Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Welcome to the February 2015 ACM Learning Center Bulletin, keeping you current on the many online learning tools ACM offers to help extend our members' skills and knowledge. To suggest addition of books, courses; future Tech Packs or Webinar topics; or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


Learning Center: Books and Courses Learning Center: Other Resources

New eBooks from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress
This winter, our collection of Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress books has expanded with extended, updated coverage of hot topics areas such as cyber warfare, data mining and modeling, digital technology law, software defined networks, user experience design, and web hacking. Highlights include the fifth edition of the John L. Hennessy/David A. Patterson classic Computer Architecture, the comprehensive Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, the second edition of Cyber Warfare, Designing with the Mind in Mind, Second Edition, Eleventh Hour CISSP, Second Edition, Engineering a Compiler, Learning Processing: A Beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction, Software Defined Networks: A Comprehensive Approach, and Windows Forensic Analysis Toolkit, Fourth Edition (updated for Windows 8). See all the newly added titles at http://learning.acm.org/books/mknew.cfm.

ACM's eBook collection contains more than 360 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress, with a focus on some the most bleeding-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. The books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular eBook reader on your mobile device. All members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBook catalogue as well as the ACM Digital Library.

View ACM Webcast with Bertrand Meyer on Demand: "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly"
If you missed "Agile Methods: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly", register now for on-demand access. In this presentation, Bertrand Meyer, Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zurich and an ACM Fellow, takes an objective look at agile methods, explains the essentials, and helps you sort the wheat from the chaff. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus amd Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderates.

You can view our entire archive of past ACM Learning Webinars on demand at http://learning.acm.org/webinar/.

View ACM Webcast with Steve McConnell on Demand: "Stranger than Fiction: Case Studies in Software Engineering Judgment"
Now available on demand: "Stranger than Fiction: Case Studies in Software Engineering Judgment" with Steve McConnell, CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software and best-selling author of the industry classic Code Complete as well as Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art, Rapid Development, and other titles. In this talk, McConnell uses the "Four Core Influences" framework from his upcoming book, Software Engineering Essentials, to dissect published reports of software project outcomes. He demonstrates how to use sound software engineering judgment to vastly improve understanding of software project dynamics, which in turn leads to correct diagnosis of failure, more effective corrective actions for projects already underway, and a significantly improved chance of success on every project. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, moderates.

Save 15% on EMC Courseware
ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.

Learning Center: Books and Courses

Featured Syngress Title: Cyber Warfare
Cyber Warfare explores the battlefields, participants and tools and techniques used during today's digital conflicts. The concepts discussed in this book will give those involved in information security at all levels a better idea of how cyber conflicts are carried out now, how they will change in the future, and how to detect and defend against espionage, hacktivism, insider threats, and non-state actors like organized criminals and terrorists. You can find more than 360 other Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress titles in the ACM's eBook catalog.

Featured Skillsoft Course: Introduction to Business Analysis and Essential Competencies
Business analysis aims to not only properly diagnose an issue, but determine the best solution to fix it permanently. Business analysts, who undertake this work, require a unique combination of skills and knowledge to be successful in this function. This course provides an overview of what business analysis is, including fundamental concepts and knowledge areas as prescribed in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 2.0 by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). It also covers the essential competencies required for effective business analysis, including behavioral characteristics, business and software knowledge, and communication and interaction skills. This course provides a foundational knowledge base of business analysis information so learners can effectively put principles to work at their own organizations. It will assist in preparing the learner for the IIBA®'s Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification exam. See ACM Learning Center's Skillsoft course catalog for our collection of IT courseware.

Recent Additions to Skillsoft IT and Desktop Video Library
Did you know that ACM members have access to thousands of IT and productivity videos from Skillsoft? Covering a variety of today's hottest topics, these videos offer "on-the-job" support and solutions for busy practitioners.

Recently, Skillsoft added video content in the following knowledge areas: Advanced Scrum, ANSI C, ASP.NET MVC 4, CompTIA Mobility+, CompTIA Linux+ 2014, CompTIA Server+ 2014, CQRS (Command Query Separation Principle), Data Science Fundamentals in R, Enabling Office 365 Services, Hadoop and MapReduce, Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions (SISAS) v1.0 300-208 certification, Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7 Solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, Microsoft Entity Framework, Microsoft Internet Information Services, Microsoft OneNote 2013, Microsoft Security Fundamentals, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, MySQL, NHibernate, Node.js, OpenStack Fundamentals, PS101 (PowerShell), Responsive Web Design, Web API Design. See http://learning.acm.org/books/skillsoft_video.cfm for more information.
Learning Center: Other Resources

Tech Packs: Expert-Curated Readings on Hot Computing Topics
Have you looked at a Tech Pack yet? These innovative, integrated learning packages covering today's hottest topics in computing are created by subject matter expert committees who curate essential readings, such as foundational journal papers, conference proceedings, keynotes, and more. TechPacks available to members include: ACM Interview with Tetsuro Kakeshita
Tune in as the leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs advancing computing as a science and a profession discuss their background, experience, and career highlights, all while providing invaluable insights and lessons learned for future computing professionals in this ongoing series of exclusive interviews conducted by Stephen Ibaraki, Chair of the ACM Professional Development Committee.

This month's featured interview is with Tetsuro Kakeshita, associate professor of computer science at Saga University, Japan. Professor Kakeshita discusses his interest quantitative analysis of ICT education and ICT certification, work in accreditation with the Japan Accreditation Board in Engineering Education (JABEE), and the challenges of developing a professional community in the IT domain as well as raising the social position of IT professionals, among other topics.

Discounts on CompTIA Certification Exams and Training Materials for ACM Members
Did you know that ACM members are now eligible for discounts on CompTIA certification exams (including A+, Network+, and Security+) as well as learning content and training materials that prepare learners for these certification exams? Members can save 15% on CompTIA Exam Vouchers/Bundles and 10% on Training Content/Materials using coupons found at http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm. New certifications include Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), Healthcare IT Technician, Linux+, Mobile App Security+, Mobility+, Project+, Server+, Storage+, Strata+ (IT fundamentals), and more.

CompTIA is a leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications worldwide with popular exams in security, network administration, computer repair, and server administration. See http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm for the new discount codes and more information.
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