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Old 09-07-2005, 12:29 PM
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Question P3 vs. Enterprise Flavors

Did Primavera make a good move with the roll out of the Primavera Enterprise (P3e, P3e/c, etc.) platforms not having complete functional backwards compatibility with P3?
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Did Primavera make a good move with the roll out of the Primavera Enterprise (P3e, P3e/c, etc.) platforms not having complete functional backwards compatibility with P3?
I worked for Primavera for 12+ years before leaving earlier this year...

In regards to your question about whether Primavera made a good move by releasing Primavera Enterprise without having complete functional backwards compatibility with P3:

I say Primavera did what we had to do back in June 1999 to advance the Primavera product and business into the client/server application world. Sure, it would've been nice to offer complete backwards compatibility but that's really hard to do when you're moving from an application with something like 200 data fields to one with about 2,000. Things just don't line up perfectly. And, from a business perspective, we had to release a client/server, Oracle-based product. Even if existing customers wouldn't want PE version 1.0, we planned to increase backwards-compatibility in successive releases (which has been done).

It's great that P3 has such a loyal user base. I helped test the first P3 for Windows version back in 1994 - Who knew that product would still be project managers' favorite after 10+ years?

Meanwhile, Primavera Enterprise has continued to improve with successive versions (they just released 5.0) and it deserves a hard look if you are considering any type of enterprise-level project and resource management.

Okay, those are my thoughts on this subject. Cheers!

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John Garay
DecisionEdge, Inc.
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Note: The contents of this post are my personal opinion only and certainly do not reflect the views of my former employer!
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Old 10-04-2005, 08:00 AM
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Thanks John, your insight from the vendor perspective is appreciated. Welcome to the PMKB forums!
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Meanwhile, Primavera Enterprise has continued to improve with successive versions (they just released 5.0) and it deserves a hard look if you are considering any type of enterprise-level project and resource management.
I guess the crux of the matter is that P3 is/was used by a large segment that does not require enterprise level project and resource management (ie. stand-alone projects with dedicated resources).
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:54 AM
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That's quite true using P5 for a single project with assinged resources is just like driving a racing car on the city roads, p5 has lots of features which are really not needed. i m using p3 for past 5 years and it has sufficient functions.I just shifted to p5 due to company obligations and while working on it, i came to this conclusion.




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Thanks John, your insight from the vendor perspective is appreciated. Welcome to the PMKB forums!
I guess the crux of the matter is that P3 is/was used by a large segment that does not require enterprise level project and resource management (ie. stand-alone projects with dedicated resources).
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:31 AM
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P6 to be released very soon

It's been a long time since my P3 days.

Whenever I have a project now, I use P3 for very very simple projects while I use P5 when I handle programs (project groups).

I love how P5 manages scope. It is so much easier to use WBS in P5.

One thing I make sure of when deciding whether to use P3 or P5 -- I do not shift from one system to the other or link them. That's an unnecessary headache!

I eagerly await the release of P6.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:16 AM
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I'm a P3 user. I'm a MSP user. I'm now a P6 user. I upgraded one of my licenses to P5 (then 6) just over the summer months.

P3 is like an old glove. Fits perfectly, and easy to find 'cause it smells of old age. It crashes my laptop routinely, and refuses to die.

P6 is like a racecar, true. MSP users will recognize all the "enterprise" features. I like them, but it's still a bit stiff to steer and shift. The server management chores are unfamiliar and a little scary. The ability to "move" a project between laptops at will is lost unless the laptops have exactly the same Enterprise Global and EPS code structure, the very thing that makes P6 so loveable.

I'm not going back. I'll cope.
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