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.

Friday Nov 30, 2012

Oracle is Proud to Sponsor POWER-GEN International Conference

Oracle is proud to be an exhibitor at the POWER-GEN International Conference - December 11- 13, 2012

POWER-GEN International is the industry leader in providing comprehensive coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector. Displaying a wide variety of products and services, POWER-GEN International represents a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future.

Register today and be sure to visit Oracle in
Booth 2663 on the expo floor!

For more information on Oracle Primavera’s Enterprise PPM Solutions for Utilities, click here!

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

Wednesday Nov 21, 2012

From Trailer to Cloud: Skire acquisition expands Oracle’s on-demand project management options.

By Alison Weiss

Whether building petrochemical facilities in the Middle East or managing mining operations in Australia, project managers face significant challenges. Local regulations and currencies, contingent labor, hybrid public/private funding sources, and more threaten project budgets and schedules.

According to Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager for the Oracle Primavera Global Business Unit, there will be trillions of dollars invested in industrial projects around the globe between 2012 and 2016. But even with so much at stake, project leads don’t always have time to look for new and better enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) software solutions to manage large-scale capital initiatives across the enterprise.

Oracle’s recent acquisition of Skire, a leading provider of capital program management and facilities management applications available both in the cloud and on premises, gives customers outstanding new EPPM options. By combining Skire’s cloud-based solutions for managing capital projects, real estate, and facilities with Oracle’s Primavera EPPM solutions, project managers can quickly get a solution running that is interoperable across an extended enterprise.

Staff can access the EPPM solution within days, rather than waiting for corporate IT to put technology in place.

“Staff can access the EPPM solution within days, rather than waiting for corporate IT to put technology in place,” says Sicilia.

This applies to a problem that has, according to Sicilia, bedeviled project managers for decades: extending EPPM functionality into the field. Frequently, large-scale projects are remotely located, and the lack of communications and IT infrastructure threatened the accuracy of project reporting and scheduling.

Read the full version of this article in the November 2012 edition of Oracle's Profit Magazine: Special Report on Project Management

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.

Wednesday Oct 31, 2012

Live Webcast for Skire Customers - 8 November

Join our Important Customer Briefing live webcast with Oracle Executive Yasser Mahmud to learn more about the product strategy for the combined Oracle Primavera and Skire offering.

Yasser Mahmud, VP Product Strategy, Primavera Global Business Unit, invites you to join him for an exclusive update on Oracle’s acquisition of substantially all of Skire’s assets.

Don’t miss this special, live webcast on November 8th,

Attend this online event and listen to Yasser share with you:

  • The strategic reasons behind Oracle’s acquisition of substantially all of Skire’s assets and what it means to you and your organization
  • Oracle’s vision to deliver the most comprehensive Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) offering to manage the complete project lifecycle, from capital planning and construction to operations and maintenance
  • Exciting new product releases to help organizations manage their projects and facilities with more predictability and financial control, improving profitability and operational efficiency.
  • Oracle’s consistent commitment to customer success and product support

Save your seat: register now to attend this exclusive online event and learn how the combination of Oracle Primavera and Skire can help your organization succeed.

For more information about the combination of Oracle and Skire, please visit

Friday Oct 26, 2012

Crystal Ball Live Webcast: Expert insight from EpiX Analytics

Register today for the November 2nd live Crystal Ball webcast- Expert insight from EpiX Analytics: Techniques for Improved Risk Management and Decision-Making

Join our speaker Dr Huybert Groenendaal, PhD, MSc, MBA, EpiX Analytics LLC and learn how to realize the full value of decision-making techniques, and:

Gain insight into risks and uncertainties

Account for risk in quantitative analysis and decision making

Generate a range of possible outcomes and the probabilities they will occur for any choice of action

Learn best practice for the use of Crystal Ball to support decision making in your own environment

Learn how to avoid common mistakes when using Monte Carlo simulations

Maximize your existing investment in spreadsheet technology

Register now for this November 2nd live webcast and don't miss this opportunity to learn how you can model, predict and forecast with better results.

For more information view the evite.

Thursday Oct 25, 2012

Video White Paper: Mega-Project Management: Reducing Risk & Complexity across the Value Chain

Watch this short video white paper, to learn how Oracle Primavera can help you keep projects on track and protect your investments.

You can also download the full white paper “Mega-Project Management: Reducing Risk & Complexity Across the Value Chain” to gain more in depth information about strategies for collaborating and sharing information and data in a systematic way across the value chain. Download the white paper in order to learn how your company can get the expected payoff from your next mega project.

Register now to download the full complementary white paper, and discover how to:

  • Improve decision-making and accountability through enterprise-wide visibility, workflows, and collaboration
  • Reduce financial and performance risk

Wednesday Oct 24, 2012

Webcast Series Part I: The Shifting of Healthcare’s Infrastructure Strategy – A lesson in how we got here

Register today for the first part of a three-part webcast series and discover the changing strategy of healthcare capital planning and construction. Learn how Project Portfolio Management solutions are the key to financial discipline, increased operation efficiency and risk mitigation in this changing environment.

Register here for the first webcast on

NEW DATE: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
10:00 a.m. PT/ 1:00 p.m. ET

In this engaging and informative Webcast, Garrett Harley, Sr. Industry Strategist, Oracle Primavera and Thomas Koulouris, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers will explore:

  • Evolution of the healthcare delivery system
  • Drivers & challenges facing the current healthcare infrastructure
  • Importance of communication and integration between Providers and Contractors to their bottom lines

View the evite for more details.

Monday Oct 22, 2012

Smarter Ways to Unlock Your Unused Contingency Budgets

Cash flow is becoming increasingly important in the current economy; senior executives are looking for smarter ways of unlocking unused funds for new or ongoing capital expenditure projects. With project contingency budgets on average equaling 10 percent of overall costs, are you confident that you can release this cash without risking existing investments or the health of your overall project portfolio?

This is the central question posed in a new report from the EPPM board,
Hedging Your Bets? Optimizing Investment Opportunities for Great Cash Flow. The board is Oracle’s international steering committee, which brings together senior figures from leading organizations to discuss the critical role of enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM).

C-Level Visibility Will Unlock Funds
In addition to exploring how unlocking your contingency funds enables you to augment your cash flow (without resorting to expensive borrowing), the report offers a number of suggestions on how this can be done in a risk-free way, including

  • Building an effective governance framework that shows the demonstrable value of every project within the portfolio
  • Undertaking contingency planning risk assessments that give you complete portfolio wide visibility into all risk factors
  • Establishing executive ownership of the portfolio to promote a more realistic appreciation of the risk levels inherent in the portfolio
  • Creating a chief risk officer role that can review consolidated contingencies and risks so they are not considered in isolation

The overriding message behind the report—and the work carried out by the EPPM board—is the need for increased C-level visibility across the entire enterprise project portfolio to enable better business decisions.

Read the complete report in English, Chinese, German, or French.

Read more in the October Edition of the quarterly Information InDepth EPPM Newsletter

Friday Oct 19, 2012

Don't Miss the Primavera Track Call for Presentations


Do you have first-hand experience with Oracle Primavera that will benefit others in the Primavera community? Can your insights save another company from learning an expensive lesson? Do you have a success story to tell?  The COLLABORATE 13 – Primavera Track Call for Presentations is now open!

April 7–11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado, is the premier event for Primavera and Unifier power-users to learn best practices from successful customers as well as hear details on the latest product functionality from the Primavera team. With over 50 sessions dedicated to Primavera products, users will also be able to learn about Primavera's complete product suite and network with other customers and partners within the Primavera community. Customers can also attend hundreds of sessions on Oracle's complete product suite.

Share your Primavera success story by submitting a presentation proposal. Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

The Primavera presence has been growing at Collaborate year over year, with 50+ sessions and 400 customers in attendance last year – but we want this year’s track to be even bigger and better so please submit a session!

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Survey Probes the Project Management Concerns of Financial Services Executives

Do you wonder what are the top reasons why large projects in the financial industry fail to meet budgets, schedules, and other key performance criteria? Being able to answer this question can provide important insight and value of good project management practices for your organization.

According to 400 senior executives who participated in a new survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Oracle, unrealistic project goals is the main reason for roadblocks to success

Other common stumbling blocks are poor alignment between project and organizational goals, inadequate human resources, lack of strong leadership, and unwillingness among team members to point out problems.

This survey sample also had a lot to say about the impact of regulatory compliance on the overall portfolio management process. Thirty-nine percent acknowledged that regulations enabled efficient functioning of their businesses. But a similar number said that regulations often require more financial resources than were originally allocated to bring projects in on time. Regulations were seen by 35 percent of the executives as roadblocks to their ability to invest in the organization’s growth and success.

These revelations among others are discussed in depth in a new on-demand Webcast titled “Too Good to Fail: Developing Project Management Expertise in Financial Services” now available from Oracle.

The Webcast features Brian Gardner, editor of the Economist Intelligence Unit, who presents these findings from this survey along with Guy Barlow, director of industry strategy for Oracle Primavera. Together, they analyze what the numbers mean for project and program managers and the financial services industry.

Register today to watch the on-demand Webcast and get a full rundown and analysis of the survey results.

Take the Economist Intelligence Unit benchmarking survey and see how your views compare with those of other financial services industry executives in ensuring project success.

 Read more in the October Edition of the quarterly Information InDepth EPPM Newsletter

Friday Sep 07, 2012

How to Reap Anticipated ROI in Large-Scale Capital Projects

Only a small fraction of companies in asset-intensive industries reliably achieve expected ROI for major capital projects 90 percent of the time, according to a new industry study. In addition, 12 percent of companies see expected ROIs in less than half of their capital projects.

The problem: no matter how sophisticated and far-reaching the planning processes are, many organizations struggle to manage risks or reap the expected value from major capital investments.

The data is part of the larger survey of companies in oil and gas, mining and metals, chemicals, and utilities industries. The results appear in Prepare for the Unexpected: Investment Planning in Asset-Intensive Industries, a comprehensive new report sponsored by Oracle and developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Analysts say the shortcomings in large-scale, long-duration capital-investments projects often stem from immature capital-planning processes. The poor decisions that result can lead to significant financial losses and disappointing project benefits, which are particularly harmful to organizations during economic downturns.

The report highlights three other important findings.

Teaming the right data and people doesn’t guarantee that ROI goals will be achieved. Despite involving cross-functional teams and looking at all the pertinent data, executives are still failing to identify risks and deliver bottom-line results on capital projects. Effective processes are the missing link.

Project-planning processes are weakest when it comes to risk management and predicting costs and ROI. Organizations participating in the study said they fail to achieve expected ROI because they regularly experience unexpected events that derail schedules and inflate budgets. But executives believe that using more-robust risk management and project planning strategies will help avoid delays, improve ROI, and more accurately predict the long-term cost of initiatives.

Planning for unexpected events is a key to success. External factors, such as changing market conditions and evolving government policies are difficult to forecast precisely, so organizations need to build flexibility into project plans to make it easier to adapt to the changes.

The report outlines a series of steps executives can take to address these shortcomings and improve their capital-planning processes. Read the full report or take the benchmarking survey and find out how your organization compares.

Friday Aug 31, 2012

The Benefits of Smart Grid Business Software

Smart Grids help electric utilities respond to a variety of emerging customer and community needs. Utilities that implement them can:

• Defer major capital infrastructure requirements by influencing customers to shift peak demand consumption.

• Improve utility asset management by providing real-time grid monitoring and control.

• Ensure utility and customer compliance with environmental and security regulations.

• Improve customer service.

• Facilitate new consumer-facing business opportunities.

• Improve the environmental profile of their own operations and help their customers do the same.

This paper explains the role utility business software plays in maximizing these benefits while minimizing overall costs.

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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]

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