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The answer depends on the complexity and simplicity of the types of projects
you typically do.  For many,  the integration of MS Project with MS Office
more than does it and makes it for some of its technical shortfalls.
 However,  for more complex projects with more involved relationships between
activities,  Suretrak more than does it for most.  Suretrak tracks 10,000
activities and prints multiple reports with one order.  MS Project can't.
  Suretrak is also compatible with Primavera which then satisfies the larger
corporate clients who use / need Primavera schedules.  However,  because
Suretrak is not integrated with MS Office,  you can't OLE link as well.
 since this is seldomly used in my opinion,  it is not a major loss.

Check out the following website page for a comparison chart of Primavera
(P3), SureTrak and MS Project.:

Also,  recently on the Civil Engineering newsgroup was a similar discussion,
 snipped here for your info:

Subject:	MS Project vs Primavera
From:	brka(--nospam--at)eunet.yu (Kraincanic Branko)
Date:	Sat, 30 Aug 1997 16:52:21 GMT

Could someone give me opinion on MS Project in comparison with Primavera (
O.K. , do not
mention cost ratio). I am employed in one medium construction co. and trying
to find out
which of these two programs would be more efficient in managing the works.
 Thanks for any help.  Brka
Kraincanic Branko, 
Subject:	Re: MS Project vs Primavera
From:	Edwin Phillips <ephillips(--nospam--at)>
Date:	Tue, 2 Sep 1997 12:11:22 GMT

I work for an engineering firm and have had occasion to use both MS
Priject and Primavera Suretrak.  Both are relatively easy to use and
produce good results.  I f you work with other contractors as a prime or
sub, you might find Suretrak to be more useful since it integrates well
with Primavera's P3 Project Planner.
Subject:	Re: MS Project vs Primavera
From:	DWS <stransks(--nospam--at)>
Date:	Sat, 30 Aug 1997 20:06:13 -0700

I have not used MS Project but have heard it is not too bad. I have used
Suretrak which is a scaled down version of Primavera, and a lot cheaper.
I have used it a few medium sized projects. It is easy to use and
generates some nice output. I have tried a few others but prefer
Subject:	Re: MS Project vs Primavera
From:	"Michael Incledon" <mincledon(--nospam--at)>
Date:	31 Aug 1997 01:57:04 GMT

IMHO, MS Project is simpler, easier to use, easier to make nice output, and
less expensive to use (not just to buy) because training times are much
shorter. Primavera is (in the USA) the industry standard, and they have a
small package call Sure Trak that is very nice. If I wanted to use my
schedules in conjunction with other companies, I would choose Primavera,
otherwise MS Project.
Michael Incledon, PE
<end snip>

In a message dated 97-09-09 10:55:15 EDT,  Kim Hicks of the McSherry Group

<< Our firm recently purchased Microsoft Project to help with our scheduling
 needs.  I was wondering if any of you had any experience with this program
 and if you've found an effective way to utilize it for scheduling and
 budgeting purposes.
 I would also like to know of other scheduling software programs that people
 have found work well. >>