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OK but not stunning
on 11 January 2006
Overall this is an OK book, but not stunning. A lot of the advice shows the author has a good solid understanding of his subject, which he conveys in a reasonably clear manner, although does tend to get rather bogged down in his own areas of expertise. I found a number of what are obviously uncorrected typos rather annoying, but these do not on the whole detract from the content. More serious is the author’s tendency to reduce explanation to SAP jargon, with liberal use of FI, MM, MRP and other more obscure references littered through the text. Most are eventually explained, but a second reading is needed to get a clear gasp of what he is trying to convey.
Several major areas of SAP are ignored. The book is very much tied to the functional areas of the product and almost ignores the technical aspects. After reading this book you will be none the wiser about the tradeoffs and pitfalls associated with various technology choices; you will have little idea of the business intelligence, portal, integration or mobile elements of the product. It is very much a core R/3 book, ignoring recent MySAP and Netweaver developments. That said, the R/3 function remains the core of SAP and so there is a lot of value to be had from the authors lessons, although I suspect by the end of the book you will know rather more about the authors self-proclaimed area of expertise, Materials Management, than you ever wanted to