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 15, 2013

Cloud-Based Project Portfolio Management Gains Steam

in May 2013, Gartner named Oracle a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services.

The report noted that “IT project and portfolio management (PPM) leaders are under extreme pressure to improve the speed, accuracy, and agility of their project organization, while also managing risks and costs. They are looking for software solutions that can support these seemingly conflicting objectives. For years, the IT PPM software market standardized on on-premises or traditional hosting for deployment of IT PPM software functionality, but with the continued maturity of the internet as an enterprise computing platform, on-premises and traditional hosting have given way to another viable option—cloud-based IT PPM application services deployment.”

The Gartner report offers nine key factors describing when and why an organization might choose a cloud-based IT PPM service provider over a traditional provider, including an immediate need for mainstream functionality that can be delivered rapidly and as a service, a lower likelihood of needing to extensively customize the solution, and a smaller or growing organization that is seeking a short-term solution, cost-effective solution.

Oracle’s Instantis EnterpriseTrack offers a number of complementary solutions and capabilities for the Oracle portfolio,” says Wayne Caccamo, a former Instantis executive and now part of the Oracle Primavera team. Instantis EnterpriseTrack is a market leader for lighter-weight project environments, such as IT, new product development, and process improvement. This complements Oracle’s traditional strengths in the capital planning, maintenance, and manufacturing environments that are prevalent in asset-intensive industries.

Instantis EnterpriseTrack has been successfully integrated into the Oracle development process, and the first release from Oracle is generally available. This release is a significant expansion of its 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.

Read the full Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services report.

Get details about Oracle’s Instantis EnterpriseTrack.

Read Oracle’s press release about the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Saturday Jul 13, 2013

Oracle Receives a Positive Rating and Is Named a Leader in New Gartner Reports

Gartner, Inc. evaluated Oracle enterprise project portfolio management solutions in two reports recently.

The Gartner MarketScope for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, published in May 2013, gave Oracle a positive rating.

The IT project and portfolio management (IT PPM) products included in the Gartner MarketScope address the challenges of portfolio, program, project management office leaders; program/project managers; and resource managers. The report says that these groups continue to struggle with selecting IT programs and IT projects, prioritizing them, executing them at the right time, matching and/or balancing IT supply with IT demand, monitoring and reporting IT project status and IT expenditures to date, improving IT project execution efficiency, proactively addressing emergencies on IT projects, and tackling changes to the existing and planned IT projects triggered by shifts in business direction.

Oracle released a new version—release 8.3—of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management earlier this year, with enhancements that can help improve the speed, accuracy, and agility of IT project and portfolio management efforts. For instance, the new version offers enhancements for importing global data and for optimizing mobile solutions—one of the key considerations discussed in the report. The improvements give enterprises greater flexibility in how work is distributed and the kinds of information that can be made available to team members. The solution can also push status updates to mobile workers via e-mail, making it easier for workers to conduct time, approval, and status reporting from their mobile devices. The release is also now available for Android devices.

Read the full Gartner MarketScope for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications report.

Learn more about the new features in Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Thursday Jul 11, 2013

UPCOMING WEBCAST - The $38T Challenge: Strategic Implications for Energy Companies

The Energy Information Administration forecasts roughly a $38T capital outlay over the next fifteen years for the energy sector.

Register today for this upcoming live webcast on July 31, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET and learn what is the needed practical framework for your company to successfully manage this massive capital spend.

Discover the answers to questions like:

  • Is your energy company identifying, selecting, executing and ultimately operating these assets properly?

  • Are you successfully reducing waste and inefficiency?

Listen to customer success stories from your industry and learn how they achieve operational excellence, financial discipline and mitigate risk int heir companies. Plus you will be given the opportunity to have your questions answered during the live Q&A at the end of the webcast.

Save your seat today, you don’t want to miss this webcast if you are in the energy and utility industry! 

Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

Oracle Receives a Positive Rating and Is Named a Leader in New Gartner Reports

Gartner, Inc. evaluated Oracle enterprise project portfolio management solutions in two reports recently.

The Gartner MarketScope for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, published in May 2013, gave Oracle a positive rating.
The IT project and portfolio management (IT PPM) products included in the Gartner MarketScope address the challenges of portfolio, program, project management office leaders; program/project managers; and resource managers. The report says that these groups continue to struggle with selecting IT programs and IT projects, prioritizing them, executing them at the right time, matching and/or balancing IT supply with IT demand, monitoring and reporting IT project status and IT expenditures to date, improving IT project execution efficiency, proactively addressing emergencies on IT projects, and tackling changes to the existing and planned IT projects triggered by shifts in business direction. Read the full Gartner MarketScope for IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications report.

Also in May 2013, Gartner named Oracle a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services.
The report noted that “IT project and portfolio management (PPM) leaders are under extreme pressure to improve the speed, accuracy, and agility of their project organization, while also managing risks and costs. They are looking for software solutions that can support these seemingly conflicting objectives. For years, the IT PPM software market standardized on on-premises or traditional hosting for deployment of IT PPM software functionality, but with the continued maturity of the internet as an enterprise computing platform, on-premises and traditional hosting have given way to another viable option—cloud-based IT PPM application services deployment.” Read the full Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services report.

Read the complete article in the Oracle Information InDepth EPPM Newsletter here

*Read Oracle’s press release about the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services.*

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Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Watch ON-Demand Oracle's 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit

Did you miss Oracle's 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit? Or, maybe you attended the virtual event live, but want to re-watch some presentations or download industry-specific assets - well you can! Watch and visit here, on-demand

This event is now available On-Demand for your convenience. Feel free to log-in anytime to listen again about:

  • New cloud based PPM solutions presentations.

  • Special Primavera Roadmap presentation- what's new and what's coming.

  • Customer stories highlighting their successes with Primavera Unifier, Oracle Instantis and Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

And don't forget to visit the Resource Library to check out all the latest product information, whitepapers, and demos which are all available to download and read at your convenience. During your visit to the Virtual Summit ON-Demand, we would appreciate you visiting the Networking Lounge and taking a few minutes to fill out the survey. We would really like to hear what you think.

You can also visit the Primavera Website for more information about the newest EPPM solutions and offerings.

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.

Monday Jun 24, 2013

Uralelektrostroy Improves Turnaround Times for Engineering and Construction Projects by Approximately 50% with Better Project Data Management

LLC Uralelektrostroy was established in 1998, to meet the growing demand for reliable energy supply, which included the deployment and operation of a modern power grid system for Russia’s booming economy and industrial sector. To rise to the challenge, the country required a company with a strong reputation and the ability to strategically operate energy production and distribution facilities. As a renowned energy expert, Uralelektrostroy successfully embarked on the mission—focusing on the design, construction, and operation of power grids, transmission lines, and generation facilities. Today, Uralelektrostroy leads the Russian utilities industry with operations across the country, particularly in the Ural, Western Siberia, and Moscow regions.

Challenges:

  • Track work progress through all engineering project development stages with ease—from planning and start-up operations, to onsite construction and quality assurance—to enhance visibility into complex projects, such as power grid and power-transmission-line construction

  • Implement and execute engineering projects faster—for example, designing and building power generation and distribution facilities—by better monitoring numerous local subcontractors

  • Improve alignment of project schedules with project owners’ requirements—awarding federal and regional authorities—to avoid incurring fines for missing deadlines

Solutions:

  • Used Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.1 to streamline communication with customers and subcontractors through better data management and harmonized reporting, reducing construction project implementation and turnaround times by approximately 50%, on average

  • Enabled fast generation of work-in-progress reports that track project schedules, budgets, materials, and staffing—from approval and material procurement, to construction and delivery

  • Reduced the number of construction sites by nearly 30% (from 35 to 25) by identifying unprofitable sites—streamlining operations at the company’s construction site network and increasing profitability

  • Improved project visibility by enabling managers to efficiently track project status, ensuring on-time reporting and punctual project deliveries to federal customers to reduce delay penalties to zero

“Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.1 drastically changed the way we run our business. We’ve reduced the number of redundant assets, streamlined project implementation and execution, and improved collaboration with our customers and contractors. Overall, the Oracle deployment helped to increase our profitability.” – Roman Aleksandrovich Naumenko, Head of Information Technology, LLC Uralelektrostroy

Read the complete customer snapshot here.

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.

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Oracle’s Vision for Project Management at the 2013 Oracle Primavera Virtual Summit

The 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit kicks off this Thursday, June 13 and will provide an exclusive insight into the industry-leading solutions designed to increase visibility and improve project performance.

For organizations that simultaneously undertake many large, complex projects, having accurate, real-time insight into performance and the ability to identify and mitigate risk is an integral part of driving success. To achieve this, many are turning to Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) solutions.

During this one-day global event, attendees will get a chance to see how Primavera P6 EPPM and Primavera P6 Analytics 3.1 provide leading organizations with the visibility needed to help plan and execute projects more successfully.

Oracle’s 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit: Enabling Financial Discipline, Operational Excellence and Risk Mitigation, will be available on demand for a limited time after the event. Project managers in attendance will have the opportunity to earn Professional Development Units.

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.