11 August 2020 | Written by: Chris Rayns
Categorized: Business Development
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Now more than ever, tech professionals are seeking resources for remote, on-demand learning. As a result of COVID-19, many of us are spending more time working at home, learning online and mastering new subjects in our spare time. Maybe you want to start learning about IBM Z or a programming language such as COBOL for the first time, or you’re looking to learn about Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z or IBM Power Systems. Perhaps you’re interested in best practices for implementing a particular IBM Storage system. Wherever you are on the learning journey, IBM Redbooks has technical content that can help.
In 2020, downloads of IBM Redbooks publications have been on the rise: May 2020 was up 49% over May 2019, and June 2020 was up 41% over June 2019 — no doubt in part due to growing interest in investing some of our spare time in career development activities. Trending topics this year include IBM software-defined storage, flash storage, IBM z15, Red Hat, blockchain for multicloud and many more.
The IT landscape is always evolving, and staying abreast of the latest information can have a direct impact on your career opportunities. If you’re looking for skills training and want to build your technical know-how on IBM infrastructure, software and storage solutions, as well as open source technologies, IBM Redbooks has you covered.
New to Redbooks? Here are 6 things you need to know:
1. IBM Redbooks provide technical content in a range of formats at no cost
Redbooks content is designed to help you learn, adopt and deploy solutions. Our offerings include brief documents, books and videos. And best of all — they’re available at no charge.
2. Redbooks cover implementations, new product overviews, typical solution scenarios, and step-by-step “how-to” guidelines
For more than 40 years, IBM Redbooks have been providing technical content that covers tech concepts, industry trends and in-depth technical scenarios. Redbooks can introduce you to a new technology or help you optimize your IT environment, build your first cognitive solution, or integrate third-party offerings with IBM infrastructure. Redbooks aren’t meant to replace IBM manuals or the IBM Knowledge Center. Instead, they offer practical technical information that’s not covered in product manuals.
3. Redbooks are written by teams of technical subject matter experts
With Redbooks, you get a technical perspective from the best and brightest technical professionals on a given subject. Redbooks content is typically created by bringing together subject matter experts from IBM Systems, IBM Business Partners and clients to address a particular question or problem. The experts come together in a short-term “residency” in which they collaboratively write solutions to the identified scenario.
4. Redbooks come in many shapes and sizes, figuratively speaking
Redbooks publications can range from short technical briefings to larger comprehensive books. In our content catalog, you’ll find Redbooks, Redpapers, Redguides, Product Guides, Solutions Guides, blog posts and videos to help you learn the desired skills and knowledge. We also share our technical know-how on social media
5. You can download Redbooks publications from our website, Google Books or Apple Books
One of the advantages of IBM Redbooks publications is that you can start learning anytime, anywhere. Redbooks are available for immediate download in PDF and EPUB format, and on-demand printing is available for those who want to read a hard copy. Find our full catalog at http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/ and look for the Google Play and Apple Books buttons.
6. From cutting-edge technologies to traditional IT infrastructure, we’ve got you covered
IBM Redbooks cover IBM and Red Hat solutions as well as third-party and open-source technologies. You can learn about OpenShift on IBM Z and Power, open source IT operations management, security features in IBM Z and LinuxONE, cloud object storage, SAP HANA on Power Systems, agile integration, and so much more.
So, what are you waiting for?
Start learning today.