If you are reading this blog, you most likely already know about IBM Redbooks and what they are about. You also are most likely familiar with the format of this blog, writing five main points on a given subject to share knowledge with our valued and loyal readers. But, we take for granted that not everyone may be familiar with the Redbooks brand, and we want to continue introducing our material to a younger and new generation of the Information Technology community.
IBM Redbooks provide a unique technical perspective to many technical questions from the point of view of SMEs, who at times get together for a brief period to put together a publication to solve a business challenge. At times these challenges come from customer requests, field experiences, or from ideas the residents bring or develop during the development of the Redbooks.
The official IBM Redbooks mobile app
So, we decided to write a 5 Things to Know about IBM Redbooks, to introduce ourselves with new readers and maybe our existing readers may learn something new:
- What are IBM Redbooks?
IBM Redbooks are technical enablement documents, blogs and videos to help you learn, adopt, and deploy solutions created by subject matter experts (SMEs) which complement IBM product manuals. For over 40 years, IBM Redbooks have technical content not covered on IBM manuals such as technology concepts, industry trends and directions, in depth technical scenarios, third party integration scenarios, or technical product content describing as is how to incorporate IBM products into many solutions with optimum results. These publications are downloaded and viewed millions of times per year, and are often known as the “gold standard” of the technical enablement community. The best part of all this technical enablement material? It is all entirely available at no charge to our readers!
- Are IBM Redbooks manuals?
IBM Redbooks are not meant to replace IBM manuals. Redbooks publications complement the manuals with useful and practical technical scenarios, but always pointing and linking to the IBM product manuals or IBM Knowledge Center.
- How do IBM Redbooks get made?
IBM Redbooks are born from IBM’s Digital Business Group’s Residency process that teams IBM technical professionals with valued Business Partners, clients and IBM product development staff. Through a nomination process, a team of residents is chosen to participate either at an IBM office, or work remotely, from two to eight weeks. The residents are presented with a scenario and to put their solutions on paper, which lends itself to the birth of an IBM Redbooks publication. This process also gives the residents the unique opportunity to become a published author.
- IBM Redbooks in the digital world
A few years ago, IBM Redbooks went under a transformation. Previously, Redbooks were only known as large and voluminous technical guides. In this agile world, there are different delivery formats designed for short technical briefings to larger comprehensive publications. This transformation lends itself to creating new formats of materials (Redpapers, Redguides, Product Guides, Solutions Guides, blogs, and videos), all varying in size, to incorporate into the digital world. Today, IBM Redbooks can produce technical content in any format to meet your needs.
IBM Redbooks are distributed by way of through our website in PDF or EPUB formats, via Apple iBooks and Google Play, and also through the official IBM Redbooks mobile app. There is on demand printing available for those readers wanting a hardcopy of the publication.
- IBM Redbooks and Open Source
Redbooks also cover third party software and hardware integration scenarios including OpenStack with IBM products and solutions. These publications bring information to you regarding how to integrate non-IBM products or solutions into your data centers.
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James A. Pistilli
IBM Redbooks Digital Brand Manager