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.

Monday Jun 03, 2013

Western University of Canada Controls Capital Projects with Oracle Apps

Western University of Canada was able to improve its capital project management practices & lower their IT costs with the implementation of Oracle Primavera solutions and Oracle PeopleSoft. Discover why they are a success story and how they were able to free up cash for re-investment in facilities and research for its 35,000 students and faculty.

Watch the video today!

 

Friday May 24, 2013

Oracle Primavera Showcases the Latest PPM Acquisitions at the 2013 Virtual Summit

At this year’s 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit, attendees will get the chance to learn about Oracle’s most recent Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) acquisitions –including leading cloud based solutions Oracle Instantis and Primavera Unifier.

During this one-day, global event, Project Management Professionals in attendance will get detailed insight into how Primavera Unifier can help optimize and integrate business processes critical to project management.

They will also discover how Oracle Instantis can help organizations run multiple initiatives simultaneously, improve strategic alignment, and enhance project execution and gain financial discipline.

The 2013 Oracle Primavera Virtual Summit: Enabling Financial Discipline, Operational Excellence and Risk Mitigation, takes place on Thursday, June 13th and will be available on demand for a limited time afterwards. Project Managers in attendance will earn Professional Development Units throughout the event.

Want more information and to view the full agenda.

Register here for the virtual event.

Monday May 20, 2013

E.ON New Build & Technology Increases Profitability, Reduces Risks by Streamlining Engineering and Construction Projects

E.ON New Build & Technology GmbH—global unit of the world’s largest, investor-owned utility company, Germany’s E.ON SE—is a leading engineering and construction firm. The company unites excellence in project management, project delivery, and engineering to support the entire E.ON Group with advanced engineering services and technology competence. E.ON New Build & Technology is engineering a cleaner and better future for E.ON by delivering world-class solutions that it has seen through, from ideas to reality. E.ON New Build & Technology is the central hub for research and development activities within the E.ON Group, enabling further development of sustainable, low-carbon-energy technologies and broadening E.ON’s geographical footprint with new market development.

Challenges:

  • Manage more than 100 engineering and construction projects, annually, with increased efficiency—ranging from small projects, such as power transformer maintenance, to very large projects, such as the turnkey construction of thermal, coal-fired, or nuclear power plants.
  • Facilitate proactive project management by providing actual project status information and ad-hoc, root-cause analysis to strengthen decision-making and mitigate project risks.
  • Provide accurate project performance forecasts to meet hand-over dates and avoid project budget overruns—usually caused by numerous change requests, which on average cost between US$10,000 and US$100,000 per request.

Solutions:

  • Deployed Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to prioritize, schedule, execute, and monitor engineering projects with earned-value analysis and E.ON-specific adaptations—from the construction of entire power plants to the maintenance of power transformers, involving up to several thousand workers, across dozens of teams per project.
  • Enabled assessing E.ON-specific project management environments, as well as developing and implementing procedures that make project scheduling, execution, and monitoring more efficient.
  • Reduced dependency on engineering, procurement, and construction firms by facilitating end-to-end control over projects and subprojects, helping the company to run complex projects, such as a set of 1,100 megawatt thermal power plants with more than 50 lots, by coordinating interfaces among subcontractors and the general planner.

Why Oracle:

“We decided to implement Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management over Microsoft Project and Power Project because P6 proved to be an expert system, handling large data volumes much better than its competitors and offering a stable and centralized scheduling environment. The use of various layout and filtering criteria was also highly appreciated,” said Heinrich Genent, project scheduling, E.ON New Build & Technology GmbH.

Read the full customer story here.

Friday May 10, 2013

Solving the Problems of Enterprise Project Portfolio Management at the Oracle Primavera Virtual Summit

Oracle is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit: Enabling Financial Discipline, Operational Excellence and Risk Mitigation. This one-day global event takes place on Thursday, June 13th and will be available on demand for a limited time afterwards.

In the current climate, constrained capital markets and economic uncertainty have made well informed decision-making more important than ever before, while pressure to control costs, manage capital, and mitigate risk has never been greater.

Many organizations are turning to Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) solutions in a bid to ensure that they gain real-time visibility across the project portfolio in order to enable financial discipline, drive operational efficiency and control risk. The 2013 Virtual Summit will showcase the latest Oracle’s cloud based EPPM Solutions and detail how Primavera P6 EPPM and a range of other industry-leading tools such as Oracle Instantis or Primavera Unifier can help dramatically improve project planning and execution.

In addition, by attending the event, Project Management Professionals will have the chance to earn Professional Development Units.

Register today!

Monday May 06, 2013

Five Globalization Risks and How to Manage Them

Globalization may offer enterprises exciting new growth opportunities in emerging markets, but it can also introduce a complex array of operational risks. The challenge is that without the right infrastructure in place to confront these risks, international projects can immobilize an organization and lead to the biggest consequence of all—putting the company out of business.

“Investing in the Unknown?” is a new report produced by The EPPM Board that explores five key challenges facing global project delivery. Produced for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) professionals, the report examines the challenges of operating across borders, and details the role of EPPM solutions in maintaining effective visibility and control.

A shifting risk profile. The increased scale of globalized operations is matched by the increased level of risk, ranging from fluctuations in interest and exchange rates to supply chain piracy. As these risks become more strategic, they frequently involve greater levels of uncertainty that can impact capital investments. Organizations therefore need access to a more comprehensive risk framework, and the ability to analyze different scenarios and model specific risks and costing options.

Regulatory obstacles. Fast-changing regulations and local policies can have a dramatic impact on the profitability of cross-border investments, heightening uncertainty in rapid-growth markets. By adopting a global platform for managing the project portfolio, greater visibility can be gained into the procedures for overcoming regional barriers—and for developing suitable contingency plans.

Cultural differences. Managing workforces when operations are separated by thousands of miles, international time zones, and cultural and religious differences can be an exacting challenge. To cope, the central organization must be able to refine portfolio management and create an infrastructure that maintains the diversity of international teams while also empowering local delivery.

Resource constraints. Increased competition for local talent often results in skills shortages in key functions. This creates increased demand for effective planning processes allied to dynamic resource management capabilities. While the tools exist to support these activities, the trick is to review intelligence from a consolidated global perspective. EPPM solutions provide a framework for adopting this perspective and for balancing the risks of individual projects across the portfolio.

Problem flexibility. The growing interdependence of international value chains makes the consequences of major systemic disruptions difficult to manage. Increased visibility into value chain performance, and processes for creating a collaborative, two-way flow of information are the vital ingredients for retaining flexibility and responsiveness. In addition, executives must be able to select the type and frequency of data they review and zoom in on any critical obstacles.

EPPM Is Essential
To succeed in globalization, organizations must manage challenges and risks at an executive level. As a result, EPPM technologies that enable a more integrated, top-down approach to managing projects and resources are becoming critical components in many globalization strategies.

Read the full report and learn about Oracle’s full portfolio of EPPM solutions.

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

Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Register today for Oracle's 4th Annual Virtual Summit - June 13, 2013

Discover why Primavera is the #1 multi-initiative Project Portfolio Management Solution to help you achieve financial discipline, operational excellence and risk mitigation.

Attend live presentations about best practices, case studies and  industry solutions. Learn about the latest PPM Products from cloud based Unifier and  Instantis to Primavera P6 new release.Visit the Exhibit Hall to chat with Oracle PPM experts and partners.  

Check out the Resource Library to access valuable content, whitepapers and videos.

And don't forget to stop by the Networking Lounge to connect with your peers and make new connections.

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to attend Primavera's most eagerly awaited virtual event! Join June 13th, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT

Register today!

Tuesday Apr 23, 2013

Upcoming webcast: Discover how NiSource developed a successful project management environment during a period of rapid growth

Discover how your company can create a successful project focused business model in the energy industry today. Don’t miss this webcast and join April 29th, 2013 – 2pmET/ 11am PT.

Register for this webcast to learn what are the four main components required for developing a successful project management environment.  After years of exponential growth, Mike Hooper, VP of major projects from North Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), will share in this webcast what he has learned to be critical components for successfully running projects in your business.  

The projection for growth and capital spending in the energy industry is skyrocketing; can you keep up with this rapid growth? Discover what NiSource has done to prepare for the demands of the future.

Thursday Apr 18, 2013

Did you miss the live webcast of “What’s New with P6 Analytics Release 3.1?”

View it today ON-demand and discover why Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics R3.1 is a best-in-class business intelligence solution for Oracle Primavera P6 customers.

P6 Analytics 3.1 delivers critical support for asset-intensive industries, alongside a host of other new features and capabilities. Learn how you can:

  • Minimize risk with smarter tracking of off-line and on-line maintenance projects

  • Increase control with deep, day-by-day histories of project changes and performance

  • Accelerate analysis with out-of-the-box metrics based on industry standards

  • Customize and innovate with new UDFs, ETL calculation options and more

Watch this webcast today, because it’s important to know how projects are performing day-to-day, in order to identify risk and manage large and complex assets successfully.

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Now Out: EPPM Information InDepth Newsletter - April Edition

Click here today to read the EPPM Information InDepth Newsletter, April edition.

In this April edition:

  • Watch the new Primavera Standardized Risk Management Solutions 3-minute demo.
  • Read about what are the five globalization risks and how to manage them.
  • Learn about Oracle Instantis, Primavera’s new cloud-based solution.
  • Take the opportunity to register for Oracle’s 4th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit and learn about industry specific PPM best practices and network with peers and EPPM experts.

Don’t miss reading this quarterly newsletter and stay up-to-date on topics such as:

  • Highlighted Oracle Primavera news articles;
  • Watch our featured videos and ON-Demand webcasts;
  • Discover and mark your calendars with upcoming Oracle Primavera webcasts and events;
  • Read our newest datasheets, white papers and customer success stories;
  • And discover much, much more just by clicking here

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

More Powerful, More Flexible! Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM 8.3 and Primavera Gateway 1.0

Register to access the new Primavera P6 EPPM 8.3 and Primavera Gateway 1.0 iPortal, and attend the live launch webcast, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET.

The latest release of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and the introduction of a new product, Primavera Gateway, provide enhanced insight into important performance metrics, and offers improved tools to help streamline collaboration and ensure seamless integration with third-party applications. Together they help you monitor project success, and improve productivity.

Don’t miss this chance to learn about the new features and learn how these innovative new products can:

  • Gain deep insight into complex data and optimize output flexibility with the Primavera P6 EPPM Visualizer tool.
  • Simplify integration and consolidate information streams with Primavera Gateway 1.0.
  • Get critical information straight from your workforce with updated Primavera P6 EPPM Team Member Interfaces.
  • Fully align schedule, budget and cost through improved integration with Primavera Unifier.

Join this webcast today!

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

Video White Paper: Successful Maintenance Management Strategies for Oil & Gas Projects

Watch this short video white paper to learn how you can optimize your daily and routine maintenance with Oracle Primavera’s project portfolio management solution.

You can also Register and read the full white paper “Optimizing Daily and Routine Maintenance through Project Portfolio Management” to discover how to:

  • Capture best practices to successfully manage daily and routine maintenance projects.
  • Keep your equipment running longer and more efficiently.
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