Articles in Category: Primavera P6

Primavera SaaS Cloud vs On-Premise - 2017 New Upgrading Models to Consider

Penguin Looking To The Cloud

We are working with a client who have been on the Primavera SaaS cloud for awhile and are now getting serious about migrating their dispersed team to the Oracle Primavera SaaS cloud for their P6 users. We are helping them with this process using our P6-Loader for P6 v16.2 in the cloud. We wanted to go with P6-EPPM version 16.2.3, since it has some crucial patches applied to it in the last 3 months and seems to be stable.

Then we get the news we were dreading, no you can't get that version you must upgrade to version P6 17.1? So we went to Oracle e-delivery to download P6 17.1 and guess what? It is not even released for on-premise use. So what is going on?

We had heard rumors that the upgrade model in the Primavera SaaS Cloud was going to change, but did not want to believe them. Now we cannot ignore them anymore.

The Fastest Way to Cancel Activities in Primavera P6

Automate the Process of Updating Cancelled Activities in Primavera P6 with our Barcode Updating Technology

When planning a turnaround project you want to make sure you include all the tasks that will happen and even those that might happen. This is a great strategy in the planning phase because during the actual turnaround, you don't have time to add all of the “potential” activities that become necessary.

Now the dilemma becomes, how to cancel the tasks that your team doesn't need after all.

You could process the updates for cancelled activities using manual data entry, dealing with logic, manhours, and baselines, but if you handle a lot of these it becomes time consuming, tedious and frustrating. Lets face it, during a Turnaround that is just not a good idea. You might think that dissolving is good enough, but is it?

IT Program Management with Primavera P6

An Example of P6 Mentoring, Coaching and Working Sessions

Primavera P6 Coaching

We have been working with a client using Primavera P6 for a large multi-year, multi-sprint IT project to revamp their customer loyalty program and overall customer experience. The team has been using P6-EPPM and have been aggressively putting together schedules for each key component of the program from infrastructure, to ERP, to integration testing and deployment.

This team is in large part new to P6, and they have been fighting to produce an overall program plan that has a continuous critical path so they can answer the usual question “when are we going to be done?”.

Oracle Primavera Analytics – Which Oracle Business Intelligence Edition is Right for You?

3 choices for Primavera Analytics

Oracle Primavera Analytics requires one of the following three Oracle Business Intelligence products, which must be licensed separately:

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Foundation Edition
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Extended Edition
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Foundation Edition for Oracle Applications

Only versions and of these products are supported with Primavera Analytics 16.2.

I’m using acronyms liberally in this entry for your and my benefit … these names are a mouthful!

  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Foundation Edition (OBISFE)
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Extended Edition (OBISEE)

Of these three choices, two options do not impose supplemental restrictions on how you can use Oracle Business Intelligence with Primavera Analytics within your organization.

Getting Roles Onto Your Master Primavera P6 Plan - First you Have to Find Them

Do you find it tedious and time consuming to locate the resource assignments with missing roles?


When you are building up your schedule it is easy to miss assigning roles to resources, especially if you did not use roles at first and are introducing them after the fact. Another common scenario is when you are importing contractors' P6 schedules and are merging them into your turnaround plan or a large capital program where you are reporting both on resources as well as roles for trades and discipline rollups.

P6 Activity IDs - Wow That is Some Interesting Numbering

Struggling With P6 Activity ID Consistency - or Should we say Lack Thereof?

A very common pain point when trying to align project schedules to company or project SOPs (standard operating procedures) is ensuring activity id breakdowns are consistent (as outlined in your company schedule business processes). This can be a real nightmare especially if you are working with multiple contractors and engineering firms all with different structures and standards.

Primavera P6 – Getting Your New Schedulers Up-To-Speed With Less Frustration

Give Your New Schedulers A Head Start with the P6-QA Tool

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Let’s help our new schedulers get up and running faster then ever before.

I love training up new schedulers. I've been a scheduling lead for years and always get a kick out of teaching new users best practices that I have learned the hard way.

TAPS - Resource Earned Value - Saved Me More Than Once

On a previous assignment I worked on a 6 week turnaround project with 500,000 man-hours. After each shift update we needed to get Earned Value reports to management. It was hard enough completing updates within a 2 hour time period along with getting the next shift's reports out, but having to do full earned value was even harder.

Out of Sequence Activities In Your P6 Schedule During a Turnaround?

The unexpected happens during a Turnaround project - Let TAPS help


“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy” - Helmuth von Moltke

When you are a scheduler on a Turnaround project you cannot expect everything to go as planned. Often at the end of your shift, when entering progress, you’ll find out something unexpected has happened in the schedule. For example, activities have been marked as completed while their predecessors are not yet started.

Restoring Deleted P6 Data - Never Happens Right?

A solution for common cases of accidental data deletion in Primavera P6

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Accidental deletion of important data is something that happens. Everyone has done it at some point.

In P6 EPPM, some of the most common cases of accidental data deletion are:

  • Deletion of the wrong resource
  • Deletion of the wrong project
  • Deletion of the wrong WBS node or nodes

The P6-Auditor is Like a Flight Data Recorder for Primavera P6

What the P6-Auditor and a Flight "Black Box" Have in Common

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I love watching the TV show Mayday – the forensic work that goes into understanding how and why a plane crashes is fascinating to me. Key in any investigation of what went wrong is recovery of the flight data recorder. This “Black Box” records virtually everything that happens in the control system of the aircraft and enables investigators to understand exactly what went wrong.

We implemented our P6-Auditor for one of our clients a couple of years ago, and a few days after go-live, we got a call from the help desk that users across the organization were reporting that all of their activity code assignments for a particular Global Code had disappeared.

Primavera P6 Activity Codes – Why you NEED them

“Tagging and Bagging” - One of the Best Tips I can Share After Working With Primavera for 27 Years

In doing consulting with an IT PMO client the other day I was faced with this comment:

“The last P6 consultant we had told us not to use activity coding because it is an administrative headache!”

Now I have to say, after 27 years of doing P3 and P6 consulting, this demonstrates one of the most unpleasant parts of the role of “Expert”. How do you politely explain to your client that they paid good money for bad advice? And how can I know exactly what was said and in what context for the client to come to that conclusion? However, in this particular case, when in comes to activity coding in P6, it is clear cut no-brainer – THEY GOT TERRIBLE ADVICE.

Primavera Gateway 16.2 and API Development for Integration

Integrating with Primavera P6 and Unifier - Where do we stand?

Primavera Gateway is an integration web application being developed by Primavera that allows data to be moved between a Primavera application and another application. Primavera Gateway consists of an Integration Broker in the middle, and at least two providers, one for each application that is involved in the integration. All Primavera providers are built-in including the P6 Provider, Unifier Provider, Enterprise Track Provider and Prime Provider. Third-party vendors can create additional Primavera Gateway providers to integrate non-Primavera applications with Primavera applications.

What's New With Primavera P6 16.2

A brief overview of the changes in P6 EPPM 16.2

P6-EPPM - HTML5 almost there

P6v16.2 again is focused on driving the P6-EPPM Web platform into HTML5 and out of Java. Not quite sure the percentage just yet, but it is looking like we are almost there. For those wanting a tool to help with the Java issues take a look at Ericom, it is working well in our PCM Cloud and with several clients.

The Fastest Way to Create New Users in Primavera P6

A step-by-step guide on how to create new users in P6 using the P6-Loader

The P6-Loader helps streamline and accelerate many processes, one of which is creating new P6 users. The P6-Loader is a flexible and secure solution that allows users with the correct security access on their P6 profile to extract and upload nearly every data element in P6 data. Let’s have a look at how easy it makes creating new P6 users.