Profile for Karen C. Mendoza > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Karen C. Mendoza
Top Reviewer Ranking: 717,959
Helpful Votes: 0

Guidelines: Learn more about the ins and outs of Amazon Communities.

Reviews Written by
Karen C. Mendoza "Karen Mendoza" (El Salvador)
(REAL NAME)   

Page: 1
pixel
Mastering the Requirements Process
Mastering the Requirements Process
by Suzanne Robertson
Edition: Hardcover
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.78

5.0 out of 5 stars A complete methodology, Sept. 8 2003
This is a must read book if you are involved in the software lifecycle process. The book is suited for both experts and novices in the requirements elicitation process. It contains the concepts, the process, and a "quality gateway" complement. The resulting specifications document is complete enough. It isn't an abstract book, but a practical one that follows a sample case from its conception to the final document delivery to the project management team (though it doesn't contains project management concepts). There are a few ambiguous sections in the proposed document, but they aren't an obstacle for its implementation. Additional documentation and tools are available on Volere's web site.

Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls
Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls
by David Chapman
Edition: Hardcover
21 used & new from CDN$ 1.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Limited but concise, June 24 2003
I used this book to teach the matter to a group of novices, and I can say that it accomplished its mission. It gave to the students the backgroud they needed to undertand the technology, while orienting them through some basic hands-on labs. There are topics for which they needed further reference, specially when I came to ACS and VPNs.
Naturally, it wasn't made as an exam preparation reference (at least it is what I find out), though it has some knowledge assessment questions that help in the learning process.
If you are new to PIX Firewalls, this could be a good starting point.

IT Organization: Building  A Worldclass Infrastructure
IT Organization: Building A Worldclass Infrastructure
by Harris Kern
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 41.59
25 used & new from CDN$ 2.29

1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Don't expect insights nor explanations..., Sept. 22 2002
ABOUT ITS CONTENTS: I bought the book because of its table of contents. Reading the book was very disappointing. After nine chapters, whose structure I'm still trying to figure out, I have read lots of tables containing the same information stated from different points of view, some organizational models that the author criticizes without telling you how he came to discover that the model doesn't works. During the lecture you'll find lots of recommendations for reading other books the author wrote himself (i.e. Building the New Enterprise, Managing the New Enterprise). Sometimes I felt I was reading an editorial catalog containing a reference of the books I shouldn't miss. In my opinion, if the problems were mentioned, the author should have analyzed them in detail, because they were tightly related with the topic being presented.
ABOUT ITS VALUE: It seems to me that the author has succeed reorganizing some IT departments and now he wants to write about his experiences. But how would a consultant benefit himself from reading another one's experiences when there aren't explanations, recommendations, choices, roadmaps, deployment guidelines, impact analysis (budget, time, employee morale, issues, risks, etc.). Buy the book only if you want to know what could be going wrong at your IT department, not as a guide for building your new IT infrastructure.

IT Organization: Building  A Worldclass Infrastructure
IT Organization: Building A Worldclass Infrastructure
by Harris Kern
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 41.59
25 used & new from CDN$ 2.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Don't expect insights nor explanations..., Sept. 22 2002
ABOUT ITS CONTENTS: I bought the book because of its table of contents. Reading the book the first time was very disappointing. After nine chapters I had read several tables containing the same information stated from different points of view, some organizational models that the author criticized without clear explanations. I found lots of recommendations for reading other books the author wrote himself. Sometimes I felt I was reading an editorial catalog. Because of the references I decided to buy some of those books. After reading three other books I decided to rewrite my review. The book has lots of ideas that help reorganizing an IT department, but the book itself is nothing but an update that summarizes concepts that were explained in other books.
ABOUT ITS VALUE: The author has succeed reorganizing IT departments and he wants to write about the importance of applying mainframe administration paradigm to client/server solutions. The book is helpful only if the reader wants to know what could be wrong at the IT Department. Although there is a proposed model, there aren't specific recommendations, choices, roadmaps, deployment guidelines, impact analysis (budget, time, employee morale, issues, risks, etc.). The model isn't complete. The author doesn't explain how to structure and integrate applications development teams, corporate applications administration, decentralized IT support personnel, and outsourced areas among other important functions. The project management function is mentioned but its explanation is avoided.

Page: 1