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Looking for Oracle Primavera Professional 8.2?

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AEC Industry Cloud Transition Cost Management: Part 5/7, Value Engineering and Quality vs. Cost

Welcome to part 5/7.  Once you start to flush out your model with products you have or want to use, you will likely start to see a few trends.  After some option analysis, if you end up with costs being the same, you will be left with analysis of quality.  This Cost vs. Quality ratio may not be a new issue for the seasoned buyer but the model we developed will help anyone make more seamless parallels between traditional and cloud offerings.

To better illustrate, let’s park Quality for a minute and use 3 scenarios to paint a spectrum of what the cost allocations of your IT solution might look like today.  For organizational purposes I will use the Deployment Models (Public, Private, Hybrid, Community) from the NIST Cloud Definition to line out the options.  Remember the NIST Deployment Models are referring to how many entities the solution is provisioned for (across all 3 layers of Software, Platform, and Infrastructure) vs. where they are located.  So whether your solutions are on or off premise is not relevant at this time.  Hybrid is simply a hybrid and Community is just a limited number of entities somewhere in between so we will leave it out for now.  I have also put a ratio of Human:Non-Human costs.

Scenario 1: Private

Let’s assume all your solutions are managed by your staff and you own/license/manage all the products used.  For example you pay for Software Layer licenses of Microsoft SharePoint, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle Primavera Unifier, Autodesk Revit and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  You also pay for/maintain all the Platform Layer licenses of Windows or Java Servers  and perhaps you use VMware products for Infrastructure.  This is fairly traditional, and while not the definition of NIST Private Cloud, it is a private solution.  Your ratio of Human:Non-Human costs may be something like 3:1, 4:1 or higher.

Scenario 2: Hybrid

Let’s assume 50% of your solutions are owned/licensed/managed by your staff and 50% by a 3rd Party.  For example you pay for Software Layer licenses of a financial application like Viewpoint V6 and enterprise content software like Viewpoint Construction Imaging as well as all the Platform and Infrastructure required to run the solution.  This is the Private half. Then for example you pay for some other Software Layer solution like eBuilder for Project Management and Aconex for collaboration.  These are SaaS offerings so they also include the Platform and Infrastructure layers.  This is fairly common and again, while it does not define NIST Hybrid Cloud, it is a hybrid solution.  Your ratio of Human:Non-Human costs may be 1:1.

Scenario 3: Public

Let’s assume 100% of your solutions are managed by a 3rd party and you do not own/license any products.  Basically you are using 100% SaaS only offerings.  For example you pay for Software Layer solutions like Quickbooks Online, Salesforce CRM, and Office 365 all of which include the Platform and Infrastructure costs as well.   This is not very common yet in the AEC Industry, but of the 3 scenarios is more likely to be synonymous with the NIST Public Cloud definition as these solutions are generally not provisioned for your organization’s exclusive use.  Your ratio of Human:Non-Human costs may be the opposite, say 1:5.

With all likelihood Scenario 1 will be least expensive, Scenario 2 in the middle, and Scenario 3 the most expensive.  When this is the case, the Private solutions generally lack some expertise/breadth or meeting NIST Cloud Essential Characteristics but make better use of Resource Pooling across the solution layers.  The Public offerings may be better automated, but they are generally not sharing the Platform and Infrastructure layer costs across the entire solution.  And so the fun begins.

If you are an in house IT team gunning for Scenario 1 you might cross your arms and say I told you so.  If you are a Consultant or Managed Services provider (like my company is) then you may lean toward Scenario 2 and say but let me give you the best of both worlds. If you are are a SaaS provider fitting into Scenario 3 you may say sure, but there’s no IT headaches, we take care of all that.  Perhaps this is all true, but it can be extremely confusing and the reality is until you get the Software, Platform, Infrastructure and related Human Resource costs organized in a way that you can actually make an intelligent comparison between past, current, and future options, decision making is a fairly futile endeavor.

So you may ask, what has this got to do with the Cloud Transition Cost Management again?  Well the model we have developed here makes all the costs transparent, at each layer of the solution.  There is no more guess work unless Vendors will not provide you the information for comparison.  This is rapidly changing with more Software Only licensing models being offered which enable you use a deployment model (Public, Private, Hybrid) of your choice.  With the right information plugged into the model, you can understand exactly why one solution cost differs from the other.  With costs uncovered, you can spend more time on analysis of quality, features, and value engineering the right mix with a very modular model that can be used throughout your organization, not just for IT.

Stay tuned for Part 6: Lab Exercises and Tools where I will provide some visuals that embody what has been discussed in order to get you moving if you have not already taken off down the run way.

Did You Know we can deploy Oracle Primavera Unifier in less than a week?

That’s right…not a year, not 6 months, not 3 months…but one week!  For application access, hosting, integrations and more…no one focused on the AEC Industry knows the NIST Cloud Definition like we do.  Whether it’s the 5 Essential Characteristics, 4 Deployment Models or 3 Services Delivery Methods we can help!  Give us a call to solve your business or technical issues with Oracle Primavera Unifier!

Thought Leadership on Primavera Solutions @ Oracle OpenWorld

Once again we are looking forward to a range of great discussions around the AEC Industry and Primavera products @ Oracle Open World 2013.  Wes Smith, CEO of The Cram Group and visionary behind AECCloud will be at the Primavera Private Reception on Monday as well as the exhibit through out the week.  If you would like to have a one on one discussion about the industry and/or our vision for unified solutions, please send us a request.

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Unified Cloud Solutions Presentation

We recently spoke @ Viewpoint Collaborate 2013 on Unified Cloud Solutions.  We covered a range of solutions topics including Unified Application Management, Business Intelligence, Integration and Interoperability.  To illustrate these solutions, we used examples from our work at the Pentagon, New York Times, and other clients as well as a range of AEC vendor offerings.

Based on a range of feedback, our demystification of Cloud and our vision of the future is a great framework for getting non technical and technical teams on a level playing field for communication.

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AEC Industry Cloud Transition Cost Management: Part 2/7, Definitions

If you missed part 1, I provided an intro and outline about this series on managing the Cost of Cloud Transition for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry.  As a reminder, whether you plan to stay with your current IT solution, go 100% cloud, or somewhere in between, this series will provide you with a modular approach that will be of value either way.

To do this, Finance, Operations, and IT professionals may need to learn a bit about each others worlds.   The most common problems I see in  evaluating costs are caused by this lack of cross functional understanding and communication.  With a little time spent exploring each others perspectives; cost, quality and requirements considerations can be more clearly baselined and carried forward into an evaluation.  This series is focused on costs, so to get all stakeholders headed down the same road, here’s a few definitions you will need for reference: Read More

Unleash the Power of Microsoft Excel with AEC Business Applications [Video]

Team TCG had a great webinar the other day.  This includes a walkthrough of Office Business Applications (OBAs) and using them with integrated web services, a fundamental technology driving cloud solutions.  If you missed it, take a look at the video below.

Looking for Oracle Primavera Unifier Hosting?

We implemented our first project with Skire Unifier in 2005 for a large construction program in the Middle East.  We followed that up assisting the John Wayne Airport and Faithful & Gould with their Skire Unifier efforts.  Both of these were long before Skire and the Unifier products were acquired by Oracle.  We’ve been an Oracle Partner focused on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Space for many years.  We’ve developed a range of solutions from hosting, reporting, integrations, and active directory SSO across what is now the Oracle Primavera line of products focused on the AEC Space.  If you are looking for Unifier, Oracle Primavera, or other AEC application solutions, give us a call!

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Interested in Using Microsoft Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry Applications?

We revamped our website section on OBAs so it’s easier than ever to get started using Microsoft Excel with Prolog and other AEC Industry applications.  The new streamlined section consolidates years of experience in building OBAs.  The basics of OBAs are outlined first and we added answers to more than 25 frequently asked questions about everything from why we build them, why they work well for Prolog, why people love them, and how they work with Prolog Sky!  [Click here to Learn More]