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Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
* 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.Read more ›
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.
DEFINATELY worth purchasing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still reading this book, but I am finding it provides some good fundamentals and items to think about as you look at incoporating a systems. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by BB
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Throughout this book are comments such as "In this illustration we have business results that are driven by a series of business... Read more
Normally I buy books but end up reading very little. I think after my college days, this is one of those great books which I read completely. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Ajay Lingerkar
Kudos! This book truly discusses some of the best practices and dirty little secrets of the ERP implementation consulting world. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by Shawn Haynes