After you succeed, you can decide whether to tell the CEO that you ran your entire RFID planning and deployment process out of a For Dummies® book. You should, though. RFID For Dummies is the most realistic, practical, usable RFID guide we’ve ever seen.
Author Patrick J. Sweeney II runs a leading RFID infrastructure software and services company; he’s got several RFID patents in the works. He knows the reality of RFID as well as anyone -- at the business, process, and technical levels. In this book, he takes on the knotty issues instead of finessing them. (How do you make sure your testing correlates to what you’ll actually see in the warehouse? How do you ensure high-speed reads? How far will tag prices really drop, and when?)
Sweeney begins with one of the clearest explanations of the technology and the business drivers we’ve ever read. Next, he introduces his “Four Ps” methodology for driving value from RFID: planning, physics, pilot, production. You’ll get solid answers to questions like: How do you identify the right applications, and integrate RFID into your business processes? How do you systematically understand your electromagnetic environment? How do you capture all the knowledge your pilot should deliver? How do you organize deployments so they’re easier to manage afterward? Once you’ve successfully deployed, what do you do next?
There’s even a full section on “speaking bean counter”: a nine-step process for making the business case; how to align RFID initiatives with your company’s strategic plans; how to evaluate outsourcers. Don’t let Sweeney’s entertaining writing mislead you. There’s nothing “fluffy” about this: It is the definitive guide to making RFID work. Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only