how a specific solution might apply.

Some of the products featured:
IBM Data Servers:
   DB2, Informix, U2, solidDB, IMS
Integrated data management:
   Optim, Data Studio
InfoSphere:
   InfoSphere Information Server, Information Analyzer, Business Glossary,
   InfoSphere Warehouse, InfoSphere Master Data Management Server,
   InfoSphere MashupHub, InfoSphere Data Architect,
   InfoSphere Federation Server, InfoSphere Change Data Capture,
   InfoSphere Traceability Server
Enterprise Content Management:
   FileNet, IBM Content Manager, OmniFind, Classification Module,
   Content Integrator
Cognos

Examples of popular topics:
Content on new features in the latest releases
Best practices
Migration from non-IBM products
Developing web services and web applications with these products
Using development tools, especially Optim and Rational
Performance hints and tips based on real experience
Using Information management products to solve business integration problems
Content that shows how to integrate products
Using Java or open source interfaces with the Information management products
Using current technologies such as XML with Information management products

Linux

The Linux content area is looking for developer-oriented articles on building or running Linux applications on Red Hat, SUSE, or canonical distributions on IBM Power Systems. We are particularly interested in covering the topics below, but proposals on other topics are welcome:

Virtualization
High Availability (HA) systems
Little endian/big endian considerations
Performance
File systems
Linux security
System/network integration
Clustering
Linux and other open source development tools
Application porting
Multiprocessing and threading

Lotus

The Lotus content area publishes technical articles and tutorials on current versions of the IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal portfolio of products. We publish material that is not available in existing product documentation, IBM Redbooks, or other articles.

We are interested in practical, how-to articles that help readers implement and use the IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal portfolio of products to solve business problems effectively. We are particularly interested in scenario-based content that enables the reader to see how a specific solution might apply.

Mobile development

The Mobile development site welcomes proposals for technical articles for mobile developers, as well as how-to videos and demos, that are not available in existing product documentation, IBM Redbooks, or other articles.

Featured products of interest include:

IBM Worklight
IBM Endpoint Manager
WebSphere Cast Iron
Rational solutions for collaborative lifecycle management

Featured topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Mobile application development (web, native, and hybrid)
Mobile application infrastructure
Mobile development lifecycle
Collaborative development
Integration of mobile applications and back-end data
Mobile enterprise management and security
Mobile standards and APIs

Rational

The Rational content area helps Rational users get their software development projects done more quickly and effectively. We are interested in content that helps our technical audience understand and implement Rational products. We are looking for practical, how-to articles and reusable code or project artifacts. We welcome content on all topics related to Rational for any skill level (beginner to advanced).

Topics of interest (in no particular order):

Integration between Rational tools and other IBM products (for example, Tivoli)

Using RBDe/EGL to accelerate mainframe application modernization (transforming mainframe assets into service-oriented solutions)

Designing and building SOA-based solutions using Rational's modeling and development tools

Designing and building complex systems solutions using Rational's modeling and development tools

In-depth articles on using a particular feature of a new product

Deploying and maintaining applications using Rational products

Migration from non-IBM products

Web services and Rational products

Security

The Security site provides how-to information to help IT security specialists secure their IT operations and to help developers produce secure code. We feature tutorials, interviews, and guidance from recognized security specialists as well as communities for peers to discuss issues and share their insights with each other. Our content takes an intelligent, evidence-based approach to addressing security issues and provides pragmatic guidance for software developers to help them implement the practices at their own organization.

The Security site covers a wide variety of topics of interest to IT security practitioners and software developers. Specifically, we're looking for:

General tutorials on developing secure web applications, especially related to topics on the OWASP top 10.

General articles of interest to CISSP IT security practitioners including IT forensics, network monitoring, intrusion detection and prevention, and log file analysis.

How-to guides on using the IBM BlueMix single sign-on service, the Mobile Analyzer service, and the Dynamic Analyzer service.

How-to guides on getting the most out of the XGS appliance.

How-to guides on getting the most out of IBM Security AppScan Standard.


WebSphere

The WebSphere content area publishes tutorials and other how-to information on current versions of WebSphere and related cloud, mobile, and middleware products. The information in your proposed tutorial should not be available in existing web resources such as tutorials, product knowledge centers, or IBM Redbooks. Here are some general WebSphere-related topics that we are interested in:

Using WebSphere products with mobile products such as Worklight and MobileFirst.

Using WebSphere products with cloud products such as BlueMix, Cast Iron, and PureApplication System.

Messaging solutions involving IBM Integration Bus and IBM MQ.

ESB solutions involving IBM Integration Bus and WebSphere DataPower.

Service governance solutions involving WebSphere Service Registry and Repository.

Using WebSphere products with non-IBM products such as SAP or Oracle, or open-source products such as JBoss or Apache.

Solutions or workarounds to WebSphere customer problems occurring in the field.

Explanations of how to use important new functions or innovations in WebSphere products.

WebSphere-related "Top 10" lists, along with the reasons for your selections. Possible lists include technical tips, tools, articles, problems or techniques to avoid, and so on. For example: "Top 10 IBM MQ performance tips." The number 10 is not a requirement — it could be "Top 5" or "Top 12."