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 Nov 11, 2013

EPPM Is a Must-Have Capability as Global Energy and Power Industries Eye US$38 Trillion in New Investments

“The process manufacturing industry is facing an unprecedented challenge: from now until 2035, cumulative worldwide investments of US$38 trillion will be required for drilling, power generation, and other energy projects,” Iain Graham, director of energy and process manufacturing for Oracle’s Primavera, said in a recent webcast. He adds that process manufacturing organizations such as oil and gas, utilities, and chemicals must manage this level of investment in an environment of constrained capital markets, erratic supply and demand, aging infrastructure, heightened regulations, and declining global skills. In the following interview, Graham explains how the right enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) technology can help the industry meet these imperatives. Project Portfolio Management Solutions for Capital Projects

Q: Why is EPPM so important for today’s process manufacturers?
A: If the industry invests US$38 trillion without proper cost controls in place, a huge amount of resources will be put at risk, especially when it comes to cost overruns that may occur in large capital projects. Process manufacturing companies must not only control costs, but also monitor all the various contractors that will be involved in each project. If you’re not managing your own workers and all the interdependencies among the different contractors, then you’ve got problems.

Q: What else should process manufacturers look for?
A: It’s also important that an EPPM solution has the ability to manage more than just capital projects. For example, it’s best to manage maintenance and capital projects in the same system. Say you’re due to install a new transformer in a power station as part of a capital project, but routine maintenance in that area of the facility is scheduled for that morning. The lack of coordination could lead to unforeseen delays. There are also IT considerations that impact capital projects, such as adding servers and network cable for a control system in a power station. What organizations need is a true EPPM system that’s not just for capital projects, maintenance, or IT activities, but instead an enterprisewide solution that provides visibility into all types of projects.

Read the complete Q&A here and discover the practical framework for successfully managing this massive capital spending.

Tuesday Jun 18, 2013

Optimize News: Utilities Special Report

Gaining actionable insight into project performance, controlling costs and mitigating risks can be the difference between success and failure for utilities organizations. Without the right visibility, financial discipline and operational efficiency their ability to maintain and manage infrastructure and take advantage of opportunities can be compromised.

Watch the ‘Utilities Special Report’ video and see how organizations like yours are using enabling technologies to: 

  • Optimize operations, minimize risks and improve resource efficiency.
  • Manage capital assets more effectively to reduce shutdown and turnaround time.
  • Reduce cost overrun by minimizing waste and inefficiency.
  • Better align operational execution with corporate strategy.

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.

Friday Jun 07, 2013

Optimize News: Oil and Gas Special Report

The Oil and Gas industry is never far from the headlines; it’s one of the most scrutinized sectors in the global economy. From profits to safety, climate change to energy security, the industry has to meet challenges on a wide range of fronts. To drive profitability in the face of growing costs, risks and regulations, you need real-time visibility at each step of the project lifecycle. That's why more and more oil and gas companies are relying on innovative Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions to enable financial discipline, drive operational excellence and mitigate risk.

Watch the ‘Optimize News: Oil and Gas Special Reportvideo and see how organizations like yours are using enabling technologies to :

  • Optimize operations, minimize risks and improve resource efficiency.

  • Manage capital projects more effectively to reduce shutdown and turnaround time.

  • Reduce cost overrun by minimizing waste and inefficiency.

  • Better align operational execution with corporate strategy.

Friday Aug 24, 2012

Standardizing Project Management Processes in the AEC Industry

An enterprise technology platform doesn't only help with standardization of key project management processes across the enterprise; it also improves performance management, team collaboration and client specific reporting at an individual project level.[Read More]

Friday Aug 03, 2012

Connecting with the Field: Mobile Apps Boost Collaboration

New mobile applications can create a platform that provides data access and efficient, repeatable business processes throughout project lifecycles. A new white paper from Oracle looks at the role of these mobile applications and how they’re improving communications not only between owners and contractors but also among all members of project teams.

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Friday Jul 27, 2012

Fuel Your Bottom Line Through Successful Project Management

Effective project management is essential for the success of your business, so you need real-time visibility into each step of the project lifecycle. This is especially true in the oil and gas industry, where companies are struggling to maintain profitability in the face of growing costs, risks, and regulations.

That’s why leading global oil and gas companies rely on Oracle's Primavera enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) solutions. Discover how you can use this solution to successfully plan, build, and manage your projects, as well as fuel your bottom line.


 Gain Insight

In the oil and gas industry, companies are struggling to deal with change in every sector and at every level.

  • When and where should you rebuild older infrastructures and incorporate new technologies to unlock upstream and downstream production?
  • How can you control the soaring costs of exploration, production, and even raw materials?
  • How can you effectively plan and execute projects to ensure competitive advantage now and in the future?
  • How can you attract and keep talented, skilled labor as the baby-boom generation heads into retirement?

To help find the answers, many industry leaders are standardizing their project planning and portfolio management activities with the help of EPPM solutions, such as those from Oracle.

Oracle’s Primavera solutions seamlessly integrate with your existing asset management and ERP systems to provide rich capabilities for unified enterprise reporting, real-time data exchange, and comprehensive risk analytics. This gives you the transparency you need to maximize operating efficiencies, reduce costs, and effectively cope with change. Learn more in this white paper.

Monday Mar 05, 2012

The Impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on US Ports.

Written by Guest Blogger:  Guy Barlow, Director, Industry Strategy, Oracle Primavera

It’s appropriate that a notable leap day event – after all, this is a leap year – was in 1904.  A committee was formed by Theodore Roosevelt to analyze the Panama Canal project in the hopes of speeding it up.  Fast forward 108 years and a massive expansion of the canal is underway, with political and business members calling for a speeding up of the various port projects associated with the expansion.

The expansion will create demand along the US Eastern Seaboard for ports able to handle post-Panamax vessels; Ports from Miami to New York are considering renovations including dredging, blasting, and bridge-raising. With over $8.5 billion for projects related to the expansion of the Canal, the top U.S. ports have to ensure their various programs are delivered on time and on budget.  Otherwise, competing ports, whether in the U.S. or outside, are likely to siphon off some of the increased shipping volume.

So what are some of the critical questions port executive should be asking themselves?  Here are four that come to mind…

  1. What can I do to minimize the impact of change on the process?  This is very important since change is one of the key drivers for cost overruns. 
  2. How do I ensure the predictability of costs?  Change may be the cost driver but how do I get a handle on the costs in the first place?  Especially on a multi-year project.
  3. As I work with contractors can I clearly define roles and contract expectations?  With limited resources I need to know who will be doing what – and when.  Duplications aren’t acceptable or affordable.
  4. Can I build a long-term partnership with contractors?  My facility is going to be around a long time. 

This isn’t a comprehensive list but as a director or senior level port executive I’d want to be very mindful of these.  After all, the last thing I’d want is a committee being formed to investigate my lagging projects…

If you are interested in this subject matter, please join me for an insightful online discussion on March 21st. Register now at http://bit.ly/portswebcast to save your seat.

Disclaimer: the Panama Canal Expansion is managed using Oracle’s Primavera software

Sunday Feb 19, 2012

Costain Group Uses Global Best Practices and Collaboration to Maintain Growth and Keep High-Profile Projects on Track

The Costain Group, one of the United Kingdom’s leading construction and engineering companies, is at the forefront of the drive to develop and improve the nation’s infrastructure. In its targeted sectors, ranging from waste to transport, Costain plays a major role in the provision of new facilities. The company’s strategy, “Choosing Costain,” aims to make Costain the automatic choice in terms of both business and technical excellence.

Costain’s current contracts include the US$617 million (£397 million) contract for the design, construction, and commissioning of 44 different facilities for the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. In addition, Costain has, as part of a consortium, a US$350 million (£225 million) contract with Southern Water to manage the design and construction of a new wastewater treatment works in the Brighton and Hove area. Costain is also heavily involved in the nuclear sector, including a US$462 million (£297 million) contract for full engineering, procurement, construction, and inactive commissioning of the Evaporator D project at Sellafield.
In 2010, the New Civil Engineer magazine named Costain the Contractor of the Decade.

To continue to manage its global portfolio with excellence and consistency, Costain Group created the “P6 Costain Way,” a suite of standardized processes, based on industry best practices and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Risk Analysis. The company used Primavera to manage projects totaling US$1.75 billion—some 85% of its global portfolio—within 18 months of going live. Using Primavera also helped Costain to complete two major high-profile U.K. highway-widening and improvement projects ahead of schedule and well under budget.

To find out more, read the whole case study.



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