Piecing together an integrated technology solution is never an easy process. So when construction technology vendors engage in M&A (merger and acquisition) activity, the thought is that integration between the two products should be seamless. However, that is not always the case.

Still, you do have some technology vendors making concerted efforts to ensure products being acquired won’t simply fall off the digital map, so to speak. For instance, Oracle,www.oracle.com, Redwood Shores, Calif., is looking to tie together some recent acquisitions under the mission of helping improve project and portfolio management for the construction industry.

Yasser Mahmud, vice president of product strategy and industry marketing in Oracle’s Primavera Global Business Unit, says the company is moving in the direction of integrating Primavera and Skire brands in order to help owners, as well as the contractor community. The Skire brand, acquired earlier this year, has been well established in the construction market for providing a full range of portfolio management solutions used by large owners across the globe.

Now under the Primavera brand, Unifier will remain a cloud-based enterprise Project Portfolio and Facility Lifecycle Management solution that features configurable business process automation and workflow that help drive business rules, accountability, and visibility.

Much of the functionality contained within the brand, such as cost controls, business process management, and configurable process automation, obviously make for a good fit with Oracle’s large owner customers. But according to Mahmud, some of the functionality contained within Skire could also be attractive options for large general contractors and EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractors.

He points to the fact many of these large contractors are looking to do in-depth cost management and need a comprehensive set of cost-engineering tools. Or in cases where they are working on global projects, the fact Primavera Unifier works under multi-currency support can be of value.

While the usefulness of such a solution can only be determined on a case-by-case basis, the fact Oracle is working to tie the Primavera and Skire brands together so closely should definitely warrant some investigation from large owners or contractors that are looking for technology solutions that can cover the end-to-end phases of construction.

Mahmud confirms the plan for Oracle Primavera is to continue investing in the Contract Manager product, which has heavy penetration in the construction industry. In fact, he even hinted perhaps three or four years down the line the Project Delivery Management functionality contained within Skire could be more closely linked to the core functionality contained within Contract Manager. If such plans should come to light, this could further enrich the functionality of the Contract Manager brand in construction.