There is a lot of confusion in the market place about the two products from Oracle called Primavera P6. What is the difference between P6 Professional and P6 EPPM (Enterprise Portfolio Project Management)? It’s important to clearly understand what these two Primavera P6 applications are in order to select the appropriate Ten Six training class to support your P6 software implementation.
Primavera P6 Professional
Primavera P6 Professional is a Windows client project scheduling application that is installed on a user’s workstation. Much like any other Windows application, it is run from an executable file that resides on the workstation machine.
P6 Professional can be used as a standalone application accessing a locally installed database such as Oracle XE or Microsoft SQL Server Express. It can also access a central database and be used as a multi-user system when data needs to be shared with others.
P6 Professional is typically used in such industries as, Engineering, Construction, Aerospace, Defense, Utilities, Oil and Gas. P6 Professional is the preferred tool for power users such as schedulers and project managers in industries where detailed, fast, accurate scheduling and critical path method are vital elements for project planning, execution and success.
If your P6 application interface looks like either of the following images, then you should choose the Primavera P6 Professional training class from Ten Six.
Primavera P6 Professional R8.2 – click image to enlarge
Primavera P6 Professional R7.0 (or earlier version) – click image to enlarge
Please note: if you are initially accessing the above interfaces via a Web browser, you are likley using a Citrix deployment of P6 Professional. The P6 Professional training class would therefore still apply.
Primavera P6 EPPM (Enterprise Portfolio Project Management)
Primavera P6 EPPM is a Web Browser-based enterprise-wide project management system that is focused on servicing a wide range of roles from executives to team members. P6 EPPM is based upon the P6 Professional system, and indeed shares a database with that system. However, the EPPM tool is much more focused around the enterprise as a whole, offering such additional capabilities as team member updating tools, timesheets (also usable with P6 Professional), and integrated reporting with Oracle’s Business Intelligence Publisher and P6 Analytics.
P6 EPPM is typically used in such industries as information technology, research and development, science, retail or any industry or organization where widespread collaboration and geographical distribution are a factor in project portfolio management.
If your Primavera P6 application interface looks like the following image, then you should choose the Primavera P6 EPPM training class from Ten Six.
Primavera P6 EPPM R8.2 (Web Based) – click image to enlarge
While both Primavera P6 Professional and Primavera P6 EPPM are capable of supporting an enterprise-wide deployment for the purposes of collaboration and project portfolio management, P6 Professional tends to be favored by power users because of its stability, responsiveness and ability to support standalone use.
On the other hand, P6 EPPM is generally favored for deployments where a wide range of project stakeholders are interested in accessing project portfolio data due to its unique Dashboard and Portfolio data tabs that present summary project data and interactive capabilities for a matrix organization.
Because this system is Web-based, it is also favored by IT departments for its easier distribution to geographically remote locations including international access. If the user has internet access, they can interact with Primavera P6 EPPM.
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