Network Resource Planning For SAP R/3, BAAN IV, and PeopleSoft: A Guide to Planning Enterprise Applications

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9780079136473: Network Resource Planning For SAP R/3, BAAN IV, and PeopleSoft: A Guide to Planning Enterprise Applications

This practical guide presents a proven, practical system for planning, tracking and controlling the client/server testing process. It offers many real-world tips and techniques for successful results, including how to test in a rapid application development environment, how to save time and money, and specific material on the most popular GUI-based test tools. The book includes case studies on what works and what doesn't in leading Fortune 500 companies. The CD-ROM includes useful modelling information.

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This guide admirably details how to determine if your network will hold up under the strain of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application. While you will not find information on the intricacies of SAP, BAAN, and PeopleSoft products, you will get solid advice on preparing for their roll out.

Geared more to managers than technicians, the book first provides a bit of context for distributed computing, the model that ERP software follows, and reviews the types of software tools and people resources necessary for the task at hand, an incredibly useful exercise. The authors then dive into the specifics of network baselining, application planning, and capacity planning in three clearly written and nicely constructed sections. Three well-documented network resource-planning case studies illustrate the principles in action. Like the other books in the McGraw-Hill computing series, this one is beautifully laid out and heavily stocked with useful diagrams, a fabulous glossary, and terrific appendices that outline baseline model-creation strategies and provide a consolidated listing of software tools for network resource planning. Through it all, Clewett and company remain true to their convictions, which can be summed up in a singular and familiar motto: Be Prepared. --Sarah Roberts-Witt

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Discover how to deploy SAP R/3, BAAN IV, PeopleSoft, or other enterprise applications, optimizing quality of service and utilization of your network infrastructure. Enterprise Resource Planning applications like SAP R/3, BAAN IV, and PeopleSoft--with their promise of integrating financial, distribution, and marketing functions into the network--are sweeping the corporate landscape. They are also transforming the network infrastructure into an indispensable corporate resource in the process. How do you predict service levels and the availability of network resources for critical enterprise applications like SAP R/3? Network Resource Planning (NRP) helps you answer these questions. NRP is a well-defined, software--supported set of processes for analyzing enterpise client/server application implementations from a wide area network perspective and determining if changes are needed to support the application deployment. This step-by-step guidebook shows you how to use the powerful NRP methodology to more cost-effectively deploy. This step-by-step guidebook shows you how to use the powerful NRP methodology to more cost-effectively deploy distributed applications across your organization. Topics covered inlcude: ingredients for a successful NRP project; how to baseline your existing network using NRP; how to profile the behavior of your new enterprise application; how to use capacity planning to predict the behavior of your application after deployment; case studies of NRP projects in Fortune 500 companies. Using the methodology described in this unique book, you can not only gauge the network impact of planned new enterprise application implementations, but also review and understand the performance of your network on an ongoing basis.

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