A writer never really knows the impact of their book until it is out in the field and feedback is coming in. They can judge if it was helpful by the number of sales, but that is more a matter of publisher marketing than general "Did it make a Difference". They can also judge based on the internal editing process and the critical eyes of the editorial teams, but it isn't really the same.
I have now moved past, that unsure stage, that most writers experience when a book is released. The book Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM v2011 in 24 Hours feedback is excellent, people are getting value out of their investment in time and dollars, and a few more hundred souls are more efficiently getting more bang out of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
I was motivated to write this little post today, because the newest Microsoft BizSpark webpage included my book within their FURTHER READING section (bottom right). I am now helping the worldwide economy in one tiny way by supporting Entreprenuers and Microsoft in growing new business seeds of success!
For a gardener like me - this is just as exciting as the new sprouts peeking their heads out of the Spring soil outside my window!
A big shout out of Thanks to John O’Donnell, ISV Architect Evangelist and incredible Dynamics CRM Community resource. John patiently read through and did the technical editing on the Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 in 24 Hours Book.
If you are just learning Dynamics CRM or if you are experienced developer and want to tap into a bit of an above the trees perspective on the product. If you are overwhelmed by what comes out of the box and what is "a configuration" versus a "customization" versus an "extension" or if you just want to read up and have another great reference for your reference library then grab yourself a copy of the book at your local bookstore or Amazon or Sam's Publishing or any of the other various options.
What you are going to Convergence? Well, maybe the book will be in the Convergence bookstore.
Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM v2011 in 24 Hours has been released and I have held the paper printed copy in my hands. Definitely a good feeling.
The graphics have all been updated (better high resolution screen shots) AND I have five new Dynamics CRM guru voices who have contributed by reviewing, writing and updating between 1 and 3 chapters each.
If you have a copy I would love your input on my Amazon Author's page either through a new discussion thread or by posting a review. OR feel free to comment via your own blog, twitter or Facebook.
If you don't have a copy, can you help me with my goal? Get a copy and share it.
My goal? To increase the knowledge of the greater Dynamics CRM community of partners, developers, customers, administrators, consultants and users while also continuing to enhance and expand my own individual knowledge on the product family.
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 in 24 Hours (Paperback)
"I am a Software developer looking for CRM Dynamics custom development but first wanted to explore the concepts and out of the box functionality. I have thoroughly read until Hour-7 and skimmed over the rest, the book did a great a job so far elaborating and aligning the CRM concepts that most reader will subconsciously be aware of.
I bought another text and was overwhelmed by the information presented only from a usage viewpoint. Definitely, one would have to refer an adavnced title for custom development and that's not suggested by the book's title either. However, unlike its counterparts, the book handles a simple subject with utter simplicity.
No twinkle in fifth star due to size of illustration, hardly can peek into the pictures"
Author's Note: As the book gets updated I will definitely depend on a different tool for capturing screen shots. Vista's Snipping Tool just didn't do the job it needed to do.
A Thanks to Julie Yack for taking the time to both read the "Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM in 24 Hours book" and post an honest review!
My goal with the book was to help people get started and, for the more experienced CRM users, to push them to another level. I also wanted to open up a few doors of potential and to clear up a few misunderstandings. Writing a book is like being in a deep forest. It is amazing how much you can see once it is published.
Items missed for instance or topics that could use a whole additional chapter, but despite that I am glad that we all have another resource.
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I think my next book is going to be titled - All the things they added to Microsoft Dynamics CRM after v4.0 was released which I either missed the release notes on or they were slipped in as nice to haves!
But in the meantime my current book is being published this week!!! So keep an eye out!! In fact I just received this today if you want to do some previewing.
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Kudos to Microsoft for having an Implementation Methodology in their Microsoft CRM Installation and Configuration Guide. The book 8018A: CRM Installation and Configuration is almost three inches thick and in large 8 1/2 x 11 format. Just a bit of light reading ;~)
The point I really want to make in mentioning this is that you always want to create an Implementation and a CRM Roll Out Project plan or map. The Microsoft Project software can be used to help with the process, but even if you are not familiar or do not own MS Project you can use MS Excel to create a step by step, phased approach. Realize that installing the software is a very small part of the master plan.
Somethings to consider..
1) If you want to create custom fields and then who can do this? How will the fields change and grow? How will the data be controlled? Will the fields appear on reports? and if so which ones?
2) Who will be the small team of "first adopters"? Are their current processes documented or understood? Are they tolerant of change? Are they good at documenting? Will they report and then help track down any problems encountered? Are they decision makers who can pull the plug at the first little bump in the road?
3) Who and what are your support resources? and what kinds of support will you need? Software troubles? Infrastructure needs? Database Administration? Adoption? Customization? Can it do this type questions? How will the cost of such services impact your project, will you hesitate to use them?