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Diagnosing Multi-Vendor Network Issues with an Introduction to R for System & Network Administrators

Topic: Diagnosing Multi-Vendor Network Issues with an Introduction to R for System & Network Administrators
Speaker: Jon Meek
Date: Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Time: 7:00pm (social), 7:30pm (discussion)

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Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, 08648-4132

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Diagnosing an intermittent network issue involving seven vendors and six different infrastructure teams can be a challenge. We will review the diagnosis of problems occasionally plaguing a large enterprise’s mobile mail infrastructure. Besides the, possibly entertaining, saga of the actual problems we will demonstrate the use of R to explore and communicate relevant, and non-relevant, data. Then we will present a quick start overview of using R in the ‘modern way’. R was long considered to have a fairly steep learning curve, but that has changed somewhat with the introduction of several packages in the past few years which simplify R use (data analysis and visualization) and programming. We will also review paths that should not be taken, in most cases. Together, these suggestions should allow a fairly quick start for a new R user.

Bio for me:

Jon Meek just retired from a 32.22 year (calculated using R) career at a large global enterprise which started out as a medium enterprise but grew via M&A activity and had four names during his ‘one job’. Jon has a PhD in Chemical Physics from Indiana University. He has worked in Nuclear Physics, Chemical Physics, Analytical Chemistry, Scientific Computing, and Information Technology in individual contributor and management roles.


“LOPSA-NJ is an organization for system administrators in New Jersey formed to facilitate information exchange pertaining to the field of system administration. LOPSA-NJ is not affiliated with a particular hardware or software vendor or company. Everyone is invited!