So you think you have what it takes to write a review for The Right Tool for the Job? Show us what you've got. Submit your review to this blog. If it meets our criteria, we'll publish it here under your byline, to certain glory and the adulation of your TechRepublic peers. You may even be invited to become a regular TechRepublic contributor!
For the subject of your Right Tool review, you'll want to select a software app or hardware tool that has not been previously reviewed on TechRepublic. Then, show us why you think it does (or doesn't!) have real, practical value to working IT pros. Go beyond simply describing how the tool works: really scrutinize the tool and put it through its paces. Compare it to similar products available on the market. Be tough and opinionated.
Please keep in mind the following guidelines and organization for your Right Tool blog post:I. The Job
Describe the specific problem or project that the software or hardware is meant to address. You may begin by quoting the manufacturer's claims for the tool, then explain how you will test these claims in the context of a sample project. Keep this section concise: one or two brief paragraphs should do it.II. The Tool
This is the heart of your blog post. Describe the tool in the context of a specific project (keep it practical and experience-based). Explain how well the the tool works, ease of use, special/useful features, and comparisons to other, similar products. Be sure to include a bulleted list of the software's strengths (pros) and weaknesses (cons).III. The Right Tool for the Job?
Conclude with 1-2 sentences responding to the question: Is this the Right Tool for the Job?A note about photos
In your analysis of the tool, please include two or three screenshots of the software or photos of the hardware in use. These photos should be original. Also note that images cannot be uploaded directly to TechRepublic via our blog submission tool. In order to include images in your blog post submission, the pictures need to be live somewhere on the Web, then copied from the live Web page directly into the blog post submission tool.
And that's about it! Simple, right? We know there's no shortage of strong opinions our there about which hardware or software tools are right or wrong for any given application, so don't be shy. The floor is yours, and we can't wait to hear from you.