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Oracle’s 5th Annual Primavera Virtual Summit Will Unveil Industry Research and the Latest Oracle Releases

Don’t miss this year’s Primavera Virtual Summit on November 6, 2014. This influential virtual summit is free.

This year’s keynote presentation is “Making the Change: Planning, Executing, and Measuring Successful Business Transformation.” It features Senior Director of Research for Forbes Insights Brenna Sniderman, and Oracle’s Director of Industry Strategy and Business Development, Primavera, Guy Barlow. The presentation will summarize a recent Forbes Insights global survey of senior executives that examines trends in business transformation. Topics include the top internal and external transformation drivers and important factors for determining success or failure in these initiatives.

In addition to gaining insights into business transformation trends and best practices, you can take advantage of live customer presentations and product demonstrations taking place throughout the event. Featured customers include GE Oil & Gas, Swinerton Builders, and B/E Aerospace.

Oracle will present a series of in-depth sessions explaining how Oracle’s Primavera solutions can foster successful transformation projects. The presentations will highlight the newest Primavera releases, including Primavera Unifier, Instantis EnterpriseTrack, and new mobile and cloud-enabled solutions for project portfolio management. Oracle product and industry experts will be available to chat, and you will also have access to free content downloads, including white papers, solution briefs, special reports, and data sheets.

You can choose from dedicated industry tracks to learn more about enterprise project portfolio management solutions tailored to your specific requirements. The tracks will be concurrent and are divided into asset-intensive industries, services, and product categories.
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with industry peers and PPM experts, discover new strategies for enterprise project portfolio management, earn professional development units, and explore Oracle’s latest innovations for transforming project management.

View the complete agenda here and register today.

By Kimberly McDonald Baker

A new white paper published by Oracle, Delivering Success in Public Infrastructure Projects, provides a compelling portrait of the quantifiable benefits delivered by Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, especially as pertaining to public infrastructure or civil engineering projects.

“Research from the Project Management Institute (PMI) suggests that performance in meeting project goals, timelines and budgets creates a financial impact of staggering proportions. Organisations with high performance in these three measures risk only US$20 million per US$1 billion spent, while their less successful peers jeopardise US$280 million for the same US$1 billion spent.”

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Oracle has just unveiled a new product: Oracle Project Procurement, as part of E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4.

Oracle describes Project Procurement as enabling project teams to establish and measure strategic project objectives and drive project procurement planning, decision-making and execution throughout the lifecycle of a project.

The solution reportedly provides an integrated platform for project managers and project buyers to collaborate, giving everyone the information they need to make planning and execution decisions without the need to “alert, notify or engage in unproductive communication.” That’s an interesting statement! Read the rest of this entry »

Oracle has just published a new EPPM Board whitepaper.

Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM of the Oracle Primavera Global Business Unit, and the rest of the Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Board met to discuss and assess the quality of project portfolio performance information available to executives.

“Quality is of course the key value in this pursuit, because no organization suffers for a lack of information quantity,” Mr Sicilia said. “Rather, the emphasis is on providing focus, and aligning the insights generated with the values and measures most directly connected to the decision making process.” Read the rest of this entry »

Continuing our discussion of Oracle E-Business Suite Project Manufacturing (PJM), how can you determine whether Oracle PJM is a fit for your organization? And what benefits does Oracle PJM deliver?

Industries Supported

Oracle Project Manufacturing was designed to support firms in the following industries.

  • Engineer-to-Order
  • Make-to-Order
  • Seiban
  • Aerospace and Defense

A common denominator is that these companies plan, track, procure, and cost based on project, contract, or Seiban numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

By Angela Walia

Companies can utilize Oracle’s Business Process Management (BPM) suite to streamline business processes and introduce automated workflows. By eliminating manual work efforts and creating standardized workflows, businesses can improve organizational value, overall costs and productivity. This article explains the benefits delivered by Oracle BPM.

Visibility Enables Improvements
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By John D. May

Oracle Project Manufacturing manages the construction of large, often unique, items or structures that require custom design.  It is a comprehensive system that, especially if combined with Oracle E-Business Suite Projects and Project Contracts modules, provides a robust solution for project or contract-based manufacturers in the Aerospace and Defense, Engineer-To-Order, and Seiban industries.

Oracle Project Manufacturing helps you control a broad range of product designs and quickly respond to changes that may impact your contract planning, costing, and, execution.

Criteria to Review When Considering Project Manufacturing

Project Manufacturing primarily addresses the Engineer-To-Order (ETO) manufacturing industries.  These industries are characterized by building unique custom products and generally require specialize costing, scheduling and financial management.  Consider the following items to see if your manufacturing method is more repetitive or specialized. Read the rest of this entry »

By Terri Maginnis

What is Expected Finish in Primavera P6?

Expected Finish is a date field that is available at the activity level in P6 (activity table only) and P6 Professional (activity table and activity details). This field can be used when updating your schedule in order to indicate when you expect on-going activities to be completed. This can be very useful when you are involved in a project where the team gives you the date they expect to finish the work instead of the amount of time they need to complete the work. As a matter of fact, this is a very common situation on a project. This may be due to the fact that it is more natural for the human brain to come out with a date rather than calculating the time/effort that is necessary to reach that date.

The Main Benefits of Expected Finish
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Oracle issued a press release today announcing a new Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution named Oracle Primavera Prime. Oracle Primavera Prime is the first Enterprise PPM offering designed to leverage Oracle’s Engineered Systems vision, a tightly integrated technology “stack” of Oracle hardware and software components, to deliver superior performance and ROI.

The first module in the Oracle Primavera Prime suite is Oracle Primavera Prime Capital Plan Management. Oracle Primavera Prime is integrated with Oracle’s Primavera P6 and enables time-phased details to be shared between each solution related to budget, cost and schedule progress.

The full press release is below.
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By Steve Sexton

In recently working with a major software company, it became quickly apparent that this organization was a great example of the scenario many captive services businesses face as the high-tech industry continues to evolve. Experiencing declining revenue and margin, this organization is introducing significant change to align and execute against new go-to-market strategies, but the organization’s operational maturity and supporting infrastructure will have to rapidly progress to support performance goals and its ability to invest in developing strategic capabilities.  Read the rest of this entry »