You've been told that Primavera Contract Management won’t be releasing any new updates. What happens as your business needs grow and your project management solution doesn't? Your options at this point are to stay on your current solution, follow the upgrade path to Unifier, or switch to another solution.
Whether you are thinking about following the upgrade path or switching to a different solution, here are 3 questions you need to consider.
1. Is the solution easy to use?
Construction project management software only works when the project team uses it. Software that is difficult to use, slow to load, or requires too many clicks won't won’t be used by your project teams. The purpose of project management software is to make your life easier; make sure the platform you select not only solves your problems, but is easy to use. It can be a robust solution, but needs to be intuitive and easy to learn to ensure your team will utilize it.
2. How much time and money will implementation cost you?
A good indicator of usability is implementation and training time. If it takes six months to a year to implement and begin training, there’s a higher chance that the software is not intuitive or easy to use.
Look for software with an implementation requirement of days, not months. The solution should have a clear implementation strategy with measurable goals, action items, and timelines that can be implemented quickly with an online learning system, support documentation, and live training sessions with a software expert. Look for software that will have you up and running quickly.
For a truly collaborative system, you shouldn’t be worried about paying additional fees for implementation and training. Make sure to find out how much it’s going to cost to get your entire team up and running.
3. What’s the time to value?
An intuitive product that can be implemented in just days has a very fast and measurable return on investment. As soon as your team is up and running, higher project communication, collaboration, and efficiency result in higher profit. When your field team is able to access real time information, they can make better decisions, faster––eliminating potential delays and rework due to outdated information.