Book Club

Although I live in the Dynamics AX kind of guy, I sometimes peek over the fence to see what people are doing with the other Dynamics products to see if I can pick up some new tricks and tips. So, the other day I picked up a copy of Mark Polino’s new book on reporting in GP, and I wasn’t disappointed. Mark does a great job an showing how to use Excel 2013 for Dashboarding, and the techniques that he uses also translate to the other ERP platforms as well. If you are looking to be inspired when it comes to reporting, check his book out. It’s great.

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Just to mix things up a little, this week’s book club post has nothing to do with ERP, or Dynamics AX, and is the fourth book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series written by Douglas Adams. If all you know about this series is from the 2005 movie, then shame on you, and shame on the makers of the movie. Dust off your VHS player, and at least watch the original BBC version that you can buy here

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Seth Godin has a new book. I know that you think that you are just as excited about this news as I am, but I doubt it because I am his #1 fan, because I almost overwhelmed and fainted when I saw his newest book (The Icarus Deception) at Barnes & Noble and after composing myself, bought it right away. Read More

I love almost all of Robert Greene’s books – the one that he write with 50 cent, not so much. The way that he explains everything through historical figures and analogies are great. So when I saw that he had a new book out the other week as I was browsing at B&N, I grabbed a copy right away, and am now avidly reading it. Maybe some of you all out there will do that same. Read More

This week’s book club suggestion will set you back $0.99, is a whopping 6 pages long which will probably take you about 3 minutes to read (if you read as slow as I do), and it’s also written about Great Plains. I think that it also creates a new book category of ERP Pulp Fiction by showcasing all of the Microsoft technologies though a quick and trashy novel full of secret agents, spy missions, and accountants. Read More

The weeks book suggestion is for those of you that have read Dale Carnegie’s book and want to move on to the advanced class. Although we not look down on those of you that just want to skip making friends, and decide to read this book instead.

This book pulls in examples from all of the great seducers in history, including figures from the Renaissance like Casanova, Madam Bovary, Don Juan, & Cleopatra.

Don’t be ashamed to admit that we are all in the business of seduction. Not necessarily the Fifty Shades of Gray version, but more of the having customers fall in love with us for our expertise, and not wanting us to leave, or in the case of sales, wanting us to stay. Read More

In this edition of the book club, I thought that I would focus on a book called “The Big Switch”. This is an interesting book because it talks about how all technology moves through the same phases where they are introduced, someone makes a lot of money off them because they own the market space, and then the technology becomes more of a commodity that is commonplace. The examples that he uses in the book range from water wheels, to electricity, and then to software, and that companies like Google are the leading wave because they are commoditizing technologies for the masses through services.

Why is this important to us? Because it implies that the business software is heading much the same way. And every now and then we see this mentality in the market place when customers and prospects have the impression that all ERP systems are comparable. This means that they are then making decisions based on price rather than on functionality, service, fit and quality.

If you get a chance, take a look at this book – and also Nicolas Carr’s other book – “Does IT Matter”. It’s interesting – even though I don’t agree with where he ends up.

The Big Switch:
Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

by Nicholas CarrPublication Date: Jan 19, 2009

For all of you that are waiting for a book on Dynamics AX 2012 that is useful, and that isn’t written by Scott Campbell, then put on your clubbing clothes, because it’s time to celebrate.

Last week, Microsoft released a new book for Dynamics AX.

This book won’t help you with registering picking lists within AX, but it does have 738 pages of information around programming, architecture, portal & workflow development, business intelligence, and even ERD’s, and is a great fallback option when you can’t get hold of Chris Hoer or Chris Dragon.

Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
by The Microsoft Dynamics AX TeamPublication Date: November 2012

It’s already given me a number of ideas on new extensions to make for demonstrations. I’m sure that it will inspire some of you all to create something cool as well.

In our line of business, people skills are essential. It’s a cruel fact that sometimes, you may have the best product or service for the customer, but if they don’t like you, it’s a hard road to travel to get them to let you help them.

So this week’s book club post is focused on the first ever bestselling self-help book in history. How to Win Friends and Influence People was published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies. It just shows that people skills never go out of date. Read More