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Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Throughout this book are comments such as "In this illustration we have business results that are driven by a series of business activities", "Consider the following illustration", "Following is a comparison and contract of a functional-oriented project plan and a business process-oriented project plan".

The Kindle version is missing every one of these diagrams. This lack is a major shortcoming.

Fast, Cheap, Good Quality. It's obvious which two Kindle focusses on.

There are plenty of reviews warning of this problem in other books.

Caveat emptor.
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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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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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