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

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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 »

By Jay West, BS/MS AE, MBA 
President, EAM Master

For Oracle Enterprise Asset Management (eAM) customers, managing maintenance documents is both important and challenging.  Project Partners offers an exciting new product that streamlines the use of Oracle eAM and Microsoft SharePoint, and makes managing maintenance documents easy. 

In today’s industrial environment, information drives the efficiency and effectiveness of the maintenance organization.  Maintenance managers, planners and workers use a variety of documents from different sources to maintain complex plant equipment, facilities and infrastructure.   To be productive they must be able to quickly and easily find, understand and use all of this information.

Much of the information used by the maintenance organization resides in a variety of hardcopy and electronic documents such as drawings, vendor manuals, safety procedures, inspection sheets, repair instructions, etc.  Hardcopy documents can obviously be difficult to find, share and use, particularly if they are needed in multiple locations or job sites.  Electronic documents can also be challenging to manage.  If they are not in a centralized document management system, they often reside on multiple PCs or network locations with little security and version control.  If a document management system like SharePoint is in place, there are still challenges with keeping documents organized, easy to find and linked to the proper data items and transactions in Oracle eAM.

Oracle eAM offers two options for linking documents to entities like Assets, Activities (job plans) and Work Orders.   One option is to use a “File” type attachment to load the document into the Oracle database.  The challenge with this option is that it creates additional copies of documents; there is no version control and the large number of embedded documents tends to bloat the database.  The other option is to use a “URL” type attachment which serves a link to the file in a document management system like SharePoint.  The challenge with this option is that it requires that users first carefully file documents correctly in SharePoint and then make certain that proper links are established.  This option thus requires that users have good knowledge of SharePoint and follow good procedures.   It is also laborious and prone to errors.

The Project Partners Document Management Integration product provides a much more complete and automated solution for managing maintenance documents.  When a document is attached to an Oracle eAM entity, the product automatically creates an appropriately named folder in SharePoint and then files the document properly.  This level of automation makes the whole process of managing maintenance documents easier and more mistake proof.  I recommend that all Oracle eAM customers evaluate this product as a way to streamline and improve management of maintenance documents.

LEARN MORE: Register to attend this webinar: Streamline the use of Oracle eAM and Microsoft SharePoint, and Easily Manage Maintenance Documents.  If you can’t attend the live event, register anyway and we’ll send you a link to the recording after the event.

About the Author:
Jay West is an author and professional speaker within the maintenance professional community and has been an active member of the Oracle eAM Field Advisory Board for 7 years. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Alabama. Mr. West is also the president and founder of EAM Master LLC.

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Why a World-Class Engineering and Design Firm Uses Oracle E-Business Suite and Project Partners Applications

Atkins is one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies, employing some 17,420 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design and enable some of the world’s most technically challenging and time critical projects. View this webinar and learn how Atkins provided the infrastructure needed to free up employees’ time to focus on their customers and grow their business.

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By Pat Bowyer

On March 28, 2012, we presented an OAUG Sponsored webcast to discuss and demonstrate the timecard entry solutions we’ve developed, our mProjects Time Management™ mobile timecard and our TimeSpeed™ spreadsheet user-interface applications, both fully integrated with Oracle Time and Labor and Oracle Projects, and extending the functionality of those applications, that will help take the headache out of project timecard entry.

Sound interesting? You can register to view the recorded webinar here.
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Have two minutes?  View our new video showing how easy it is for you to manage your timecards and charge time to a project, while leveraging Oracle Time and Labor Functionality - from your smart phone.  Check it out here

Your firm made a large investment in Oracle Applications because management knows that using Oracle E-Business Suite Projects will help increase profitability and ensure that project objectives are met. But your project managers and administrators already have full time jobs, and they frequently remind IT and Line of Business Managers that they don’t have extra time to learn new software or hours every day to use project management programs. End-user adoption or acceptance of new software is often the biggest hurdle to bringing in new programs, no matter how great the functionality is.

But the fact remains: your firm needs to meet its business goals and has bought or is considering buying Oracle EBS Applications because of the improved business performance that results from a successful implementation.

So how can YOU help your firm maximize the return on its software investment?

Here’s a great start: You can have your project managers and administrators trained on Oracle EBS Projects in 82% less time and spending 40% less time on a daily basis, using a familiar Microsoft® Excel front-end, ensuring rapid end-user adoption, and putting your company on the fast track to the many benefits provided by Oracle.

View this webinar and see how our User Interface Applications free up your firm’s employees to make more strategic contributions and achieve business objectives.

By Kimberly McDonald Baker

Project Partners is pleased to announce that our OP3 product, which provides bi-directional integration between the Oracle E-Business Suite Projects Applications and Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management applications, is now certified to work on all supported releases of these Oracle applications.

OP3 is the only bi-directional integration product currently warranted to work with all releases of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Oracle E-Business Suite Projects (Oracle Projects) Release 11.5.10.M through Release 12.1.3. OP3 integrates project structures and plans, budgets, actual costs and committed costs. Read the rest of this entry »

By John May

In 1992, the American Institute of Architects® formalized a standardized “percentage of completion” contract billing methodology.  The forms developed are known by their numerical assignments:  G702 and G703.  The purpose was to allow contractors, owners, architects and construction managers a familiar way of communicating and authorizing payments during the life of a construction contract. Read the rest of this entry »

Since January, Project Partners consultants, both in the US and in India, have had the privilege of working on-site with Oracle to test the Fusion Applications. An absolute win-win situation for everyone involved. It is our chance to see the live product in action, to test, test and test again to insure quality and to get hands-on experience and training using the best-of-the-best in Projects Applications. In exchange, Oracle receives a tremendous amount of feature validation, field expertise, and knowledge from those of us who live and breathe the world of Projects every day. This early look at the product before all the code is frozen helps guarantee the quality release we have all been waiting for.

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