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

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

Credits

About the Author

Acknowledgement

About the Reviewers

Preface

The Silo Approach is Alive and Well

Why do we need to change?

Ten principles for implementing a business solution

Summary

References

Focus on Business Results

Challenging today's mindset

How to focus on business results during an implementation

Summary

References

Invest in Your Implementation Partners

Making the investment

What to expect from your implementation partner

Summary

References

Enable the Customer to Lead During the Implementation

Enabling the customer to lead is a process

Enablement requires different leadership styles

Summary

References

Perform Business Solution Modeling

Defining prototyping and business solution modeling

Conducting Business solution modeling

Recommendations for conducting Business solution modeling

Value proposition for Business solution modeling

Challenges with business solution modeling

Summary

Reference

Determining the Correct Implementation Approach

Who is the leader — Business or IT?

Solution-based approach

Disciplines used in a Business solution implementation

Selecting the correct methodology

Applying methodologies for COTS implementations

Summary

References

Implement to the Current Business Maturity Level

Features and capabilities

Software design tools

To customize or not to customize

Understanding Business solution maturity

Best Practice — Implement to the current maturity level

Summary

Reference

Minimizing Customizations and Maximizing Enhancements

Requirements management revisited

Value-added requirements management

Challenges and risks with valued-added requirements management

Summary

Negotiate for Success

Trickle down acceptance falls short

Developing an effective negotiation strategy

Summary

References

Have a Business Solution Architect

Perspectives of a Business solution

Who is covering business processes?

Solution - Business Solution Architect

Best practices for identifying conflicts

Summary

Accelerate Decisions by Generating More Knowledge and Less Information

Traditional information gathering approach

Decision-oriented information gathering

Effective knowledge generation

Enabling decision makers

Summary

Changing the Game

Traditional approaches fall short

Understanding packaged software advantages and challenges

Change the game by changing strategy

Summary

References

Summary of Challenges