Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Discover new agility and build your competitive advantage

As customer expectations grow, many financial services organizations are struggling to keep up. Customers want a faster, more efficient service across all channels, and won’t hesitate to look elsewhere to find it. But how can you accelerate service, stay on top of ever–evolving regulations, and stay ahead of the competition?

It’s important to:

  • Develop new agility to stay ahead of the competition
  • Simplify compliance to protect and enhance your reputation
  • Increase customer satisfaction in a highly competitive market
  • Take full control with enterprise project portfolio management

Learn how you can improve operational efficiency, quickly respond to changing customer demand and build competitive advantage.

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.

Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

Design. Connect. Build.

Mortenson Construction helps large project teams collaborate and share information—on and off the construction site.[Read More]

Friday Jul 19, 2013

Oracle’s New Magazine Targets Readers in Engineering and Construction

The premiere issue of Construction Connection, Oracle’s new digital magazine and microsite, published in partnership with Engineering News Record, for professionals for engineering and construction companies, is now available.
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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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Friday May 03, 2013

Oracle Instantis Complements and Expands EPPM Solutions

Late last year, Oracle announced its purchase of Instantis, a leading provider of cloud-based and on-premises project portfolio management solutions. Wayne Caccamo, a former Instantis executive and now part of Oracle’s Primavera team, discusses what the acquisition means for users of Oracle solutions for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM).

Q: What new capabilities does the Instantis acquisition bring to Oracle’s already extensive portfolio of EPPM solutions?
A: Oracle’s Instantis EnterpriseTrack offers a number of complementary solutions and capabilities for the Oracle portfolio. At a high level, Instantis EnterpriseTrack brings top-down strategy execution and portfolio management capabilities to resource-constrained PPM environments. At the same time, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Unifier provide robust bottom-up project-planning capabilities for schedule-constrained PPM use cases.

As such, Oracle’s Instantis product line has established market leadership in relatively lighter-weight project environments, such as IT; new product development; and process improvement. This, of course, complements Oracle’s traditional strengths in the capital planning, maintenance, and manufacturing environments that are prevalent in asset-intensive industries. This combination results in the most comprehensive single-vendor EPPM solution offering in the industry.

Q: Can current users of Primavera P6 and Oracle Fusion Applications integrate Oracle’s Instantis solutions into their existing platforms now?
A: Instantis EnterpriseTrack can integrate with Primavera P6, Oracle Fusion Applications, and other solutions through existing Web service APIs. More packaged integrations are on the product development roadmap. The vision is to move from the current, single-vendor EPPM solution to a single-platform EPPM solution by leveraging common cloud-service and Oracle components. At that point there will be a single, converged EPPM services layer for portfolio management, analytics, strategy alignment, and global resource and capacity management. However, there will continue to be a number of PPM-environment-specific configuration options to preserve cultural acceptability for each distinct user community in areas such as idea and demand management, project scheduling, financial modeling, and metrics tracking.

Q: What is the value of cloud computing to users of EPPM applications?
A: Often, cloud-based EPPM solutions are easier to deploy, use, administer, and afford. For example, deployment timeframes for Instantis EnterpriseTrack can be measured in days, not months. Oracle’s Instantis solutions are 100-percent Web based, which means they are easier to use since they are always on—anytime, anywhere—making it simple to support a remote and mobile workforce.

Q: Can EPPM users expect to see future upgrades and innovations to Oracle’s Instantis solutions?
A: Before being acquired by Oracle, Instantis built a 12-year track record of industry firsts and has been recognized by leading industry analysts as being innovative and visionary. With the additional resources being brought to bear under Oracle, it is expected that the rate of innovation will accelerate over time. Oracle is committed to continuous innovation in areas such as dashboards, reporting and analytics, user experience, and social/mobile PPM.

Read the full version of the EPPM Quarterly Newsletter 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!

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

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.

Tuesday Sep 11, 2012

Webcor Builders Coordinates Construction Schedules and Mitigates Potential Delays More Efficiently with Integrated Project Management

With more than 40 years of commercial construction experience, Webcor Builders is a leading builder of distinguished, high-profile projects, including high-rise condominiums and hotels, laboratories, healthcare centers, and public works projects. Webcor is also known for its award-winning concrete, interior construction, historic restoration, and seismic renovation work. The company has completed more than 50 million square feet of projects to date.

Considering the variety and complexity of the construction projects Webcor undertakes, an integrated project management solution is critical to ensuring optimal efficiency and completing client projects on time and on budget. The company previously used a number of scheduling systems for its various building projects. These packages provided different levels of schedule detail and required schedulers, engineers, and other employees to learn multiple systems. From an IT cost and complexity perspective, the company had to manage multiple scheduling systems and pay for multiple sets of licenses.

The company looked to standardize on an enterprise project management system, and selected Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management. Webcor uses the solution’s advanced capabilities to schedule complex projects, analyze delays, model and propose multiple scenarios to demonstrate and mitigate delays and cost overruns, and process that information efficiently to deliver the scheduling precision that public and private projects require. In fact, the solution was instrumental in helping the company’s expansion into public sector projects during the recent economic downturn, and with Primavera P6 in place, it can deliver the precise schedule reporting required for large public projects.

With Primavera P6 in place, the company could deliver the precise scheduling and milestone reporting capabilities required for large public projects.

The solution is in managing the high-profile University of California – Berkeley Memorial Stadium project. Webcor was hired as construction manager and general contractor for the stadium renovation project, which is a fast-paced project located near the seismically active Hayward Fault Zone. Due to the University of California’s football schedule, meeting the Universities deadline for the coming season placed Webcor in a situation where risk awareness and early warnings of issues would be paramount. Webcor and the extended project team needed a solution that could instantly analyze alternate scenarios to mitigate potential delays; Primavera would deliver those answers.The team would also need to enable multiple stakeholders to use an internet-based platform to access the schedule from various locations, and model complicated sequencing requirements where swift decisions would be made to keep the project on track.

The schedule is an integral part of Webcor’s construction management process for the stadium project. Rather than providing the client with the industry-standard monthly update, Webcor updates the critical path method (CPM) schedule on a weekly basis. The project team also reviews the schedule and updates weekly to confirm that progress and forecasted performance are accurate.

Hired by the University for their ability to deliver in high risk environments The Webcor team was hit recently with a design supplement that could have added up to 70 days to the project. Using Oracle Primavera P6 the team sprung into action analyzing multiple “what if” scenarios to review mitigation means and methods.  Determined to make sure the Bears could take the field in the coming season the project team nearly eliminated the impact with their creative analysis in working the schedule. The total time from the issuance of the final design supplement to an agreed mitigation response was less than one week; leveraging the Oracle Primavera solution Webcor was able to deliver superior customer value

With the ability to efficiently manage projects and schedules, Webcor can ensure it completes its projects on time and on budget, as well as inform clients about what changes to plans will mean in terms of delays and additional costs.

Read the complete customer case study at : 

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/webcor-builders-1-primavera-ss-1639886.html


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.

Friday Jul 20, 2012

Project Portfolio Management Is Key to CEO Success

Chief executives in project-intensive industries are under especially high pressure to deliver complex, lengthy projects within predetermined schedules. Now a new white paper, In the Firing Line: The Impact of Project and Portfolio Performance on the CEO, looks at the direct link between the health of the portfolio and CEO performance. [Read More]

Sunday Jul 08, 2012

Business Insight, IT Execution: 9 Project Management Tips


Top piece of advice from Eaton Operations Services Manager Marcos Baccetto: Make it a business project, not an IT project. Read his other eight top tips.[Read More]
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