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Editors' content wish list

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 BPM products. We are interested in information that is not already available in existing product information centers, IBM Redbooks, or articles. Following are some of the types of topics we're interested in:

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

Real-world BPM solutions showing how IBM BPM products can be used or have been used in to improve business agility

How-to articles on IBM BPM products or technologies, including IBM Business Manager, WebSphere Operational Decision Manager, IBM Blueworks Live, and IBM Business Monitor

Robust business solutions using BPM products working with other IBM products or third-party products

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

Explanations of how to use important new functions or innovations in BPM 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

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 articles, 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 focusing on the following practice areas:

Secure software development: The engineering practices throughout the software development life cycle to ensure delivered software is free from security vulnerabilities.

Identity and access management: The practice of verifying people's identity and giving access to the right resources for the right purposes at the right time.

Application security: The practices used throughout the life cycle of an application to prevent, detect, and eliminate vulnerabilities introduced in design, development, deployment, or maintenance of an application.

Data protection: The practices used to protect information from unauthorized use, disclosure, modification, or destruction, including cryptography, obfuscation, and redaction.

Endpoint security: The practices used to enable each device in an IT environment to protect itself from malicious activity either from external sources or from within the device.

Network security: The practices used to prevent and monitor unauthorized access to a network and to prevent disruption to access of network resources.

WebSphere

The WebSphere content area publishes how-to information on current versions of WebSphere products that is not already available in existing product information centers, IBM Redbooks, or articles.

Some general WebSphere topics that we are interested in:

WebSphere articles involving the following software initiatives: IBM Smarter Planet, Web 2.0 and social networking, cloud computing, and green computing.

How WebSphere products work with other WebSphere products or with products from other IBM brands, including DB2, Lotus, Rational, and Tivoli.

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

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

Explanations that are not available elsewhere of how to use important new functions or innovations in WebSphere products.

WebSphere "Top 10" lists with reasons for your choices. For example: "Top 10 WebSphere MQ performance tips." Possible categories include technical tips, tools, articles, problems or techniques to avoid, and so on. And the number 10 is not a requirement—could be "Top 5," "Top 15," or whatever works.

Some specific topics of interest within the main WebSphere product areas:

WebSphere Application Infrastructure:
   Migrating from WebSphere Application Server Community Edition
      to WebSphere Application Server
   Innovative ways to apply WebSphere sMash
   WebSphere Application Server and open standards
   CICS, CICS events, and how CICS works with various WebSphere products
   WebSphere on System z

WebSphere Application Integration:
   New capabilities in WebSphere ESB, WebSphere Message Broker,
      and WebSphere MQ that are not yet well documented
   Integration of these three products with each other and with other WebSphere
      products such as WebSphere Service Registry and Repository,
      WebSphere TX, and DataPower
   WebSphere Adapters
   How DataPower works with other products