Primavera database administration has always been the responsibility of the Project Controls Central team in XYZ Construction for many years.
One Monday morning, an IT Manager suddenly invoked an IT corporate policy prohibiting all non-IT Primavera Users from managing and administering to the database. This effectively say that Central Project Control no longer has full control of the database security access.
P6 Administration role stays under Project Control-Central despite the removal of full administration access and privileges. The removed privileges include the right to add, modify, delete, and put on hold User’s access. It also removed administrative rights to change project and global security profiles.
The degree of control that PC Central has over database security aspects was adversely affected; i.e. including the right to control P6 User’s security profile. The takeover has been in place for about three months as of January 7, 2015, yet it came as a complete surprise.
IT claims that changing to an IT controlled scheduling database is the right thing to do, not to mention that it is inherently theirs by virtue of their generic functions as custodians of all things related to computer application and software. The IT Group believes that they have resources qualified to manage Primavera access security as they do in other applications.
This case study shall attempt to go a layer deeper to the nature, and consequence of this sudden and impending permanent change to P6 Database Administration. Together, we will test the rationale in play, and come up with a conclusion as to whether PC Central should reclaim the lost full administration rights, or unquestioningly give IT the baton so they can carry on with whatever they want done. This brief business case is prepared to reclaim the lost administration rights.