Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Which version has significant advantage over the other and which one is more preferred in the industry to develop and maintain schedules and why?

The differences between Oracle/Primavera’s Version 8.3.2 client/server-based P6 Professional and the web-based, P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Manager (EPPM).

Items in P6 Pro not in EPPM

• Global Change (very important feature)
• Visualizer Time Scaled Logic Diagram (important feature)
• XER Import and Export format (important for backward compatibility)
• Reflection Projects
• Tabbed and Titled Views
• Line Numbers
• Much better layout printing control
• Built-in report writer (easier to use than BI Publisher add-on)
• Application Program Interface (API) (EPPM still uses the SDK)

Items in EPPM not in P6 Pro

Understand that EPPM is the preferred future platform for which most new development and add-ons will be created. Stand-alone installations of EPPM are not recommended. EPPM is significantly slower at processing large number of activities and cannot handle very large schedules.

• Calculated User Defined Fields (UDF) Pro just has UDF
• Added/ modified table structures to accommodate the Business Intelligence suite of programs including
o BI Publisher (required for reports)
o BI Analytics
• Schedule Checker
• Schedule Preview
• Approve Updates
• Very thorough Risk Register
• Email updating
• Better security
• Team Member with smart phone schedule updating
• Integration with Unifier (enhanced resource functionality)
• Templates
• Portfolio Views and Comparisons (what-if scenarios analysis)
• Dashboards with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
• Display Primavera Contracts Manager (PCM) Project Workspace
• Display PCM Portal for costs
• Capacity planning
• Content and Document Management
• Web services for integration

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