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Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management

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Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management

Overview of this book

In 2008 Oracle acquired Primavera Software, Inc., a leading provider of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions for project-intensive industries.Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is an integrated project portfolio management (PPM) solution comprising role-specific functionality to satisfy each team member's needs, responsibilities, and skills. It provides a single solution for managing projects of any size, adapts to various levels of complexities within a project, and intelligently scales to meet the needs of various roles, functions, or skill levels in your organization and on your project team.Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management aims to show you all the features and functionality of the software thoroughly and clearly.With Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management, readers will master the core concepts of Primavera P6 and the new features associated with version 8.This book is divided into two sections, in the first section we learn the fundamental concepts behind managing projects which include organizing projects, adding activities and relationships, assigning roles and resources, scheduling a project, and much more. In the second section we cover portfolio management and how to make the best use of the web client that includes working with portfolios, portfolio analysis, portfolio capacity planning, ROI, tracking performance, and lots more.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
Oracle Primavera P6 Version 8: Project and Portfolio Management
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E-Business Suite

The E-Business Suite (EBS) integration with P6 is similar to the one for JDE. It too uses the Application Integration Architecture, Fusion Middleware, and a process Integration Pack. The integrations require Oracle Project Foundation or later.

One difference is that EBS has built-in project functionality quite similar to P6. This is implemented in its Project Costing and Project Management modules. But the ideas are similar: resource definitions and financial costs are owned by EBS, and resource assignment and scheduling are owned by Primavera.

As in the JDE integration, resources and roles are defined in EBS and then sent into P6.

The integration at the project level does differ, however. Shown in the following screenshot are some of the project-level integration settings in EBS.

Projects can be integrated in two fundamentally different manners, by workplan or by financial structure. In EBS, the concept of a workplan is analogous to a WBS element. You can choose to integrate at the workplan level, which means that activities are exchanged between EBS and P6, and actual costs are sent from EBS to P6 at the resource level.

If you choose to integrate by financial plan, then data is synchronized at a higher level. For example, actual costs are placed into a user-defined field at the WBS level. The level of WBS mapping can be set to only map data at a number of levels. So you may just map at the top-level WBS, or at all levels, depending on your needs.

In both situations, the project header is synchronized, and the project header integration will allow you to create and close projects. Budgets are handled similarly in both situations as well.