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IT Architecture For Dummies

Published 11-01-2010

<b>A solid introduction to the practices, plans, and skills required for developing a smart system architecture</b> <p>Information architecture combines IT skills with business skills in order to align the IT structure of an organization with the mission, goals, and objectives of its business. This friendly introduction to IT architecture walks you through the myriad issues and complex decisions that many organizations face when setting up IT systems to work in sync with business procedures.</p> <p>Veteran IT professional and author Kirk Hausman explains the business value behind IT architecture and provides you with an action plan for implementing IT architecture procedures in an organization. You'll explore the many challenges that organizations face as they attempt to use technology to enhance their business's productivity so that you can gain a solid understanding of the elements that are required to plan and create an architecture that meets specific business goals.</p> <ul> <li>Defines IT architecture as a blend of IT skills and business skills that focuses on business optimization, business architecture, performance management, and organizational structure</li> <li>Uncovers and examines every topic within IT architecture including network, system, data, services, application, and more</li> <li>Addresses the challenges that organizations face when attempting to use information technology to enable profitability and business continuity</li> </ul> <p>While companies look to technology more than ever to enhance productivity, you should look to <i>IT Architecture For Dummies</i> for guidance in this field.</p>

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GIS For Dummies

Published 02-17-2009

<div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>An easy-to-understand reference for navigating through geographic information systems (GIS)&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>GIS (geographic information system) is a totally cool technology that has been called &ldquo;geography on steroids.&rdquo; GIS is what lets you see the schools in your neighborhood or tells you where the nearest McDonald&rsquo;s is.&#8239;GIS For Dummies&#8239;tells you all about mapping terminology and digital mapping, how to locate geographic features and analyze patterns such as streets and waterways, and how to generate travel directions, customer location lists, and much more with GIS.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re in charge of creating GIS applications for your business or you simply love maps, you&rsquo;ll find&#8239;GIS For Dummies&#8239;is packed with information. For example, you can:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Learn all the hardware and software necessary to collect, analyze, and manipulate GIS data&nbsp;</li> <li>Explore the difference between 2D and 3D maps, create a map, or manage multiple maps&nbsp;</li> <li>Analyze patterns that appear in maps and interpret the results&nbsp;</li> <li>Measure distance in absolute, comparative, and functional ways&nbsp;</li> <li>Recognize how spatial factors relate to geographic data&nbsp;</li> <li>Discover how GIS is used in business, the military, city planning, emergency services, land management, and more&nbsp;</li> <li>Find out how GIS can help you find&nbsp;discover where&nbsp;flooding may&nbsp;occur&nbsp;</li> <li>Determine what your organization needs, do appropriate analyses, and&nbsp;plan and design a GIS&nbsp;system&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: 'Segoe UI', 'Segoe UI Web', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>You&rsquo;ll find dozens of applications for GIS queries and analyses, and even learn to create animated GIS output.&nbsp;Additionally, you can learn about&nbsp;sources of GIS data&nbsp;and&nbsp;GIS software vendors&nbsp;(and even&nbsp;what&nbsp;questions to ask potential vendors).&nbsp;Whether your goal is to implement a&nbsp;geographic information system&nbsp;or just have fun,&#8239;GIS&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&#8239;will get you there!&nbsp;</p> </div> </div>

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Virtualization For Dummies

Published 12-05-2007

Virtualization has become a &#8220;megatrend&#8221;&#8212;and for good reason. Implementing virtualization allows for more efficient utilization of network server capacity, simpler storage administration, reduced energy costs, and better use of corporate capital. In other words: virtualization helps you save money, energy, and space. Not bad, huh? <p>If you&#8217;re thinking about &#8220;going virtual&#8221; but have the feeling everyone else in the world understands exactly what that means while you&#8217;re still virtually in the dark, take heart. <i>Virtualization for Dummies</i> gives you a thorough introduction to this hot topic and helps you evaluate if making the switch to a virtual environment is right for you.</p> <p>This fun and friendly guide starts with a detailed overview of exactly <i>what</i> virtualization is and exactly <i>how</i> it works, and then takes you on a tour of the benefits of a virtualized environment, such as added space in overcrowded data centers, lower operations costs through more efficient infrastructure administration, and reduced energy costs through server consolidation.</p> <p>Next, you&#8217;ll get step-by-step guidance on how to:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Perform a server virtualization cost versus benefit analysis</li> <li>Weigh server virtualization options</li> <li>Choose hardware for your server virtualization project</li> <li>Create a virtualized software environment</li> <li>Migrate to&#8212;and manage&#8212;your new virtualized environment</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&#8217;re an IT manager looking to sell the idea to your boss, or just want to learn more about how to create, migrate to, and successfully manage a virtualized environment, <i>Virtualization for Dummies</i> is your go-to guide for virtually everything you need to know.</p>

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Bioinformatics For Dummies

Published 12-18-2006

Were you always curious about biology but were afraid to sit through long hours of dense reading? Did you like the subject when you were in high school but had other plans after you graduated? Now you can explore the human genome and analyze DNA without ever leaving your desktop! <p><i>Bioinformatics For Dummies</i> is packed with valuable information that introduces you to this exciting new discipline. This easy-to-follow guide leads you step by step through every bioinformatics task that can be done over the Internet. Forget long equations, computer-geek gibberish, and installing bulky programs that slow down your computer. You&#8217;ll be amazed at all the things you can accomplish just by logging on and following these trusty directions. You get the tools you need to:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Analyze all types of sequences</li> <li>Use all types of databases</li> <li>Work with DNA and protein sequences</li> <li>Conduct similarity searches</li> <li>Build a multiple sequence alignment</li> <li>Edit and publish alignments</li> <li>Visualize protein 3-D structures</li> <li>Construct phylogenetic trees</li> </ul> <p>This up-to-date second edition includes newly created and popular databases and Internet programs as well as multiple new genomes. It provides tips for using servers and places to seek resources to find out about what&#8217;s going on in the bioinformatics world. <i>Bioinformatics For Dummies</i> will show you how to get the most out of your PC and the right Web tools so you&#8217;ll be searching databases and analyzing sequences like a pro!</p>

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