Re: Current industry trends for technical writers

Subject: Re: Current industry trends for technical writers
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:03:18 -0700

Cloud apps are just hosted versions of client-server apps with web clients.

Since customers do not install the server software, the installation
and operations docs are for internal audiences only.

This is nothing new, I've been documenting SaaS apps for 15 years. The
change is that it's becoming the norm.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 12:29 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> Pretty much anything where consumer and end-user interfaces have been
> becoming more automated - the very areas where jobs writing user docs have
> been evaporating. Because all the things that end users used to have to
> figure out from the manuals are now going on "under the hood," and need to
> be documented.
>
> WRT to the "cloud model," I've been doing some work for a start-up in this
> area, and the docs are really not significantly different from writing any
> other client/server documentation. There's extra lines and arrows on the
> flow charts to show that the servers are "floating" on soft, puffy clouds
> somewhere away from the clients, but otherwise, they might just as well be
> 80s-era mainframe/client systems.
>
> Gene Kim-Eng
>
>
>
> On 6/15/2016 7:33 AM, Rich D wrote
>>
>> I'm looking a technical areas that may be needing more technical writers
>> in
>> the future, such as cloud-based technologies and security. Does anyone
>> have
>> experience or suggestions on which areas might need more writers now and
>> in
>> the future?
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