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History of Primavera Contract Controls
Since 1987, the Primavera product line included a contract control solution known first as Expedition, then later as Primavera Contract Management. This system was used widely in the construction and engineering industry for managing contracts and changes, payment requisitions and invoices, records, such as drawings, submittals, transmittals and meeting minutes, and essentially all the details one needs to keep track of when managing a construction project. Its strength was in the integration of its processes, and its ability to logically re-use data many times that was entered only once. Its weakness was in its inability to effectively allows separate companies or organizations at arms-length to collaborate in the same system, as well as its requirement to rely on 3rd party systems for document management.
In 2012, Oracle purchased Skire – a dynamic platform that provided similar functionality to Primavera Contract Management, and boasted strong functionality in areas where the latter was particularly weak: customizable workflows, multi-corporate collaboration and security, and real document management. Oracle immediately began to build project templates containing the standard business processes that both Contractors and Owners would require in a contract control system, thus allowing for a much quicker and less expensive journey to final system implementation.
Oracle has retired all future development on Primavera Contract Management, and has renamed Skire to Primavera Unifier, now an integral and powerful component of the Oracle Primavera solution set for Engineering and Construction.
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