Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

Now Out: EPPM Information InDepth Newsletter - April Edition

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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.
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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.

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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]

Sunday Jun 10, 2012

Successfully Deliver on State and Local Capital Projects through Project Portfolio Management

While the debate continues on Capitol Hill about which federal programs to cut and which to keep, communities and towns across America are feeling the budget crunch closer to home. State and local governments are trying to save as many projects as they can without promising too much to constituents – and they, in turn, want to know where their tax dollars are going.

Fortunately, with the right planning and management, you can deliver successful projects and portfolios on a limited budget.

Watch the replay of our recent webcast with Oracle Primavera and Industry Product Manager Garrett Harley that will demonstrate how state and local governments can get the most out of their capital projects and learn how two Oracle Primavera customers have implemented project portfolio management practices to:

  • Predict the cost of long-term capital programs and projects
  • Assess risk and mitigation strategies
  • Collaborate and track performance across government agencies


  • Garrett Harley, Industry and Product Manager, Oracle Primavera
  • Cory Davis, Director of Capital Renovation and New Construction, Chicago Public Schools
  • Julie Owen, PSP™, CCC™, Sr. Project Controls Manager,LA Metro Transit Authority

With the right planning and management, state and local governments can deliver successful projects on a limited budget.

Sunday Jun 03, 2012

Projected Results

New demands—from executives and users alike—are transforming the role of project portfolio management in the enterprise.

“It comes back to a mantra: provide as many alternative user interfaces as possible, so you can give people the ability to work, to participate, to raise issues, to create projects, in the places where they live,” says Yasser Mahmud, Oracle’s vice president of product strategy and industry marketing.

[Read More]

Sunday Mar 25, 2012

Oracle Brings Analytics to Project Management

“Primavera P6 Analytics generates information that can help organizations improve their utilization and trim down overall operating costs,” says Yasser Mahmud, vice president of product strategy and industry marketing in Oracle's Primavera Global Business Unit. “But more importantly, it gives organizations improved visibility.” More...[Read More]

Sunday Mar 18, 2012

Out-of-the-Box Integration Links Primavera Solutions with PeopleSoft Projects Applications

In a move that brings best-in-class enterprise project portfolio management to Oracle’s PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning customers, Oracle announced the integration of Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

The combination of PeopleSoft financial controls and Primavera portfolio management capabilities brings greater oversight of end-to-end processes to help organizations improve the planning and execution efforts needed to deliver projects on time and within budget.

“As an organization with many high-value, project-driven initiatives, we are very pleased to see Oracle’s investment in this important integration,” says Janardhanan Sankar, senior vice president for technology and quality at ITC Infotech India Ltd.

Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications enable project-centric organizations and departments to establish core operational processes for full project lifecycle management across operations and finance. The integration with Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management means organizations can eliminate costly and difficult-to-maintain proprietary integrations. Organizations can also standardize on the Oracle technologies to

  • Align back-office budgets and costs with project operations to help ensure accurate forecasting of costs, resources, and schedules

  • Provide an accurate single source of truth to financial managers and analysts using Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications, and to project managers using Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 

  • Enhance project collaboration and execution by having all users utilizing common solutions to communicate, plan, and deliver projects

“By bringing together Oracle’s PeopleSoft projects applications and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, we are able to provide customers with the infrastructure they need to achieve a single source of truth on the projects they are managing,” says Paco Aubrejuan, Oracle’s group vice president and general manager, PeopleSoft. “This real-time visibility drives profitability, increases productivity, and improves operations.”

For more information, view the on-demand Webcast, “Bridging Business Processes for Optimal Portfolio Performance,” or read about the new integration.

Sunday Mar 11, 2012

What is the true secret of project success?

Some organizations seem to get it right every time, but for the majority, relatively few projects come in on time, on budget and meet initial scope and quality requirements. In fact, a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Oracle, suggested less than 6% of organization consistently deliver all projects on-time and on-budget

 Those who do get it right excel in three core areas – dynamically measuring actual resource allocation and usage at the level of each project as it occurs; standardizing key delivery phases and processes around proven best practices; and the automation of processes and collaboration whenever possible.

 A key word is standardization – connecting project stakeholders and team members through business processes and collaboration. It is here that technology has a critical role to play, providing a platform that goes beyond project level capabilities to deliver a central governance structure that integrates separate delivery components across the extended organization.

It is also the foundation for effective execution, providing the visibility and actionable intelligence needed to accelerate returns, control costs and reduce contingency requirements. As every project manager knows, it’s about putting the right data in the right hands to help to expose the hidden reality of both the project and your own performance to assure progress and budgets are on schedule. With the correct tools in place, project teams can facilitate proactive decision making, better mitigate risk, and ensure the rapid resolution of any issues that develop. It also helps drive accountability, process improvements and the elimination of rework, waste and resource capacity constraints.

This is how successful projects are delivered, and it’s also a source of competitive advantage, providing companies with the confidence to make exacting customer commitments with the knowledge that the resources and skills are in place to deliver, and that profitability can be achieved.

Sunday Feb 26, 2012

Latest Primavera P6 Releases Improve Project Visibility and Enterprise Reporting

Oracle recently announced a major upgrade to its flagship enterprise project portfolio management solution and its industry leading project analytics application. Together, Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.2 and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics Release 2.0 are helping organizations deliver projects on time, within scope, and at reduced overall costs.

Improved Management

Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.2 offers new capabilities in three core areas: governance, project team participation, and project visibility.

· Governance: Governance improvements include a new approval process that helps project managers more closely review status changes by team members. Using this process managers can view status updates in an approval view that also includes tools for reviewing and approving status updates from team members before changes alter the formal project schedule. Teams can deliver the updated information via e-mail messages, an iPhone application, or a new team member Web application.

Project team participation: Enhanced team participation comes from the new team member Web application feature that helps staff quickly and efficiently report on the status of projects. Team members can use the Web application to view and update all work currently assigned to them, communicate with other team members, and view past and future tasks. The team member Web application is part of the new team member functionality that provides alternate interfaces for team members to quickly communicate updates to the project.

· Project visibility: A new locations dictionary feature delivers greater project visibility by letting users identify where project sites and resources are located and send the data to Primavera P6 Analytics. The dictionary tracks locations by street addresses or by the longitudes and latitudes, which it can determine using street addresses on file.

Better Analytics

The latest version of Primavera P6 Analytics provides new enterprise reporting tools and dashboards to help project managers monitor and analyze performance data and formulate responses to changing conditions. Key new features include

  • Geospatial analysis: Users can view and analyze data based on geographic locations captured in Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.

  • New dimensional and fact-based analysis: Capabilities include detailed trending analyses that can uncover key changes or potential risks, and identification of risk attributes based on data from Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, such as risk score and risk exposure.

  • Multiple Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management data sources: Easily incorporate data from multiple Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management databases into a single analytics warehouse. Using this combined data, users can create single BI requests in Primavera P6 Analytics.

  • Oracle Business Intelligence 11g support: Leverage Primavera P6 Analytics with Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. In addition to geospatial analysis, take advantage of new tools and charting options as well as the ability to combine data from multiple areas.

Get details about Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 8.2 and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Analytics.


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