Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Welcome to the June 2014 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 Tech Packs

Register for June 25 ACM Learning Webinar: "Navigating Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Six Key Issues"
Tomorrow, June 25 at 11 am ET (10 am CT/9 am MT/8 am PT/3 pm GMT), tune in to "Navigating Cybersecurity and Public Policy: Six Key Issues". Herb Lin of the National Research Council will discuss the findings of a recent National Research Council report on cybersecurity and the six key things to know about cybersecurity as it intersects with public policy. Jeremy Epstein, Lead Program Officer for the National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program and member of the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, moderates. How can we better understand and implement public policies to fight cybersecurity threats while preserving innovation, cutting-edge security research, civil liberties, and individual privacy? Join us for this overview and engaging discussion of important technical, legal, and policy issues.

Click here to register for this free webinar—and feel free to share the link with interested friends and colleagues. (If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, you still need to register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.) You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile device, including smartphones and tablets. And check out our past events, all available on demand.

Watch "The Marriage of BI and Big Data�Business unIntelligence" On Demand
"The Marriage of BI and Big Data�Business unIntelligence" is now available on demand. Barry Devlin, Founder and Principal of 9sight Consulting and co-editor of the ACM Tech Pack on Business Intelligence and Data Management, led a spirited and well-explained presentation of business intelligence in the age of big data that covered business drivers and results of the emerging biz-tech ecosystem; modern conceptual and logical architectures for information; and process and people positioning of all forms of business analytics and big data. Peter Aiken of ACM SIGMIS, Founding Director of Data Blueprint and Associate Professor of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University, moderated the lively questions and answers session.

ACM Student Member Access to Safari Books and Videos Extended
Good news: ACM has extended student member access to the entire custom collection of 700 Safari books and videos titles, including award-winning, best-selling technical books and videos from leading publishers such as Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, McGraw Hill, Microsoft Press, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Pearson Education, Que, Wiley, and more. This extensive electronic reference library contains books on the latest software and technologies, certification study guides, video tutorials and recordings from O'Reilly conferences. In addition to being able to download books and print custom summary documents, ACM Student Members can build their own custom libraries with favorite folders, saved searches, and smart folders, and access their books offline with Safari's mobile app. For more information on Safari Books Online, please visit http://learning.acm.org/books/index.cfm. To access Safari Books Online, log in with your ACM Student Member credentials through the ACM Learning Center or through myACM. And check out the Safari Books Online FAQ, which may answer many of your questions: http://learning.acm.org/about/saf_faq.cfm.

Complimentary Resources for ACM Student Members from Teradata University Network
ACM's new partnership with the Teradata University Network enables student members to access complimentary software from Teradata, MicroStrategy, SAS, Tableau, and other software tools, as well as datasets, case studies, free certification training, and other content. Currently present in 98 countries and accessed by students from over 1,700 universities, Teradata University Network (TUN) offers a unique learning and teaching experience that is supported by distinguished academics around the world. TUN provides hands-on training in combination with technical expertise. The goal of TUN is to challenge students to become innovative thinkers who know how to use data warehousing to create and enhance business value. TUN prepares its students for a competitive marketplace through offering corporate reality experience using Teradata data warehousing technology, and providing access to resources that would otherwise be overwhelmingly expensive for universities to develop and maintain. TUN is a free web-based portal for both faculty and the students, and supports students at undergraduate and graduate levels. To gain access to TUN resources visit http://learning.acm.org/courses/tun.cfm.

Learning Center

Featured MK Title: Computer and Information Security Handbook, Second Edition
There's more to ACM's eBook library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Computer and Information Security Handbook, Second Edition. The second edition of this comprehensive handbook of computer and information security offers in-depth coverage of security theory, technology, and practice as they relate to established technologies as well as recent advances. Written with significant individual contributions from leading experts in networking and systems security, information management, cyber warfare and security, encryption technology, privacy, data storage, physical security, and a host of advanced security topics, this update adds coverage of intrusion detection, securing the cloud, securing web apps, ethical hacking, cyber forensics, physical security, disaster recovery, cyber attack deterrence, and more.

This is just one of 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress in ACM's eBook collection, now with greater and fresher coverage of 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.

Featured Skillsoft Course: Introduction to Business Analysis and Essential Competencies
With the ubiquitous growth of data management across computing disciplines, learning how to conduct business analysis is paramount. 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. Introduction to Business Analysis and Essential Competencies 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 and 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. This course will assist in preparing the learner for the IIBA®'s Certified Business Analysis Professional" (CBAP®) certification exam. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured Safari Video: WPF 4 Programming LiveLessons
Are you taking advantage of ACM's collection of IT learning videos from Safari Books Online? Our library includes dozens of titles for your streaming convenience, all from some of prominent authors and training experts, and publishers like InfiniteSkills, O'Reilly, Pearson, Prentice Hall, Que, Sams, and Wrox.

WPF 4 Programming LiveLessons has 20 hands-on video lessons from Microsoft MVP Jason Rainwater, who shows you how to create rich, next-generation applications with WPF. Master panels, content and item controls, code behind, binding, resources, styles, templates, behaviors, animations, custom controls, localization, navigation, MVVM, and more. Learn advanced WPF techniques at your pace.
ACM Podcast: Interview with Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera
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, Coursera co-founder and Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab Andrew Ng joins Stephen as they talk massive open online courses (MOOCs), Coursera, Andrew's research work in artificial intelligence and deep learning, and more.

Tech Packs

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: Other Tech Packs are in development on topics including Big Data, Bioinformatics, Computing Ethics and Professionalism, Machine Learning, Software as a Service, and Virtualization. Have a suggestion for another Tech Pack topic? Leave it in the Tech Pack Suggestion Box!
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