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Oracle Primavera P6 R8 Release Value Proposition

  1. 1. Release Value Proposition Oracle Primavera P6 R8 Applications Release: Primavera P6 EPPM Release 8 Creation Date: 10/1/2010 Last Updated: 10/25/2010 Version: 1.0 Status: Final
  2. 2. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 2 PURPOSE STATEMENT: This document provides an overview of features and enhancements included in Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8. It is intended solely to help you assess the business benefits of upgrading to Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management R8. DISCLAIMER: This document in any form, software or printed matter, contains proprietary information that is the exclusive property of Oracle. Your access to and use of this confidential material is subject to the terms and conditions of your Oracle Software License and Service Agreement, which has been executed and with which you agree to comply. This document and information contained herein may not be disclosed, copied, reproduced or distributed to anyone outside Oracle without prior written consent of Oracle. This document is not part of your license agreement nor can it be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Oracle or its subsidiaries or affiliates. This document is for informational purposes only and is intended solely to assist you in planning for the implementation and upgrade of the product features described. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described in this document remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. Due to the nature of the product architecture, it may not be possible to safely include all features described in this document without risking significant destabilization of the code.
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Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 3 Contents Release Value Proposition Preface for Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management R8............................................................................................. 5 Primavera P6 Release 8 Value Proposition................................................................. 6 Governance.................................................................................................................. 6 Inclusivity...................................................................................................................... 6 Predictability................................................................................................................. 7 Optimization ................................................................................................................. 7 Summary...................................................................................................................... 7 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Governance Enhancements ......................................................................................... 8 Robust Workflow-enabled Processes via Oracle’s Unified Business Process Management Suite ....................................................................................................... 8 Rich forms as part of workflows .............................................................................. 10 Sample BPM Process for Project Ideation .............................................................. 10 License Requirement for Oracle’s Unified BPM Suite ............................................. 10 Integrated Enterprise Reporting via Oracle’s BI Publisher ......................................... 10 Report Parameters.................................................................................................. 11 Report Security........................................................................................................ 12 Report Formats ....................................................................................................... 12 Report Templates.................................................................................................... 12 Report Delivery Methods......................................................................................... 12 Automatic Scheduling of Reports ............................................................................ 12 P6 Analytics ............................................................................................................... 12 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Inclusivity Enhancements .......................................................................................... 14 100% Web-based Deployment and Administration .................................................... 14 Enterprise Project Structure (EPS) View.................................................................... 14 Universal Productivity Kit (UPK) Tutorials ............................................................... 15 Shared Views .......................................................................................................... 16 Other Usability Enhancements................................................................................ 17 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Predictability Enhancements ..................................................................................... 18 Industry-standard Qualitative Risk Management........................................................ 18 Risk Register with Risk Response Planning............................................................ 18 Risk Scoring Matrix ................................................................................................. 19 Configurable Views of Risks Across Projects.......................................................... 20 DCMA 14-point Schedule Assessment ...................................................................... 20 Schedule Preview for Improved “What-if” Analysis..................................................... 21 Time-scaled Logic Diagrams (P6 Professional optional Windows client) ................... 22 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Optimization Enhancements ...................................................................................... 23 Resource Management.............................................................................................. 23 Resource Assignment Gantt and Table views......................................................... 23 Resource Usage Spreadsheet View........................................................................ 24 Resource View Filters ............................................................................................. 24
  4. 4. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 4 Roles and Teams Table Views................................................................................ 25 Personal Calendars for Resources.......................................................................... 25 Additional usability features:.................................................................................... 26 Baseline Management................................................................................................ 26 Project Templates ...................................................................................................... 26 New Technologies...................................................................................................... 27 Scheduled Services................................................................................................. 27 On-Demand Services.............................................................................................. 27 Distributing Services................................................................................................ 28 P6 Professional – Optional Windows Client ............................................................... 28
  5. 5. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 5 Release Value Proposition Preface for Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management R8 This document provides an overview of the value proposition that is associated with the new features and enhancements that are planned for Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management R8. This document will help you assess the business benefits of Primavera P6 R8 and plan your information technology investments. This document describes new or changed functionality only. Existing functionality from prior releases is not described. Our goal is to ensure that you leverage technology to its fullest to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations. Please note that the final release may not have every feature that is discussed in this document, and a specific feature may become a part of a different application or have a product name that is different from those cited in this document. This preface discusses:  Oracle release information publications  Additional resources This RVP in any form, software or printed matter, contains proprietary information that is the exclusive property of Oracle Corporation. The information provided in this document is intended to outline our general product direction and is intended for information purposes. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.
  6. 6. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 6 Primavera P6 Release 8 Value Proposition Primavera P6 R8 is the next major release of the Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution. This release delivers significant advances in functionality and will help companies deliver more projects on schedule and within scope, while reducing the overall cost of the projects, project management processes, and systems. Primavera P6 R8 focuses on the following key value proposition areas:  Governance  Inclusivity  Predictability  Optimization Governance Only Oracle provides a complete enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) solution, enabling businesses to align their project and program execution with strategy to deliver expected results. Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution provides an enterprise platform for establishing project and program management standards critical to business success, while enabling the deep understanding and insight to move projects forward to successful outcomes. With streamlined project-based processes, businesses will be more efficient and able to deliver projects faster, with higher quality and at lower costs. Built-in enterprise reporting and configurable dashboards, complemented by P6 Analytics, provide the analysis, reporting and monitoring to ensure everyone is kept appraised of project performance and any issues requiring action, and has the information needed to make the right decisions. Inclusivity Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is an enterprise- class solution. An organization will achieve the greatest value, including a greater competitive advantage through EPPM, by managing all of its projects, programs and resources in the centralized system. Resource conflicts become apparent to project and resource managers because all the work is managed in Primavera rather than having some resource time assigned to projects outside of the system. And because all projects are managed within Primavera, small projects don’t unexpectedly cause delays to those projects that are essential to business success because of unforeseen resource limitations or undocumented interdependencies. Primavera P6 also meets the needs of the various roles and skill levels within the organization with a configurable user interface, role-specific views and workflow- based processes. With everyone who is involved in projects connected – either
  7. 7. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 7 directly through Primavera P6 or as part of Primavera-based workflow – communications flow among participants and decisions get made in a timely manner. Predictability Oracle’s Primavera P6 solution is the most complete and flexible project portfolio management solution. Its new functionality, such as industry-standard risk management and robust reporting and analytics, complement the best project planning and execution capabilities available in the market. Primavera enables project-driven organizations to create achievable resource-optimized, risk- adjusted plans, find ways to deliver projects more efficiently, and never be surprised by unexpected issues, risks, or downward trends across projects. Optimization Organizations need to be continuously improving so that every project is done better than the last, that they are making the best use of their resources, and that they are truly turning PPM into a competitive advantage for their organization. By making the best use of Primavera P6 R8, as well as project portfolio management techniques, they will consistently deliver successful projects. Primavera P6 R8 enables organizations to ensure sufficient capacity, utilization, and availability of people, skills and other resources to meet current commitments and take on more work as needed. Perhaps more important, it also enables them to quickly adjust portfolios and project plans when things change and immediately assess the impact on resource usage. Summary Standardizing on an Oracle platform helps businesses remain nimble while carefully managing cash flow, conserving capital, operating with limited resources, and keeping a constant eye on the fickle customer. Enterprise-class Software  Complete, integrated systems engineered to work together.  Integrated at different levels: user experience, business intelligence, business processes, security and controls  Unbeatable scalability  Easy to adapt and maintain Implementation Simplicity  Modular deployment focused on high-value business processes  Delivery of business value in weeks  Rapid time to value  Demonstrated customer successes
  8. 8. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 8 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Governance Enhancements Create maximum business value from innovation and business investments.  Align strategy, execution and results: be assured that all projects and programs (and the people and resources assigned to them) are aligned with enterprise objectives.  Ensure maximum outcomes from investments of scarce enterprise resources.  Reduce risk of doing the wrong things and of doing things the wrong way.  Remove obstacles to efficient decision making and business performance.  Support a broad range of strategic, financial and operational processes that cross systems in the enterprise.  Establish and maintain standards critical to project and program success. Govern project and program compliance and regulatory requirements  Effectively manage incoming demand and prioritize work: evaluate, analyze, prioritize, and select the right set of projects based upon risk tolerance, financial goals, strategic goals, and available budgets and resources.  Consistently apply key value metrics to assessing investment options and reporting performance.  Strategically align the right people with highest value work.  Eliminate unnecessary approval / decision delays. Robust Workflow-enabled Processes via Oracle’s Unified Business Process Management Suite Primavera P6 R8 uses Oracle’s Unified Business Process Management Suite 11gR1 (OBPM) as the engine to automate EPPM processes. P6 users participating in workflows can initiate, participate, approve, reject, delegate, escalate and continuously monitor any EPPM process flow from the P6 dashboards. Oracle offers the following business process management functionality via a restricted-use license. The following components of Oracle BPM Suite (licensed separately) can be used with P6 for creating workflows: BPM Studio (part of BPM Suite)  The graphical modeling tool process used by designers to create BPM workflows  Drag-and-drop process elements, based on the Business Process Modeling  Process can be made executable without requiring a translation between modeling and execution languages
  9. 9. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 9  Process designers may write business logic, connect to existing applications and assemble user interfaces using standards such Java, Microsoft .NET, Enterprise JavaBeans, Java Naming and Directory Interface, WSDL, XML, CORBA, COM and SQL. Process Composer (part of BPM Suite): User-friendly way for business users to create new processes from a template or modify existing business processes Process Analytics (part of BPM Suite): Process monitoring and analysis. BPMN Engine (part of BPM Suite): For executing BPMN 2.0 serialized business processes as well as BPEL processes. Human Workflow (part of SOA Suite): The service that manages workflow task processing OBPM offers best-in-class capabilities for designing business processes, including:  Scale from simple forms to highly complex processes  Unlimited stages/steps  Loopback to request more information by routing forms back to a previous reviewer.  Delegation: At workflow run-time, process participants are able to choose another user(s) who should be involved in a workflow.  Conditional branching / If, Then, Else statements: Based on data entered at a certain stage, the workflow form can be routed to reviewers based on pre-defined rules.  Deadlines / Aging: Process designers can impose timing restrictions. If a workflow is stuck at a certain point for a defined duration, rules can determine what should happen or who should be notified to take action.
  10. 10. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 10  Role-based swim lanes mapped to P6 Users  Pre-populate default data field values throughout process stages. Rich forms as part of workflows OBPM enables custom forms to be created using ADF to match the specific data entry needs of the workflow.  BPM forms can include any P6 standard and user-defined fields  Control the state of each field (e.g. read-only, editable, hidden, required, etc.) throughout the process flow  Customize the name of fields to conform with specific terminology or to simplify the form for casual PPM participants.  Customize how fields are ordered and grouped  Add instructions to eliminate questions or need for training  Attach documents to forms Sample BPM Process for Project Ideation P6 includes a sample workflow for project ideation:  A user may submit an idea for a new project and is required to provide standard information to help with the decision making process.  Based on the information provided by the initiator, the workflow will appropriately route the request for further evaluation. For example, some requests may require scrutiny by the PMO to weigh the benefits of this proposal against the costs.  This BPM process creates a “what-if project” within P6.  The PMO may delegate to resource managers to perform capacity forecasting.  The request is prepared and presented to the portfolio executive. During this step, it is compared against other requests. If the new project idea scores well, the portfolio executive can authorize the proposed project to be activated, changing the project’s “what-if” status to “active” and notifying the project manager. License Requirement for Oracle’s Unified BPM Suite No license of Unified Business Process Management Suite is required for P6 users who are consuming or participating in the workflows or forms. However, for users who change existing or create new workflows using web services and events from Primavera applications, Named User Plus licenses or Processor based licenses can be purchased for Unified Business Process Management Suite (and its pre-requisites SOA Suite and WebLogic Suite.) Integrated Enterprise Reporting via Oracle’s BI Publisher Primavera P6 R8 includes Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Publisher, an enterprise reporting solution for authoring, managing, and delivering project management reports. BI Publisher is integrated into P6, providing the ability to run, view, schedule and distribute reports. Reports are easily organized and
  11. 11. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 11 include a “find” option and report description. P6 R8 provides more than 30 pre- built reports using BI Publisher. P6 R8 also includes the Operational Data Store (ODS) and associated Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) process. The ODS is part of the P6 Reporting Database and provides secure access to the P6 information in an easy-to-use data schema. The combination of BI Publisher and ODS delivers several benefits to an organization.  Eliminate costly point reporting solutions and simplify reporting architecture  View reports online or schedule them for delivery to a wide range of destinations.  Generate reports with no performance impact on P6.  Design reports using familiar desktop tools, thereby reducing the time and cost to develop and maintain reports. Report Parameters To further reduce the effort and cost of creating and maintaining reports, parameters, such as project ID, activity code, date range, resource code, may be selected at runtime. Parameters filter and organize the information on a report, and enable a single report to meet the needs of several project managers, planners and stakeholders.
  12. 12. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 12 Report Security P6 reporting provides three layers of security to ensure data is protected and individuals have access to only the reports they may run. The report organizational structure also defines which reports an individual may access. Reports that access the ODS will return data for only those projects an individual has access to through P6 security. Report Formats BI Publisher supports several file formats including HTML, PDF, Excel, PPT, MHTML, RTF, XML, and CSV. Each report may be published to all formats or configured for specific formats only. The standard reports delivered with the P6 will default to PDF format, although users may specific a different default for each report. Report Templates The report template builder is a plug-in compatible with Microsoft Word and Adobe. It assists users to build both tabular and graphic reports. The template builder contains bar, pareto, line, bubble, area, radar, and pie charts. In addition, graphics and pictures may be inserted for items such as indicators and logos. Each report can have multiple templates, eliminating the need to create multiple versions of similar reports. Report Delivery Methods Bi Publisher provides several delivery methods for sharing project information. Through the BI Publisher interface, reports may be saved as a file, sent directly to printers, emailed to a distribution list, or stored in a content repository such as Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM). Through the P6 interface, reports may be saved to a file and sent via email to selected P6 users with a custom subject line and message. Automatic Scheduling of Reports Schedule reports according to a predefined interval. For example, reports may be scheduled to execute once, daily, weekly, or monthly. A report may have multiple runs defined, each with its own interval, delivery recipients, template, and parameters. When the report is executed, a confirmation email may be sent to the individual who scheduled the report(s), informing them if the report(s) executed successfully, with warnings, or failed. P6 Analytics Primavera P6 Analytics is a add-on, packaged reporting application for gathering, storing, analyzing, sharing and providing access to project data to help enterprises make better business decisions. The solution is a combination of the P6 Reporting Database and Oracle Business Intelligence. P6 Analytics provides root-cause analysis and manage-by-exception capabilities through prebuilt reports, combined with full ad-hoc reporting and drill-down
  13. 13. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 13 capabilities. It provides critical insights into current and historical performance of all projects, programs and portfolios to make better and quicker decisions to eliminate project failure.  Quickly visualize critical project performance trends using dashboards  Predict and identify cost and earned value trends early in project lifecycle to rescue troubled projects  Evaluate resource performance through S-curves and interactive dashboards for drill-down into the root cause or potential problems  View early warnings for under-staffed project work in the pipeline.  Show staffing needs by portfolio
  14. 14. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 14 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Inclusivity Enhancements Extend enterprise PPM to all business processes, enterprise systems, project participants, and portfolio stakeholders.  Improve decisions and accountability through enterprise-wide visibility, workflows and collaboration.  Ensure “no person or project is left behind”.  Achieve competitive differentiation through enterprise-wide PPM excellence.  Improve individual and team productivity, boost the speed and quality of decision making, and improve the reuse of information Unite project teams and stakeholders through collaboration and strong feedback methods.  Meet the EPPM information, workflow and collaboration needs of various roles, functions, and skill levels of management, customers, project teams, and partners.  Enable fluid, end-to-end communication for individual insight, team productivity, and project success.  Adapt to various levels of complexities of projects  Streamline processes, improve efficiencies, increase team productivity, and speed project delivery, with higher quality and at a lower cost.  Enable end-to-end enterprise portfolio management by combining project execution with ERP, SCM, HCM and CRM. 100% Web-based Deployment and Administration All Primavera P6 R8 application administration is performed through the web interface, allowing organizations to deploy P6 in a fully web-based environment. The optional P6 Windows desktop client, P6 Professional is intended for planners and schedulers who are accustomed to the Windows interface. The administration capabilities reduce the effort to administer user access, application settings, and enterprise data (such as dictionaries). New copy and paste capabilities, along with printing and exporting to Excel, further assist administrators. Enterprise Project Structure (EPS) View The EPS view provides an overview of all projects, and is especially useful to those who need to report on or administer multiple projects. This view will be familiar to Windows client users who have used the Projects view. Program managers may use the EPS view to model multiple tiers of program sub- structure. Those who manage many projects may use this view to review the entire portfolio to spot misalignment or redundancy. Administrators and PMOs may use this view to govern how projects are set up thereby ensuring cross- project standardization.
  15. 15. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 15 The Enterprise Project Structure (EPS) can be fully administered from within this new view. This includes creating child and sibling levels with a full range of move up, move down, indent or outdent. Changes to how projects are organized can be reflected in the EPS design by renaming EPS, cut/copy/paste projects to different EPS, creating new EPS, or deleting existing EPS. Display projects as a tabular list or grouped by one or more details, such as Enterprise Project Structure, Project Codes, User-defined Fields, or dates. Choose columns to display a wide range of project fields. Apply project filters based on multi-level, nested criteria. These filters now allow up to 10 levels of parameters, and automatically refresh portfolios that are configured to include projects based on a filter. Additional new usability features in the EPS view:  Type-ahead within column cells for quickly assigning Project Code values  Add new Project Code values on the fly  Fill-down by dragging  Freeze left column when scrolling Universal Productivity Kit (UPK) Tutorials Oracle’s User Productivity Kit (UPK) enables an organization to rapidly produce contextual materials such as system process documents, interactive simulations, tutorials, and job aids, to increase productivity and reduce overall software implementation costs. A UPK license is required to create and distribute any of this content, but is not required to access the 5 basic tutorials delivered with P6. Primavera P6 R8 includes UPK object recognition and integrates with UPK Version 3.6.1 Enablement SP2 (July 2010 release). Object recognition provides
  16. 16. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 16 context sensitivity for developing content, such as the P6 Tutorials (English only) that are included with P6R8. The P6 Tutorials show how P6 customers may use UPK to customize the online Help and increase productivity. Launch UPK from the main P6 Help menu to see available topics. In addition, any window that has a separate Help button is also integrated with UPK. If a UPK tutorial exists, it will launch when the Help button is selected. UPK provides four modes:  See It! mode enables one to learn by watching an animated demonstration of tasks being performed in a simulated environment.  Try It! mode enables one to learn a task by practicing in a simulated environment with step-by-step instructions and guidance throughout the task.  With Do It! mode, one is guided through a task while performing it in the live application.  Use the Print It! mode to print out the tutorial as a job aid or as part of a training manual. Shared Views Any of the highly customizable Primavera P6 views may be saved Views a personal library or shared with other users. For example, administrators and PMOs may want to establish global views that any user can use or customize for their own use. Any of these views may also be be printed as reports.
  17. 17. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 17 Additionally, once someone configures an activity view and opens any desired projects, he/she can email a “view” link to other project participants. The participants then use the link to automatically open the specified activity view in the context of the same projects. Other Usability Enhancements Primavera P6 R8 usability improvements help planners, project managers, and other project participants build project plans, analyze and monitor project work, and configure their project workspaces.  Hover over on activity name to display full description  Personalization of toolbars  Toolbar quick links to customize view  Type ahead to quickly find and assign attributes  Preview changes to activity views
  18. 18. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 18 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Predictability Enhancements Confidently make and keep project commitments to the board, stakeholders, and clients.  Reduce financial and performance risk, while increasing client satisfaction.  Create achievable resource-optimized, risk-adjusted portfolios.  Ensure portfolio performance integrity: understand enterprise portfolio performance from a “single source of truth”. Reduce the risk of cost and schedule overruns and any resulting penalties.  Set direction, establish best practices, and provide controls, while relying on lower levels to make sound decisions.  Successfully manage projects, including the time, resources, skills and budgets necessary to accomplish the work.  Quantify risk and uncertainty and forecast the impacts of contingencies on costs and timelines.  Evaluate alternatives to find better, faster, cheaper ways to deliver projects and programs.  Provide realistic status and value reporting to stakeholders and regulatory bodies.  Easily enrich best practices to ensure highest quality results without rework or waste. Industry-standard Qualitative Risk Management The new Risks module in Primavera P6 R8 provides industry-standard qualitative risk assessment and management capabilities. It provides a central location for indentifying, assessing, and managing risks, threats and opportunities, for a single project, multiple projects, or a project portfolio. Team members can quickly and easily identify new risks, assess them, and link those risks to activities for better tracking and control. Risk Managers have a centralized view into the state of risk across projects with the ability to group and organize risks for better visibility into the status of risk across the organization. Risk Register with Risk Response Planning The Risk Register is a central location for the identification, assessment, and categorization of project risks. As risks are created, they can be linked to activities in the schedule to provide insight into when and how each risk might potentially impact the project. The Risk Register enables participants to create and track one or more response plans for each risk, with actions detailing how to respond to mitigate the risks and to provide a complete risk management history. Since Risk Response Actions may be linked to activities in the schedule, updating the activity details in the schedule updates the response plan action details as well.
  19. 19. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 19 Risk Scoring Matrix A Risk Scoring Matrix is created by combing Risk Thresholds which define probability ranges, schedule impact ranges, and cost impact ranges. Additional thresholds such environmental or safety impacts are defined using User-defined impact thresholds. Probability and Impact thresholds combine with a Tolerance threshold to create a Probability and Impact Diagram, a color-coded graphical representation of the Risk Scoring Matrix. The Tolerance threshold controls the color-coding of risk scores in the Risk Register. Each Risk Scoring Matrix can be assigned to one or more projects enabling the standardization of risk scoring across the enterprise.
  20. 20. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 20 As each project risk is assessed, a risk score is calculated to determine the risks with the greatest possible impact to the project. The risk assessment criteria are determined by the Risk Scoring Matrix assigned to the project. Configurable Views of Risks Across Projects The Risk Register is customizable to provide multiple views of risk data. Open multiple projects or portfolios to list risks across those projects, or group and sort by project or other risk field. Custom risk data is available by using Risk user- defined fields to add project- or organization-specific data to the Risk Register view. DCMA 14-point Schedule Assessment The new Schedule Checker assists planners, project managers, and the PMO to ensure project plans are built in accordance with industry and organizational guidelines.
  21. 21. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 21 Specifically, the Schedule Checker performs a 14-point analysis to ensure that activities and dependencies adhere to standards. The Schedule Checker uses the DCMA 14-point assessment and produces a report that identifies areas of the project plan that fall outside the quality guidelines, or thresholds for such things as open ends in schedule logic, total float, and more. Schedule Preview for Improved “What-if” Analysis Schedule Preview enables individuals to instantly see the results of changes to activities and logic in the project plan. As the project plan is being built, the project will be automatically scheduled to show how additions, changes, and “what-if” analysis impact the time-phased project work, but without saving the changes to the enterprise database. When the modifications and updates are final, the changes may then be saved to the database.
  22. 22. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 22 Time-scaled Logic Diagrams (P6 Professional optional Windows client) Times-scaled Logic Diagrams (TSLD) graphically depict activities and the schedule’s logic according to time, condensed into a useful horizontal format. The TSLD is displayed in a graphical viewer which facilitates creating, formatting, saving, and printing. From the viewer the diagram can be modified in a number of ways to in order to display the project data in a way that makes the most sense. The following TSLD formatting options are available:  Adjust timescale’s start date, finish date, and format  Format size and color of the bars, including highlighting critical activities, color- coding bars by activity code, and displaying progress based on percent complete or remaining duration  Choose labels to display on the bars and adjust the font and color of the labels  Choose between displaying all relationship lines, only driving relationships, or no relationship lines  Group and sort activities based on an array of criteria  Display bars in a TSLD format or Gantt format  Add a title to the diagram  Adjust margins and the line spacing between rows of activities  Select paper size and number of pages for optimal printing
  23. 23. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 23 Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Release 8 Optimization Enhancements Optimize management of all resources – human capital, budgets, facilities, talent – for maximum ROI.  Easily consider all resources and constraints when making portfolio investment decisions, and then optimize their talent on resulting work.  Respond appropriately and quickly to changes in strategy, customer expectations, competitive threats, and overall business uncertainty.  Be confident people are working on the right things, that the business has the right skill mix to get the work done today and is ready for the future. Ensure sufficient capacity, utilization, and availability of people, skills and other resources to meet current commitments and take on more work as needed.  Quickly identify and deploy the most qualified and available people to project work.  Quickly adjust portfolios and project plans when things change and immediately assess the impact.  Deliver quality projects and programs with fewer resources. Resource Management Primavera P6 R8 includes several resource management enhancements, including new views that make resource management easier and innovations in the way resource assignments are filtered and displayed. The views enhance resource-oriented business processes such as staffing, allocation analyses and reporting, assignment distribution, and status updating. Other improvements include resource administration and team member access to manage personal calendars. Resource Assignment Gantt and Table views All resource assignments may be displayed in a tabular list or grouped by one or more details, such as resource, resource code, project, project code, cost account, or activity. Choose columns to display a wide range of Assignment, activity and project fields. Apply assignment filters based on multi-level, nested criteria. Resource assignments may be displayed on a Gantt chart. Choose to display multiple assignment bars, such as current versus planned dates. Display the timescale as years for a long-range view or as days for a more granular view. Neck bars to visually indicate periods of non-work time based on the calendar used to schedule each assignment.
  24. 24. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 24 Resource Usage Spreadsheet View Display resource assignment data in time-distributed periods ranging from quarter to day to financial period. Choose from various cost and units fields. Save a predefined range of time with options such as current date plus or minus, custom specified dates, or earliest/latest dates that reads from the results of the view’s filter. This view includes an option to calculate an average per period when reviewing roles for headcount/FTE analyses. Administrators and resource managers have a dynamic, new table interface to work with. This includes building the resource hierarchy, editing of full range of resource data columns, grouping by elements such as teams, searching, printing, and exporting to Excel. New innovations include quick association of resources to teams from within resource pool and copy/paste of an existing resource. Resource View Filters Rich filters enable users to customize their resource views. For example, project team members may choose My Assignments to display all of their assignments across all accessible projects. A resource manager may want to open a view showing where his/her people are assigned as resources to project work (via team or resource code filter) without having to know ahead of time which projects
  25. 25. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 25 they may be assigned to. Project managers may use a filtered resource view to analyze assignments on one or more projects. Roles and Teams Table Views Resource managers and administrators are able to define job titles and skills within the web-based roles administration view. This page provides easy access to the full range of roles and related information. The view is consistent with the new resources page and also allows for association of roles to teams. Personal Calendars for Resources Primavera P6 R8 enables resources to easily define when they will be available to be scheduled for project assignments. Anyone who is assigned to a non- shared (Personal) resource calendar may access and edit that calendar’s non- work time, rather than rely on the resource administrators to administer the calendar.
  26. 26. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 26 Additional usability features:  Quick launch of each assignment’s calendar  Type-ahead within columns cells for quickly assigning values such as for cost accounts  Fill down by dragging  Freeze left column when scrolling Baseline Management Primavera P6 R8 expands the baseline management capabilities.  Existing projects may be converted to baselines  Baselines may be restored as a standard project.  All baseline management capabilities are consolidated into one dialog for ease of use. Project Templates Project Templates replace functionality previously addressed with Methodology Manager. Templates enable customers standardize their planning approach, use best practices, accelerate creation of effective plans, and govern the wealth of P6 settings to further maximize their PPM investment. Create Templates using same interface as Projects. There is no additional learning required for Templates. Templates may also be created by simply reusing an existing project’s planned or actual values. Template creators may also choose which of the project data to re-use or discard. They may also assign project codes to templates.
  27. 27. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 27 When using templates, Project managers may select any WBS from a template to insert into their project. This functionality is similar to fragnets or plug-ins in prior versions. Templates conform to the same Administrative Preferences, Administrative Categories, and User Access as do projects. Users who work on both Templates and Projects need only maintain a single set of User Preferences. Similarly, templates use the same dictionaries, such as for roles, activity codes, and user- defined fields, as projects. Templates can reside within any enterprise project structure, and rely on project security settings. Large organizations may keep Template libraries within their own EPS. Templates do not portfolio reporting views, nor are they summarized during portfolio or project analysis and reporting. New Technologies With every Primavera P6 release, new technologies are adopted to provide new capabilities, reduce implementation effort , and lower cost of ownership. With Primavera P6 R8 all job services have been moved to the P6 application server, removing the need for the Job Services server. This migration enables organizations to standardize and optimize their P6 server deployment as all services will run on the same Java platforms as the application. Scheduled Services All scheduled services are configured through a web interface that includes services for Summarize, Schedule, Apply Actuals, and Level, new in Primavera P6 R8. The new interface displays the current status of the scheduled services along with a summary. On-Demand Services Individuals can also perform these services on demand, directly from within the activities page. These services will be performed in the background, allowing users to continue to work within P6 while the service is being executed. Individuals can view that status of the on demand jobs to confirm completion.
  28. 28. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 28 Distributing Services Services can be configured to execute on specific P6 application servers to minimize the impact on application response time for users. Each P6 application server can be configured to execute specific services and the amount of concurrent services to perform, distributing the workload appropriately. P6 Professional – Optional Windows Client P6 Professional is an optional component of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6 EPPM). This component provides a robust set of features primarily for Planners and Schedulers. The P6 Professional component of P6 EPPM is no longer used to perform administrative tasks which are now available in the web interface. In addition to the new time-scaled logic diagram (described above), P6 Professional includes the following new capabilities:  Tabbed window layouts  Tiled windows  Customizable menus and toolbars  Page breaks between grouping bands  Option to automatically reorganize grouped data by window  Publish reports to project work product and documents  Simplified installation
  29. 29. Oracle Internal - This document is intended for information purposes only 29 Oracle Corporation World Headquarters 500 Oracle Parkway Redwood Shores, CA 94065 USA Worldwide Inquiries: 650.506.7000 Fax: 650.506.7200 http://www.oracle.com Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) is the world’s leading supplier of software for information management, and the world’s second largest independent software company. With annual revenues of more than $10.1 billion, the company offers its database, tools and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world. Features and screen shots shown may not correspond exactly to the released product. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation. All other company and product names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2005 Oracle Corporation. All Rights Reserved

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