Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Blog for Bones FAN

If you are a Bones fan, then you gotta see the A&P Professor for tips, content updates, teaching tools, resource links, and conversations related to teaching and learning human anatomy and physiology. The author is as an anatomy & physiology professor for several decades and has tons of information on A&P. The blog was started an year ago and has evolved as a one stop shop for human anatomy and physiology since then. Since the author writes A&P textbooks, ancillaries, and reference works, this blog is kind of a wikipedia on this subject. Note that the auther is also a President Emeritus of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) and a founder of HAPS Institute, a continuing education program for A&P professors. They have several blogs and websites related to teaching and learning.

Some of the highlighting features of this blog are:

** Easily plugs into your facebook friends adding more visibility in social space
** Detail review of new books and thesis
** FREE newsletter to keep you updated on a periodic basis
** Ability to link to podcasts and listen at your own leisure
** Connect your blog using Google friend connect
** Subscription feature on other popular RSS readers
** Purchase the relevant books within a few clicks right from their amazon store
** Blog available in multiple languages using the translation tool
** FREE videos on learning human anatomy and physiology

Besides this you will find several articles on The A&P Student, Electronic Professor
,A&P Student Library, HAPS Institute (short graduate courses) and links to industry specific associations like
1. The American Physiological Society
2. Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
3. American Association of Anatomists

Old ETL tools versus new ETL tools

After all, how could start-ups with a fraction of the resources of an IBM Corp., Oracle Corp., or SAP -- not to mention an Informatica Corp., Microsoft Corp., or SAS Institute Inc. -- hope to compete?

Something close to the opposite happened. Innovation might not exactly be thriving in the DI segment, but it's far from moribund. In the last year alone, upstart DI players such as Expressor Software Corp. and Talend arrived, touting two decidedly dissimilar -- but characteristically "next-gen" -- takes on DI. Their marketing pitches might differ dramatically, but both Expressor and Talend tout a flavor of "fresh" DI -- offerings they claim are faster, more flexible, and less "legacy" than established products.

According to Expressor officials, for example, the DI suites marketed by IBM, Informatica, and other heavyweights are powered by aging or "legacy" ETL technology that doesn't scale as well or which isn't as "smart" as Expressor's stuff.

"Sure, some of this stuff was created 15 years ago or 20 years ago -- but so was EAI. So was so much of the technology we use. Everything that's in the market now started a long time ago and evolved forward," he maintains. "It isn't a question of age. Just because something is built on older technology -- and we've done a lot of [modernization] work on our own with that product [InfoSphere Information Server] -- doesn't mean it's inefficient."