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

Speakers:

  • 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.

Monday Mar 05, 2012

The Impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on US Ports.

Written by Guest Blogger:  Guy Barlow, Director, Industry Strategy, Oracle Primavera

It’s appropriate that a notable leap day event – after all, this is a leap year – was in 1904.  A committee was formed by Theodore Roosevelt to analyze the Panama Canal project in the hopes of speeding it up.  Fast forward 108 years and a massive expansion of the canal is underway, with political and business members calling for a speeding up of the various port projects associated with the expansion. 

The expansion will create demand along the US Eastern Seaboard for ports able to handle post-Panamax vessels; Ports from Miami to New York are considering renovations including dredging, blasting, and bridge-raising. With over $8.5 billion for projects related to the expansion of the Canal, the top U.S. ports have to ensure their various programs are delivered on time and on budget.  Otherwise, competing ports, whether in the U.S. or outside, are likely to siphon off some of the increased shipping volume.

So what are some of the critical questions port executive should be asking themselves?  Here are four that come to mind…

  1. What can I do to minimize the impact of change on the process?  This is very important since change is one of the key drivers for cost overruns. 
  2. How do I ensure the predictability of costs?  Change may be the cost driver but how do I get a handle on the costs in the first place?  Especially on a multi-year project.
  3. As I work with contractors can I clearly define roles and contract expectations?  With limited resources I need to know who will be doing what – and when.  Duplications aren’t acceptable or affordable.
  4. Can I build a long-term partnership with contractors?  My facility is going to be around a long time. 

This isn’t a comprehensive list but as a director or senior level port executive I’d want to be very mindful of these.  After all, the last thing I’d want is a committee being formed to investigate my lagging projects…

If you are interested in this subject matter, please join me for an insightful online discussion on March 21st. Register now at http://bit.ly/portswebcast to save your seat.

Disclaimer: the Panama Canal Expansion is managed using Oracle’s Primavera software

Sunday Jan 15, 2012

Chicago Public Schools Increases Project Productivity, Saves Millions with Oracle Solutions

Chicago Public Schools significantly improved project management processes, project tracking, and the oversight of a US$600 million capital improvement program with the help of Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and related Oracle applications

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