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Primavera P6 version 18.8 released by Oracle – What’s new?

For users of Primavera P6, the major release 18.8 is now available. With enhancements previously only available to Oracle cloud users this is big news.

A huge advantage of the new release is that Oracle has removed the last of the Java applets from Primavera P6 EPPM. The HTML-based pages load faster and do not require additional plug-ins. You will find that some of the HTML pages have the same functionality as before while others have been redesigned.

Below are a few more of the enhancements available with Release 18.8

o   Performance Percent Complete Field Based on Labour Units.

o   Upload Graphics to the P6 Database to View and Print from Any Location.

o   32-bit Operating Systems not supported. It is recommended you now use 64-bit Operating Systems.

o   Import Zipped XER Files.

o   Activity Owner Functionality Improvements.

o   Choose Whether to Update Actual and Budgeted Units and Costs When Updating Baselines with New Assignments.

o   Managing Personally Identifiable Information.

o   Prime Lean Task Integration with P6 EPPM.

o   Improvements in Offline Working for P6 Professional.

We could go on for days about how great these enhancements are, we are also experts in upgrading P6 systems so if you are unsure about how to go about it, or what the upgrade will mean for your business just get in touch with us on 0845 075 5886

We’re always happy to help

Keep On Moving – The latest PIM update

This is not the first blog we have written about a PIM upgrade and I’m sure it won’t be the last, this is because at Asset Handling we are committed to the continuous improvement of our software to give our users the best possible experience.

If you haven’t been introduced before Programme Insight Manager (PIM) is an Integrated Programme Management Solution which provides true insight into every aspect of project performance, allowing users to manage projects in real time on a range of bespoke key metrics.

These metrics include schedules, actions, milestones, budgets and performance while the Lessons Learned feature enables you to improve knowledge and performance by utilising information available from completed projects.

If you’d like to learn more about PIM you can view our demo video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuLNLNBbn8I

In May the latest PIM upgrade 1.10 was released to our Clients containing fixes to known issues in addition to system enhancements. These improvements included;

A new project efficiencies form created with the ability to copy and paste information directly from MS Excel. Some Clients had requested this having previously held project data in spreadsheet format and we were happy to oblige.

Project Efficiences   Project Efficiences 2

Again from Client suggestions another new form was created to enable users to edit Project Codes and Attributes in a grid layout. The form is configurable so Admin have the ability to choose which fields appear in grid form.

Project Codes

The Programme Gantt within PIM has been enhanced to display Project Key Milestones. Users will also have the ability to filter to Project Groups, for example Project Manager or Area.

project gantt

The final enhancement was to enable users to print pdf versions of the Tetris Reports created by PIM.

Tetris 2

As ever these improvements don’t mean we are resting on our laurels, development work has already begun on the next update. Stay tuned!

Making our first business video

We as a business, like many others realise that creating videos to market our services in a must.

In todays’ fast paced environment, potential clients are more likely to watch a short video to  introduce a product or service, than to read through the pages of a brochure.

Once we started creating our video however, we realised that it’s not as easy as it looks, there are so many things to consider………….

  1. Think about your target audience, what do they want to see? What problems do they face that your service can solve? What benefits does the service bring? At Asset Handling we know all the advantages of Programme Insight Manager and what a powerful tool it is when managing projects but what is the best way to get this across?
  2. Don’t use jargon and abbreviations, this was a difficult one for us as even the system is abbreviated to PIM. Other tech companies know that abbreviations are rife but it can’t be assumed everyone will know what they mean.
  3. Producing a video that is too long, our first attempt was twice as long as the final version, it’s a difficult balance between getting all the information across and holding someone’s attention.
  4. Trying to deliver too many messages, again this was tricky for us to navigate, as there are so many great features to PIM we wanted to share, in the end we decided that the first would be an overview of the software and we would later create a series of videos to explore PIM in depth.
  5. Too much talking, no enough showing. Filming a product in use is more visually appealing than a colleague just talking through it. For us demo was the best way to showcase PIM, we decided on a video running through the software visually with a voiceover explaining what was on screen.
  6. Enlist the help of a professional videographer, you know your own service but might not be best placed to showcase it. That was certainly the case with us, once we had the right people in place it all flowed more easily.

Hope the tips above help you think if you are about to embark on creating your first business video, we got there in the end with our first foray and here is the finished result.