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Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations Paperback – December 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1849680028 ISBN-10: 1849680027

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849680027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849680028
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grady Brett Beaubouef

Grady Brett Beaubouef is a project manager and solution architect for enterprise packaged software solutions. Brett has over fifteen years of packaged software implementation experience across several implementation roles include Project Manager, Solution Architect, Functional Lead, Technical Lead, Business Analyst, Software Quality Analyst, and Trainer. Brett also worked in a thought leadership role for the #1 business software maker focusing on implementation methodologies, project assessments, and accelerated implementation services. Brett has a B.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University (LSU) and is both a Project Manager Professional (2004) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (1995). He has also produced several presentations and white papers on industry solution best practices, implementation best practices, and accelerating packaged software implementations.


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I consider myself an ERP/Cloud implementation practitioner on the road to becoming a better ERP advisor and leader. I have been on this path for 20 years and believe that I have much to share with my peers. I also believe that I still have much to learn on this journey. My hope is that you will partner with me in the never-ending quest for ERP implementation success.

My writings (Blog, Book) are aimed at enterprise architects, development leads, project managers, business systems analysts, business systems owners, and anyone who wants to implement packaged software effectively. If you are a customer looking to implement ERP/COTS software in the future then this blog will provide a strategy to maximize your investment. If you are in an internal IT role and you find that your internal software development methodology doesn't quite work for an off-the-shelf business software package then this blog will provide you with perspective on how to adjust your approach. If you are an implementation partner looking to minimize the blood, sweat, and tears shed with implementing ERP/COTS software then this blog will be a guide to filter out obstacles and enable implementation focus.

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This will be a 'MUST' read to all of the consultants that work for my organization!
Shawn Haynes
The book strikes a nice balance between the "methodology" concepts of system implementations, and practical/actionable concepts.
Robert Cieslak
I think after my college days, this is one of those great books which I read completely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Chamberlin on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is book hits 4 important points: customer focus, business oriented results, sound project examples and a checklist of best-practice project management steps. Too many times, an author will drone on about their theories and how brilliant their technique is for a given topic. This book is the opposite by focusing on proven steps to produce customer driven results.

Who wouldn't love to be Superman? Rather than teaching you about how to design a costume and save people from burning buildings, this tells you how to keep fires from starting in the first place. The author focuses on the importance of the customer. In the book, 3 of the Principles are about knowing the customer to solve the problem together and make the entire project team heroes.

Secondly, a project can easily head in the wrong direction. This happens when a team targets a problem without understanding the root cause(s). The author highlights the importance of understanding the business challenge (Principle #1 - focus on business results) to deliver a successful ERP project.

Personally, I learn best from examples. This is another reason why I like the book. The author pairs the strategy with real-life situations to get the job done right.

Finally, it's a simple list of steps to deliver an implementation. The author condensed key concepts into easy to understand points. A business leader as well as technologist can understand the right and wrong methods for successful project delivery by following the outline and principles in the book.

To summarize, this is a perfect synopsis on project strategy for anyone: from the business unit leader to the analyst to technical lead. By following these recommendations, the likelihood for success on a project will shoot to 100 percent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roy Atkinson on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Commercial, off-the-shelf software (COTS) is playing an increasingly important role in the current enterprise IT landscape, replacing "home grown" solutions. Let me say that some of the "homes" have excellent developers who know the organization and can customize solutions in ways that COTS may not allow. However, the flip side is that in-house development presents other challenges in the long run: nonexistent tools and plugins that on the other hand are readily available for COTS, for example. Mr Beaubouef enumerates some of the advantages of using COTS:

* Rapid delivery to business
* Sharing development costs with the external provider
* Standardization across the enterprise
* Effective use of...limited technology resources
* Allows greater focus on strategic processes

But this book is not focused as much on the why of COTS implementation as it is on the how--the steps an organization needs to consider when implementing such a solution for ERP or another enterprise-wide need. Grady Brett Beaubouef broadens our point of view so that we understand that the implementation of a COTS product is only one component in a set of business processes that must be planned and integrated.

A traditional IT mistake is to take only the technical view of a solution, rather than working very closely with the business to do process modeling and management, and working with the software vendor as a partner throughout the project. Mr Beaubouef lays out a very straightforward view so that we can avoid the mistakes that occur during large implementations, and the difficulties that result.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick McCune on October 11, 2010
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If you are planning and ERP or any major software initiative, this book is a 'must read' for both client and consulting team members and executive leadership.

Mr. Beaubouef logically defines and clearly explains 10 key principles for implementing a business solution and not just implementing 'a software package'. The principles address client and consulting behavior and objectives, methodologies and overall management constructs. If you are entering your first major implementation, you'll have a much clearer framework from which to operate. If you are a seasoned implementation professional, you'll gain a fresh perspective and additional clarity on the process and end results of your labor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cieslak on November 9, 2010
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This book is so full of great, practical advice that I read it once (during a project), then had to read it again (after the 'delayed' project) as part of my own "post-project review". The book strikes a nice balance between the "methodology" concepts of system implementations, and practical/actionable concepts. Having worked on accelerated and traditional ERP implementations as a customer, vendor, and consultant I only wish I had this book long ago. No matter if you're new to system implementations or a seasoned-pro, there is something here for everyone.

DEFINATELY worth purchasing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ERP Consultant on October 4, 2010
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Mr. BeauBouef's primer on ERP is a must read for those entering into, or deciding whether, this is the route for their business. The book provides an excellent overview of the entire process, backed up with examples, analysis and first-hand experience. Any ERP is a major undertaking and preparedness is a necessity. This book, while sometimes repetitive, hammers home the need to understand the process from beginning to end. I recommend the read.
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