By Melissa Centurio Lopes on Jan 08, 2013
written By: Garrett E. Harley, Director, Engineering & Construction
I was sitting in a restaurant in downtown San Francisco in the winter of 1995 when the canvas of my future found fresh paint. I had been living in Lake Tahoe since the fall. I was studying for the Medical College Admission Test, commuting to Davis, California to take my final exams, and racing out the door anytime the snow flew to catch first tracks on Squaw Valley’s KT22 ski run. Being the son of three generations of physicians sounded like a stable future, but I had doubts. I had numerous friends recently graduated, and during the fall had canvassed them all with a simple question: “Are you happy?”
So one afternoon I dusted off the only suit I owned and drove to San Francisco to meet with a friend who had convinced me to attend one of the Project Management Institute’s monthly chapter dinners. He worked as a project controls engineer for a large engineering, procurement, and construction company based in San Francisco. “I love what I do” is what he said over the phone, “and the projects are tangible things that literally change the face of the planet.” The evening’s panel of contractors was working on the expansion of the San Francisco International Airport. As each participant shared their story, I became impressed by the complexity of the project, the coordination required, and the results achieved. By the time dinner rolled around I leaned over and whispered, “You’re right, this is pretty cool.”
On my way home, I decided I was going to find and enroll in a class that could teach me more about Oracle’s Primavera P3.I found a course and discovered that the area of project controls was a discipline that attracted me. What the technology let me do was intoxicating and I have been an enthusiast ever since.
The organization, the tracking, the ability to make sense out of masses of information— it was such powerful technology! It allowed me to keep my finger on the pulse of very complex activities. For more than 15 years I have worked with and enjoyed the technology that Dick Faris and Joel Koppelman, co-founders of Primavera Systems, Inc., helped build. I work with a large group of project controls devotees who continue to develop new and innovative ways for technology to help conceive, plan, visualize, execute, value, control, and deliver engineering and construction infrastructure across the world.
With Oracle’s recent acquisition of Skire’s Unifier product, the company has the capabilities that will help it develop an integrated and comprehensive cost and scheduling solution for engineering and construction.
I am often asked about Oracle’s strategy for the engineering and construction industry, and I answer with three principles that guide its strategy and offer a glimpse into the product development culture of the Oracle Primavera product family—commitment, focus, discipline.
Commitment. Oracle is committed to its customers, the engineering and construction industry, and to creating top-quality products
Focus. Oracle is focused on industry needs, value, and integrated solutions
Discipline. Oracle believes in empowering people with the right technology to support the discipline of project controls
Oracle is committed to supporting and enhancing its current products as well as to developing a new, market-leading, best-in-class solution. Let’s go build something together.
Garrett E. Harley
Director, Engineering & Construction Strategy
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