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Nov
2012
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Convert Date Function – R_SB_09 Report in PCM

A friend reached out to me this week with a new wrinkle in report R_SB_09 where the date format in the received column was wrong. Instead of 10/28/2012 appearing it was showing up as 28/10/2012. My first inkling was to look at the presentation or layout side of the report and look at date format. Much to my surprise, there wasn’t any formatting. Hmm, must be an issue with the data model? Sure enough, when I edited the data model and looked at data, received was 28/10/2012 and sent right next to it was 10/28/2012….

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Sep
2012
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Project ROI – Can you do better?

Labor Day – The height of construction season for some, a winding-down point for others.  Is your portfolio of projects producing the bottom line you need? Are things going as bid?  Projects on-time, close to budget? The answers lie in the proper application of a combination of standardized, best-practice project management processes and related technology implemented on an enterprise basis, such as the Primavera family of project management solutions, allowing timely project performance visibility and true collaboration on a company-wide basis.  In today’s competitive economic environment, these aspects are no longer an option – they…

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Jun
2012

Checking Your P6 Schedule and Formatting your import Resource File

Checking Your P6 Schedule and Formatting your import Resource File

In the many Project Control Roles that I have performed over the years, one of the tasks that is always of substantial importance to the P6 Customer is managing the consistency of project data within an Enterprise Database.  As most of you may have experienced, when a P6 environment lacks the guidance for maintaining project integrity across all projects in the EPS, the pristine data that was present when you first set up your environment becomes a faint image of times past.  One of the easiest ways to manage these issues is found in P6…

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Jun
2012

Ask CBA First – Ask the Experts — Webinar

Join CBA for our first ever roundtable Q&A with a panel of our most experienced Consultants from a wide range of industries. It’s your chance to ask a Project Management question that will be answered live on June 21st. Simply submit your question on the registration form and CBA will make sure it’s answered, either live or right here on our blog. Ask CBA First…Ask the Experts 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT June 21st, 2012 REGISTER NOW! If you’ve been trying to figure out a specific function in Oracle Primavera or need help implementing…

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Jun
2012

Lessons Learned at the Tip of the Spear

Oracle P6 v8.2 EPPM Deployment Hurdles Part 1 – TNSNAMES.ORA Before software can be used for its intended purpose, some poor soul has to install and configure it… You’ve just entered the Geek Zone. Any typical scheduler might ask “What the heck kind of a word is tnsnames and what does it have to do with project management scheduling?” Somebody obviously needs to ‘buy’ a vowel or two. Second part first – If you have ever installed Primavera, you have probably experienced the woes of seeing the “Connection Unsuccessful” screen when configuring a database alias….

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May
2012
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PCM News from Collaborate 2012

As with any user conference, there was some insight as to the future of Oracle Primavera’s Contract Management (PCM).  Many exciting things are in PCM v14.1, which is scheduled to be released in the second half of CY 2012. The big item will be the availability of PCM via tablets and smart phones. Unlike the P6 application, this is to include Apple, Android and Blackberry. The focus will be on the field users, naturally.  Planned modules will include Daily Reports, Requests for Information (RFI’s), as well as,  Submittals and Punchlists. Additional functionality around Issues, Companies,…

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May
2012
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I Can Do the Install Myself…Until I Need Help!!

P6 is an enterprise application whether you are purchasing one license or ten.  There are many factors to be considered when installing the product. Do I want a stand-alone install?  Do I want to take advantage of the web features?  Do I have an Oracle database or SQL?  Is my system 32 bit or 64 bit?  Which operating system am I using?  Am I installing a “Typical” or “Standalone” version and is it P6 v7 or P6 v8.2?  Which Java JDK is installed and to what Home location should the oracle software be pointed to…

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