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Working with Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Suite

Depending on your organization's specific deployment, P6 EPPM generally consists of the applications, functions, and databases depicted below.

EPPM Suite Component Overview

Applications:

P6: Most users will rely almost exclusively on the P6 web application running in a standard web browser. Simply termed P6, it is the primary interface for administering and managing projects.

P6 Professional for EPPM: The P6 web application is the main interface for all project management functionality; however, you can also use the optional P6 Professional software to take advantage of its core project planning and scheduling functionality. The P6 Professional application and its features, including the built-in TSLD viewer, run on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

P6 Progress Reporter: P6 EPPM includes the P6 Progress Reporter integrated timesheet entry software. Resources use P6 Progress Reporter to record their time spent working on assignments via electronic timesheets, and approving managers use P6 to review and approve them.

P6 Integration API: A Java-based application programming interface (API) enabling your P6 EPPM deployment to interface with other components and systems.

P6 EPPM Web Services : P6 EPPM Web Services is an integration technology that extends P6 business objects and functionality. Based on open standards including SOAP, XML and WSDL, P6 EPPM Web Services enables developers to leverage standard interfaces to create integrated software solutions that interoperate with a wide variety of enterprise software applications running on a diversity of hardware and operating system platforms.

P6 Analytics: An optional integrated dynamic reporting tool with advanced visual features, including dashboards.

Functionality (included with P6 EPPM):

Core Enterprise Functionality: Use P6 for all of the following core enterprise functionality:

  • Administration and Enterprise Data: Administer user accounts, preferences, views, application settings, and enterprise data.
  • Project, Portfolio, and Resource Management: P6 provides an extensive array of features designed to optimize all phases of Project Management, Resource Management, and Portfolio Management. It includes full support for activities, work breakdown structures, costs, resource administration and assignment, roles, teams, portfolio analysis, capacity planning, and convenient dashboards for measuring status at any level at every moment.
  • Document Management: P6 includes document management support with or without the optional document repository option. Use the optional document collaboration features to conduct document reviews with key stakeholders to keep projects moving or meet regulatory compliance.
  • Workflows: The workflow engine bundled with P6 EPPM provides Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) compliant graphical notation that depicts the steps in your project initiation workflows. Use the integrated Workflows portlet to coordinate the sequence of tasks that flow between different process participants in a series of stages.
  • Reports: Generate and view reports using your standard web browser running P6. Reports can be generated electronically and routed via e-mail, saved to a shared or local file, or printed to a traditional printer.

Planning and Scheduling: The optional P6 Professional component of the suite provides a robust set of features primarily for planners and schedulers, including reflections, schedule comparison (Claim Digger), and a report designer. Use the new built-in Timescaled Logic Diagram (TSLD) viewer to create and customize condensed visual depictions of complex project schedule information.

Time Reporting: P6 EPPM includes P6 Progress Reporter, an optional integrated timesheet entry application.

Integrated Solutions: Build or deploy other systems and use the P6 Integration API or P6 EPPM Web Services to integrate them with P6 EPPM.

P6 Analytics: Extend your solution by adding P6 Analytics with the Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) metadata layer to facilitate the creation of ad-hoc reports and interactive custom dashboards reflecting trends and metrics for activities, portfolios, resource assignments, utilization, and project history. Also receive proactive alerts based on integrated report data mined from the ODS and star databases.

Technology:

The P6 EPPM Database: The main database for all your P6 EPPM data.

BPM Workflow: The separate workflow engine bundled with P6 EPPM.

Oracle BI Publisher: The database server hosting the reporting library, templates, and views required to build complex reports with ease.

The Reporting Database: The P6 Reporting Database portion of the suite consists of the Star database and the Operational Data Store (ODS) database used to extract, transform, and load data from the P6 EPPM database. This data is specifically designed to be used to create reports.

Oracle Universal Content Management: This server hosts documents in a shared repository enabling collaborative functionality such as document check-out/check-in and versioning.

Related Topics

About P6

About P6 Professional

About P6 Progress Reporter

About the Oracle Business Process Management Suite

About Oracle BI Publisher and the OBIEE Platform

About P6 Reporting Database

About P6 Analytics

About the P6 Integration API

About P6 EPPM Web Services

About Oracle Universal Content Management

About Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

P6 EPPM Release 8 New Feature Summary

P6 EPPM Documentation

Where to Get Support


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