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Why choose an integrated project delivery platform in a world of niche?

BY: Oracle



by Geoff Roberts

Owner organizations across asset-intensive and manufacturing industries are striving to deliver projects while looking to digitally transform their businesses. It’s ever easier for business units and departments within these organisations to adopt niche cloud products to support their individual requirements.

We know that these products are often easy to set up and quick to establish while answering the specific need of a department. However, adopting niche solutions is further exacerbating the siloed environments that digital transformation is looking to remove.

Niche cloud products and silos

The rich data sources that digital transformation relies on are severely compromised due to each department/business unit looking to adopt their own policies and manage their own data through niche cloud products while relying on Excel as a further support tool.

In addition, the need to increase remote workers’ efficiency requires that niche solutions provide mobile capabilities. This unleashes a plethora of applications and exacerbates the IT department’s ability to manage cyber security.

Whilst the use of niche products can be partially resolved with a highly integrated environment, those tangled “spider web” approaches deployed to business solutions are a thing of the past. Niche products will prompt adopting further Excel tools to overcome deficiencies in data availability.

Enterprise resource planning systems

IT departments often address additional expenditures on project delivery solutions by encouraging the use of the owner organizations’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to provide answers to these questions. An ERP system is a platform in its own right.

However, ERP doesn’t operate at the granularity required to enable complex programs and projects to be successfully delivered and managed on time and budget while meeting quality and safety standards.

A cloud-based project delivery platform can do the following:

•    Unite siloed departments
•    Remove Excel spreadsheet tools
•    Significantly reduce the ongoing need for integration whilst supporting a digital data thread/common data source

A project delivery platform can accomplish all these things and support the digital transformation vision.

Further, a project delivery platform enhances and is highly complementary to an owner organization’s ERP solution, providing the project team with a vehicle to efficiently deliver projects. A cloud-based platform significantly reduces the need for integration, as well as the software portfolio required, and ensures one common place to manage all project data, ensuring a digital data thread.

Oracle’s Primavera Unifier

Oracle’s Primavera Unifier supports owner organisations, their project delivery teams, and supply chains to manage their data in a single platform. Primavera Unifier is a purpose-built platform that supports, automates, and tracks project delivery processes through complex workflows.

In addition, Primavera Unifier acts as a perfect vehicle to remove Excel from the delivery teams and ensure data visibility and transparency—not only across the project team, but throughout the entire organization and supply chain.

Primavera Unifier also supports mobility to ensure that any project delivery process, including document reviews/redlining, photo capture, etc., managed remotely through a mobile application can be supported without the need for IT deployment.

Primavera Unifier supports typical project delivery processes across both capital and operational expenditure projects, including:

•    Project scope/charter
•    Contract administration
•    Change management
•    Payment controls
•    Cost management
•    Scope development
•    Document controls
•    And more

Oracle is also delivering configured packages to help organizations quickly adopt common, industry-wide methodologies, including engineering deliverables and procurement- and construction-installed, quantities-based progress measurement capabilities.

The Construction Industry Institute

In addition, Oracle now has an agreement with the Construction Industry Institute (CII). We’re working to deliver CII best practices methodologies into configured packages.

Over time, we’ll provide capabilities that support all 17 best practices where appropriate, allowing organizations to enhance company-wide adoption of these best practices. Packages to-date include project definition rating index (PDRI), project risk, and advanced work packaging (AWP) progress.

How digital transformation supports the digital thread

In conclusion, it may be in vogue to choose a cloud-based tool for an individual business need that provides a quick and easy win. However, digital transformation is best supported by the adoption of a minimal number of solutions that make up a business model that supports the digital data thread through the delivery of the asset.

Owner organizations that understand this approach are striving towards a minimal footprint comprising ERP, project delivery, and engineering solutions. Learn more about Oracle’s Primavera Unifier.

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