Building Successful Information Systems


pmwj45-Apr2016-Dodd-BOOKBook Title: Building Successful Information Systems: Five Best Practices to Ensure Organizational Effectiveness and Profitability
Author: Michael Savoie
Publisher: https://pmworldjournal.net/article/report-from-zapresic-croatia/                 
List Price:   $59.95           
Format: Soft Cover ; 90 pages
Publication Date:   2012    
ISBN: 978-1-60649-425-7
Reviewer: Douglas Dodd, Jr, PMP       
Review Date: March 2016




This book tackles the all-too familiar subject of Information Technology in yet another attempt to steer individuals in decision-making capacities (CIOs, CEOs, CSOs, Consultants, etc. – affectionately called the “C-Suite”) to make better choices when evaluating and ultimately building effective information systems.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has an abstract, key words section immediately following, the table of contents and a succinct glossary. Being in a modern writing style, the abstract reminds one more of a term or white paper, but is very engaging and an accurate description of the subject addressed.

This is needed, as the casual observer, especially in the project management realm, may assume a discussion on project management information systems and strategies rather than a technology-based information system.

The Key Words section provided 20 words the reader will see throughout the material and is a good reference for “what’s coming”, allowing a quick brush-up on the terminology to aid when consuming the information.

The remaining Contents and Glossary sections adhere to the more traditional aspects of published reference documents.


This book successfully focuses on what the correct end result should be for a successful information system implementation (The “Five R’s”):

  • The right data
  • In the right place
  • At the right time
  • To the right person
  • In the right format

Savoie thoroughly, but simplistically addresses each component through examples, real-life issues and their respective outcomes as well as understandable illustrations and tables to aid the readers’ understanding of the topic.


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About the Reviewer


Douglas Dodd, Jr

Texas, USA




Douglas Dodd, Jr, MBA, PMP, OCA, Oracle 11g DBA, Network+, Security+, is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter and has been involved in project management at multiple levels over the last decade, as a stakeholder, team-member or project manager. He has 20+ years of experience as a Business Analyst, Finance Manager, Financial Information Systems Manager and Business Software Solutions Analyst. He currently works as a consultant in Higher Education at Columbia Advisory Group in Dallas, TX, supporting the Commerce, TX branch of the Texas A&M University system. He is also on the Adjunct staff of Dallas Baptist University in Dallas TX. He currently resides in Wylie, TX with his wife Ava and son Brandon. Douglas can be contacted at [email protected]


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