Check it out here: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/
So... what are they and how do they differ to the product manuals?
The answer comes from how Redbooks are written: experienced professionals from the field (both inside and outside IBM) are brought together at an IBM location for about five weeks - and they do nothing else but work on the book. They bring their individual areas of expertise (e.g. project life-cycle, transactionality, testing techniques, inside knowledge of a product, etc., etc) and work together to write a book on a specific topic.
Examples in the WBI world include:
- Introduction to MQ Workflow
- Using WBI Modeler and Monitor
- Migration to Message Broker v5
- Interchange Server Performance Tuning tips
- And more!
One of the locations is Hursley in Winchester, UK. I used to be based there so I have a soft spot for it in my heart...
It even has its own on-site clubhouse :-) Picture