Oracle has released Primavera P6 version 20.6 to its Cloud Members. Companies using Primavera P6 EPPM Oracle Cloud enjoy regular releases and updates to the product. These are generally released every month or so and eventually become available as an update nearer the end of the year to those customers that have on premise installations. For example, the current version for on premises is 19.12 which was released in December 2019.
So, here’s a look at what has been released to date for Primavera P6 EPPM Oracle Cloud with a look at the new features that have led up to and include the Primavera P6 version 20.6 release.
Primavera P6 Version 20.6 Features
Many organizations have dozens or even hundreds of different roles in Primavera P6 EPPM. Role codes are a rather useful addition that allows you to filter roles or use them to sort, group and filter roles and roles assignments.
Vary Role Prices Over Time
On the role administration page, the Prices and Limits detail windows have been combined. They are now known as the Units and Prices detail window. Each effective date can change not only the work limit (also known as Max Units/Time) but each of the rates for the role (also known as Price/Unit).
Adding Comments About Relationships
You can add extra information about the relationship by adding the Comments column in the Relationships detail window. This is great if you need to explain a lag or even the relationship itself. Relationship comments can be up to 250 characters long are stored in plain text.
User Defined Field Detail Windows
You can view, assign, edit, and delete the UDF assignments for activities, WBS nodes, projects, EPS nodes, resources, resources assignments, issues, and risks in a detail window.
Proposed Due Date Column is Available in Tasks Detail Window
The proposed due date supplied in Oracle Primavera Cloud is visible in the Tasks detail window. To update this data in Primavera P6, you must execute an exchange of data with Oracle Primavera Cloud after upgrade.
Control How Codes Are Displayed
On the My Preferences page, a display format setting determines whether you see codes as the code value or the code description.
Improved Control of Options When Scheduling Multiple Projects
When you schedule multiple projects together, you can select which of the open projects scheduling options will be used on the Advanced tab of the Schedule dialog box.
Enhanced Page Loading Improves Performance of Reports in P6
The Enhanced Page Loading option on the Reports page of Application Settings improves the loading performance of the Reports page. When Enhanced Page Loading is switched on, reports are cached as you expand the report folder structure instead of all reports being cached as soon as the Reports page is loaded. It is only possible to search cached reports, therefore Oracle Recommends that if Enhanced Page Loading switched on, the entire report folder structure should be expanded to allow all projects to be cached before searching.
Print and Download Calendar Exceptions
You can print the list of exceptions for a calendar in the Enterprise Data page. You can also download the list to a spreadsheet.
Status Update Notifications are Sent as Soon as Possible
Status update notifications are no longer distributed on the basis of a service running at a scheduled time. You will receive a notification of your actions required for status updates as soon as possible after the update has been made or resubmitted.
Reset User Logged into Other Applications
You can reset user sessions for users who are locked out of other applications connected to this database, including P6 Professional, P6 Visualizer, P6 Team Member Web, P6 for Android, or P6 for iOS.
Select the Type of Data to Copy with a WBS Element
When you copy and paste WBS elements, or add WBS elements to your project from a template, you can choose the data you want to copy from the WBS or template.
Receive an Alert When a Unifier Schedule Sheet Service Has Failed
Project scheduled services for schedule sheet integration between P6 and Unifier can be configured to send an email to a specified list of recipients when a schedule sheet integration service fails. The project scheduled service also shows a notification to the owner of the service.
See Dates of Activities in the Schedule Project Log
The errors and warnings sections of the schedule project log include the start and finish dates of activities reported in those sections.
Limiting Potentially Harmful File Types Uploaded by Users
This Application Administration setting was previously available in the P6 Administration Application, and has been moved to the Application Administration pages. Here you can list the file types that Primavera P6 should refuse to upload or download as documents. The default values for this field include .exe, .com, .bat and other common file types used to contain executable scripts.
Team Member Features
Quarter-Hour Increments for Timesheets
In Team Member Web, an administrative setting allows you to specify that time entered in timesheets through Team Member Web, P6 for Android, and P6 for iOS should be rounded to the nearest quarter-hour. When time entry is set to quarter-hour, resources should enter time into their timesheets as a number of hours and either 00, 15, 30, or 45 minutes. If resources enter any other value for minutes, Team Member Web, P6 for Android, and P6 for iOS automatically round the value to the nearest quarter hour. You can use the same setting to specify that users must enter hours as either a decimal value or as hours and minutes. A corresponding setting on the Timesheets page of Application Settings in P6 allows you to specify that timesheet approvers see hours as a decimal value, hours and minutes, or rounded to the nearest quarter-hour.
See the Entire Hierarchy of Codes in Team Member Web
In Team Member Web, when you select or view a code the entire code hierarchy is shown. The different levels of the code are separated with dots.
Improved Filtering in P6 Team Member Web
You can filter the activities visible in your timesheet by Project or WBS or by a custom filter you create. You can filter My Activities by WBS Code and WBS Name using the “is under” matching criterion.
Withdraw a Timesheet After Submission
In Team Member Web you can withdraw a timesheet after you have submitted it, if it has not yet been approved or rejected. Withdrawing a timesheet allows you to make changes or updates to the hours you have recorded.
Return to the Timesheet You Edited Most Recently
Previously, when you switched back to Timesheets after selecting My Activities, P6 Team Member Web opened the most recent timesheet available. Now P6 Team Member Web will open the most recent timesheet you were working in. When you reopen P6 Team Member Web after closing the application or after your session has timed out, the most recent timesheet available will be opened.
Participate in Discussions on the Timesheet Approvals Page
You can view and participate in discussions from the Timesheet Approvals page.
Improved Experience in P6 Mobile Applications
In P6 for Android and P6 for iOS you can see total float and you can remove the expected finish date for activities.
Daily Emails for Team Members and Reviewers
Team Member Email Notification settings in P6 Administrator allow daily emails to be sent to status update and timesheet reviewers. This can let them know when they have pending actions to status update and to inform users about recent timesheets or updates which have been approved or rejected. Primavera P6 EPPM Oracle Cloud users can submit a Service Request in My Oracle Support to have these settings switched on or off.
Team Member Users Can Select Which Database to Log Into
On the Team Member Web login page, you can expand the Advanced section to select a database to log into from the Database list. In the P6 for Android and P6 for iOS apps, when you scan the QR code in Team Member Web you can expand the Advanced section and use the Database list if you want to log into a different database. Your selection is remembered for next time you log into P6 for Android or P6 for iOS.
There’s a lot of useful additions in this Primavera P6 version 20.6 release along with some simple enhancements that make users life easier. If you are a Primavera P6 EPPM Oracle Cloud user, you can enjoy the new features in this Primavera P6 version 20.6 release right away. Sadly, for the on-premises users, we have to wait until a consolidated release likely due later in the year!