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May 03 2012

New Books!

Decision management systems : a practical guide to using business rules and predictive analytics

James Taylor.
This guide for executives and technologists outlines principles for the development of decision management systems and presents a framework for building decision management systems. Part 1 explains how decision management systems can transform an organization and sets out principles of decision management systems. Part 2 explains how to develop and sustain decision management systems in an organization, covering characteristics of suitable decisions and giving advice on documenting and prioritizing decisions, designing and implementing decision services, and monitoring and improving decisions. Part 3 gives details on people, process, and technology factors for success with decision management systems. The reader-friendly layout offers bullet points, case boxes, tip boxes, and summary points. Taylor is a decision management consultant.

Chemical resistance of thermoplastics

edited by William Andrew Woishnis and Sina Ebnesajjad,
Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics is a unique reference work, providing a comprehensive cross-referenced compilation of chemical resistance data that explains the effect of thousands of exposure media on the properties and characteristics of commodity thermoplastics. The two volumes cover thermoplastics grouped within the following parts: – Acrylic Polymers and Copolymers – Acrylonitrile Polymers – Cellulosics Polymers – Ionomers – Olefinic Polymers – Polyacetals – Polyacetals – Polyamides – Polycarbonates – Polyesters – Polyurethanes – Polycarbonates – Styrene Copolymers – Styrene Copolymers – Vinyl Chloride Polymers – Vinyl Polymers The single most comprehensive data source covering the chemical resistance properties of high consumption volume commercial thermoplastics A rating number is provided for each test, summarizing the effect of the exposure medium on the given thermoplastic The data covered in the two volumes is also provided as an online publication offering extended navigation and search features.

Accelerated reliability and durability testing technology

Lev M. Klyatis.
Klyatis demonstrates several applications of the methodology and equipment that provide physically accelerated reliability testing and accelerated durability testing on an actual product in a way that represents the real world’s many interactions that influence products. Previous testing approaches focused on one factor in isolation, he says, rather than looking at the product as a whole. His topics include accelerated reliability testing as a component of an interdisciplinary system of systems approach, accelerated reliability and durability testing methodology, financial and design advantages of accelerated reliability/durability testing, and standardization.

Elements of x-ray diffraction

B.D. Cullity, S.R. Stock.
Intended to acquaint the reader with the theory of x-ray diffraction, the experimental methods involved, and the main applications. The book is a collection of principles and methods stressing X-ray diffraction rather than metallurgy.The book is written entirely in terms of the Bragg law and can be read without any knowledge of the reciprocal lattice. It is divided into three main parts–Fundamentals; experimental methods; and applications.Designed for beginners, not as a reference tool for the advanced reader.

Alexander McQueen : savage beauty

Andrew Bolton ; with contributions by Susannah Frankel and Tim Blanks ; photography by Sølve Sundsbø.
Arguably the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation, Alexander McQueen both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house. It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art. Published to coincide with an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized by The Costume Institute, this stunning book includes a preface by Andrew Bolton; an introduction by Susannah Frankel; an interview by Tim Blanks with Sarah Burton, creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen; illuminating quotes from the designer himself; provocative and captivating new photography by renowned photographer Sølve Sundsbø; and a lenticular cover by Gary James McQueen. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding creativity and originality of a designer who relentlessly questioned and confronted the requisites of fashion.

Technology strategy and innovation management

edited by Michael J. Leiblein and Arvids A. Ziedonis.
This collection of twenty-five essays on business innovation explores current scholarship in the identification, management and monetization of complex technological opportunities in enterprise management decision-making. Divided into five sections covering types of innovation, capturing value from innovation, delivering value through resource allocation and organization, delivering inter-organizational innovative value and practical applications, individual papers discuss such topics as appropriating returns from industrial research, the origins of competitive advantage and Real Option Logic for technology positioning investments. Essays include abstracts, illustrations and tables and a volume-wide index is provided. The majority of the articles in this volume have been previously published in journals and other management publications.

Parisian chic

a style guide by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet ; illustrations by Ines de la Fressange ; photographs of Nine d’Urso by Benoît Peverelli ; translated from the French by Louise Rogers Lalaurie.
Celebrity model Inès de la Fressange shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and a timeless allure. Inès de la Fressange–France’s icon of chic–shares her personal tips for living with style and charm, gleaned from decades in the fashion industry. She offers specific pointers on how to dress like a Parisian, including how to mix affordable basics with high-fashion touches, and how to accessorize. Her step-by-step do’s and don’ts are accompanied by fashion photography, and the book is personalized with her charming drawings. Inès also shares how to bring Parisian chic into your home, and how to insert your signature style into any space–even the office. The ultrachic volume is wrapped with a three-quarter-height removable jacket and features offset aquarelle paper and a ribbon page marker. Complete with her favorite addresses for finding the ultimate fashion and decorating items, this is a must-have for any woman who wants to add a touch of Paris to her own style.

The optimization edge : reinventing decision making to maximize all your company’s assets

Steve Sashihara.
Why downsize when you can OPTIMIZE? “At McDonald’s our focus has always been on providing maximum value to customers through ‘optimal’ quality and tight cost management, which is why Optimization has become such a pivotal concept for us. Steve Sashihara’s book brings the concept to life.” –Kenneth M. Koziol, Corp. Senior Vice President, Innovation and Design, McDonald’s Corp. “Steve Sashihara convincingly demonstrates how the application of advanced quantitative techniques can significantly improve day-to-day decision making, which is what we have done at Quad/Graphics.” –Dave Blais, Executive Vice President, Quad/Graphics ” The Optimization Edge is a powerful book that will change the way organizations make decisions and manage their assets.” –Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, Leader to Leader Institute; Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom “At UPS, the ‘optimization edge’ has given us a competitive advantage. It enables us to solve problems of great complexity seamlessly and with increased velocity, resulting in smarter decisions and ultimately bringing greater value to our customers.” –Chuck Holland, Vice President of Industrial Engineering, UPS About the Book: In these challenging economic times, more and more companies have turned to “cut-back management” to ensure their survival.

Contemporary Irish knits

Carol Feller ; [photography, Joseph Feller].
Celebrate the Irish countryside and create one-of-a-kind knitted projects. The patterns found in Contemporary Irish Knits showcase traditional Aran knitting patterns to create the more fitted and flattering shapes that modern knitters prefer. You′ll get 18 patterns for making one-of-a-kind Irish knits, encapsulating projects for women′s, children, and men′s wardrobe pieces, and accessories like bags, blankets, and shawls. Plus, you′ll get easy-to-follow instructions and guidance on how to construct and enhance your knitting experience to make for a more intuitively put-together knitted item. This all-new collection is exactly what today′s knitter is looking for, and complemented by inspiring design and photography. If you′re a knitter looking for innovative patterns, enhancements to your skill sets, and a chance to broaden your range of knitterly knowledge, Contemporary Irish Knits is for you.

Basics fashion management 01 : Fashion merchandising

Virginia Grose.
Aimed at fashion merchandising, buying and business undergraduates, this handbook guides you through the fashion business and helps you understand how to manage products as well as the nature of both traditional and newer roles within the industry. An overview of the fashion and retailing sector provides contextual information and an exploration of the evolution of the industry over the last decade, as well as its current state in today’s global economy. This book highlights the skills and considerations needed to achieve the right product at the right time with the right price.