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!
* (definition of ‘seeing red’ by the Free Online Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com/seeing+red)read more
If you missed it in the endless stream of Oracle acquisitions, in September 2012 Oracle acquired the assets of Skire. Skire made it’s mark by providing a complete set of management and government tools across all project phases from planning and building to operations, enabling companies to effectively manage their capital and construction programs. By combining Skire with industry leading capabilities from Oracle Primavera products, Oracle intends to create a full life-cycle Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) platform that provides a comprehensive offering from capital planning and construction to operations and maintenance for owners and operators, contractors and sub-contractors. The ability to execute on that premise is being watched very closely by us at CBA and by extension our Primavera Contract Management customers. While this is an exciting development bringing a true SaaS model, cloud-based solution to the Primavera family, it also puts into question the future of traditional Primavera products especially that of Oracle Primavera Contract Management.
Oracle Primavera has already crowned Skire as the eventual replacement for Contract Management due primarily to the fact that Skire already contains 70% of the enhancement requests received for Contract Management. Right now Skire is in a sort of hibernation and is in controlled release until the first Oracle re-developed versions and new modules are released in January through March 2013 according to Oracle Primavera. For a sneak peak and an understanding of the Oracle roadmap for Skire, Oracle Primavera is hosting a webinar tomorrow December 5th, at 12:00 noon EST. Here is a link to register for the webinar https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=541959&sessionid=1&key=1648A6E955E7AA28696AB99D2A8A881D&partnerref=bulletin&sourcepage=register. In the weeks and months to come we will continue to provide information and insight into this development. Our CBA Sales and Technicalstaff will be glad to answer any questions you may have to help you understand the strategy and direction of both Skire and Contract Management.read more