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Born and raised in Iran, Nick Berg earned his bachelor?s degree in electrical engineering. In 1987, he moved to the United States. Currently a senior program manager, he is PMP certified and has 16 years of program management experience in COTS implementations, both domestically and internationally.
Many excellent books are available which cover the various aspects of systems development and management, process definition, requirements definition, software development, systems implementation, change management, etc. There are far fewer texts that focus on the equivalent practices for COTS software implementation, which can be very complex when multiple applications need to be integrated to meet the needs of a sizable organisation.
Secrets to a Successful Commercial Software (COTS) Implementation is a slim volume (177 pages including References) which covers both COTS specific topics such as the determination of the overall system Architecture, and broader topics such as the Project Management Office, Process Documentation and Testing Concepts, all of which are important for a successful implementation. In the Introduction the author states, "The primary purpose of this book is to provide a good understanding on how commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software should be implemented".
However the sections of the book which address COTS concerns, such as that on Architecture, need more detail and examples to make them truly useful. For example the Zachman framework is covered in a general description of some 16 lines. This level of information provides a brief overview, but not the "good understanding" which is the stated primary purpose of the book.
Similarly, coverage of the broader topics tends to be general. For example, any successful system implementation requires a proper approach to testing, but there was little in this section of the book that I could not have read elsewhere and no specific examples that made an impact. The unfortunate word "motherhood" comes to mind.Read more ›
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