Primavera P6 is being used globally in industries like IT, Oil & Gas, Construction and as well as in the process Industries.
It is arguably the most comprehensive & powerful software for Project Management, Product Management around. It can be integrated easily with other software like Oracle & SAP-ERP.
Primavera was named as it was launched in 1983 by Primavera Systems Inc., which later was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2008.
History & Benefits of Primavera P6
Primavera P6 is arguably the most powerful project management software. The name P6 was retained after the most significant update of Primavera P6. Although to date 18th version is released the P6 is retained as the suffix. Primavera P6 can handle complex, highly supplicated and large-scale projects efficiently. Primavera P6 can handle 100,000 activities with unlimited resources and an unlimited number of target plans.
Read More: You can Read More about Primavera Here
Download & Install Free and Legal Copy
Here I am going to show you how you can download a free and legal copy of Primavera P6. This you can use for student training or you can play around at your own machine.
Let me tell you that the Oracle product I am going to download is only for standalone machines that means it will only run at one computer but if you want it for your firm then you have to buy the license.
You need to go to Oracle delivery Cloud to download or follow my below blog to learn the steps
Download Link: Primavera P6 Download
Why Oracle Primavera P6?
Primavera P6 does a lot instead of only Scheduling as many of us think like. Oracle Primavera P6 has the following features which signify its importance in the market;
- Scheduling – It helps the project managers to define their path to control time and project budget efficiently.
- Risk Analysis & Opportunity Management – Oracle Primavera P6 is supportive in a great deal to help the project manager to analyze the set baseline that dynamically identifies threats & opportunities when it tracked and updated periodically.
- Resource Management – One of the best parts is that it helps to generate verity of reports for resource management. Primavera P6 took all the pain of a project manager as resourcing needs a lot of calculations on a daily basis.
EPPM users can get better visualization reports directly although PPM users can use a third-party application like MS Excel to make it better in look.
Read More: You can read an extensive analysis between MS Project and P6
Who Operates Primavera P6
Oracle Primavera P6 is not that user-friendly as Microsoft Project. But one needs a little training to understand and use it properly and effectively.
The person involves in is called a Planning Engineer, Project Planner or same types of designations.
Planning Engineer is responsible to prepare a baseline of a Project and get it approved by the client or review the contractor schedule if is representing the client side.
Read More: How to Submit & Review Baseline Schedule
Oracle Primavera P6 Training
A Planning Engineer should be competent enough to understand the logic to be used in the best planning software we call it usually.
There are a lot of sources available for it but here in my blog, I have covered some the most important and rare topics. These includes
- Resources Loading: Resource Loading in Primavera P6
- Cost Loading Trick: Cost and Manpower Loading
- Activity Codes: How to Use Activity Codes
- Import and Export: How to Assign Cost in Primavera P6
- Global Change: Global Change in Primavera
- Importing Tips & Tricks: Importing Project in Primavera P6 | Tips & Tricks
- Templates to be used: Templates
I hope I will add more Primavera P6 Tutorials in the near future. You can also comment below if you need any material related to P6.
Oracle Primavera P6 Versions | EPPM & PPM
There are two versions of Primavera P6;
- Professional Project Management – PPM
It’s a stand-alone and not a web-based. The only user can use where it is installed on. It can handle up to 1,00,000 activities. This is also known as traditional Primavera P6.
- Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM)
This is 100% web-based. This is used to manage large scale projects and can manage multiple projects at once.
You only need the internet to access it from anywhere. You can share data easily to your stakeholders like Charts, charts, tables, etc. and the best part is they need not download this application on their computer.
System Requirement | Machine & Operating Systems
It can be installed easily on MacBook, Microsoft Windows, etc without any hassle. But if you are EPPM user then only internet access is required as for EPPM there is no need for any installation. EPPM is a web-based cloud hosted program.
Construction Scheduling Software
There are a number of scheduling software in the market that claims for their better efficiency but major competitors are Asta Powerproject, Tilos, MS Projects. But every other has its own limitations like MS Project cannot deal with more than 11 baselines & its very slow in use but its visualization is far better than PPM. Tilos is for linear projects only like roads, railways, etc. I have never used Asta Powerproject and hence cannot say anything on it but rear their claims as it is comparable to Primavera P6.
Primavera P6 is best tools around in the market as it is more powerful & can-do complex calculations in no time accurately. A little trained staff can do wonders. You can download it for free from the Oracle cloud and use it for your training and in standalone mode.
One Small Request:
Being a Project Management guy, I know how little time we have to play around on the internet. But if you have found this information useful then please share it to your colleague so that more people can get benefit from it. If you have any question then comment below and I am glad to take it.