29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2000
Another Goldratt novel, a bit more forced than "The Goal" and "It's not luck" (Yes, I am a fan of TOC) nor so gripping somehow. Still, I did read it in one session - couldn't put it down. The main thrust is how to change and implement ERP to give real TOC improvements. Although ostensibly about a software organisation the real lessons are for Industrial Production style Companies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2010
This is certainly one of the great books on TOC (Theory of Constraints) and drives home the fact that TOC on it's own is often not enough to get quantum leaps in throughput.
Written in a similar style to "The Goal" and "It's Not Luck" (both of which I'd suggest you read before this book) you're taken in to the world of an ERP software company and their biggest systems integration company. Seemingly insurmountable challenges and certain doom face the teams as their core market becomes saturated - can TOC come to the rescue once again? Yes, of course, but to achieve full potential it needs a helping hand from a few other things... You'll have to read the book to find out :)
I deducted one star because once again we find retail supply chain management starting to dominate towards the end of the book and our company has nothing to do with, and does not come in to contact with, that area of business. I'm hoping that Goldratt will release a TOC book that doesn't mention, or even allude to, retail supply chain management.
on 22 February 2015
One of the lesser widespread TOC novels from the late Eli Goldratt, this time about an ERP vendor rather than a manufacturing company as in The Goal. The problem with IT related subject matter is that it can 'date' much quicker than the normal factory physics concepts presented in some of the other Goldratt books - for example Y2K gets mentioned in the book in a future tense, and APS systems are described as the latest breakthrough, and ERP systems connected over the internet at described at the end of the book (be mindful that the story is set in 1999 and the book was published back in 2000). Still don't let that you detract from an excellent read, within the book the title is enhanced into this phrase - "To realize value, bottom-line value, technology is necessary but not sufficient". The storyline is based around fictitious ERP vendor (BGSoft) and it's implementation partner KPI, one of their manufacturing clients who introduces TOC and 'buffer management' and it is clear that we were starting to see the seeds of Demand Driven Replenishment being sewn ..... Carol Ptak was one of the co-others of this book who went on to form the Demand Driven Institute with Chad Smith, from which all the excellent DDMRP research was born.
Another interesting section of the book (pages 190-200) centred around applying TOC to distribution replenishment, strongly advise also reading the Goldratt book "Isn't it Obvious" book too which really expands on this area.
All in all, another easy read because of the novel format, which yet again gets some important business points across in an easy way.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2003
This is my first book on TOC, and I'm now hooked - Goldratt's non-fiction approach allows the theory to drift into awareness very nicely, with inspirational ideas on how to apply it along the way.
My only criticism is that is left me wanting more - too much more - I can't help feel that he could have gone into more depth on the theory side of it. That said, I agree with the last reviewer - I couldn't put it down either...