Last week I needed to view a colleague’s project plan (in Microsoft Project) to
make sure I hadn’t been stitched up ensure that all the activities had been captured in the correct sequence and within a realistic time frame. Because I didn’t have Microsoft Project installed on my PC, I had to go through the correct processes to get a licence allocated and the software installed.
I could have just got the CD out of my drawer and installed an illegal copy, but I was “being good” and my honesty cost my Manager’s budget £223.35 – and that’s with a heavy volume licence discount.
Literally two days after the software was installed, I attended an event where I was given a copy of Seavus Project Viewer. For anyone who’s not aware of this product’s existence (I wasn’t), it is an application which allows Microsoft Project (.MPP) files to be viewed by users who don’t have a copy of Microsoft Project installed. At only $39, this would have been substantially more cost-effective than licensing Microsoft Project so I thought I’d blog about it and save someone else from spending the money if they only need read-only access to project plans.