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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Request for Proposal: A Guide to Effective RFP Development
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bud Porter-Roth, Ralph Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Resource and guidelines with a coherent approach


There are literally hundreds of good books on proposal writing, but only a tiny handful on writing RFPs. From among the handful this book stands out for a number of reasons:
(1) It clearly described the RFP process from start to finish - and RFP development is a process with a defined life cycle.
(2) The author goes well beyond the immediate objective of writing an RFP and managing the process by including thought-provoking material on post-award vendor management. This material sometimes escapes the RFP development team who is more focused on getting to the award milestone without thinking about the post-award ramifications.
(3) It's not boring - the writing is lively, and the material is presented at a fast pace. The pace, however, does not leave gaps. Every facet of the RFP process is covered in sufficient detail.
In addition to the above, the approach set forth in this book is consistent with best practices in RFP development. I especially like the copious checklists, the RFP roadmap, and the way illustrations are skillfully used to reinforce concepts and advice.
Note that the focus of this book is information technology and software acquisition. Some of the material is unique to those domains; however, the basic principles and RFP process can be used for virtually any type of RFP, from office services to purchasing furniture.
Overall, this is the one book I recommend for RFP development. If you are an IT professional, regardless of role, the chances are you will be involved in this process at some point in your career, making this book a valuable addition to your library. If you have recently been assigned to an RFP team you should get this book as soon as possible, and use it as your compass and blueprint if your organization does not already have a formal RFP process in place.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4, Fascicle 2 : Generating All Tuples and Permutations (Art of Computer Programming)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Knuth's genius continutes...


The Art of Computer Programming is a classic from Professor Knuth.

Volume 2 carries on where Vol. 1 left off.

this is required CS reading and should be required for every programmer.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Business Data Communications (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Take the Lead


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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
More direct sales from Dell


He's obviously a hard-working, intelligent man with a great deal of drive who has accomplished a great deal in life. This book is good light reading. Its writing style is at a junior high level - similar to what most newspapers carry. The sophomoric prose bored me a bit by the third chapter, and it's obvious it was meant more for mass marketing appeal with the additional agenda as a marketing tool for DELL itself. There are some good lessons learned. However, again, there's too much commercialism running through it. That aspect becomes distracting for any serious business research such as a graduate degree, which is the reason I picked it up. Again, I don't discount it (I wish I could be as successful) because he makes an important point - don't doubt your intuition when you're thinking out of the box. I'm only saying that Michael Dell is not a Peter Drucker in how he presents his story. That's not necessarily bad depending on your motivation for reading it.