Take off your goggles…
DEFINITION: Seeing Red — Noun 1.) – a state of irritation or annoyance*
When your favorite product is first acquired into the world of Oracle, you might be seeing red. It truly does take some time to get used to the Oracle way of doing things. It does get better. Either that, or you just get used to the Oracle way.
Another cause of seeing red is the ambiguity and mixed messages that many get surrounding Oracle and the direction they are taking your favorite product. This has been and, continues to be the case lately surrounding the confusion with Unifier and Contract Management.
The first message we heard was that Unifier would replace Contract Management (PCM) because it contained 70% of the enhancements requested of the PCM team. Fantastic!
However, people in general are resistant to change and the PCM community sure didn’t seem receptive of Unifier. I heard several people who got a look at Unifier before me rattle off all the things Unifier couldn’t do that PCM could. And it was very obvious they were seeing red.
This is not a new thing in the Primavera world. My first thoughts as I saw my peers react to Unifier was of P3 and the horror of introducing P3e (now P6) to the user community. A campaign started soon after that essentially said ‘take off your goggles’.
Guess what folks? We are there again! Take off your Goggles!
Contract Management is a fantastic application. It can handle most things on your projects that P6 doesn’t. It can help you track and generate documents related to contracts, project communication and the supporting records such as RFI’s, drawings and submittals just to name a few. It has been a cornerstone product in the Primavera world since 1987 under its former name of Expedition. As a user, I have expressed frustration many times over a lack of change or flexibility within the application.
Unifier can alleviate much of that frustration, but it can also add to it. While Contract Management is an application, Unifier is a platform. So what is a platform? It’s the building block for an application or, as Unifier refers to them, Business Processes. What is business process in Unifier? Anything you want it to be….Well… okay, almost anything you want it to be.
The message as of today from Primavera is that Unifier isn’t an upgrade or replacement to PCM. It is a different tool that may suit your needs better than PCM. Primavera has put together some pre-built business processes for Capital Planning, Project Delivery and Cost Controls to date. They are also working on packages for Facilities Management and Real Estate Management.
The hope is that you will soon start seeing a different shade of red. Not the one of irritation or annoyance, but the one of the Oracle Red Stack. Red Stack refers to the areas of Oracle that are available to you including Applications, Middleware, Database, Operating Systems, Virtual Machines, Servers and Storage.
Watch for future articles on Unifier as we start exploring the new tool and pre-built options, or get in touch for a deeper discussion. We look forward to hearing from you!
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When the Ohio Contractors Association (OCA) looks for expert advice regarding Oracle Primavera solutions, they turn to Ohio’s only certified Oracle Partner specialized in Primavera P6 EPPM – Critical Business Analysis, Inc. (CBA). We were asked by the OCA, due to our involvement with ODOT and ODOT contractors, to write the following article for the Association. The purpose was to emphasize the importance of maximizing your existing investment in P3 licenses for continuing contractual obligations, or analyzing under-utilized licenses for which you are paying support to determine if they can be migrated to new solutions.
CBA welcomes the opportunity to continue to support the Ohio Contractors Association and all organizations with project management initiatives across all industries. Please watch for future articles here on the CBA Blog, as well as, the OCA Newsletter. We have re-published the article as presented for the OCA March 23, 2012 newsletter.
Managing the Transition from Primavera P3 to P6
Although Primavera P3 is no longer available for purchase, it is still mandated in many long term construction contracts including some recently let by ODOT. While that specific practice is to end next month with the roll-out of their P6 solution, the only way to utilize P3 in the new contracts is to manage your concurrent licenses previously offered by Primavera among the projects. If you find that you have excess P3 licenses that are current on support obligations, it is advisable to contact CBA, an Oracle Certified Primavera Partner, to review the possibility of migrating those licenses to another solution within the Primavera offering.
The current P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solutions available consist of P6 EPPM release 7 (utilized by ODOT) with the majority of program administration occurring on the client, or desktop machine, with limited internet functionality, and P6 EPPM release 8.2 wherein the majority of program administration occurs via internet with limited client functionality. The license cost for either version is identical. However, release 8 does require a larger technical environment which may increase the cost of the investment.
In order to maximize your Primavera investment, proper training and implementation are critical elements. We urge you to seek qualified assistance in both areas.
Should you have any questions regarding your Primavera environment, please contact CBA – your Oracle Certified Primavera partner.
For more information, please contact CBA Account Manager for Ohio – Billie Feldkamp at (567) 202-9281 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CBA Invites You to Oracle’s Virtual Summit: Driving Growth with Mission-Critical Enterprise PPM
Last year, close to 1,500 executives and professionals from around the world came together online to exchange ideas with peers and learn from Oracle Primavera experts about the value of Enterprise Project Portfolio Management. Don’t miss the 2011 Oracle Primavera Virtual Summit:
Driving Growth with Mission-Critical Enterprise PPM
Discover how Enterprise Project Portfolio Management can be used as a competitive advantage to drive growth and impact your organization’s financial performance.
CLICK HERE to register and view the agenda, or call 1-419-874-0800 and we will be glad to register you for the summit.
This year’s Primavera Virtual Summit will be held on November 17th from 10 a.m. EST to 5 p.m. EST and will provide a global forum for executives and professionals to network, exchange ideas, get answers and attend insightful live presentations about mission-critical Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.
The exceptional agenda features three tracks specifically designed to meet your needs:
- Executive Track: Listen to Oracle executives discuss how Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is critical to your organization’s success and can drive growth and shareholder value.
- Customer Track: Hear from leading organizations as they share their successes with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.
- Solutions Track: Join Oracle’s Primavera Product Strategy team as they discuss current solutions, new releases and the future of Oracle Primavera.
Don’t miss out on the chance to interact with EPPM executives and experts, network with your peers and gain the knowledge you need in this free online event that you can attend right from the convenience of your desktop.
CLICK HERE to register and view the agenda, or call 1-419-874-0800.read more