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

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

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This is a handbook covering ten principles for packaged software implementations that project managers, business owners, and IT developers should pay attention to. The book also has practical real-world coverage including a sample agenda for conducting business solution modeling, customer case studies, and a road map to implement guiding principles. This book is 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 COTS software in the future then this book 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 book 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 COTS software then this book will be a guide to filter out obstacles and enable implementation focus.

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  1. Steve Chamberlin says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally, a business oriented book on implementing ERP, December 2, 2010
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    This review is from: Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations (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. Robert Cieslak says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Read it once…then read it again!, November 9, 2010
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    This review is from: Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations (Paperback)

    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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  3. Nick McCune says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Planning ERP? – Read This Book !, October 11, 2010
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    This review is from: Maximize Your Investment: 10 Key Strategies for Effective Packaged Software Implementations (Paperback)

    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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