Call for Tech Reviewers

SAPIEN Press Once again SAPIEN Press is putting out the call for technical reviewers for a new book. The book, as yet untitled, is about enterprise telecommuting. It covers everything you might need to know about designing, installing, configuring and maintaining a corporate telecommuting or remote access environment. An ideal reviewer will have experience with Windows Server 2008, Active Directory, Exchange 2007, SharePoint, Office Communication Server, Terminal Services, Windows Mobile, and enterprise level networking. I hope you get the picture that this is will be a very complete book, written by Brien Posey so we’re very excited about it. By the way, this is NOT a scripting book. These are Brien’s goals for the book:

  • To teach you about unified communications and other technologies that are useful for telecommuting, but to do so in a way that is as painless as I can possibly make it.
  • To walk you step by step through the processes of setting up and using the technologies that I talk about.
  • To show you how to build the necessary infrastructure in a way that is affordable for small and medium sized businesses, but in a way that allows the technique to scale to meet the needs of large corporations.
  • To approach all of the concepts that I will be talking about with an emphasis on ease of management and security.
  • To make telecommuting practical and beneficial to both employers and employees.
  • To start out slow, and from the beginning so that even those with very limited IT experience can complete the projects in this book.

Your task as technical reviewer is to read every chapter and return a review form. We expecting technical reviewers to primarily identify mistakes. But we also want reviewers to tell what what material isn’t being covered that maybe should be included. is there any material that isn’t really required? Is the chapter easy to understand? Our technical reviewers play a critical role in our publication process. By the time a book hits the presses, it has been vetted by your peers as a complete and accurate reference. The book should be everything that you want on a topic and a title you want on your shelf.

To award your efforts, the reviewer who identify’s the most mistakes (and offers suggestions for correction) and/or contributes the most constructive feedback will receive a $50 AMEX gift card.  Any reviewer who finishes all chapters is entitled to a free print copy of the book when published. You must return a review form for every chapter. I’m expecting about 19 chapters. You’ll have about 3 days for each chapter.  You can drop out at any time, and reviewers will be dropped for not returning reviews in a timely manner.

If you are interested, send an email to jhicks at sapien.com. Please include a brief description of your background and why you think you would be a good reviewer.  Reviewers will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. You’ll be notified by email if selected. If not selected don’t fret. I usually hold a few names in reserve as there are always a few reviewers who have to drop off and I like to make sure we have an adequate number of voices.