P. Weaver, Managing Director of MPI from 1987 to
Micro Planning International Pty Ltd
The original Australian home of Micro
Planner X-Pert and Micro Planner Manager
page details the personal involvement of Patrick Weaver in the Micro
Planner business from 1987 to 1999. For current sales and
support of Micro Planner X-Pert and Micro Planner
Manager software go to : www.microplanning.com.au
Patrick Weaver FAICD, was the Managing Director of Micro Planning
International Pty Ltd (MPI) from its founding in 1987 until its
original group of shareholders transferred ownership to a new
owner/manager in 1999. During the 13 years of his leadership, Weaver
and the other key PMI director Raf Dua, grew MPI from a start-up
business to a respected project management organisation.
MPI had an established client base for its range of project
management software (Micro Planner X-Pert and Manager) as well as
employing around 15 consultants, contractors and staff in various
scheduling, sales, support and management roles in a wide range of
client organisations. Under Weaver's direction, MPI's combined
turnover from consulting, software sales and support grew to exceed
$1million per annum.
The Micro Planning International Pty Ltd group of companies has
been producing award winning Microplanner project management
software since 1979. MPI was founded in Australia in 1987 as a
specialist 'Project Controls' company focused on applying the
practical experience gained working with clients around the world
using the Micro Planner range of software. $ Billions of projects
were delivered "On Time and On Budget" using its software and
For an update on the current state-of-the-art scheduling software,
standards and training visit Mosaic's planning
and scheduling page. The central business in the international
'Micro Planner' group is the current Australasian business, still
managed by Raf Dua, is Micro
Planning International Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.
The Development of Micro Planner and the MPI Group of Companies to
Micro Planning Services (MPS) starts trading in the UK. MPS was
founded by Glynn Nixon, Steve Wedlock and others who adapted the
ideas found in ICL's 1900 PERT package (to which Raf Dua was a
major contributor within ICL) to the Micro Computer. Micro Planner
is developed for the most innovative computer at the time, the
After 14 months development, the first project management package
for a micro computer - Micro Planner for the Apple II - is
Micro Planner is Accepted by Apple Computer as an
official software product, and an agreement is signed with them
for distribution throughout Europe.
International Computers Limited (ICL), reputedly the UK and
European Leaders in project management software, licence the
rights to port Micro Planner onto their micro, mini and
International contractors, Taylor Woordrow, purchase their first
copy of Micro Planner.
The Planner for 256K IBM PC and Sirius/Victor are released.
A new versions of Micro Planner for the Apple III is
The company changes its name to Micro Planning Software .
Apple Computer approaches MPS to become one of only six seeded UK
developers to produce a package for their new and revolutionary
Gateway Systems, a Californian Corporation with extensive project
management experience, starts to distribute Micro Planner into the
Micro Planner is developed for the Apple Macintosh.
Following the demise of Gateway Systems Micro Planning Software
USA formed, based in California.
Micro Planner for the Macintosh is launched. Using the new
mouse-driven graphical user interface, this product establishes
Micro Planning as one of the world's leading software developers.
Micro Planner ranked 4th in the Top Twenty Apple software charts.
Project Training Ltd. is set up as an independent company to
provide training courses in project management techniques and the
use of Micro Planner in the UK.
Computer Planning Services (CPS), managed by P. Weaver, starts
using Micro Planner for consultancy and training in Australia.
Micro Planner Plus released for the Apple Macintosh. A
vastly enhanced version of the software designed to keep in line
with Apple's hardware development, in particular the Macintosh
Micro Planner V4 released for IBM AT PC's.
Micro Planning Australia Pty Ltd starts trading. Patrick
Weaver and Raf Dua are the Australian Directors.
Micro Planning Software Ltd (UK) and Micro Planning Software USA
merge to form Micro Planning International and turn their
attention to the worldwide market.
MPI starts association with RAAF developing the ASPS aircraft
maintenance scheduling system at RAAF Amberley.
Micro Planner Version 6 is released identically on Apple and
IBM equipment (with Microsoft Windows) - the first cross-platform
project management solution for companies with a mixed hardware
Continuing our tradition of 'first with the best', Micro
Planner X-Pert is launched for the Apple Macintosh. X-Pert
is a full-function package to rival the best available on any
platform, including mini and mainframe software.
Micro Planning International take over the InstaPlan Corporation
(USA), adding the top selling, outline based package InstaPlan
to an already impressive range of products.
Micro Planning Australia changes its name to Micro Planning
International Pty Ltd (MPI) to align with the rest of the MPI
InstaPlan 5000 released.
Micro Planner X-Pert becomes a yardstick for modern project
management software tools - as one reviewer commented, 'X-Pert
deserves to become the standard project management tool against
which others are judged'.
Micro Planner Professional, an MS-DOS product similar in
capacity and design to X-Pert is released for IBM AT & 386
PC's. It is aimed at large corporates with an MS-DOS strategy, or
for whom Macintosh technology is not an option.
Micro Planner X-Pert 2 released for the Apple Macintosh.
X-Pert continues to be heralded as 'the Rolls Royce of project
Micro Planner Manager, a low priced cut-down version of
X-Pert, is launched.
In response to client demand, Micro Planning establishes its own
training centres to provide courses on project management and the
Micro Planner range of software. Services offered are expanded to
include a wide variety of consultancy - from implementing a system
from scratch to providing additional personnel for specific
InstaPlan EMS v4.1 released for IBM PC's.
X-Pert wins its first MacWorld award for resource and project
Micro Planner X-Pert wins its second MacWorld award for the
best Resource and Project Management software, with Micro
Planner Manager in second place.
Micro Planner X-Pert for Sun released. Micro Planner X-Pert
running under Microsoft Windows is launched to provide an easy to
use, high end package that offers the same functionality and value
as the Macintosh version.
X-Pert for Mac wins MacWorld award for resource and project
management for the third year running.
Micro Planner X-Pert wins MacWorld's 'Best All-Time'
Readers Choice award to celebrate the Apple Macintosh Computers
Micro Planner Manager running under Microsoft Windows is
launched completing the three tiered product range for both PC and
X-Pert for Mac wins MacWorld award for resource and project
management for the fourth year running.
X-Pert for HP7000 and Silicone Graphics (Unix) workstations
MPI supports Fallon Project Management Pty Ltd in the development
of the VIPER aircraft maintenance management system - see more on VIPER.
MPI opens linked web sites in the UK, USA and Australia.
Macintosh sampler sets available for downloading from the UK site.
MPI in the USA move offices from San Fransisco to Denver.
Australia opens a new national office and both upgrade support
Brian Doyle joins Micro Planner as Queensland manager.
Fully 'Year 2000' compliant versions of X-Pert and Manager
X-Pert v3.0 released.
MPI and Fallon Project Management Pty Ltd collaborate to win the
RAAF FleetOPS contract.
The Australian MPI business is transitioned to new owners.
P. Weaver starts Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd to focus on
project management consultancy, litigation support and general
project management training
The sale and support of the Micro Planner software range
(including training) remains the exclusive responsibility of the
original MPI business, see: www.microplanning.com.au