Release 16.1 of EPPM Gives P6 Web a New Look
Written on . By Tracy Mah
Oracle released the latest version of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM), release 16.1, and has given P6 Web a facelift. As promised, Oracle is gradually removing the Java applets needed to load pages in P6 Web. This means users will not need to install or update Java plugins or wait for pages to load (no more headaches… well, at least less of them!). The new HTML-based pages are faster, lighter, and are improving as Oracle transitions Java out of P6 Web all together. A slow progress, but anything worth waiting for usually takes time! Of course, P6 Web, P6 Professional, and P6 Team Member received a few needed updates as well.
UPDATES IN P6 WEB
The EPS, Activities, and Resource Assignments pages are available in HTML.
As mentioned before, Oracle is gradually moving P6 Web to HTML. This is great for users wanting to use Chrome or other Internet browsers for P6 Web. In this release, users have access to both the HTML-based and Java-based versions of the EPS, Activities, and Resource Assignments pages. Oracle still offers both versions because the new HTML-based pages don’t have the same as the Java-based pages functionality…yet. Users can switch between views and use the Java-based page to perform advanced functions. Here is a breakdown:
- The Java-based version of the EPS, Activities, and Resource Assignments pages are labelled the “Classic View”.
- The HTML-based version of the EPS and Activities pages are labelled the “Standard View”.
- The HTML-based version of the Resource Assignments page is labelled the “Basic View”.
Global and User Templates Available in Global Search and Replace
Now, you can distinguish between Global and User templates when you are selecting a template in the Global Search and Replace box. As per usual, Global templates are available to all users and User templates are available to individual users.
Improved Options for Copying Projects
When you are copying projects, you can select to copy Risks, WPs, Docs, and, under Relationships, Only between copied Activities.
The Only between copied Activities lets you select whether you want to copy only the relationships between activities being copied, or if you don’t select the option, to copy all relationships including relationships to external activities.
View Daily Usage in the Team Usage Page
Open the Team Usage page (under the Projects tab) to view the usage of individual team resources. This drill-down functionality will help you identify where you are over-allocating team members right down to the day!
UPDATES IN P6 PROFESSIONAL
Claim Digger is Renamed as Schedule Comparison in P6 Visualizer
Instead of a separate feature, Claim Digger will be launched within P6 Visualizer under a new name – “Schedule Comparison”. You’ll be able to compare data fields in reports, choose report layouts, and how you want to group data.
UPDATES IN P6 WEB & P6 PROFESSIONAL
New Columns to Show Lag and Relationships Type
Two new columns are available in both P6 Web and P6 Professional – “Predecessor Details” and “Successor Details”. These columns are “read-only” and display the Activity ID, Relationship Type, and Lag of a predecessor or successor activity. These will be handy new columns you can use to print in reports with your Gantt Chart.
UPDATES IN P6 TEAM MEMBER & P6 MOBILE
As more users are bringing P6 on the road, Oracle is making improvements to make P6 Team Member and P6 Mobile more user-friendly:
QR Code for Quick Login to P6 Mobile App
Mobile users can download the P6 Mobile app onto their iPhone or Android phones. By quickly scanning a QR code displayed on the P6 Team Member Web version, Mobile App users can automatically populate login information into the mobile app to access P6 Mobile. All you have to do is sign in!
Task and Timesheet Updates in Team Member
If you are the primary resource, you’ll be able to make Actual Start, Actual Finish, and Expected Finish updates in your associated timesheet. Of course, a project manager can be required to approve these updates.
The task view has also been updated so you can:
- Display the Primary Resource ID and Name in task details
- View the Planned Units in tasks and the timesheet page
Some More Improvements to P6 Mobile
- Log out easier on the navigation menu.
- Use split-screen on iPads for easier usage.
- Use photo editing on Android devices for saving and sending in e-mails.
There you have it. As expected, release 16.1 brought about some major changes. We can’t wait for the next release of P6 to see more enhancements to the HTML-based pages in P6 Web.