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.
AND if you do read it please leave your comments, ratings and feedback.
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.
The link to the Amazon Page is below.
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.
I think it is pretty funny that I had an e-mail from Amazon today recommending my book to me.
"Amazon.com recommends "Sam's Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 in 24 Hours" and more ....
The best thing about this is it is a good reminder that my original book is still packed with a ton of great learning that applies to both v4 and v2011!!
I almost missed this, but thanks to Twitterrific I caught the mention. Leon Tribe has taken the time to write a detailed review of Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 in 24 Hours.
He has great timing as I can now add his feedback to the next version.
Speaking of great timing - if you have read the book and/or are thinking about reading the book now would be a good time to send me feedback.
I found this today and thought I would share. Thanks Muhammad for taking the time to post your comments and thoughts. Your feedback makes a huge difference.
"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.
For those of you who work within a Feature Driven Development model (FDD) there are a number of great resources on the whole subject area on this website.
I need a little help.
It has been a few weeks since the "Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM in 24 Hours" book was released and perhaps some of you have had a chance to read or glance at it.
If it was of value it would be helpful if you would write a few lines or post a comment on Amazon's review page.
Search on Amazon.Com for either Anne Stanton or the book title Teach Yourself Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 in 24 Hours and then scroll down and select post a comment.
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.
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?