Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

Visualization and the Digital Project

written By Garrett Harley, Director, Engineering & Construction Strategy, Oracle

5D virtual construction will transform the construction industry

 Redesign should take place on the computer, not on the construction site.

 5D virtual construction modeling, or 5D BIM (short for building information modeling) enables the various participants of a construction project—from designers and contractors to owners—to visualize and display the entire construction progress sequentially over time, factoring in a critical component: actual and forecasted costs. It has the potential to vastly transform the delivery of projects large and small.

 Here’s how BIM technology has progressed through the years:

3D: Three-dimensional design modeling that enables project visualizations, walkthroughs, clash detection, and item scheduling

4D: 3D modeling plus time, linking the project schedules: resources, tasks, etc.

5D: 4D plus cost, integrating design with estimating, scheduling, and costing

 Leveraging the data available in the 3D BIM model, 5D BIM optimizes construction project management, enabling project team members to visualize the progression of construction activities and the associated costs. Beyond the ability to maximize physical and constructability constraints, 5D virtual construction gives companies the ability to better manage budgets and forecasted expenditures. Understanding construction sequencing can help prevent problems related to constructability and optimize cash flow within the framework of construction sequencing.

 In today’s environment, many E&C companies and some owners have begun to adapt and adopt 5D into their work processes. Recent surveys predict that 100 percent of owners and 80 percent of contractors will use BIM in some way in 2014.

 Currently, there is no standard definition of BIM and many partial or incomplete solutions. Dual standards have been developed by different organizations such as the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) by the buildingSMART allianceTM and ISO 15926. The number of developers in the BIM space has also grown creating integration issues.

For visualization to drive projects from concept to completion and into operations and maintenance, developers must extend current BIM capabilities. Users need mapping and display capabilities between the embedded construction schedule and the 3D model. They need easy, effective ways to verify clearances, identify design incompatibilities, and detect clash or collision points.

 All construction contractors are currently investing in standalone, specialized niche technology, so now is the time to bring those niche technologies together in an interoperable environment.

 For more information on BIM, read the whitepaper: “Leverage 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) to Help Meet the Challenges of Infrastructure Growth”

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Maximize Lead-to-Contract Performance

Written By Garrett Harley

How much does it cost you to find new projects?

 The engineering and construction industry wastes millions of dollars just seeking new work. On average, companies only win one out of every four jobs they pursue, squandering resources and limiting growth potential. That means a $10 billion company wastes $75 million annually on failed bids.

 In a typical engineering and construction organization, rarely do the teams that prepare the estimates for project bids and the teams that deliver those projects share information. Many geographically distributed companies allow each operating group in the company to bid on projects autonomously—loosing the opportunity to cross-sell services. The lack of collaboration at the very beginning of a project can lead to errors and omissions during project execution, which impacts margins and can lead to future claims.

 With the introduction of Oracle’s Primavera Project Bid and Execution, Oracle is breaking new ground in this key area. This new solution transforms the process, enabling organizations to improve their approach to new business development. Maximizing lead-to-contract performance improves customer connections, increases win rates, reduces the cost of bidding, manages risk, and builds a balanced portfolio of profitable work.

 A formalized approach to bid pursuit will help firms realize opportunities, better use resources and manage risks, which leads to better data assurance, increased business confidence, and higher win rates.

For more information on Oracle’s Primavera Project Bid and Execution, watch the Webcast: Transforming Construction Project Execution.

Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

Is your company ready to successfully execute a business transformation?

Intelligent Utility – January 18, 2015

Author: Guy Barlow, Director of Industry Strategy, Oracle Primavera

For companies that don’t want merely to succeed in the utilities industry but to lead, continual business transformation is a must. It appears, however, that actually achieving this transformation is also one of their most vexing challenges. New research from Oracle Primavera and Forbes, “Making the Change: Planning, Executing and Measuring a Successful Business Transformation,” shows that while the ability to execute transformation is critical to remaining relevant, nearly half of the 534 executives surveyed---from a number of different industries, including utilities---say their organization is only somewhat or not at all ready to successfully execute a business transformation today.

Continual business transformation is crucial for companies to stay ahead of emerging players and maintain a competitive edge. From bringing new offerings to market to embarking on major capital expenditures, business transformation can take countless forms. Many utility companies, however, are struggling with their transformation efforts. Despite strong agreement that business transformation is fundamental to success, 48% of total executives surveyed say their organization is only somewhat or not at all prepared to successfully execute a business transformation today.

Beyond the preparation, it’s the execution of the business transformation initiatives and projects that make or break its success. The most often cited cause for failure in the rollout of a business transformation initiative is inefficient execution (41%), followed by resource and budget constraints (35%). Additionally, top reasons for successful initiatives include support from leadership (51%) and strong, competent execution (48%).

When it comes to tools needed to ensure successful business transformation, respondents from utility companies say that having a summary of all costs associated with transformation initiatives is the single most critical capability (55%). More than half of utility industry respondents (55%) cite inefficient execution as the top reason for transformation failure while noting that the top reason for transformation success is support from leadership (48%). And, those who have successfully implemented transformation initiatives in the last three years say that business transformation met their expectations (47%).

Transformational change in utilities is needed. Given, among other factors, the volatility of commodity pricing, heightened regulatory scrutiny and diminishing talent, boards and executives realize the need for a step-change in their business. And it often depends on the successful planning and execution of strategic initiatives – that is, projects. (…)

Read the complete article here.

Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

The New Face of Project Management: Are Specialized PMOs and Mobile Tech the Future?

PM World Journal - January 2015

Author:  Mike Sicilia, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Oracle Primavera

The face of project management is changing. Economic fluctuation, evolving risk, and increasingly stringent regulations are creating new challenges for project managers. To meet these challenges and ensure the success of diverse projects across the enterprise, organizations must consider new and innovative methodologies and approaches that can inject innovation into processes.

Illuminating these realities, Oracle recently brought together a group of business leaders who revealed insight into two evolving areas: the role of project management offices (PMOs) and the increasing real-time reach of mobile technology. The Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) Board – a steering group of senior executives, academics, and industry experts that looks at how C-level executives can successfully prioritize and manage the project portfolio – raised questions over the long-term value of PMOs and the way mobile technology can transform project management.

Read the complete article here.

Monday Dec 08, 2014

Litmus Test: 86% of Large Enterprises See the Value of Business Transformation, Yet Nearly Half Are Not Fully Ready to Execute

Author: Mike Sicilia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Primavera

 Today, “business as usual” simply does not, and will not, suffice for large enterprises seeking success. New competition is emerging, existing competitors are upping their game, and the legislative regulation is challenging organizations to reach new levels of transparency. The landscape is dynamic, and for those businesses that strive not simply to compete, but to win, the need for business transformation is urgent. However, while the majority of executives agree that business transformation is vital to maintain a competitive edge, nearly half (48%) are only somewhat or not at all prepared to successfully execute a business transformation today.

 Oracle, in partnership with Forbes Insights, explored what drives business transformation initiatives both internally and externally for a company, and what determines the success or failure of such initiatives in the study, “Making the Change: Planning, Executing and Measuring a Successful Business Transformation .

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Thursday Dec 04, 2014

Why New Product Development is so Important to Manufacturers

Written by the Aberdeen Group

Innovation has become critical to the long-term health of a business. No longer can a company rest on its laurels and keep doing “business as usual” you must always be looking at new ways to serve your customers. New products are an organization's most important source of revenue. New products bring in higher sales, increased customer loyalty, and ultimately higher profits. One only needs to look towards Apple back in 2001 when it released the iPod. A great product for its time that was extremely successful, Apple was not satisfied however and continued to focus on new innovative products. Instead they released new products like the iPhone and iPad, which directly contributed to Apple’s market share increasing at the rate that it has.

The data backs up that thinking, as half of the revenue for Best-in-Class companies comes from these new products, a clear gap between their peers (Figure 1).

It is true that the launch of a new product offers an organization's greatest opportunity for increasing revenue and profitability. However, new product development is not a simple, uniform or sequential process. Its complexity and risks arises from its many phases, its many stakeholders, and the intricacy of the product being developed. Increased product complexity, changing consumer demands, market globalization, extended supply chains and design networks, and regulatory compliance are all concerns that affect new product development. Executives that are considering how to improve this complex process must find the right balance between improving execution, efficiency and timeliness with the genius of innovation and problem solving. Executives that tip the balance too far in either direction end up with a great product that is late or a poor product that is on-time: and either makes for a commercial failure.

For those companies looking to improve NPD, read the recent Aberdeen Report on The Hidden Costs of Late Products.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Mobility Now!

The October 27 edition of Projects@Work features the following bylined article from Oracle’s Guy Barlow focused on the use of mobility in enterprise project portfolio management.  The article notes that people expect to use mobility in project-intensive industries to present C-level executives with even more visibility, in real-time, into the project portfolio.  Further, the article notes that implementing mobile programs offers a wealth of benefits such as new ways to visualize projects for immediate resource management, as well as the ability to instantaneously share costs and schedules with team members.

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Monday Sep 29, 2014

Has the PMO Peaked? – A Glimpse into a Future of Decentralized Management

Most large organizations have established project, program or portfolio management offices, but there is a disconnect between many PMOs and the wider businesses they support, according to a group of senior executives and academics that studied the trend. They recommend that some organizations would be better served by a decentralized approach that creates “specialized PMOs.”  

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Thursday Aug 14, 2014

The Role of Crowd Sourcing in Enterprise PPM

Written by Wayne Caccamo

Crowd Sourcing has been a part of PPM processes for years, but now many of these processes like ideation, project prioritization and best-practice sharing have a more hip term to describe how they more broadly leverage ideas and information from project team members and stakeholders across the organization and beyond. If you’re not taking advantage of crowdsourcing across the PPM process life-cycle from ideation to business case and proposal management to project execution and benefits realization, perhaps you should. Read More....
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Tuesday Aug 12, 2014

The Latest Release of Oracle’s Primavera Unifier Improves Project Lifecycle Management in Four Important Ways

The latest version of Oracle’s Primavera Unifier offers a wide range of enhancements that improve project lifecycle management for capital planning, project delivery, cost control, and other areas. View a webcast that explores how the new release consolidates three previous standalone products—Primavera Project Delivery Management, Primavera Cost Controls, and Primavera Capital Planning—into a single application, Primavera Unifier Project Controls.
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