Friday Aug 08, 2014

Industry Luminary Robert Kaplan Explains How to Close the Project Execution Gap

A new on-demand webcast titled “Align Project Portfolio Management to Strategy Execution” lays out a six-stage management system for strategy execution that helps enterprises streamline, fund, and implement strategic initiatives through the use of enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM). The webcast features presenter Robert Kaplan, professor emeritus at the Harvard Business School and codeveloper with David Norton of activity-based costing and the balanced scorecard.[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Oracle Delivers Primavera P6 in the Cloud

By Garrett Harley

With the introduction of Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) Release 8.3.2, Oracle now offers business-driven PMO through the cloud.This best-of-breed Software as a Service (SaaS) solution can be deployed quickly and securely. With no hardware to buy or install and minimal internal IT intervention up front, total cost of ownership is reduced. There’s also no network or server-level admin involvement to manage ongoing operations and minimal or no customization consulting and programming expenses. Cloud solutions are designed to allow admins to configure advanced functionality on the fly as business needs grow and change.

Modern cloud PPM enables you to:

  • Deliver Primavera purpose-built solutions in the newest, most cost effective way
  • Establish worldwide standards and accelerate staff ramp-up with self-service capabilities
  • Institutionalize best practices for real-time collaboration with native social network communication tools

Primavera P6 cloud services include:

  • Primavera P6 EPPM
  • Primavera P6 Professional
  • Primavera EPPM Web Services
  • Primavera P6 Team Member
  • Primavera Team Member for iPhone and iPad
  • Primavera P6 Email Statusing
  • Primavera P6 Progress Reporter
  • Document Management
  • BI Publisher
  • WebLogic Application Server

P6 Cloud Connect

Primavera P6 Professional connects to the cloud using a new connector called P6 Cloud Connect. Instead of connecting to the database on the cloud, this connector is used to send and receive data. Users still have a direct connection to the most up-to-data project information. The cloud service supports all of the Primavera P6 user interfaces and mobile apps. In addition, customers can now deploy both Primavera P6 EPPM and Primavera Unifier in the cloud—and run them together. Each cloud service includes both a test and a production environment.

More Cloud to Come

Oracle plans to add the following Primavera P6 cloud services in the future:

  • Business Process Management (BPM)
  • Primavera P6 Analytics
  • Primavera Gateway

Check back with us for the latest updates. For more information about Primavera in the cloud, read the complete article in the latest issue of Construction Connection.

Monday May 19, 2014

Primavera Product Strategy Update – Path Forward

The last eighteen months have seen incredible activity within Oracle Primavera, with two significant acquisitions, movement of key applications to the Cloud, and new solutions being offered to the market.Oracle’s leadership in the enterprise project portfolio management space continues to grow, with exciting new solution areas being developed to solve historically un-served needs. Watch Paul Verveniotis keynote at Oracle Industry Connect to hear an update of current activities and how his Product Strategy team are paving the way to revolutionary capabilities that will transform EPPM.

Watch here.

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Project and Program Management: The Key to Thriving in the Regulation Nation

Written by: Mike Metcalf, Director of Services Industry, Oracle PrimaveraProject and Program Management System for Regulatory Compliance and Control

Between 2009 and 2012, US businesses were burdened with more than $500 Billion in regulation costs. In 2012 alone an additional $215 Billion in final rule costs were added. For financial services organizations, the Basel capital standards, Volcker rule and Durbin Amendment are most often cited as major drivers of additional costs. According to its own reported data, Bank of America spends over $4B on regulatory costs representing almost 3.5% of its market capitalization. In its 2011 annual report, JP Morgan Chase states, "It will take an enormous amount of resources across all of our disciplines – people, systems, technology and control functions (finance, risk, legal, audit and compliance) to get it done right. Over the next few years, we estimate that tens of thousands of our people will work on these changes, of which 3,000 will be devoted full time to the effort, at a cost of close to $3 billion." 

Remarkably, in spite of this explosion of regulations, increasing compliance costs, limited resources and emphasis on change management, most compliance efforts are dispersed across the organization and lack any formalized project and program management controls. As many CIO's have experienced, effective project portfolio management processes and systems can help via their ability to:

  • Communicate and co-ordinate change management activities that span functional and organizational boundaries
  • Improve governance and oversight of business-critical initiatives
  • Identify and eliminate duplicate or rogue initiatives
  • Leverage best practices across the organization
  • Mitigate schedule risks and help control costs

The American Action Forum estimates the total financial services regulatory cost over the last 10 years to be almost $25 Billion and growing. The 2013 Cost of Compliance Survey conducted by Thomson Reuters states that, "The fact that 67 percent of respondents expected their budgets to rise slightly or significantly indicated that those who make budgetary decisions are increasingly risk aware and appreciate the need to have a well-resourced compliance function to mitigate the myriad risks which firms may face in the coming year." It concludes by stating, "It looks as though 2013 will be characterized by the need to juggle a further increase in regulatory communications, to drive the implementation of agreed change and to ensure that senior managers focus on risk management and corporate governance. All this will have to be managed despite a lack of suitably skilled resources."

It is clear that we have entered an era of financial services re-regulation and that these challenges will continue for many years to come. It's time for risk and compliance officers to adopt proven solutions such as project portfolio management to manage the large and growing number of change initiatives resulting from these new regulations. Organizations that excel at managing regulatory compliance will minimize compliance costs, avoid penalties, and leverage regulatory mastery for competitive advantage. 

Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

Q&A: Project Portfolio Management Can Help Financial Services Firms Succeed

As executives in financial services organizations across the globe face intense regulatory scrutiny, the project management office is playing a more crucial role in maintaining agility and strategic project planning, according to a new Oracle white paper, “The PMO—The Key to Surviving Financial Services Reregulation.”

Mike Metcalf, Oracle’s strategy director for services, says the right enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) solutions and a central project management office can help financial services firms become less reactive and better equipped to deal with regulatory challenges.

Q: What problems are financial services organizations facing in the aftermath of the financial crisis?

A: Legislators in various countries have decided to tighten up regulations after a period when some rules were being loosened. So for financial services organizations, the challenge today is how to survive in an era of reregulation. The first obstacle they face is that new regulations may span different areas of banking operations, so some regulations may overlap and conflict with each other. Organizations must be sure that responding to one regulation doesn’t impact some other area.
Second, many organizations address these regulations in silos—different parts of the organization are responding to regulations independently, and they are tracking compliance with ad hoc tools, such as spreadsheets. This leads to increased risk because these tools are not conducive to collaboration or to creating a centralized view of all the regulations that need to be addressed.

Read the complete interview here.


Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

Q&A: Project Portfolio Management Can Help Financial Services Firms Succeed

For highly regulated financial services organizations, the project management office is playing a more crucial role in maintaining agility and strategic project planning. Mike Metcalf, director of services industry strategy for Oracle, says the right enterprise project portfolio management solutions can help financial services firms become better equipped to deal with regulatory challenges.
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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's 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.


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