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16 November 2016

Ravello Import Utility and Primavera on IaaS

Written by Paul Jardin - VP of Technology

How to Install Ravello GUI VM Import Tool for Primavera Application Prep for IaaS Deployment

Below is a quick guide on how to install Ravello.

 

From the Ravello login click VM Import Tool. Once you see the window below, click the download GUI VM Import Tool.

 

ravello and primavera

 

10 November 2016

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 demonstates 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.

10 November 2016

Primavera Gateway 16.2 and API Development for Integration

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

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.

 

29 September 2016

What's New With Primavera P6 16.2

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

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.

30 September 2016

What's New With Primavera Unifier 16.2

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

A Brief Overview of the changes in Primavera Unifier 16.2

It is that time of year again where we celebrate the harvest and look forward to the latest release of Oracle Primavera. Once again the Oracle Construction and Engineering teams have got some great new improvements in Primavera 16.2 for us.

 

On the Unifier side they are working hard to make Unifier easier to administer, easier to integrate with, easier to load documents into and easier to get reports out. 

27 September 2016

The Fastest Way to Create New Users in Primavera P6

Written by Mary Lynn Backstrom, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-BA – Implementation Specialist

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.

 

Login to the P6-Loader with your credentials.

 

P6 new user1

 

15 August 2016

How to Improve Primavera P6 API Performance

Written by Ravi Wallau - Integration Specialist

Huge potential for improvement in API performance in applications that create objects with uniqueness rules in Primavera P6 based on user-entered values

We have a client in the US who was reporting performance issues with a 3rd party client application that creates large numbers of activities in the P6 database using the Primavera P6 API. I was called to help isolate the issue.

 

When I joined the meeting, they already had Oracle Enterprise Manager up and running, and it was easy to isolate the query that was taking a long time to run (and using almost all the CPU in the server).

04 July 2016

Keep Primavera Contract Management Without the Java Issues

Written by Nicole Jardin, P.Eng. - CEO

Emerald Productivity Cloud Can Solve Your Java Problems

While Oracle is busy working on removing Java applets from Primavera P6-EPPM, the same cannot be said for Primavera Contract Management (PCM). With the announcement that PCM v14.2 is the last planned major release for PCM, the Java applets will potentially remain an ongoing issue.

 

Some creative solutions have been worked up over the years with CITRIX and controlled versions of IE, but all were problematic when other tools needed other versions of Java.

 

06 June 2016

Improved Functionality For Relationship Types In Primavera P6 16.1

Written by Mary Lynn Backstrom, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-BA – Implementation Specialist

Locating and Displaying Specific Relationship Types and Lags In Primavera P6 16.1

In Primavera P6 V16.1 you can now simply include relationship type (and lag) information in a column! 

 

Relationship Types Primavera P6 16.1

 

 

27 April 2016

A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing Views in P6 16.1

Written by Sue Hopkins - Implementation Specialist

Working With the New HTML5 Standard View

Adding a new view in either the EPS or Activities screen using the new HTML5 Standard View is identical in both windows, except the options that are available for the Gantt chart. 

 

Log in to P6 16.1 Web and navigate to the EPS or Activities screen.

19 April 2016

How to connect Primavera P6 15.2 deployed on Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Written by Paul Jardin - VP of Technology

To start off, on your client SGD VDI or Citrix server where Primavera P6 is already installed, please add a new alias.

 

Primavera 15.2 IaaS

 

Give the Alias a name, in this case DEMO_IaaS.

 

08 April 2016

How To Upgrade From Primavera P6 15.2.x to P6 16.1

Step by Step Instructions on how to Upgrade

Here are step by step instructions on how to upgrade your Primavera P6 15.2.x environment to the new Primavera P6 16.1.

 

01 April 2016

Top 4 Reasons Why You Would Consider Moving To The Primavera Cloud

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Since the earliest days of cloud computing technology, the question “why move to the Cloud?” has been asked over and over again. The truth is, every new technology faces doubt and suspicion at first, especially when it pretends to replace well established norms and infrastructures. But now, in 2016, more and more companies have already migrated over. 

 

When working with the Oracle Primavera suite of products, scenarios vary a lot from one corporation to another, and each case must be studied carefully before decisions can be made.

 

01 April 2016

Named User Vs. Subscription Licensing Models

The New Release of the P6-Loader and Other Emerald Tools Have a New Model

Selecting the proper software licensing model can be a rather cumbersome exercise. It requires IT administrator and project managers etc. to go through many different steps and ask questions such as:

 

  • Should I use Named User license model?
  • How many users will need access to the software?
  • What if more people will join our team down the road?
  • Can I decrease without penalties /cancellation fee number of licenses?
  • What if a user needs access to the software temporarily and may not need it later? How can I handle the cost of such scenarios efficiently?
  • How much paperwork will I need to fill in and how much time will it take to process an amendment request?
  • What if person is on vacation? Can I reuse a license for another employee?
  • How can I track who/when/how uses the system?
  • As a contractor I want to track usage on a per project basis so I can invoice my clients respectively?

17 March 2016

XER/XML Checksum – Maybe you shouldn’t manipulate that XER!

Written by Ian Nicholson, P.Eng. - VP Solutions

Many advanced Primavera P6 users have been manipulating XER’s for years – in fact there are tools out there specifically for manipulating XER’s. We have always recommended against manipulating XER’s and here is an example of why:

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