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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on e-biz app infrastructure
Most e-business books don't get into the IT implementation side. They often gloss over the details and difficulties associated with what it takes to get it done. E-Business is not all about strategies and business models, it is about implementation and careful execution - one project at a time. This is more true in Fortune 2000 companies, which are just coming off...
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big SAP commercial!
This book has a main thesis: ERP-type software is the answer to E-commerce problems!
This book has a secondary thesis: SAP IS the ERP of choice. The abundant amount of references to SAP border on the shameful...SAP could not have paid for a better advertisement.
Ravi is a good writer. He weaves good points all throughout the book. However, he just talks...
Published on December 6, 1999 by Grant Bynum


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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on e-biz app infrastructure, February 6, 2000
By A Customer
Most e-business books don't get into the IT implementation side. They often gloss over the details and difficulties associated with what it takes to get it done. E-Business is not all about strategies and business models, it is about implementation and careful execution - one project at a time. This is more true in Fortune 2000 companies, which are just coming off large ERP implementations. They are all worried about how to leverage the ERP investment. The new-age gurus and consultants are telling them to junk everything in the race to e-business. This advice may work for some but for most it will lead to disaster.
This book really asks and answers fundamental questions, how do you systematically invest in building an integrated e-business infrastructure. What pieces do you invest in and how do you sequence your decisions when each framework (CRM, supply-chain etc.) take 3 years to implement. The key point that I got out of this book is that e-business is a journey that requires tremendous commitment especially in a large firm. Managers who are after e-business better understand what it takes to build rock-solid applications.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A big SAP commercial!, December 6, 1999
This book has a main thesis: ERP-type software is the answer to E-commerce problems!
This book has a secondary thesis: SAP IS the ERP of choice. The abundant amount of references to SAP border on the shameful...SAP could not have paid for a better advertisement.
Ravi is a good writer. He weaves good points all throughout the book. However, he just talks about SAP so often that it is difficult to see him as objective.
The best audience for this book is a beginning consultant at a Big 5 (or other) Consulting firm.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creating the App. Infrastructure is the core problem...., December 9, 1999
By A Customer
This book makes excellent points about the importance of thinking about application frameworks, not isolated apps. The thing that I learned from this book was that large companies need to make their investments in app. frameworks -- integrated set of interlocking applications -- very carefully. This is especially true for companies moving to e-business.
The book does have its flaws. But, all in all as a first book on e-business application infrastructure it is an excellent one. It tells the story extremely well and is a handy reference.
I hope that the authors are going to put out a second edition soon. A lot has changed in the last year since the book has been published. It would be good if the authors updated the book and added more chapters like Application Service Providers (ASP) and also a chapter on implementation issues/challenges. They can title the next edition "e-business 2.0" :-)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Large Companies, October 13, 1999
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This book is not for entrepreneurs who are racing to build new companies. The authors are mostly talking about how to take "big dumb companies" and turn them into "big dot com" companies. The issues that large companies have to deal with are often very different from the small startups who have no baggage to carry. The authors do a good job of identifying the challenges in the creation of an Integrated Back-Office, a critical requirement for e-commerce.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One great book cannot be answer for all, January 16, 2000
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Sentekin Can (St.Louis, MO USA) - See all my reviews
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Number of reviews this book received is an indicator, e-Business is one biggest challange all sorts of companies are facing now. I enjoyed reading the book, agreed with most, disagreed some, and definetely learned lot. It may not be perfect but definetely the best e-Business book in market. My investment in time and money paid of as good as Nasdaq. Authors covered all ERP modules in detail, a great tutorial for a novice. Also, they carefully reviewed integration problems, and pitfalls of home grown software, but they left the interface of the packaged software to the owner. In my opinion this book is a good reading for all, beginner and expert. It state clear definitions of e-Commerce, e-Business, CRM, etc. I also enjoyed reading the book reviews here. It is interesting to see diversity which is good. I don't know if authors could reply to reviews? I promise you that big-dumb companies (as one reviewer attributes) did not grow big by being dumb, and they will not all become big.dot companies. Although they are investigating into e-Business, there will be t- businesses here years to come. At least until "Jetson's" life style become a reality. SAP is given as an example throughout the book possibly because SAP has largest market share in ERP, and is actively working towards bringing e-Business solutions. And may be because authors have experience in using the SAP, just like most consultants are. And yes, there is an area (or module) the authors did not cover is PP-PI which is production planning. PP will be the most difficult part of business to integrate into e-business. I gave this book five star and anxiously waiting for a new addition. BTW, wouldn't be great to hire that 5th grader who can write a five star books?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The foundation reference book for understanding e-business, January 22, 2001
This review is from: e-Business 2.0: Roadmap for Success (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
The central idea of this book is that ebusiness exists on top of a foundation of other software technologies. These technologies are Enterprise Resource Planning software, Supply Chain Management, Selling Chain Management, e-Procurement and Customer Relationship Management software. These foundation software techologies need to be implemented in a company before making the decision to implement an e-business infrastructure ( in a way the core techologies are the e-business infrastructure ). The book focuses each chapter on a core techology and also includes chapters on e-business strategy and tactics. Another central theme of the book is that business strategy and the core business ideas of revenue ,cost and profit should drive the development of e-business in a company. Technology implementation for the sake of techology and without specific business objectives (ie run by the IT department) is strongly opposed in the book. This second edition of E-business extends on the ideas of the first and provides more up to date examples. However, one thing that is missing is more detailed information on the wide variety of software packages that make up the ebusiness infrastructure and then examples of companies using them. For anybody interested in e-business required reading.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent synthesis, September 1, 1999
By A Customer
In world of fads, acronyms and new buzz-words, IT managers don't have the time to dig through the hype to figure out what is real and what isn't. As a result, they are often confused (sometimes intentionally by vendors/consultants). Confusion is a serious problem when you are making multi-million dollar investment decisions that can either make or break your enterprise.
e-Business is not about throwing up a good looking website. e-Business is about architecting a mission-critical back-office to support the end-to-end transactions and providing an integrated customer experience. Creating a 24x7 integrated back-office isn't easy. Most e-business projects fail here.
This book helped me get a clearer picture of the issues that I am dealing with every day as a CIO. The book systematically builds the e-business investment landscape and then delves into each major application framework. This book is certainly something every e-biz implementation person should read.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High-level; Good Synopsis, August 3, 2000
Kalakota's book provides a crisp, high-level overview of the e-business landscape. This book is written to the CEO and other executives. It is not designed for the technical specialist as it provides little detail on how to set up certain systems/platforms. What is does offer is an overarching panorama of the important areas to be aware of in migrating to an e-business framework. These include, e-procurement, supply chain management, selling chain management, CRM, ERP, and other functional and/or enterprise-wide applications. Each chapter is brimming with terms, acronyms, charts, and information. It would be hard to assimilate all this material in a one-day read for example. I would take each chapter in small bites.
One of the things I liked about the book was all the good questions scattered throughout. These are the types of questions every company needs to be asking and wrestling with. They are fundamental strategy questions with an e-business bent. For example, if you don't know how to define the interrelationships in your supply chain, or how your infrastructure can allow the creation of new value propositions, then you might want to start asking these questions. It is quite apparent, as illustrated in this book and others, that there is too much money to be saved, too many markets to penetrate, and too many methods of leveraging competencies, to not be taken by an e-business model that makes information transparent, inventory visible, and collaboration the status quo.
Kalakota ends the book with some strategies for implementing an e-business blueprint. Similar to most major projects, issues of scope, scale, politics, etc. come into play. The last two chapters provide a relatively good consolidation and closure of the material. Overall, I think this a valuable book for the executive and manager to have on their bookshelf.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent E-Business overview, January 13, 2000
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RJ Kedziora (Philadelphia, PA USA) - See all my reviews
If you are looking for an excellent overview of E-business, this is the book for you. It is only superficially about e-commerce. If you are not familiar with the acronyms of E-Business, CRM, ERP, SCM, etc... This book will explain those in detail and how they effect your company in terms of business and the new realm of doing business electronically.
Extensive lists of questions and review points are an added bonus to get you thinking about what E-Business means to you and your company.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From an ERP & implementation view.., April 10, 2000
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J. jingozian (mclean virginia) - See all my reviews
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If you're trying to get through the hype from magazine articles, and want to see detailed layouts ( that can be used as templates ) of what needs to be done in what order - you'll be glad you bought this book. I dog eared at least 15 pages the first time, and another 20, the second time. Go into this with an open mind. If you're an executive - you've got a lot of stripes to repaint ! If you're a consultant - you'll be saying - right on! If you're the PM at the customer site trying to make it happen , it's oh darn.
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e-Business 2.0: Roadmap for Success (2nd Edition)
e-Business 2.0: Roadmap for Success (2nd Edition) by Ravi Kalakota (Paperback - December 11, 2000)
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