What are the differences between Primavera and MS Project?
The basic difference between Primavera and MS Project is that Primavera is a Database software whereas MS Project is a file based software.
Let us take the example of a spread sheet to illustrate the difference between a database software and a file based software. We will try to understand the concept of a database software through the followings questions.
What is the size of a simple spread sheet containing only data (not containing images or other media)?
Ans: Usually around 50 to 500 Kb for smaller file sizes.
Medium sizes - 500Kb to 10Mb
Larger sizes - More than 10 Mb
Is there a difference between opening up a small sized file and a large sized file?
Ans: Yes. When the file size is more, it opens up slowly. A spreadsheet of more than 10Mb size consumes a few seconds to open up in most computers.
What is a database?
Ans: Database is a collection of data organized and stored centrally and accessed simultaneously by multiple users. A database application can quickly retrieve required data and process it to produce desired information for the end user.
What are the advantages of a database software?
Ans: Quick updation of data
Easy to make complex operations such as scheduling
Data matching certain criterion can be retrieved easily.
What is the advantage of a database software in planning?
A database software can operate faster than a file based software when the quantum of data is more. For example, a huge construction infrastructure project with multiple resources and many thousand activities can operate multiple times faster in a database application.
What is the advantage of a file based software in planning?
A file based software is very flexible and easy to operate with so many features of a spread sheet. Creating a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) and linking is very easy in a file based software.
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