What’s New with the Latest Release 18.8 of Oracle Primavera EPPM P6 Web Access and Professional
Written on . By Tracy Mah
In 2016, Oracle announced a planned depreciation of Java based plugin applets. One factor for this decision was because most of the major internet web browser vendors wanted to reduce the upkeep of plugin support in their products. They eventually wanted to remove the ability to embed Flash, Silverlight, Java and other plugin-based programs in their web browsers. Around 2010, P6 Web Access release 8.x was launched and was originally entirely designed as a Java based program. So how does the phasing out of Java support in web browsers affect Oracle Primavera P6 Web Access?
In August of 2018, Oracle released Primavera P6 18.8. This latest release of Primavera P6 Web Access has officially disabled all of the remaining Java applets in the software.
How does this affect Primavera P6 Web Access?
Over the last several years, the P6 developers have been gradually re-writing and converting the existing Java based portions of P6 Web Access to HTML5. Hypertext Markup Language, is a standardized programming language used to deliver content in web browsers. HTML5 makes additional plugins like Java and Flash unnecessary to run content like animations, apps and videos in your internet browser.
In Primavera P6 versions 15, 16 and 17, there was an increasing transition to remove Java. The P6 developers gradually replaced the various screens and functions in P6 Web Access with HTML5 counterparts. In all of these versions of P6, the EPS (Enterprise Project Sturcture) and Activities pages had an option to revert back to the “Classic” Java based view of the original P6 release 8.x Web Access. Therefore, P6 Users had an option to use the traditional screens to create and manage their projects.
If you are curious to view the Java based screens of P6 Web Access 8.x, you can see them in my article here:
What are the changes in P6 Web Access 18.x?
In this newest version of Primavera all of the remaining Java applets are completely removed. Oracle states they do not have any plans to re-write or replace their functionality.
Features removed in P6 Web Access are:
- Classic Java view from the EPS, Activity and Resource Assignments pages are removed
- In the Dashboards section:
- Resource Team Summary
- Open Request for Resource
- Resource Analysis Chart – replaced with improved charts in Resources and Resource Analysis
- My Workgroups
- In the Portfolios section:
- Portfolio Gantt Chart
- Project Workspaces
- Resource Planning
Some of the enhancements Added in P6 Web Access 18.x (compared to version 8.x) are:
- Equivalent versions of HTML5 pages for:
- Dashboards – Including Project Gantt and Scorecards
- Portfolios – Portfolio Analysis, Portfolio Views (includes Pie Charts, Histograms, Bubble Charts, and Scorecards), Portfolio Capacity Planning, and Portfolio Performance Status.
- Resource Analysis
- Progress Spotlight added to the Activities page.
- Ability to change the duration, start or finish date of an activity directly on the Gantt Chart. If you drag or change the position of the activity, then a prompt to add a Start on or After Constraint will show.
- Ability to export or import the layout views in the EPS or Activities pages.
- Assign views to multiple users.
- Link or unlink groups of activity relationships with the right-click menu options.
- Ability to assign relationships by drawing or dragging the connection between the Gantt Chart activity bars.
- Capability to assign project preferences at the EPS level. Project Preferences and defaults can be set for all the projects in the EPS node at the same time. Previously, Project Preferences could only be set for individual projects at a time.
- Import and Export Excel files on the EPS page.
- Ability to Save to PDF on several pages including the EPS and Activity pages.
You can also view an Oracle video demonstration of the newer HTML5 pages here:
Enhancements in P6 Professional 18.x
- Addition of an Image Manager. Images and graphics can be uploaded to the P6 database to allow anyone to view and print the image for reports from any location or computer. The Images are restricted to be no more than 500×500 pixels.
- Addition of a Performance % Complete – Labor Units field. This Column shows the percentage of earned value of the budget at completion as calculated from labor units.
- Calculated as Earned Value Labor Units divided by Budget at Complete Labor Units multiplied by 100%.
This latest release of Oracle Primavera P6 version 18.8 has some significant changes with the P6 Web Access platform. Oracle has exchanged most of the Java based applets with an HTML5 counterpart. I anticipate that they will continue to keep adding functionality from the P6 Professional version of their scheduling software. If you or your company currently use P6 Web Access as your main scheduling program, then I suggest you should consider upgrading to this latest version.
For a more detailed list of enhancements, you can review the Oracle’s documentation on P6 release 18.8 here: