There are still RedBooks being written

by Volker Weber


To create a Redpaper that describes how to best install and run Microsoft Windows Business Essentials Server on blade servers in an IBM BladeCenter S chassis.

OK, it's "only" a RedPaper.

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It was my understanding from discussions with people in Cambridge that it is only Lotus Redbooks that are being discontinued.

Corey Davis, 2008-04-09

Yes, that is correct. And I am only teasing. I find it weird that you can get RedBooks on Microsoft technology at IBM but not on Lotus technology.

Volker Weber, 2008-04-09

What about these residencies for:

Oracle and IBM storage solutions

Microsoft Clustering with MSSQL and Microsoft Exchange using IBM System Storage N series

I guess the Storage is selling too much.... and they support Redbooks ;)

Luis Guirigay, 2008-04-09

There is a long list of 35 future residencies displayed on the RedBooks site, from "Redwiki - IBM Director Best Practices" to "Virtual Real Memory", and planned as far ahead as November 2008. Therefore the whole idea of RedBooks is alive and well...

Stuart McIntyre, 2008-04-09

Perhaps Lotus is the most advanced of the IBM brands, and is the first to give up the practice of producing out of date paper based product documentation. You could be praising us for leading the way with the use of blogs, wikis, discussion forums, and implementing documentation standards such as DITA in the Custom Content Assembler. Perhaps the rest of IBM should be following the Lotus lead? Go ahead, flame on, but think about it first.

Alan Lepofsky, 2008-04-09

Yeah, Amazon tries that too with the Kindle. For some strange reasons people are still buying books though. And Duffbert reads them first. :-)

Volker Weber, 2008-04-10

Instead of Redbooks I would like to have Red Replicas :-)

thorsten ebers, 2008-04-10

I think there are two things at work:

- the book format. Well PDF is fine (or Print-On-Demand). A wiki is also good. Red Replicas sounds intriguing.

- the process: experts coming together. Interacting 100% with dedicated time. An no Video call can beat working side-by-side (IMHO).

I see a big advantage in Redwiki and RedReplica: they can be constantly updated. And for the process: Lotus is experimenting. And we will see if the experiment is successful.

I'm sceptic but it can work out.
:-) stw

Stephan H. Wissel, 2008-04-10

Imagine Amazon experimenting by stopping shipments of books and betting on Kindle. That's not how it works best.

Yes, it may work. Like the paperless office that Notes users enjoy. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2008-04-10

Like the paperless office that Notes users enjoy. ;-)Other than sending in receipts for expense reports, I run 100% paperless. I don't even have a mailbox at an IBM office anymore.

Ed Brill, 2008-04-10

Me too. I only print invoices.

Volker Weber, 2008-04-10

Me too. I only print invoices.

I don’t even print my invoices: do I win? :o)

Ben Poole, 2008-04-10

@Ed: I am probably wrong, but I think that you work in a culture where that type of behavior is rewarded and promoted. For others, however, it is hard, very hard, to get over the thinking that I *need* that on paper. You seem to work with people that understand that if they create a system that reduces the amount of paper being consumed, it is a good thing (on many levels).

From my little corner of the world, though, you would be in the minority. I applaud what IBM has done, but it is in the minority.

Gregg Eldred, 2008-04-10

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