Oracle has released Primavera P6 Professional 19.12 along side Primavera P6 EPPM 19.12 which we reviewed recently. So let’s take a look at what’s in this new version of Primavera P6 Professional 19.12.
Not mentioned before in our P6 EPPM 19.12 blog, Oracle Prime Projects has been rebranded to Oracle Primavera Cloud. This is relevant as all references to this have been updated in both Primavera P6 Professional and P6 EPPM.
Also, imported tasks from the Oracle Prime Projects Tasks app are visible in P6 Professional as tasks assigned to activities in integrated projects. You can see the imported tasks on the Tasks tab in P6 Professional. You can also see key data from Oracle Prime Projects about lean tasks in the Tasks detail window in P6 Professional. Finally, you can add columns to your Activities views to see high level information about these tasks.
Scheduling and Leveling Options Can Be Exported to and Imported From Primavera XML
When you export projects to Primavera XML format, scheduling and leveling options are included. When importing the Primavera XML file, you can choose whether to import with the Update Existing or Keep Existing import actions against the scheduling and leveling options.
Update Baselines When Importing Primavera XML Files
Standalone and PPMDB: You can choose to update baselines when importing a project from a Primavera XML file. When you select the Update Existing import action at the project level, matching baselines you import will be updated from the import file. Baselines you choose to import but which do not have a match in your database against the project you selected to update will be added to the project.
Export Primavera XML Files Into a Compressed File
When you export projects in Primavera XML format, you can choose to have the files exported to a single compressed file in .zip format.
XML Check In and Check Out
You can now Check In and Check Out projects to XML.
Dissolve Activities With Or Without Lag
You can choose whether or not to retain lag when dissolving activities using the Retain lag setting in the Calculations tab of the User Preferences Dialog. If you choose to retain lag, the lag from the dissolved activity’s predecessor relationship will be added to that of its successor relationship and applied to the new relationship.
Project Code Maximum Length has Changed
The maximum length for Project Codes in PPM databases is 60 characters.
Control the Export of Project Data
You can use the Export Project Data privilege to allow only certain users to export projects or download data to Excel.
Data Date Default for Apply Actuals Changed
The default value for the data date to use when applying actuals has changed. The default is that all projects use their own new data date.
Allow or Restrict Access to Resources From Multiple Parent Resources
You can select up to five resources when defining which resources a user can access. The user can access and use the selected resources and all child resources of the selected resources.
View User Defined Fields in a Detail Tab
A detail tab showing User Defined Fields (UDFs) is available in the following pages: Projects, Activities, WBS, Project Expenses, Resource Assignments, Issues, and Work Products and Documents. For PPM installations, the UDF detail tab is also available in the Risks page.
User Preferences Are Saved When You Close the User Preferences Dialog Box
Any changes you make in the User Preferences dialog box are saved when you close the dialog box.
Enable Publication When Copying Projects
When you copy and paste projects, you can select to switch on the Enable Publication option for the pasted copies of the projects.
Improvements to Stored Images Functionality
Multiple images can be uploaded at the same time.
There’s not as much in this release when compared to Primavera P6 EPPM’s release. But this is to be expected with Oracle’s huge push towards the cloud and given the maturity of Primavera P6 Professional. That said, the slow move away from XER files to XML files continues and, at the same time, gives us more capabilities. There’s a few welcome goodies in this release that will be useful to us schedulers and make our lives a little easier!