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Primavera P6 R8.2

Release 8.2 offers lots of new features and many welcome enhancements to the Primavera P6 EPPM (web client) and Primavera P6 Professional client. We’ll give you the highlights in this article and for a detailed look at what’s new in 8.2, you can download copies of the Oracle Primavera “What’s New” documents from the Oracle e-delivery website.

New features
Team Member Web Application – this new tool provides the ability to update activities, steps and related activity statuses without the team member having to learn the entire Primavera P6 tool. By declaring team members as owners of activities (not necessarily assigned as resources), they can report actual start dates, actual finish dates and percent complete progress on activities, steps and related activities using a simple interface.

As we field test this over the next few months, we’ll be able to provide you with more details about how Primavera P6 Team Member can be used in real-world implementations. Up front, this does look like a promising capability that will likely prove popular with our customers and will be of particular interest to Control Account Managers working in earned value systems where good, objective progress reporting is critical.

Exclusive Mode – among the enhancements listed for the main Primavera P6 web client is a new Exclusive Mode, allowing you to open a project with exclusive access and prevent “last save wins” scenarios when multiple users can potentially access the same project. It even tells you who has it open exclusively.

Microsoft Project Integration– you can now update an existing Primavera P6 project from a Microsoft Project XML file allowing you to manage a project in Microsoft Project and bring the changes into Primavera P6 to maintain accurate status. Primavera P6 also now supports the new Microsoft Project 2010 version when using the import/export features.

There are also enhancements to the scaling options when printing, enhanced event functionality to trigger event messages when certain changes occur including changes to UDF values, enhanced trending and last but not least, multiple usability enhancements. These usability enhancements are numerous but some of the most interesting ones include:
Cut/copy/paste of WBS elements in the activities view will help speed up the project data development process.
Dissolve activities support allows you to delete an activity that is part of a chain and merge the successor and predecessor links that would otherwise be broken.
Search for columns is now available when customizing the Activities, EPS and Assignments pages.

The installation process has also been streamlined with the new EPPM Universal Installer that allows the EPPM components to be installed using one package, rather than requiring individual installs. This is welcome news as the EPPM installation has been a continuous challenge for new customers who may not be familiar with the many components required to build the Primavera P6 web client environment.


Primavera P6 R8.2


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