From New York Times Best-Selling Author K. Bromberg comes an unforgettable series about lust, love, redemption, and healing... Our paths should never have crossed. Colton Donavan was arrogant, exuded that bad boy vibe, and embodied everything I never wanted. And yet all it took was one night, one hallway, and one stolen kiss for me to know I hated him and desired him instantly. My heart was healing. His soul was damaged. But with one bid, one little boy, and one carnival date, I couldn’t walk away and he wouldn’t let me in. This is our story. Our fight. Our perfectly imperfect love.
Business-Driven Research & Development demonstrates how science and technology can be managed in order to meet well defined business directives. The book argues that it should be a fundamental business premise that the primary role of research and development is to fulfil strategic objectives, within a framework of time and cost targets. The book examines the traditional disconnection between research and development and the market place, and presents the means to derive competitive advantage through overcoming it.
|Author||: Regina Birner and Jock R. Anderson|
|Publisher||: Intl Food Policy Res Inst|
|Release Date||: 2007|
|Pages||: 36 pages|
A thoroughly revised and updated edition of the highly regarded 1993 book "Driven by Growth," this work presents the political-economic evolution of the Asia-Pacific countries, with overviews of the impact of economic development on political change. This new edition now includes chapters on Burma and Vietnam. New authors have been added and all the original chapters have been revised.
CD-ROM contains: iUMLite software, documentation, tutorials and example databases.
Discusses the causes, symptoms, and treatment of attention-deficit Disorder (ADD)
A new, comprehensive framework for programme evaluation designed to bridge the gap between the method- and theory-oriented perspectives, is presented in this book, newly available in paper. Chen provides an intensive discussion of the nature and functions of programme theory, approaches to constructing programme theories, and the integration of programme theory with evaluation processes. Specific types of theory-driven evaluations, as well as principles and guidelines for application, are developed for meeting different policy purposes. Application of systematic strategies is illustrated by concrete examples from a variety of evaluation studies in different fields.
It is ironic that the ideas ofNewton, which described a beam of light as a stream ofparticles made it difficult for him to explain things like thin film interference. Yet these particles, called 'photons', have caused the adjective 'photonic' to gain common usage, when referring to optical phenomena. The purist might argue that only when we are confronted by the particle nature of light should we use the word photonics. Equally, the argument goes on, only when we are face-to face with an integrable system, i. e. one that possesses an infinite number of conserved quantities, should we say soliton rather than solitary wave. Scientists and engineers are pragmatic, however, and they are happy to use the word 'soliton' to describe what appears to be an excitation that is humped, multi humped, or localised long enough for some use to be made of it. The fact that such 'solitons' may stick to each other (fuse) upon collision is often something to celebrate for an application, rather than just evidence that, after all, these are not really solitons, in the classic sense. 'Soliton', therefore, is a widely used term with the qualification that we are constantly looking out for deviant behaviour that draws our attention to its solitary wave character. In the same spirit, 'photonics' is a useful generic cover-all noun, even when 'electromagnetic theory' or 'optics' would suffice.
|Author||: Alan Hartman,David Kreische|
|Publisher||: Springer Science & Business Media|
|Release Date||: 2005-11-04|
|ISBN 10||: 9783540300267|
|Pages||: 286 pages|
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First European Conference, Workshops on Model Driven Architecture - Foundations and Applications, ECMDA-FA 2005, held in Nuremberg, Germany in November 2005. The 24 revised full papers presented, 9 papers from the applications track and 15 from the foundations track, were carefully reviewed and selected from 82 submissions. The latest and most relevant information on model driven software engineering in the industrial and academic spheres is provided. The papers are organized in topical sections on MDA development processes, MDA for embedded and real-time systems, MDA and component-based software engineering, metamodelling, model transformation, and model synchronization and consistency.
|Author||: Rob Frieden|
|Publisher||: Artech House|
|Release Date||: 2001|
|ISBN 10||: 9781580534000|
|Pages||: 480 pages|
This unique new resource offers you a detailed road map for tracking developments and trends in both international telecommunications and Internet-mediated communications. Useful to novices and higher-level professionals alike, the book explores the impact of the Internet on international telecommunications and gives you a clear definition of technological and marketplace convergence. By providing answers and perspective for both telecommunications and information technology professionals, the book bridges the gap between these two disciplines, making it easier to respond to and profit from change occasioned by the Internet.
This first review of a new field covers all areas of speech synthesis from text, ranging from text analysis to letter-to-sound conversion. At the leading edge of current research, the concise and accessible book is written by well respected experts in the field.
User-driven product development is the art of interacting with users in all stages of the innovation process. The quest for user-driven product development creates a collaborative mindset of user-involvement in new product projects. Users are to be regarded as valuable, knowledgeable and innovative resources to product development. The book starts with the design elements of a user-involving product development culture. Based on this, managers and students are invited to study the complexity and challenges of performing user-driven product development in organizations. The significant mechanisms of user-driven product development are described and discussed in detail and through generous use of examples and cases. The main themes of the book are: * The framework of user-driven product development * Information competences demanded by user-driven product development * How to collaborate with users about new product projects * The user-interacting potential of information and web technol
Defining a formal domain ontology is considered a useful, not to say necessary step in almost every software project. This is because software deals with ideas rather than with self-evident physical artefacts. However, this development step is hardly ever done, as ontologies rely on well-defined and semantically powerful AI concepts such as description logics or rule-based systems, and most software engineers are unfamiliar with these. This book fills this gap by covering the subject of MDA application for ontology development on the Semantic Web. The writing is technical yet clear, and is illustrated with examples. The book is supported by a website.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (formerly UML conferences), MoDELS 2006. The book presents 51 revised full papers and 2 invited papers. Discussion is organized in topical sections on evaluating UML, MDA in software development, concrete syntax, applying UML to interaction and coordination, aspects, model integration, formal semantics of UML, security, model transformation tools and implementation, and more.
|Author||: Ina Schieferdecker,Alan Hartman|
|Publisher||: Springer Science & Business Media|
|Release Date||: 2008-05-30|
|ISBN 10||: 3540690956|
|Pages||: 446 pages|
The fourth edition of the European Conference on Model-Driven Architecture – Foundations and Applications (ECMDA-FA 2008) was dedicated to furthering the state of knowledge and fostering the industrialization of the model-driven architecture (MDA) methodology. MDA is an initiative proposed by the - ject Management Group (OMG) for platform-generic software development. It promotes the use of models in the speci?cation, design, analysis, synthesis, - ployment, and evolution of complex software systems. ECMDA-FA 2008 focused on engaging key European and international - searchers and practitioners in a dialogue which will result in a stronger, more e?cientindustry,producingmorereliablesoftwareonthebasisofstate-of-the-art research results. ECMDA-FA is a forum for exchanging information, discussing the latest results and arguing about future developments of MDA. It is a pleasure to be able to introduce the proceedings of ECMDA-FA 2008. ECMDA-FA addresses various MDA areas including model management, e- cutable models, concrete syntaxes, aspects and concerns, validation and te- ing, model-based systems engineering, model-driven development and servi- oriented architectures, and the application of model-driven development. Therearesomanypeople whodeservewarmthanksandgratitude.The fru- ful collaboration of the Organization, Steering and Program Committee m- bersandthevibrantcommunityledtoasuccessfulconference:ECMDA-FA2008 obtainedexcellentresultsintermsofsubmissions,programsize,andattendance. The Program Committee accepted, with the help of additional reviewers, research papers and industry papers for ECMDA-FA 2008: We received 87 s- missions. Of these, a total of 31 were accepted including 21 research papers and 10 industry papers. We thank them for the thorough and high-quality selection process.
|Author||: Ephraim Nkonya, Dayo Phillip, Tewodaj Mogues, John Pender, Muhammed Kuta Yahaya, Gbenga Adebowale, Tunji Arokoyo, and Edward Kato|
|Publisher||: Intl Food Policy Res Inst|
|Release Date||: 2008|
|Pages||: 52 pages|
Constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (formerly the UML series of conferences), MODELS 2007, held in Nashville, USA, September 30 - October 5, 2007. This book includes papers that are organized in topical sections on model transformation and modeling constraints.
In the classroom, ABC looks like a great way to manage a company’s resources. But many executives who have tried to implement ABC on a large scale in their organizations have found the approach limiting and frustrating. Why? The employee surveys that companies used to estimate resources required for business activities proved too time-consuming, expensive, and irritating to employees. This book shows you how to implement time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC), an easier and more powerful way to implement ABC. You can now estimate directly the resource demands imposed by each business transaction, product, or customer. The payoff? You spend less time and money obtaining and maintaining TDABC data—and more time addressing problems that TDABC reveals, such as inefficient processes, unprofitable products and customers, and excess capacity. The authors also show how to use TDABC to link strategic planning to operational budgeting, to enhance the due diligence process for mergers and acquisitions, and to support continuous improvement activities such as lean management and benchmarking. In presenting their model, the authors define the two questions required to build TDABC: 1) How much does it cost per time unit to supply resource capacity for each business process? 2) How much resource capacity (time) is required to perform work for a company’s many transactions, products, and customers? The book demonstrates how to develop simple, valid answers to these two questions. Kaplan and Anderson illustrate the TDABC approach with a wealth of case studies, in diverse settings, based on actual implementations.
Written by the original members of an industry standardization group, this book shows you how to use UML to test complex software systems. It is the definitive reference for the only UML-based test specification language, written by the creators of that language. It is supported by an Internet site that provides information on the latest tools and uses of the profile. The authors introduce UTP step-by-step, using a case study that illustrates how UTP can be used for test modeling and test specification.