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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Book review: “Quality Assurance for Dynamics AX-Based ERP Solutions”

As some other bloggers, I have received the book for review. Here are my impressions…

This book is written about several aspects of quality assurance in Dynamics Ax implementation projects. I think the main focus is on customizations development because most topics related to it.

Quality in the following areas is covered by the book:

  • Code
  • User interface
  • Security
  • Performance
  • Organizational

Detail level differs from topic to topic: for example code topics contain introductory material and detailed BP rules, user interface topic consists of very concrete checklists and security aspects are showed almost only as general word about trustworthy computing. The book is not very thick (~150 pages), but contains information only in textual form (text, tables, lists), so information density is higher than in most modern books filled with screenshots and code samples.

My overall impression - good enough as introductory book. It can be useful if you are:

  • Novice developer and want to have overview about what quality in dynamics ax means
  • Some kind of manager who want to build a development process with focus on quality (you can borrow some rules and checklists)
  • Some other non-developer who wants to have overall outline about quality in Ax

I think, there are some topics, which should be covered by the future books of such direction, but haven't been covered by this book:

  • Administration issuer
  • Functional setup issues

Other topics (such as end-user training) which are parts of real implementation projects but haven't been represented in the book

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