Monday Jul 01, 2013

Improving the Industry’s Best Cloud Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution – New Release of Instantis EnterpriseTrack

By Yasser Mahmud, Vice President of Product Strategy & Industry Marketing, Oracle Primavera

We know that in today’s rapidly changing world, organizations and leaders must adapt to fierce competition, business climate change and customers consistently demanding more for less. And project portfolio management (PPM) initiatives are a key component to help organizations thrive and stand out among competitors.

That’s why I’m excited to announce Instantis EnterpriseTrack 8.5. Since Oracle’s acquisition of Instantis late last year, we’ve been busy working to enhance the leading cloud PPM solution.

Here’s what’s new:

Perform more precise resource planning and management

  •  Gain more precise capacity visibility for resource planning and project execution with resource calendars that capture vacation, LOA and part-time resource availability

  • Ensure compliance and governance processes  with activity labor cost capitalization

  • Improve project labor cost estimation, tracking and administration with variable resource rates

Optimize Project Demand Management And Execution

  • Enhance productivity and analysis with project request flexible staffing plan and simplified finance estimation

  • Improve project status communication and execution with estimated time to complete (ETC) in timesheets and projects

  • Achieve audit compliance and governance with field change history for key project and project request fields

  • Enforce proper financial accounting processes with the new strict finance lock/close period option

Improve Reporting and the User Experience

  • Enhance user productivity and analysis with improved listing pages

  • Improve program reporting with new program filters in listing pages and reports

  • Run large data volume user defined Excel reports with MS Excel 2010 support

  • Accelerate user productivity and satisfaction with an improved user interface for project issues, risks, and scope changes

  • Enjoy faster system response and improved user experience with  optimized listing pages, resource planning, and application cache

  • Deliver user self-service training on demand with UPK support

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also made additional improvements to timesheets, field change history and finance lock/close period. Learn more about Instantis EnterpriseTrack 8.5.

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

Just Released: Oracle Instantis EnterpriseTrack 8.5

Instantis EnterpriseTrack has been successfully integrated into the Oracle development process and the first release under Oracle is generally available. This release is a significant expansion of solution capabilities in resource management, project demand management, and project execution. It also includes customer requested product enhancements, reporting enhancements, performance optimizations, and user experience improvements. Key enhancements include:
  • New Resource Calendar functionality provides more precise capacity visibility for resource planning and increases project plan reliability.
  • Support for Activity Labor Cost Capitalization allows project teams to easily mark any WBS activity as CapEx or OpEx with Labor Expense Type and enforce proper classification of Labor Expense Type for activities by setting defaults through activity templates or at project level
  • New Variable Resource Rates functionality allows project stakeholders to specify resource rate accurately over time and account for wage revisions

Instantis EnterpriseTrack cloud and on-premise solutions provide a top-down approach to managing, tracking and reporting on enterprise strategies, projects, portfolios, processes, resources, and financials.

Upgrade now or Visit the Instantis EnterpriseTrack site to learn more.

Friday Jun 14, 2013

Oracle’s Primavera P6 Team Member for Android is Now Available!

Accurate project status is critical to the success of any project and capturing the information directly from the people doing the work is the best way to ensure your schedule reflects the true progress. A new interface has been added to enable project participants to update their status and communicate with others wherever they are. 

The functionality available in this new Android app is the same as the P6 Team Member for iPhone application that is currently available.

The release is available starting, June 13th, 2013, for general availability from Google Play store.

Some of the features and benefits highlighted in Primavera Team Member App for Android include:

  • Status the tasks to reflect the work that has been done including a single click to mark the task completed.

  • Mark a task with a star to signify importance. You can view all starred tasks in one list.

  • View and update steps, codes and user defined fields that are assigned to the task.    

  • Communicate with the project manager or other team members through e-mail or discussions. If a picture helps illustrate your message, attach one from your Android phone to the e-mail.

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Discover What's new in Primavera Unifier 9.9.3 - May 22nd

Don't miss this webcast and learn all about the enhancements in the recent new release of Primavera Unifier. Hear from the Primavera Product Strategy team as they take you through the details, including demos of the latest cloud-based Enterprise Product Portfolio Management solution from Oracle.

Register today - If you are a current Primavera Unifier user, then you definitely don’t miss out on this webcast!

Friday May 03, 2013

Oracle Instantis Complements and Expands EPPM Solutions

Late last year, Oracle announced its purchase of Instantis, a leading provider of cloud-based and on-premises project portfolio management solutions. Wayne Caccamo, a former Instantis executive and now part of Oracle’s Primavera team, discusses what the acquisition means for users of Oracle solutions for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM).

Q: What new capabilities does the Instantis acquisition bring to Oracle’s already extensive portfolio of EPPM solutions?
A: Oracle’s Instantis EnterpriseTrack offers a number of complementary solutions and capabilities for the Oracle portfolio. At a high level, Instantis EnterpriseTrack brings top-down strategy execution and portfolio management capabilities to resource-constrained PPM environments. At the same time, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Unifier provide robust bottom-up project-planning capabilities for schedule-constrained PPM use cases.

As such, Oracle’s Instantis product line has established market leadership in relatively lighter-weight project environments, such as IT; new product development; and process improvement. This, of course, complements Oracle’s traditional strengths in the capital planning, maintenance, and manufacturing environments that are prevalent in asset-intensive industries. This combination results in the most comprehensive single-vendor EPPM solution offering in the industry.

Q: Can current users of Primavera P6 and Oracle Fusion Applications integrate Oracle’s Instantis solutions into their existing platforms now?
A: Instantis EnterpriseTrack can integrate with Primavera P6, Oracle Fusion Applications, and other solutions through existing Web service APIs. More packaged integrations are on the product development roadmap. The vision is to move from the current, single-vendor EPPM solution to a single-platform EPPM solution by leveraging common cloud-service and Oracle components. At that point there will be a single, converged EPPM services layer for portfolio management, analytics, strategy alignment, and global resource and capacity management. However, there will continue to be a number of PPM-environment-specific configuration options to preserve cultural acceptability for each distinct user community in areas such as idea and demand management, project scheduling, financial modeling, and metrics tracking.

Q: What is the value of cloud computing to users of EPPM applications?
A: Often, cloud-based EPPM solutions are easier to deploy, use, administer, and afford. For example, deployment timeframes for Instantis EnterpriseTrack can be measured in days, not months. Oracle’s Instantis solutions are 100-percent Web based, which means they are easier to use since they are always on—anytime, anywhere—making it simple to support a remote and mobile workforce.

Q: Can EPPM users expect to see future upgrades and innovations to Oracle’s Instantis solutions?
A: Before being acquired by Oracle, Instantis built a 12-year track record of industry firsts and has been recognized by leading industry analysts as being innovative and visionary. With the additional resources being brought to bear under Oracle, it is expected that the rate of innovation will accelerate over time. Oracle is committed to continuous innovation in areas such as dashboards, reporting and analytics, user experience, and social/mobile PPM.

Read the full version of the EPPM Quarterly Newsletter here

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

Oracle Announces Three Important Enhancements to Its Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Portfolio

Oracle recently made a series of new product introductions in its lineup of solutions for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM). Included are expanded versions of Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.3 and Primavera P6 Analytics 3.1.

Oracle also introduced a new product, Primavera Gateway 1.0, a new integration platform that connects Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management with other enterprise applications to improve and streamline project planning and execution.

“Enterprises in asset-intensive industries often mention the need to have integration between Primavera P6 and their enterprise resource planning system,” says Kate McGettigan, principal product manager, Oracle’s Primavera. “Without this integration they have limited project-level collaboration between disciplines and across sites. This leads to an inability to effectively manage the project work within and across different business units and assets. This may also lead to delayed or ineffective decision making.”

Read the full article here

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

Upcoming webcast: Discover Instantis EnterpriseTrack - March 27th

We are very excited to introduce you to the latest addition to the Primavera product family, Instantis EnterpriseTrack.

Attend our webcast, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. PT and find out why this leading cloud PPM solution helps IT and business process leaders improve strategy execution and financial performance through more effective work and resource management.

Save your seat: Register today for this online event and discover the top-down approach to managing, tracking, and reporting on enterprise strategies, projects, portfolios, processes, resources, and results.

Saturday Feb 23, 2013

Now Available – Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics Release 3.1!

Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics Release 3.1 is a best-in-class business intelligence solution providing greater insights into your Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management projects and portfolios

Primavera P6 Analytics R3.1 is now available and delivers critical support for asset-intensive industries, alongside a host of other new features and capabilities that are applicable to most industries.Discover the new features, including industry sample dashboards and more. Find out more in an upcoming live video webcast.  Register here

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Wednesday Nov 28, 2012

Live Webcast: Discover Primavera Unifier - December 5th

Join our live webcast to see what Primavera Unifier can do for you and your organization.

We are very excited to introduce you to the newest addition to the Primavera product family, Primavera Unifier (formerly known as Skire Unifier).

Attend this webcast and learn why this new cloud-based solution is the most comprehensive Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) offering to manage the complete project lifecycle, from capital planning and construction to operations and maintenance.

Save your seat: Register today for this online event and learn how the addition of Primavera Unifier can help your organization manage their projects and facilities with more predictability and financial control, improving profitability and operational efficiency

Tuesday Jun 19, 2012

Oracle Unveils Oracle’s Primavera Inspire for SAP 8.0

“To successfully manage large capital projects and maintenance operations, organizations need clear visibility into materials, resources, schedule and financial information,” said Yasser Mahmud, vice president, Oracle’s Primavera Global Business Unit. “With the enhancements delivered in Oracle’s Primavera Inspire for SAP 8.0, partners and customers can benefit from an integrated solution that not only reduces risk, but also helps ensure that projects are completed on-time and within budget. This combination simplifies management and extends customers’ investments in existing SAP project management modules.”


Read all about the new release at http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/1666350?sc=OPR-TW

Sunday Mar 25, 2012

Oracle Brings Analytics to Project Management

“Primavera P6 Analytics generates information that can help organizations improve their utilization and trim down overall operating costs,” says Yasser Mahmud, vice president of product strategy and industry marketing in Oracle's Primavera Global Business Unit. “But more importantly, it gives organizations improved visibility.” More...[Read More]

Sunday Mar 18, 2012

Out-of-the-Box Integration Links Primavera Solutions with PeopleSoft Projects Applications

In a move that brings best-in-class enterprise project portfolio management to Oracle’s PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning customers, Oracle announced the integration of Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

The combination of PeopleSoft financial controls and Primavera portfolio management capabilities brings greater oversight of end-to-end processes to help organizations improve the planning and execution efforts needed to deliver projects on time and within budget.

“As an organization with many high-value, project-driven initiatives, we are very pleased to see Oracle’s investment in this important integration,” says Janardhanan Sankar, senior vice president for technology and quality at ITC Infotech India Ltd.

Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications enable project-centric organizations and departments to establish core operational processes for full project lifecycle management across operations and finance. The integration with Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management means organizations can eliminate costly and difficult-to-maintain proprietary integrations. Organizations can also standardize on the Oracle technologies to

  • Align back-office budgets and costs with project operations to help ensure accurate forecasting of costs, resources, and schedules

  • Provide an accurate single source of truth to financial managers and analysts using Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications, and to project managers using Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 

  • Enhance project collaboration and execution by having all users utilizing common solutions to communicate, plan, and deliver projects

“By bringing together Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, we are able to provide customers with the infrastructure they need to achieve a single source of truth on the projects they are managing,” says Paco Aubrejuan, Oracle’s group vice president and general manager, PeopleSoft. “This real-time visibility drives profitability, increases productivity, and improves operations.”

For more information, view the on-demand Webcast, “Bridging Business Processes for Optimal Portfolio Performance,” or read about the new integration.

Sunday Feb 26, 2012

Latest Primavera P6 Releases Improve Project Visibility and Enterprise Reporting

Oracle recently announced a major upgrade to its flagship enterprise project portfolio management solution and its industry leading project analytics application. Together, Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.2 and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics Release 2.0 are helping organizations deliver projects on time, within scope, and at reduced overall costs.

Improved Management

Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.2 offers new capabilities in three core areas: governance, project team participation, and project visibility.

· Governance: Governance improvements include a new approval process that helps project managers more closely review status changes by team members. Using this process managers can view status updates in an approval view that also includes tools for reviewing and approving status updates from team members before changes alter the formal project schedule. Teams can deliver the updated information via e-mail messages, an iPhone application, or a new team member Web application.

Project team participation: Enhanced team participation comes from the new team member Web application feature that helps staff quickly and efficiently report on the status of projects. Team members can use the Web application to view and update all work currently assigned to them, communicate with other team members, and view past and future tasks. The team member Web application is part of the new team member functionality that provides alternate interfaces for team members to quickly communicate updates to the project.

· Project visibility: A new locations dictionary feature delivers greater project visibility by letting users identify where project sites and resources are located and send the data to Primavera P6 Analytics. The dictionary tracks locations by street addresses or by the longitudes and latitudes, which it can determine using street addresses on file.

Better Analytics

The latest version of Primavera P6 Analytics provides new enterprise reporting tools and dashboards to help project managers monitor and analyze performance data and formulate responses to changing conditions. Key new features include

  • Geospatial analysis: Users can view and analyze data based on geographic locations captured in Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

  • New dimensional and fact-based analysis: Capabilities include detailed trending analyses that can uncover key changes or potential risks, and identification of risk attributes based on data from Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, such as risk score and risk exposure.

  • Multiple Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management data sources: Easily incorporate data from multiple Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management databases into a single analytics warehouse. Using this combined data, users can create single BI requests in Primavera P6 Analytics.

  • Oracle Business Intelligence 11g support: Leverage Primavera P6 Analytics with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. In addition to geospatial analysis, take advantage of new tools and charting options as well as the ability to combine data from multiple areas.

Get details about Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.2 and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics.

Sunday Feb 12, 2012

New Integration Focused AppCasts Now Available

In an effort to continually provide fresh, provocative content for our customers and prospects, I am pleased to announce the availability of two new AppCasts. The AppCasts cover the integration between Oracle's Primavera P6 EPPM and E-Business Suite Projects as well as Primavera P6 and PeopleSoft Projects. Please click on the links below to listen to the podcasts:

Oracle AppCasts are a quick and simple audio exchange designed for busy executives to listen into online audio interviews or podcasts providing insightful updates about Oracle Applications from customers, partners and Oracle Product Experts.

To stay up-to-date on Oracle Appcast series, you can subscribe to the Oracle AppCasts program. There are two ways to subscribe:

  1. Manually point your news reader client to: http://feeds.feedburner.com/OracleAppcast

  2. Use your favorite podcast service to subscribe

Sunday Jan 08, 2012

New Business Intelligence Application Provides Visibility and Transparency into Project and Portfolio Performance

Oracle's Primavera P6 Analytics Release 2.0 is a packaged business intelligence solution that provides valuable insights into projects and portfolios managed in Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management. In addition, it enables users to uncover trends and identify issues before they escalate, helping them make better, more informed decisions.

Key Enhancements in Primavera P6 Analytics Release 2.0 include:

  • Consolidation of multiple Primavera P6 EPPM databases
  • Geospatial visualization of project, activity, and resource locations
  • Expanded data including UDFs, risks, and historical trending at the activity level
  • Oracle Business Intelligence 11g support
  • Tighter Primavera P6 EPPM integration with expanded Action Links

This solution provides management-by-exception capabilities through interactive dashboard reports, enabling organizations to benefit from enterprise-level reporting across the portfolio and insight into project trends and history. It enables users to conduct root cause analysis and take corrective actions by drilling directly from the Oracle Primavera P6 Analytics dashboard into Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution.

Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics Details and Features

With more than 80 standard pre-built analytical views, Primavera P6 Analytics users can quickly identify projects that do not align to strategic objectives, are over-budget or under-performing, and then make the necessary course corrections. If needed, companies can add to the pre-built views by quickly and easily customizing additional views and dashboards.

A common Web-based portal helps ensure that users can quickly and easily access and navigate their dashboards and reports.

The solution is based on Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Plus (Oracle BI EE), which helps ensure that Primavera P6 Analytics leverages best in class BI technology that reduces implementation time for future integrations.

Oracle BI EE’s ability to support Oracle and non-Oracle applications and data sources enables Primavera P6 Analytics to match project data with information from different systems in the enterprise, such as financial and customer data, enabling organizations to create a single source of truth for their projects and programs.

By providing transparency into project portfolio performance and a single source of truth, Primavera P6 Analytics adds value to existing Oracle Primavera P6 Project Portfolio Management deployments by enabling managers to identify greater efficiencies and potential ROI on their projects.

If you are interested in knowing more about Oracle's Primavera P6 Analytics solution, the following resources are available at your convenience:      


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