Free eBooks by Alexander Koshkin

Alexander Koshkin is the author of Dreams (2022), Queen Angel Publications Winter Sampler (2021), State of the Nordic Region 2020 (2020), Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Scenarios Guide (2016) and other 182 books.

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Dreams

release date: Feb 14, 2022
Dreams
She’s a hot mess. Success lives in his back pocket. The stage calls to them, until a twisted fan tries to seal their fate…using nine words. Five days ago, I couldn’t stand Jett. He’s a world-renowned guitarist in a hit band, and I’m a washed-up sex symbol vocalist in a band that’s seen its glory. Five days ago, something changed. I was given an ultimatum that I’m not sure I can live up to. The world of rock and roll is a cruel place. It’s a world where I can only be sure of one thing, and that one thing is what is ruining me. Jett sees right through me. And as much as I hate him, he keeps coming around. Until he disappears back to the stage. But does he really leave me? I find Roxy in the back room, kicking my most prized amp. Sure, it’s held together with duct tape, but it plays better than anything else. She sneers and pokes at me, until she realizes that I have the one thing that she’s lost. I’d help her get it back if she’d lose the chip on her shoulder. Then I find out what’s eating her, and I see her in a different light. There’s more to Roxy than meets the eye. Her bandmates see it. That’s why they stick around. But will the world see it…and more important, will they see it before it’s too late? Rock star romance Hate to love romance Drug and alcohol use Medium heat Smoking Swearing Cliffhanger ending

Queen Angel Publications Winter Sampler

release date: Dec 15, 2021
Queen Angel Publications Winter Sampler
Embrace winter with these irresistible reads. This sampler includes excerpts from three upcoming releases that are sure to keep you warm this season. Download your copy today! From debut author Denyse Sinclair comes In Need of Your Love, a cautionary tale of love and lies that is sure to be the genesis of an extraordinary career. Alex Richardson, author of The Corner series, shows his sensual side in A Love Thang, the story of three childhood best friends navigating life and love in the windy city. Too Much is Never Enough is the sexy first offering from newcomer, Xyion.

State of the Nordic Region 2020

release date: Feb 03, 2020
State of the Nordic Region 2020
Available online: https://pub.norden.org/nord2020-001/ Abstract [en] State of the Nordic Region 2020 gives you a unique look behind the scenes of the world’s most integrated region, comprised of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, along with the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. The report presents a series of facts and figures showing the current state of play within core socioeconomic sectors, including demography, labour market and economy. In addition, you can read about wellbeing and energy pathways towards a carbon neutral Nordic Region. State of the Nordic Region 2020 is published by the Nordic Council of Ministers and produced by Nordregio, an international research center for regional development and planning established by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Scenarios Guide

release date: Sep 08, 2016
Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Scenarios Guide
IBM® API Connect is an API management solution from IBM that offers capabilities to create, run, manage, and secure APIs and microservices. By using these capabilities, the full lifecycle of APIs for on-premises and cloud environments can be managed. This IBM RedpaperTM publication describes practical scenarios that show the API Connect capabilities for managing the full API life cycle, creating, running, securing, and managing the APIs. This Redpaper publication is targeted to users of an API Connect based API strategy, developers, IT architects, and technical evangelists. If you are not familiar with APIs or API Connect, we suggest that you read the Redpaper publication Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Concepts, Architecture and Strategy Guide, REDP-5349, before reading this publication.

LDAP Authentication for IBM DS8000 Systems: Updated for DS8000 Release 9.1

release date: Mar 08, 2021
LDAP Authentication for IBM DS8000 Systems: Updated for DS8000 Release 9.1
The IBM® DS8000® series includes the option to replace the locally based user ID and password authentication with a centralized directory-based approach. This IBM Redpaper publication helps DS8000 storage administrators understand the concepts and benefits of a centralized directory. It provides the information that is required for implementing a DS8000 authentication mechanism that is based on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). Starting with DS8000 Release 9.1 code, a simpler, native LDAP authentication method is supported along with the former implementation that relies on IBM Copy Services Manager (CSM) acting as a proxy between the DS8000 and external LDAP servers. Note that examples and operations shown in this Redpaper refer to the DS8000 R9.1 SP1, code release bundle 89.11.33.0.

The Minotaur Sampler, Volume 4

release date: Sep 28, 2021
The Minotaur Sampler, Volume 4
Looking for a new book that will make your heart race? The fourth edition of The Minotaur Sampler compiles the beginnings of six can't-miss novels--either standalone or first in series--publishing Winter 2022 for free for easy sampling. Standalone: From debut author Stacy Willingham comes a masterfully done, lyrical thriller that is certain to be the launch of an amazing career. A Flicker in the Dark is eerily compelling to the very last page. Standalone: From the author of Every Last Fear comes a breakneck new thriller about a pair of small-town murders fifteen years apart, and the one man whose life is inexplicably linked to both. Alex Finlay returns with The Night Shift. First in Series: Multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in Under Lock & Skeleton Key, where Tempest Raj returns home to work at her father’s Secret Staircase Construction Company. Standalone: A heart-thumping novel that will shake you to your core, The Resting Place is a masterful novel of suspense and horror from international star Camilla Sten. Standalone: Extraordinarily tense and deliciously mysterious, Anna Downes’s The Shadow House follows one woman desperate to protect her children at any cost in a remote village retreat where not everything is as it seems. . . First in Series: Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen.

Performance Optimization and Tuning Techniques for IBM Power Systems Processors Including IBM POWER8

release date: Mar 31, 2017
Performance Optimization and Tuning Techniques for IBM Power Systems Processors Including IBM POWER8
This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on gathering the correct technical information, and laying out simple guidance for optimizing code performance on IBM POWER8® processor-based systems that run the IBM AIX®, IBM i, or Linux operating systems. There is straightforward performance optimization that can be performed with a minimum of effort and without extensive previous experience or in-depth knowledge. The POWER8 processor contains many new and important performance features, such as support for eight hardware threads in each core and support for transactional memory. The POWER8 processor is a strict superset of the IBM POWER7+TM processor, and so all of the performance features of the POWER7+ processor, such as multiple page sizes, also appear in the POWER8 processor. Much of the technical information and guidance for optimizing performance on POWER8 processors that is presented in this guide also applies to POWER7+ and earlier processors, except where the guide explicitly indicates that a feature is new in the POWER8 processor. This guide strives to focus on optimizations that tend to be positive across a broad set of IBM POWER® processor chips and systems. Specific guidance is given for the POWER8 processor; however, the general guidance is applicable to the IBM POWER7+, IBM POWER7®, IBM POWER6®, IBM POWER5, and even to earlier processors. This guide is directed at personnel who are responsible for performing migration and implementation activities on POWER8 processor-based systems. This includes system administrators, system architects, network administrators, information architects, and database administrators (DBAs).

IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports

release date: Jan 19, 2018
IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Hot-Spare Node and NPIV Target Ports
The use of N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) to provide host-only ports (NPIV target ports) and spare nodes improves the host failover characteristics by separating out host communications from communication tasks on the same port and providing standby hardware, which can be automatically introduced into the cluster to reintroduce redundancy. Because the host ports are not used for internode communications, they can freely move between nodes, and this includes spare nodes that are added to the cluster automatically. This IBM® RedpaperTM publication describes the use of the IBM SpectrumTM Virtualize Hot-Spare Node function to provide a high availability storage infrastructure. This paper focuses on the functional behavior of hot-spare node when subjected to various failure conditions. This paper does not provide the details necessary to implement the reference architectures (although some implementation detail is provided).

Dying in Reverse

release date: Jan 14, 2015
Dying in Reverse
Having just solidified his tenuous control over Hell, Jason tries to tackle the day-to-day management of his kingdom. He is quickly beset by a series of new problems, however. Kivra still expects him to bend to her will, a riot upsets the leaderless Department of Transportation, and two demons have managed to escape to the Realm of the Living to execute a plan of particular importance to Jason.

Hate Speech Law (Open Access)

release date: Mar 05, 2015
Hate Speech Law (Open Access)
Hate speech law can be found throughout the world. But it is also the subject of numerous principled arguments, both for and against. These principles invoke a host of morally relevant features (e.g., liberty, health, autonomy, security, non-subordination, the absence of oppression, human dignity, the discovery of truth, the acquisition of knowledge, self-realization, human excellence, civic dignity, cultural diversity and choice, recognition of cultural identity, intercultural dialogue, participation in democratic self-government, being subject only to legitimate rule) and practical considerations (e.g., efficacy, the least restrictive alternative, chilling effects). The book develops and then critically examines these various principled arguments. It also attempts to de-homogenize hate speech law into different clusters of laws/regulations/codes that constrain uses of hate speech, so as to facilitate a more nuanced examination of the principled arguments. Finally, it argues that it is morally fitting for judicial and legislative judgments about the overall warrant of hate speech law to reflect principled compromise. Principled compromise is characterized not merely by compromise over matters of principled concern but also by compromise which is itself governed by ideals of moral duty or civic virtue (e.g., reciprocity, equality, and mutual respect).

Dress Rehearsal

release date: Apr 03, 2021
Dress Rehearsal
"An affecting love story of two strangers finding each other at exactly the right moment." - Kirkus Reviews The tormented guitarist. The fearless security guard. The kiss that’s seen globally. The razor blade that threatens to end everything. Billy Nestor has everything he’s always wanted: a band, the best guitar skills, a creative edge like no other, a thick skin, and the chops to climb the charts. The one thing he’s missing is a supportive father. While his mom is his biggest fan, his father has chided him since the day he picked up an instrument, slating that the boy would never amount to anything unless he applied himself to something other than heavy metal. Michelle Parsons has seen the world through the eyes of the battlefield. She’s determined, tough as nails, and has enough brains and drive to get her anywhere she wants to go in the world. Until she gets fatally shot in combat and has to take a backseat job as a security guard for a nothing band, and what’s worse, she gets the job after her dad calls on a friend for a favor. Despite the disappointment, she quickly learns that protecting a band is almost as exhilarating as dodging landmines behind enemy lines. In the band’s third month of touring as an opening act, the city that they play in is riddled with an unexpected, potentially life-threatening situation. Michelle has to put her life on the line once again, only this time, without her hard hat and camouflage. After getting the band on the stage safely, a certain band member seeks her out once the applause quiets, and a fast friendship evolves. Billy finds himself seeking Michelle out, escaping the sheltered life inside the hotel room, until Michelle and Billy come to an impasse on a serious topic, one close to Billy’s heart. But little does Billy know that Michelle has also become close to his heart, and he doesn’t realize it until she climbs onto the shuttle bus to go back to the airport…out of his life forever. A heartbreaking, true-to-life story about the trials and tribulations of being a rock star, and falling in love unexpectedly, with someone you would never have expected to fall for. A story that covers sensitive subject matter, readers will see rock stars in a whole different light, and the people that love them, too. Dress Rehearsal has sensitive scenes, violence, course language, drug use and graphic sex, so please be forewarned. Billy and Michelle’s story is a standalone that will leave you laughing, crying, and rooting for the main characters as they take you through their journey of love, heartbreak, success and triumph.

Activate

release date: Dec 05, 2014
Activate
[Book 1 of 4] Centuries of calamities took humanity to the brink of extinction. Now, with the aid of a time capsule, the human race is once more populating the Earth, resurrecting a civilization and technologies lost centuries earlier. With those innovations, though, come the need for some in that new civilization to fight for dominance and control of the new world. With humanity poised for a return to the trappings of a stable society and the advantages of rediscovered technologies lost for centuries, one faction prepares to unleash the most devastating weapon ever conceived upon an unsuspecting and unprepared populace. The activation button is primed and ready. The end of the world awaits. ***Episode 2, Detonate, is now available!***

The Next Page: A Fiction Sampler for Book Clubs

release date: May 04, 2015
The Next Page: A Fiction Sampler for Book Clubs
"Thrilling and illuminating."—LA Times "A hypnotic psychological thriller." —People A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this new gripping and complex psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and the upcoming page-turner Don't You Cry, Mary Kubica She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head… Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home. Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated. More Praise: "Hypnotic and anything but predictable." —Kirkus, starred review "A superb psychological thriller…stunning."—Publishers Weekly, starred review Read the New York Times bestselling novel that everyone is talking about, The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica! Look for Mary's latest complex and addictive tale of deceit and obsession, Don't You Cry. Order your copies today!

Crossing Boundaries

release date: May 15, 2020
Crossing Boundaries
A ruthless ex. An abandoned medical degree. And a woman who will make Daniel forget all that. When my divorce to Nick is final, the first thing my friends do is take me to get drunk. Sounds cliché, I know, but the tables turned tonight, and I don’t mean the one that I was practically dancing on. Daniel hates me based on a false impression, and I don’t know whether I care enough to make things right…and then I don’t have a choice. Daniel doesn’t know that I’m about to break, and not because of my failed marriage, but because of that part of me that helped cause my marriage to fail. The part of me that I’ll lose forever soon. The part of me that I love more than anything else in the world, that fades away a little more each day. *** I thought Kayla was just like every other party girl, which is why my brother Christopher saw her first. Turns out, her problems trump mine, and she was just blowing off steam. I’m glad I’m there when the chips fall, because I haven’t had the chance to be a friend like that in a long time. Kayla doesn’t ask for what comes next. Neither of us sees it. We thought after what we went through, that it would be smooth sailing. But we should have known better. We should have read the signs when our so-called friend started whistling to the tune of a traitor, an instinct I picked up while serving overseas. Will our love be enough to get through it? And more important, can I catch Kayla again, before she breathes her last breath… HEA (Happily Ever After) Second chance romance Best friends to lovers romance Medical romance Military romance Medium heat Course language Mild cliffhanger ending First book in a complete 5 book standalone series "Awesome storyline and impressive character development. I loved their responsibilities with their individual parents! Plus, I rooted for them to stop fighting their love. This is an ARC REVIEW, and I bought a copy." - 5 Stars from Book Lady Teri, Amazon Reviewer "Sandra Alex has written a 5-star book that has the main characters dealing with their feelings for each other. This was a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone." 5 Stars from Angela Barnes, Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer "I really enjoyed his book and devoured it in an afternoon. If you're after a love story that has more going on than just the couple then definitely read this book." - 5 Stars from Mrs. R., Goodreads Reviewer "This book absolutely touches the emotions of the reader as we read Daniel and Kayla’s story, heartbreaking at times, but you will still feel the strong love and sizzling chemistry. The story line will pull the reader in as we see Kayla and Daniel denying the depth of their feelings. Fortunately, the all-or-nothing kind of vulnerable friendship keeps them holding on until things finally start to go right, when she realizes he is all that she’s got, and he sees she is all that he has ever really wanted -- he just never knew it until now. This is an enjoyable read, despite the occasional need for a tissue swipe now and then – probably just allergies. But seriously, this is one you should read and savor. It has all the “feels” and you won’t want to miss it." - 5 Stars from Emily Amazon Top 500 Reviewer "Another hit for Sandra Alex. I love her books. Heartbreaking at times but their love comes through. Daniel and Kayla are perfect together." 5 Stars from Sandy Johnson, Goodreads Reviewer

An Introduction to the Financial Statement Analysis

release date: Dec 01, 2015
An Introduction to the Financial Statement Analysis
'An Introduction to the Financial Statement Analysis' is a brief guide to the financial statement analysis performance, including general information on the essence and methods of the financial analysis, key financial ratios calculation and interpretation. Finstanon is a fast solution for online financial analysis and interpretation. It saves time for professionals in financial analysis same as for newcomers. finstanon.com

2015 Global Hunger Index

release date: Oct 12, 2015
2015 Global Hunger Index
The developing world has made progress in reducing hunger since 2000. The 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that the level of hunger in developing countries as a group has fallen by 27 percent. Yet the state of hunger in the world remains serious. This marks the tenth year that IFPRI has assessed global hunger using this multidimensional measure. This report’s GHI scores are based on a new, improved formula that replaces the child underweight indicator of previous years with child stunting and child wasting. This change reflects the latest thinking on the most suitable indicators for child undernutrition, one of three dimensions of hunger reflected in the GHI formula. Across regions and countries, GHI scores vary considerably. Regionally, the highest GHI scores, and therefore the highest hunger levels, are still found in Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia. Despite achieving the largest absolute improvements since 2000, these two regions still suffer from serious levels of hunger. Levels of hunger are alarming or serious in 52 countries. Most of the eight countries with alarming GHI scores are in Africa south of the Sahara. While no countries are classified in the extremely alarming category this year, this high level of hunger could still exist. Due to insufficient data, 2015 GHI scores could not be calculated for places that recently suffered from high levels of hunger, including Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan. 2015 Global Hunger Index Interactive App: http://ghi.ifpri.org

New Ways of Running Batch Applications on z/OS: Volume 4 IBM IMS

release date: May 28, 2014
New Ways of Running Batch Applications on z/OS: Volume 4 IBM IMS
Mainframe computers play a central role in the daily operations of many of the world's largest corporations. Batch processing is still a fundamental, mission-critical component of the workloads that run on the mainframe. A large portion of the workload on IBM® z/OS® systems is processed in batch mode. This IBM Redbooks® publication is the fourth volume in a series of four. They address new technologies introduced by IBM to facilitate the use of hybrid batch applications that combine the best aspects of Java and procedural programming languages such as COBOL. This volume focuses on the latest enhancements in IBM IMSTM batch support. IMS has been available to clients for 45 years as IMS Transaction Manager, IMS Database Manager, or both. The audience for this book includes IT architects and application developers with a focus on batch processing on the z/OS platform.

Doctor Who: Free Comic Book Day 2017

release date: Aug 31, 2017
Doctor Who: Free Comic Book Day 2017
Welcome to the 2017 Free Comic Book Day Doctor Who Spectacular! The Doctor has only just started travelling with a new companion, Bill, a young human woman from present-day Earth – and we join them now at the start of an all-new adventure! p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri; min-height: 14.0px}

The Henry Biography

release date: Dec 21, 2019
The Henry Biography
The absolutely true story of how Henry became the man of the century. This story is sure to bring joy beyond your wildest dreams.

The 2020 Web Almanac

release date: Dec 09, 2020
The 2020 Web Almanac
The Web Almanac is an annual research project by the web development community to better understand how the web is built and experienced. Industry experts and a team of peer reviewers and data analysts research the state of the web, one chapter at a time, focused in areas of web page composition, user experience, content publishing, and content delivery. The result is a richly detailed report brimming with insightful analysis written by subject matter experts built on a solid foundation of statistics aggregated over millions of top websites.

Peer to Peer

release date: Mar 20, 2019
Peer to Peer
Not since Marx identified the manufacturing plants of Manchester as the blueprint for the new capitalist society has there been a more profound transformation of the fundamentals of our social life. As capitalism faces a series of structural crises, a new social, political and economic dynamic is emerging: peer to peer. What is peer to peer? Why is it essential for building a commons-centric future? How could this happen? These are the questions this book tries to answer. Peer to peer is a type of social relations in human networks, as well as a technological infrastructure that makes the generalization and scaling up of such relations possible. Thus, peer to peer enables a new mode of production and creates the potential for a transition to a commons-oriented economy.

Synopsis: 2015 Global hunger index: Armed conflict and the challenge of hunger

release date: Oct 12, 2015
Synopsis: 2015 Global hunger index: Armed conflict and the challenge of hunger
The 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report—the tenth in an annual series—presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made progress in reducing hunger since 2000, but still has a long way to go, with levels of hunger still serious or alarming in 52 countries. The theme of this year’s report is armed conflict and the challenge of hunger. Conflict and hunger are closely associated. Indeed, conflict is the main cause of persistent severe hunger, and countries with the lowest levels of food security are often engaged in or recently emerged from war. Although conflict and hunger often travel hand in hand, history has shown that hunger need not result from conflict. 2015 Global Hunger Index Interactive App: http://ghi.ifpri.org

Societies in Transition in Early Greece

release date: May 25, 2021
Societies in Transition in Early Greece
A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. Situated at the disciplinary boundary between prehistory and history, this book presents a new synthesis of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Greece, from the rise and fall of Mycenaean civilization, through the "Dark Age," and up to the emergence of city-states in the Archaic period. This period saw the growth and decline of varied political systems and the development of networks that would eventually expand to nearly all shores of the Middle Sea. Alex R. Knodell argues that in order to understand how ancient Greece changed over time, one must analyze how Greek societies constituted and reconstituted themselves across multiple scales, from the local to the regional to the Mediterranean. Knodell employs innovative network and spatial analyses to understand the regional diversity and connectivity that drove the growth of early Greek polities. As a groundbreaking study of landscape, interaction, and sociopolitical change, Societies in Transition in Early Greece systematically bridges the divide between the Mycenaean period and the Archaic Greek world to shed new light on an often-overlooked period of world history.

SUSE and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA

release date: Nov 24, 2020
SUSE and IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA
For organizations charting their way forward in today's digital economy, the clear imperative is to find better ways of extracting more value from data. By gleaning insight from data regarding customer preferences and business operations, organizations can respond to demand more effectively and better deliver the experiences that today's customers want. To this end, many organizations running SAP solutions seek to make the move to the SAP HANA database. SAP HANA offers the speed of in-memory data processing and the ability to combine transactions and analytics on a single platform for insight in real time. However, considerations at the level of IT infrastructure can make or break the success of an SAP HANA implementation. What the database runs on, in other words, matters significantly. This IBM® Redguide publication explores the value of deploying SAP HANA on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications and the IBM Power platform with IBM POWER9TM processors. Both offerings are optimized to help your organization reap the rewards of SAP HANA while also transforming IT service delivery more generally. Designed for enterprise-grade operations, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications offers an open-source software-defined infrastructure (SDI) that is optimized for SAP workloads. Reliable, fast, and secure, it also supports the automation that is needed to substantially free up IT staff from service deployment and management duties. Power Systems servers support SAP HANA implementations according to the SAP Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) 5.0 specification. Optimized for scale-up and scale-out scenarios and built to support virtual persistent memory, Power Systems serves help you provision faster, scale affordably, and maximize uptime by persisting memory across virtual machines (VMs) and multiple SAP HANA instances. Both SUSE and IBM have partnered with SAP for decades to fine-tune these offerings. Together, SUSE and IBM solutions offer a way forward for deploying, optimizing, and running SAP HANA implementations that is proven to be successful. This publication looks at various aspects of this combined offering in greater detail.

Guide to IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Version 7.1.3

release date: Jun 16, 2015
Guide to IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Version 7.1.3
This IBM® Redbooks® publication for IBM Power SystemsTM with IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® Standard and Enterprise Editions (hardware, software, practices, reference architectures, and tools) documents a well-defined deployment model within an IBM Power Systems environment. It guides you through a planned foundation for a dynamic infrastructure for your enterprise applications. This information is for technical consultants, technical support staff, IT architects, and IT specialists who are responsible for providing high availability and support for the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard and Enterprise Editions on IBM POWER® systems.

IBM Information Governance Solutions

release date: Apr 04, 2014
IBM Information Governance Solutions
Managing information within the enterprise has always been a vital and important task to support the day-to-day business operations and to enable analysis of that data for decision making to better manage and grow the business for improved profitability. To do all that, clearly the data must be accurate and organized so it is accessible and understandable to all who need it. That task has grown in importance as the volume of enterprise data has been growing significantly (analyst estimates of 40 - 50% growth per year are not uncommon) over the years. However, most of that data has been what we call "structured" data, which is the type that can fit neatly into rows and columns and be more easily analyzed. Now we are in the era of "big data." This significantly increases the volume of data available, but it is in a form called "unstructured" data. That is, data from sources that are not as easily organized, such as data from emails, spreadsheets, sensors, video, audio, and social media sites. There is valuable information in all that data but it calls for new processes to enable it to be analyzed. All this has brought with it a renewed and critical need to manage and organize that data with clarity of meaning, understandability, and interoperability. That is, you must be able to integrate this data when it is from within an enterprise but also importantly when it is from many different external sources. What is described here has been and is being done to varying extents. It is called "information governance." Governing this information however has proven to be challenging. But without governance, much of the data can be less useful and perhaps even used incorrectly, significantly impacting enterprise decision making. So we must also respect the needs for information security, consistency, and validity or else suffer the potential economic and legal consequences. Implementing sound governance practices needs to be an integral part of the information control in our organizations. This IBM® Redbooks® publication focuses on the building blocks of a solid governance program. It examines some familiar governance initiative scenarios, identifying how they underpin key governance initiatives, such as Master Data Management, Quality Management, Security and Privacy, and Information Lifecycle Management. IBM Information Management and Governance solutions provide a comprehensive suite to help organizations better understand and build their governance solutions. The book also identifies new and innovative approaches that are developed by IBM practice leaders that can help as you implement the foundation capabilities in your organizations.

IT Service Management Best Practices Using IBM SmartCloud Control Desk

release date: Dec 12, 2013
IT Service Management Best Practices Using IBM SmartCloud Control Desk
SmartCloud Control Desk is a comprehensive IT Asset and Service Management solution that helps reduce cost and minimize service disruptions. It does so through automated service request handling, efficient change management, and optimized asset lifecycle management across IT and enterprise domains. SmartCloud Control Desk helps to reduce total cost of ownership by using one unified solution to license, install, and manage multiple ITIL processes under one price point. It can also help reduce business risk by using advanced impact analysis and defining automated change procedures that ensure integrity of existing infrastructure while supporting business agility. SmartCloud Control Desk improves efficiency and quality of service by unifying asset, change, and problem management. It lowers cost and mitigates license compliance risk by performing end to end software asset management. It also delivers an adaptive, role-based simplified UI that can be more intuitive for novice users, which reduces training costs, while allowing access from anywhere at anytime through mobile device support that includes BlackBerry, iOS, and Android. In addition, SmartCloud Control Desk supports both a profit center business model for internal IT organizations, and an external Service Provider model. It allows organizations to manage customers and customer agreements and bills for managed assets, usage, and work activities while improving utilization rates and reducing unnecessary purchases by managing the IT asset lifecycle. You can deploy SmartCloud Control Desk in a variety of ways; traditional on-premise, SaaS, VM image. This approach can make it more affordable to meet your current business needs, and seamlessly move between delivery models while keeping the same functionality. This IBM® Redbooks® publication covers IBM SmartCloud® Control Desk product configuration, customization, and implementation best practices.

New Ways of Running Batch Applications on z/OS: Volume 1 CICS Transaction Server

release date: Oct 31, 2013
New Ways of Running Batch Applications on z/OS: Volume 1 CICS Transaction Server
Mainframe computers play a central role in the daily operations of many of the world's largest corporations. Batch processing is still a fundamental, mission-critical component of the workloads that run on the mainframe. A large portion of the workload on IBM® z/OS® systems is processed in batch mode. This IBM Redbooks® publication is the first volume in a series of four in which we specifically address new technologies introduced by IBM to facilitate the use of hybrid batch applications that combine the best aspects of Java and procedural programming languages such as COBOL. This volume specifically focuses on the latest support in CICS to run batch tasks. The audience for this book includes IT architects and application developers, with a focus on batch processing on the z/OS platform in a CICS environment.

Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

release date: Oct 06, 2013
Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
From the Creators of the award-winning steampunk Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series comes a collection of new adventures from around the world. The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences investigates the bizarre and unusual, and protects the citizens of the Empire from forces of darkness. Every agent knows that thrusting themselves into danger is part of the job, and may demand of them the ultimate sacrifice. They call on their own inner strength, wits, intellect, and innovations of science and technology. But is it enough to face the unknown and the unexplainable? Travel to the farthest corners of Queen Victoria’s mighty empire and back again to the shores of Old Blighty, unlocking the mysteries of legend, lore, and shadowy societies. Welcome to a world of steam, secrets, machinations and madness.

From subsistence to profit

release date: Jul 25, 2013
From subsistence to profit
This food policy report presents a typology of the diverse livelihood strategies and development pathways for smallholder farmers in developing countries, and offers policy recommendations to help potentially profitable smallholders meet emerging risks and challenges. Main Findings Smallholder farmers in developing countries play a key role in meeting the future food demands of a growing and increasingly rich and urbanized population. However, smallholders are not a homogeneous group that should be supported at all costs. Whereas some smallholder farmers have the potential to undertake profitable commercial activities in the agricultural sector, others should be supported in exiting agriculture and seeking nonfarm employment opportunities. For smallholder farmers with profit potential, their ability to be successful is hampered by such challenges as climate change, price shocks, limited financing options, and inadequate access to healthy and nutritious food. By overcoming these challenges, smallholders can move from subsistence to commercially oriented agricultural systems, increase their profits, and operate at an efficient scale—thereby helping to do their part in feeding the world’s hungry.

Rethink Your Mainframe Applications: Reasons and Approaches for Extension, Transformation, and Growth

release date: May 04, 2013
Rethink Your Mainframe Applications: Reasons and Approaches for Extension, Transformation, and Growth
Today there are new and exciting possibilities available to you for creating a robust IT landscape. Such possibilities include those that can move current IT assets into the twenty-first century, while supporting state-of-the-art new applications. With advancements in software, hardware and networks, old and new applications can be integrated into a seamless IT landscape. Mobile devices are growing at exponential rates and will require access to data across the current and new application suites through new channels. Cloud computing is the new paradigm, featuring anything from SaaS to full server deployment. And although some environments are trying to virtualize and secure themselves, others such as IBM® zEnterprise® have been at the forefront even before cloud computing entered the scene. This IBM RedpaperTM publication discusses how transformation and extensibility can let you keep core business logic in IBM IMSTM and IBM CICS®, and extend BPM, Business Rules and Portal in IBM WebSphere® on IBM z/OS® or Linux on IBM System z® to meet new business requirements. The audience for this paper includes mainframe architects and consultants.

Aligning MDM and BPM for Master Data Governance, Stewardship, and Enterprise Processes

release date: Mar 08, 2013
Aligning MDM and BPM for Master Data Governance, Stewardship, and Enterprise Processes
An enterprise can gain differentiating value by aligning its master data management (MDM) and business process management (BPM) projects. This way, organizations can optimize their business performance through agile processes that empower decision makers with the trusted, single version of information. Many companies deploy MDM strategies as assurances that enterprise master data can be trusted and used in the business processes. IBM® InfoSphere® Master Data Management creates trusted views of data assets and elevates the effectiveness of an organization's most important business processes and applications. This IBM Redbooks® publication provides an overview of MDM and BPM. It examines how you can align them to enable trusted and accurate information to be used by business processes to optimize business performance and bring more agility to data stewardship. It also provides beginning guidance on these patterns and where cross-training efforts might focus. This book is written for MDM or BPM architects and MDM and BPM architects. By reading this book, MDM or BPM architects can understand how to scope joint projects or to provide reasonable estimates of the effort. BPM developers (or MDM developers with BPM training) can learn how to design and build MDM creation and consumption use cases by using the MDM Toolkit for BPM. They can also learn how to import data governance samples and extend them to enable collaborative stewardship of master data.

Transaction Processing: Past, Present, and Future

release date: Sep 29, 2012
Transaction Processing: Past, Present, and Future
The role of IT is becoming more prominent in people's daily lives and we are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. More and more business transactions are being automated, for example, ordering a book at an online bookstore or transferring money to a bank account in another part of the world. No matter the type of transaction, we want it to be accurate and we want to have no doubts about its outcome. Transactions are also becoming more complex, driven by new ways of conducting business and new technologies. Smartphones now allow us to conduct transactions anywhere and at anytime. Technology paradigms, such as Web 2.0 and business event processing, enable businesses to increase the dynamics of a transaction through instrumentation that captures events, analyzes the associated data, and proactively interacts with the client in order to improve the customer experience. To adapt to the increasing volume and complexity of transactions requires an ongoing assessment of the current way of supporting transactions with IT. No matter what your business is, you need to ensure that your transactions are properly completed with integrity. Wrong or incomplete results can adversely affect client loyalty, affect company profits, and lead to claims, lawsuits, or fines. Companies need to be able to rely on computer systems that are 100% reliable and guarantee transaction integrity at all times. The IBM® mainframe is such a platform. Clients that have been using an IBM mainframe are conscious of its added value. For this IBM RedguideTM publication, we surveyed a number of companies that use the IBM mainframe and we asked them to tell us its most distinguishing qualities. They answered unanimously "reliability, availability, and scalability." They also do not see an alternative for running their mission-critical business workloads other than the IBM mainframe. When we surveyed our clients, we also asked them about the future. Clearly, major future trends demand significantly smarter, faster, and bigger transaction processing systems than we have today. Some of these trends are the availability of new computing paradigms, continuing growth of the mobile channel, further integration of organizations, massive growth of unstructured and uncertain data, and increasing complexity of IT systems. IBM continues to invest in mainframe technology leadership, which protects years of client investments on this platform. Today, well-known transaction processing (TP) middleware, such as the IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM z/TPF, and IBM WebSphere Application Server products, and also solutions for service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) are available and fully optimized on the IBM mainframe running the mission-critical business workloads of many companies the world over. In 2010, IBM announced the IBM zEnterprise® system introducing a hybrid computing platform that combines the traditional IBM mainframe capabilities and the ability to use IBM blade servers, managed by a single management software. With zEnterprise, you can significantly reduce the complexity of your IT and achieve better service levels, while continuing to benefit from traditional mainframe strengths in transaction processing.

A Question of Will

release date: Sep 22, 2012
A Question of Will
They murdered his wife and son. They burned down his house. They beat him within an inch of his life. And then they realized they had the wrong man. They should have killed him when they had the chance. Will Stark is a self-made multi-billionaire, happily married and a proud father. He arrives home to find his house destroyed and his family murdered, and is himself rescued from certain death by a mysterious trio. His rescuers are part of a splinter faction of a centuries-old secret society that has developed incredible technological advances, and unlocked the method to release humanity's innate potential, and skills long thought the realm of magic. Will was mistakenly believed to be a key dissident and fugitive, on the run from the primary group, known as the Aliomenti. Society believes him dead, and Will elects to work from the shadows to learn the secrets of the Aliomenti, secrets that can help him seek his own form of vengeance. Or, perhaps, become the man they'd sought all along. THE ALIOMENTI SAGA is a story arc of seven full-length novels in a series straddling the realms of science fiction and fantasy. It contains heroes with Jedi-like mental powers, evil telepathic villains, and advanced nano based technology that will excite the most hard-core cyberpunk fan. The series thus far: BOOK 1: A Question of Will BOOK 2: Preserving Hope BOOK 3: Ascent of the Aliomenti BOOK 4: Birth of the Alliance BOOK 5: Preserving Will BOOK 6: Stark Cataclysm BOOK 7: Convergence

Ring Shake Associated with Sapsucker Injury

Ring Shake Associated with Sapsucker Injury
S2In the Northeast the common species of sapsucker is Sphyrapicus varius varius L., the yellow-bellied sapsucker (fig. 1). Some recent observations indicated that there is a direct association between sapsucker injury and the separation of the wood at the growth ringscommonly called ring shakein living softwood and hardwood trees.S3.

Strategic Priorities for Agricultural Development in Eastern and Central Africa

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Strategic Priorities for Agricultural Development in Eastern and Central Africa
If agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa remains in its current state, not a single nation in the region will achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. In the hopes of averting such a dismal outcome, this report analyzes agricultural development priorities and investment patterns in the region and their impact on growth and poverty rates, seeking an improved agricultural strategy. Using the Dynamic Research Evaluation for Management (DREAM) model and other tools to evaluate opportunities for increasing both agricultural and overall economic growth, the authors offer alternatives to the status quo. They propose approaches such as tailoring agricultural production to demand within Eastern and Central Africa, encouraging a wide variety of agricultural production to match the diversity of national demands and capacities, and promoting regional cooperation in agricultural development. Their analysis and conclusions should interest specialists in agricultural policy and investments, particularly those concerned with the impact of both on poverty reduction.

Hydrogeologic Framework of U.S. Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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