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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Services Costs, Metrics, Benchmarking and Marketing
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Anthony Tardugno, Thomas DiPasquale, Robert Matthews
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, a useful book on managing information services!

This book describes how to build and run a corporate IT services organization from scratch. It is written in a very clear and readable manner without resorting to "Big-5 consulting firm" type buzzword-speak. Most of what I have read in this area promises much, but leaves things too vague to apply to specific situations. This book dissects a very complicated management problem into simple, understandible parts that make sense in the real world. An unsuccessful enterprise application rollout can cost a large corporation millions (if not billions) of dollars. The lessons here help you "dot-com" your organization successfully and delight your customers (internal or external) with the results.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Doesn't follow volume?

One of the more enjoyable and enlightening trading books I've read. This book is part biographical and part nuts-and-bolts trading strategy. Many will identify with the author's early struggles as a trader. It was an inspiration to me how Mr. Smith never gave up on his dream to trade for a living. He is now cranking out $10,000 plus monthly returns and all from an original bankroll of only $2000. Very impressive! Although Mr. Smith only trades stock index futures and mutual funds, his strategies work just as well for stocks and stock options. That's because his techniques are geared towards detecting momentum and divergence tops, bottoms, and continuation trends in the stock market. A must read book for both on-line and off-line traders alike and at a most reasonable price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Raises the bar for all technical books

Two real problems with technical books these days are 1) that they're often written by people who may know the subject material but who don't write very well 2) they're overly long -- bloated with every kind of filler device imaginable. Here's hoping that books like The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL begin to set a new standard for others to follow. This book is a well-written, tightly drawn treatise on the language. There is scarcely a wasted word between its covers. And though it specifically avoids filler material, it is not stark or barren -- it's richly crafted by someone who obviously knows a thing or two about good technical writing. This book is definitely not your father's computer book -- it's a unique creation that intermingles deep technical coverage with wry humor, expert insight, and passion for one's craft.
One element I found particulary fresh about this work was the use of epigraphs to start each chapter. They're well-chosen and often humorous. If you opt not to buy the book here, you owe it to yourself at least to visit a land-based bookstore and read the quotes for themselves.
The technical goodies here are too numerous to mention. Suffice it to say that if you aren't well on your way to becoming a guru yourself after reading through this book a few times, you may want to look into some remedial reading classes :) Seriously, for the beginner, intermediate, and expert SQL Server practioner alike, this book is a must-read if ever there was one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Training Guide
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Drew Bird
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's just perfect......

The book simply is great..U'll find inside everything U'll need in order to pass the exam, the CD is cool as well, it contains good practice tests....I passed with a score of 820.