I hosted a call this week with the editors of The Sphere Journal and members of my team, IBM Software Services for Lotus (probably better known as Portal Lab Services). I sometimes think of The Sphere as this small underground journal, but it has quietly been building up a wealth of articles and content that cannot be ignored. Looking through the list of articles on line, I found at least a dozen that would be of interested to me in different aspects of projects I'm currently working on.
The key to The Sphere is that there are no advertisements. They make money off of the subscription costs, so it cost more then some of the other trade magazines. The upside is that it is all hardcore content, no fluff, no marketing! I actually don't have a subscription myself, but I get a copy every once in a while from different sources. Hopefully you can convince your company that a subscription is worth the added productivity. If not, it is probably worth buying it yourself. I'm actually thinking about buying a subscription myself and trying to deduct it from my taxes as a work related expense. I'm actually not sure if I can do that, so I'll have to check that out. Either way, in my line of work it's probably worth it to have another library of proven and complete solutions available to help solve customer problems.
The editors Celeste Frey and Lauren Bonneau are always actively seeking the best content for their subscribers. Looking at the payment structure for published articles, I can tell any potential authors that is it one of the best I have seen in the industry. If you have some WebSphere or WebSphere Portal expertise you might consider contacting them about an article idea.
Anyway, check it out and let me know if you subscribe, some of your favorite articles, and how you have benefited from some of the content?
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