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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Friday Apr 26, 2013

Watch the New Crystal Ball 3-Minute Demo Video

How do you deal with the Uncertainty and Risk in your Forecasts and Plans?

Crystal Ball helps users to forecast and plan more accurately in a range of applications and industries:

  • Future projected sales revenues
  • Project cost contingencies
  • Oil & Gas reserve level estimations
  • Lean and Six Sigma specifications
  • Inventory optimization……………… and many more!

Find out more watch our 3 minute video 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!

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 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

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.

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