October 23, 2006
Prolog 2007 Focuses on Keeping Current
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Welcome to AECWeekly! Recently, AECWeekly conducted an Interview with Stephen L Schneider, director, product line management, Meridian Project Systems about the current release of their flagship project management software product, Prolog.


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Prolog 2007 Focuses on Keeping Current

by Susan Smith


Recently, AECWeekly conducted an interview with Stephen L Schneider, director, product line management, Meridian Project Systems about the current release of their flagship project management software product, Prolog. To see what’s new in Prolog 2007, go to the following


AECWeekly: What issues led to the enhancements in Prolog 2007?


The technology upgrades were centered around keeping Prolog up to date with the latest Products from Microsoft and Business Objects such as Microsoft SQL Server 2005 as a supported DBMS, Office 2003 for viewing and redlining office documents within Prolog WebSite, and creation and viewing of Crystal XI reports in both Prolog Manager and Prolog WebSite. These technology upgrades were direct enhancement requests from our customers and a strategic decision by Meridian to keep our Prolog Product Line current with other software products to expand our leadership in the Project Management market.


The feature enhancements such as Project Specific Lookup Lists and Main Contacts were customer requested enhancements to further expand the capabilities of Prolog Manager to manage large portfolios of multiple projects with different data and correspondence requirements. We also improved Prolog Manager's user interface to provide a requested visual indication when files were attached to Prolog database records within the Prolog Data Entry Forms and document registers. These enhancements were highly requested by multiple customers.


AW: What is the learning curve for those who are new to Prolog? How about for those who have been using other versions?


The learning curve is dependent upon the training program implemented by customers during initial implementation or upgrade. Meridian's large network of Channel Partners offer many training courses in the use of individual Prolog Manager modules, Prolog WebSite, and Prolog administration. They offer both on-site training and training at their own training facilities. Courses range from 1-5 days depending upon the users need and specific role within their company.


Meridian also offers a Prolog Certification Program intended as a train-the-trainer program. The Certification Program enables a customer's power user or administrator to conduct training to their own user community. Many customers complete the Certification Program and create customized training materials to focus on the Prolog functionality specific to their direct needs and modeled after their unique Prolog configuration.


AW: Do new features arise from discussions with users at the user conference?


New feature enhancements are often discussed at the User Conference and during meetings with the Prolog Customer Advisory Board (CAB). All customers are encouraged to submit their enhancement requests through our Support Services group. Duplicate requests are linked together and help drive the planning priority for our Product Line Management and Development teams. I also conduct enhancement surveys with both the CAB and general user community to help identify the most desired and strategically beneficial enhancements for next releases.


AW: What is the pricing model?


Meridian has multiple pricing models depending upon the implementation requirements of our customers. We offer both self hosted licenses and subscription licenses to our ASP service called ProjectTalk. ProjectTalk is most beneficial to those customers who do not have the desire to build and maintain the IT infrastructure required to self-host Prolog Manager and Prolog WebSite. Customers can pay a monthly subscription fee per user or recognize greater cost savings for signing up for yearly or multiple year subscriptions.


For self-hosted Prolog Manager licenses, Meridian offers both individual named-user licenses or Enterprise Packs. Enterprise Packs consist of bundled shared licenses similar to the concurrent license model. These are sold in Packs of 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 licenses. Prolog WebSite is sold as individual Named-User licenses or in a Server Pack with 25 concurrent licenses.



Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements


WinEstimator, Inc., a provider of project cost estimating software announced that it is partnering with On Center Software, a Texas-based software developer in the AEC industry. The agreement was finalized at the recent Constructech Vision Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., where both companies received 2006 Technology Vision Awards. WinEstimator and On Center will work together to provide seamless integration between On Center Software’s takeoff application and WinEstimator’s suite of cost estimating solutions.



Announcements


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that BE Conference 2007 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, April 29-May 3, and BE Conference Europe will be held at the Hilton London Metropole in the United Kingdom, June 10-14. In addition, the company issued a call for presentations for both events.


The deadline for application submissions is Nov. 30, 2006. The benefits of being a presenter include recognition as an industry expert plus a waiver of all conference fees. For details, visit


For more information on BE Conference 2007 and BE Conference Europe, go to


Cyon Research Corporation, hosts of the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES), announced the opening of registration for next year’s event, COFES 2007. The premiere conference of the CAD world will take place April 12-15, 2007 in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Last year, more than 260 attendees, including software company executives, engineers, programmers, consultants, and press, attended the intimate and innovative 3-day industry discussion. Registration for COFES 2007 is available by invitation only, according to Cyon Research CEO Brad Holtz. Those wishing to attend can apply for an invitation
here. Early registration closes November 1, 2006.


For the first time since the fourth quarter of 2003, Hewlett-Packard moved into the No. 1 position for worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter of 2006, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The preliminary statistics show that HP's lead over Dell is 110,000 units.


Worldwide PC shipments totaled 59.1 million units in the third quarter of 2006, a 6.7 percent increase from the same period last year. The U.S. PC market experienced a year-over-year shipment decline of 2 percent. The last time the U.S. PC market suffered a decline in PC shipments was the second quarter of 2002.


AECnews, a leading online news journal covering design technology, announced the launch of
TeamDWF. TeamDWF is a new web-based publication covering the use of Autodesk’s DWF publishing technology for collaboration. Autodesk is the site’s founding sponsor; AECnews is the owner/publisher.


The 2006 Kubotek USA Interoperability Survey finds continued and growing challenges for manufacturers working to get products to market quickly due to problems in the design-to-manufacturing processes, including the use of legacy data and disparate CAD systems.


The 2006 CAD Interoperability Survey is Kubotek's latest installment in an ongoing study of key issues that hamper productivity and therefore reduce efficiency in the design and manufacturing workplace. More than 2,800 CAD managers and users responded to the survey.


Intergraph Corporation, a provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, announced that it will hold a special meeting of Intergraph's stockholders on November 20, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time at Intergraph's executive offices, located at the Building 15b Auditorium, 170 Graphics Drive, Madison, Alabama 35758. At the meeting, Intergraph stockholders will vote on the previously announced merger agreement providing for the acquisition of Intergraph by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group. Stockholders of record as of the close of business on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the special meeting.


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