SYS-CON Media, founded in 1994, is widely recognized in the Internet-technology and magazine publishing industries as the world's leading publisher of i-technology magazines, electronic newsletters, and accompanying i-technology breaking news, education and information Web portals. The company has further solidified its dominant role in the i-technology space with the 2001 launch of an events business, SYS-CON Events (trade shows, conferences, and education).
PRSA 2003 Excellence in Technology Journalism Award: Public Relations Society of America's Prestigious Awards This Year Were Shared by LinuxWorld Magazine, Time Magazine, and SmartMoney Magazine.
Deloitte & Touche 2002 Technology Fast 500 Award: SYS-CON was awarded as one of the fastest growing private or public companies in North America based on the company's five-year revenue growth.
Deloitte & Touche 2002 Fast 50 Award: As a winner of the Technology Fast 50 Award, SYS-CON was nominated for the national competition of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in the U.S. In 2001, the company's five-year revenue growth was among the top 500 public and private technology companies in the nation.
Inc 500 2001: In 2002 the company was nominated again for Inc 500 for the third time based on its revenue growth between 1997 and 2001.
Deloitte & Touche 2001 Fast 50 Award: Deloitte & Touche named SYS-CON to its annual list of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in New Jersey based on revenue growth between 1996 and 2000, and nominated it again for this award in 2002 based on revenue growth between 1997 and 2001.
Ernst & Young 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year Award Nomination: In 2000, Ernst & Young nominated Fuat Kircaali, founder and CEO of SYS-CON, for its annual "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. This nomination honors individuals and companies whose ingenuity, hard work, and innovation have created successful and growing business ventures.
Inc 500 2000: In 2001 SYS-CON was listed in the Inc 500 ranking 278th.
Inc 500 1999: In 1999, Inc magazine ranked SYS-CON 194th on its list of the 500 fastest growing privately owned companies in America based on its spectacular revenue growth between 1994 and 1998. The annual Inc 500 issue of the magazine covered the companies and CEOs that are changing the face of American business. Noteworthy alumni of this special issue included Microsoft, Oracle, CompUSA, Gateway, Timberland, Jenny Craig, and Domino's Pizza.
Folio Thirty Under 30 Award: Folio magazine awarded Robert Diamond, editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Wireless Business & Technology, its prestigious "Thirty Under 30" award, given to the top 30 magazine industry professionals under the age of 30. "Thirty Under 30" is Folio's list of some of the most innovative thinkers and leaders in the magazine industry who are effecting change and shaping the future.
Most Trusted Publication by Evans Data: SYS-CON's Java Developer's Journal ranked number 1 as the "most trusted" publication among developers who use Java. The research results were published in the Evans Data Developer Marketing Patterns 2001 Annual Report, an independent market research report prepared by Evans Data Corporation, a leading market research firm serving software and developer markets.
All of SYS-CON Media's products and services target interrelated i-technologies some of which are Open Source, SOA and Web Services, Java, XML, .NET, Linux, Wireless and their related subcategories. SYS-CON.com interactive portal features 87 closely related Web sites, and all SYS-CON technical journals and magazines are either the leading or the only publication in their markets. Recently the company has developed a program of i-technology conferences and digital newsletters, spearheaded by SYS-CON Events, to complement its three existing areas of operation: SYS-CON Publications, SYS-CON Custom Media, and SYS-CON Radio.
From 2000 to the present, SYS-CON has been systematically leveraging its brand recognition in the software development world into an integrated annual program of full-scale i-technology Conferences & Expos, stretching from coast to coast, and reinforced by a series of one-day i-technology educational events in major cities including New York, Boston, Washington, and San Francisco.
SYS-CON's well-known and highly respected magazines’Web portals include: AJAXWorld Magazine (www.ajax.sys-con.com); Java Developer's Journal (www.java.sys-con.com); .NET Developer's Journal (www.dotnet.sys-con.com); Enterprise Open Source Magazine (www.opensource.sys-con.com); Linux.SYS-CON.com (www.linux.sys-con.com); SOA World Magazine (www.soa.sys-con.com); Wireless Business & Technology (www.wireless.sys-con.com); XML-Journal (www.xml.sys-con.com); WebLogic Developer's Journal (www.weblogic.sys-con.com); WebSphere Journal (www.websphere.sys-con.com); Flex Developer’s Journal (www.flex.sys-con.com); ColdFusion Developer's Journal (www.coldfusion.sys-con.com); PowerBuilder Developer's Journal (www.pbdj.sys-con.com); IT Solutions Guide (www.itsolutions.sys-con.com); Virtualization Journal (www.virtualization.sys-con.com); Eclipse Developer's Journal (www.eclipse.sys-con.com); Symbian Developer’s Journal (www.symbian.sys-con.com); Web Hosting Journal (www.webhosting.sys-con.com); and Web 2.0 Journal (www.web2.sys-con.com).
Each month SYS-CON Media reaches over two million i-technology professionals through its specialty journals, magazines, conferences, education programs (www.education.sys-con.com), SYS-CON.TV (www.SYS-CON.TV), the world's first branded blog community (www.blog-n-play.com), live and on-demand Webcasts (www.webcast.sys-con.com), and the SYS-CON interactive portal with more than 100 Websites at www.sys-con.com.
SYS-CON Events, Inc. (www.events.sys-con.com) is the world's leading producer of i-technology conferences, seminars and expos, including SOAWorld Conference & Expo (www.soaworld2007.com), Virtualization Conference & Expo (www.virtualizationconference.com), Enterprise Open Source Conference (www.events.sys-con.com), AJAXWorld Conference & Expo (www.ajaxworld.com), “Real-World Flex” Seminar Series (www.flexseminar.com), iTVcon - Internet TV Conference & Expo (www.itvcon.com), Real-World Java One-Day Seminar (www.events.sys-con.com), and Real-World Ruby-on-Rails Seminar Series (www.rubyonrailsseminar.com).
Write For Us / Writing Your Article:
This document will take you through the article process once your proposal has been accepted.
Beware of ‘throat' clearing
The most important part of your article is the opening paragraph. This is your opportunity to sell the article and hopefully grip the reader into reading further. If it does not, then it has failed on the first criteria, which is to educate. Too many articles spend too many words telling a story that has no real relevance.
You need to lay out the roadmap of your article, and inform the reader there and then what they are going to receive.
Do not use ‘weak' language
Your article may be the first exposure to a particular technology the reader may read, so you can't come over as someone who doesn't know what he/she is talking about. Do not use language like ‘maybe' or ‘hope'. Be clear and be decisive.
Offer facts, not opinions
Your article is there to educate the reader in a particular technology. Stick to the facts and do not offer any personal opinions. This is particularly important if you are referring to a possible alternative technology. Be careful not to disparage or dismiss it just because you don't like it.
If you do present any statements that may be controversial, please be sure to back up any claims with external references or repeatable results. A classic error is to claim a particular method is faster than another without offering any concrete proof.
It is important you perform the necessary due diligence on your article.
Remember to keep your reader interested
Keep in mind your reader. They are investing their own time in you. They are looking to be entertained as well as informed. Don't get bogged down in long boring paragraphs. Keep it short. You are writing an article, not a book. Space is a luxury you do not have. Don't try and be funny; let your natural rhythm and style entertain in its own right.
This is not a marketing piece
Specific products cannot be the focus of the article. The article can be about a business or technical problem and what the issues are in resolving the problem. Case studies are welcome as long as the focus is on the customer and the problem/resolution and not the product.
Be open; tell them your resources
Nothing worse than walking down a particular road only to find it closed at the end. An article is no different. When the reader gets to the end of your article you want to make sure they have further reading to go to if they want more information. Try to provide a list of at least three URLs to resources that readers can visit.
Think of the article layout
When writing your article, try not to think of it as one long piece of prose. Instead think of other tools available to you for explaining your technology. A sidebar is a tool often overlooked by authors. These are small panels that sit independently of the main body that often give a little insight into a particular area.
Make a bio that counts
With your article you will of course have a couple of sentences to describe yourself and give some contact information. This is your only chance to sell yourself, so give it some thought.
Images say a 1,000 words
Figures and screenshots can aid in conveying your information to the reader. As the old saying goes, an image is worth a 1,000 words, but don't necessarily rely on it. Try not to use anything that is too complicated or detailed. Do not go overboard on the number of images/figures you want to include; general rule of thumb, one per every 1,000 words. Graphics should be high-resolution jpeg or gif files.
Code snippets and listings
Code snippets that are 10 lines or less can be left in the body of the article. Anything longer is a listing and should be referenced in the text and placed at the end of the article. Code snippets should be formatted to fit on a 42-character length line, and listings have a 70-character line length.
You aren't writing a book
One of the most common questions we receive is how long should my article be? The standard answer is: however long it needs to be. Articles are generally pitched in around 1,600 words, with the maximum somewhere near 3,200 words. Don't pad out your article for the sake of word filling. Make them count.
You aren't writing a book