Topic suggestions for authors

Want to share your expertise with your fellow application developers, system architects, and system admins? Terrific! We want to help you publish your know-how. But before you start composing, take a moment to check out the topics we're most eager to publish in the coming months. Then submit your content proposal. Feel free to contact an editor with any questions.

Our highest-priority topics:

Blockchain
OpenWhisk
Swift
Bluemix services and starters:
     Alchemy API
     Apache Spark
     Cloudant NoSQLDB
     Insights for Weather
     Internet of Things starter
     Message Hub
     Personality Insights
     Redis Compose
     Strongloop Arc
     Watson Dialog


Want more suggestions? Click a content area of interest:

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

Big data and analytics

The Big data and analytics content area welcomes proposals for technical articles for data architects and 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 Algorithmics products
IBM Clarity products
IBM Cognos products
IBM InfoSphere BigInsights
IBM InfoSphere Streams
IBM InfoSphere Data Explorer
IBM OpenPages products
IBM PureData System
IBM InfoSphere Warehouse
IBM SPSS products

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Customer analytics
Data mining
Hadoop
Predictive analytics
Risk analytics
Social analytics
Stream computing
Text analytics
Machine analytics
Data warehousing
NoSQL
Developing analytic applications with the toolkits and IDEs available in IBM InfoSphere BigInsights and IBM InfoSphere Streams
Using the accelerators available in IBM InfoSphere BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams (for machine analytics, social data analytics, telecommunications data analytics)
Patterns and best practices for big data and analytic applications

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

Cognitive computing

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

Machine learning
Natural language processing
Personality Insights
AlchemyAPI
Watson Dialog
Image and video recognition
Watson Developer Cloud services
Hints and tips on cognitive computing development

Collaboration Solutions

The Collaboration Solutions software 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.

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

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things content area welcomes proposals for technical content aimed at application developers, system architects, and system administrators. We seek high-quality content (articles, videos, demos, webcasts) that is not available in product documentation, IBM Redbooks, or other articles. We are particularly interested in the following topics, but proposals on other topics are welcome:

IoT open standards
IoT devices
Hints and tips for IoT development
IoT and Blockchain
IoT security
IoT analytics
Industry-specific IoT solutions
IoT services on Bluemix

Java technology

The Java technology content area welcomes content proposals on programming techniques and concepts you've applied in your day-to-day work using Java technology. Please browse the Java content area or use the search to ensure you aren't submitting ideas on content already covered. We're always looking specifically for practical, hands-on content in the following topic areas:

APIs and class libraries
JVM-compliant languages
Tools
Open source projects
Frameworks
Security
Java Liberty profile
Migrating enterprise to the cloud

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

Middleware

The developerWorks Middleware hub publishes tutorials, articles, and videos about application development, cloud integration and business process transformation using IBM products. These product areas include IBM WebSphere, business process management, and related cloud offerings.

We seek original content that is not available in existing web resources, such as product documentation on the IBM Knowledge Center or IBM Redbook publications. Our content types range from expert insights on current topics and in-depth, how-to information about new functions or innovations, to solutions to problems that customers are facing in the field and "top 5"-type lists.

In particular, we are interested in the following topics:

Ways to transform processes and decisions to a cloud environment, including IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud, IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud, the Business Rules service on IBM Bluemix, and Business Operations Connect

WebSphere on Cloud, including such cloud products as IBM Bluemix, Cast Iron, IBM Integration Bus, and PureApplication System

Considerations or challenges for moving or extending application architecture to cloud or hybrid cloud environments

StrongLoop and Node.js solutions for WebSphere products

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

Featured products of interest include:

Bluemix services related to WebSphere, business process management, and operational decision management products

Bluemix Garage

Connect series from IBM, which includes API Connect, App Connect, Business Operations Connect, Dataworks Connect, DB2 Connect, WebSphere Connect, and z/OS Connect

IBM Blueworks Live

IBM Business Monitor

IBM Business Process Manager

IBM DataPower

IBM Integration Bus

IBM MQ

IBM Operational Decision Manager

IBM PureSystems, including IBM PureApplication

WebSphere Application Server, including Liberty

WebSphere Blockchain Connect

WebSphere Cast Iron


Mobile development

The Mobile development content area 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 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

Open source

The Open source content area is the repository for IBM-sponsored open source software projects and is looking for in-depth, hands-on articles that show how these technologies can be implemented. Here are some topic suggestions:

New or uncovered Apache projects
developerWorks Open projects
Architecture
Hardware
Data
Security
Bluemix integration
Frameworks

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.


Web development

The Web development content area welcomes content proposals on a range of topics from Web 2.0 to Web security. We are particularly interested in the following topics:

APIs
Architecture
Languages
JavaScript frameworks
Front- and back-end frameworks
Mobile apps
Tools
Security
Open source projects
Semantic Web technologies
Responsive design
UI components
HTML5
IoT
Single-page apps