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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Principles of Data Mining (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: David J. Hand, Heikki Mannila, Padhraic Smyth
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for overall breadth of alogrithms..

Very good book for a general overview of data mining algorithms. Covers a wide variety of DM approaches.. however lacks concrete examples to clear concepts thoroughly. I especially liked Chapter-5 which gives a general framework to look at any DM algorithm. This clears confusion created by so many diverse algorithms with overlapping concepts and applications.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling (Second Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Top-notch course in dimensional data warehouses

This book deserves merely a one sentence review."Simply awesome" . As one of my friends had to say,"We depend on Ralph Kimball for our livelihood"!
This IS the book on Data warehousing. Follow this bookand you will never fail. I have had solutions to allof my design issues from this one book.
A must to every IT professional's personal library,not necessarily restricted to DW professionals

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rich Schiesser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Sharing What He Has Been Practicing For Years

This book explains in a clear and easy to read format what Rich has been putting into practice for years. Shortly into my tenure as Chief Informmation Officer at 20th Century Fox, I brought Rich on board as Executive Director, Computer Operations. He quickly began to employ many of the processes and techniques described in his book to significantly improve operations within our data center. His methods of collecting and analyzing performance metrics, as well as processes to optimize customer service, were effectively applied throughout our organization. Now, he has captured the essence of his proven techniques in a very thorough and practical book. I would highly recommend this to those organizations wanting to improve the operational effectivness of their computing infrastructure.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide (CCNA Self-Study, 640-821, 640-801), First Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you are ready to become a CCNA - start here.

You know by now that you could take just one exam, 640-801 and become a CCNA. But what if you haven't enough experience or want to be able to break down the studying, well then taking one exam at a time maybe just the answer.

This book is the INTRO or 640-821 exam which covers the networking fundamentals all the way up to the actual router configuration, which is the other exam.

One thing about Wendell Odom is that he usually goes beyond the exam and this book is certainly no exception to that rule. In fact his coverage of switching from layer 2 through layer 7 is more than the exam, but then again isn't that what you really want.

As usual the practice question in the book are much harder than the exam, another plus for Odom. One thing that is new is the addition of a router simulator, albeit a scaled down version of the Boson NetSim.

Having spent some time on working with the full version, the LE Version should provide enough material to cover the exam and help you out. If you need the full version you can always go to Boson's website and purchase it.

Finally, while there is also over 300 practice questions, for the money being spent I think that there should be a more to work with. Overall it seems to be a very good book to work with.