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Mike Liddell is one of those rare people who is usually referred to as an 'expert' or 'guru' (a well deserved title) yet can write in a clear and entertaining manner that compels the reader to 'just read one more section'. Then another. And another ...
The world of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) software may not appear an exciting subject to many, but anyone reading this book (and everyone involved in some sort of manufacturing should) will be delighted by the style, explaining the subject matter in a clear, concise way that somehow make you think 'yes, I get that concept, what's next?'. Most ideas will be understood on the first reading, then related to the reader's own workplace on the second. I daresay a third reading will be as a reference manual while putting the ideas into practice.
Many folk in industry believe ERP is the golden answer to everything because that is what they have been told. Any niggling thoughts otherwise tend to be hidden away because they are mostly unwelcome - these systems cost a lot of money so they must be good, right? Then prepare to have your mind turned over while reading this. No doubt about it, ERP systems do a good job, but their job is not scheduling.
One warning: Mike touches here and there on the concepts of Lean Manufacturing. By the time you get to the end of this book it will have become apparent how the concepts of APS can lead on to Lean practices, and you will want to know more about it. Forunately for us, a web search for Lean Manufacturing will often turn up the name of... Mike Liddell
Just for the record I have no connection with the author, the company he works for or the publisher. I merely want it be known just how good this book is. Following the ideas and strategies written here will give any manufacturing concern an immediate edge over the competition. Maybe the next edition will be called The Little Gold Book - for anyone involved in manufacturing I believe it is worth its weight in gold. Thoroughly recommended.