What is Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management?


You will have heard of Primavera P6 PM and P6 EPPM but do you really know the difference? Both are project management tools but Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is an enterprise portfolio and a project management tool.

What distinguishes P6 EPPM is that it is a 100% web-based tool. It runs in a browser and connects to a web server; P6 EPPM also connects to the main database where all of your project management information is stored. Web-based means that its mobile, so you can access and update your P6 project data on mobile apps with EPPM. Another major advantage of a web-based project management tool it that it’s easy to add users. All you have to do is provide a login, no installation onto your local PCs is necessary.

P6 EPPM brings a whole new set of features and functionality, the web side of EPPM is very rich in graphs, charts, pivot tables and dashboards. P6 EPPM offers new ways of seeing P6 project data in a graphical sense. The Portfolio Management features are good too, even incorporating a project selection feature where you can score next year’s projects and decide which ones deserve a green light.

Primavera P6 EPPM is a very sophisticated web-based PM tool the main complaint is that it can be slow. Many screens have to reload to get the right data to show. It can be slow to log in and to log out. Some say Primavera P6 EPPM isn’t as robust as P6 Professional. If you’re into 10,000 activity schedules, you might have trouble making things work in Primavera P6 EPPM. But since it requires a lot of infrastructures, it’s not ideal for smaller companies even though they might like the mobile access. HPS can help you decide if Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management is for you.


Defining project management

Project management

Project management can take on a whole host of meanings and Portfolio Project management even more. A simple definition of project management is helped by a handful of key premises they acknowledge that: project management is no small task, project management has a definite beginning and end, project management uses various tools to measure accomplishments and track project tasks and projects frequently need ad-hoc resources including human resources.

What is without a doubt is that good project management reduces risk and increases the chance of success. To archive, these project managers have historically used what is commonly called the “triple constraint” to define project management. This implies that there are three key factors at play; projects must be within cost, projects must be delivered on time, projects must be within scope.

Any project management must, of course, meet customer quality requirements so more recently; the project management triangle has given way to a project management diamond. In the project management diamond cost, time, scope and quality are the four key elements of customer expectations central. Project managers must know what those expectations are. Needless to say, no two customers have the same expectations. Asking explicitly about customer’s expectations is vital.

For a fuller definition of Project management, there are the phases it goes through. Typically any project goes through six phases during its lifecycle. Initially, there has to be a Project Definition with defined goals, objectives and critical success factors. Then there is the Project Initiation where everything needed to set up the project before work starts are got ready. Followed by Project Planning outlining how work will be carried out, including time cost and resource estimates.

Then there is Project Execution, actually doing the work to deliver the product, service or desired outcome. Project Monitoring & Control has to be included throughout. Finally, there is Project Closure when the formal acceptance of the deliverables and disbanding of all the elements required to run the project occurs. HPS can help you define what you need for your project management.


People intelligent leaders

Intelligent Leaders

People change the fate of complex projects they are managing. When they are inspired, motivated and engaged, they can overcome just about anything. But surprisingly few projects feel like that in practice.  Here are some ways to become more ‘people-intelligent’ leaders and make projects work.

Experienced project managers like HPS see that there is more and more evidence that happy people are significantly more productive. When people are productive on a project the bottom line gets a boost, too.

People intelligent leaders need to walk the talk. Most project leaders are committed to achieving success and do what they honestly believe is right. The problem is that accurate self-perception is rare. How many times have you heard a manager say, “I have an open-door policy – I encourage people to tell me the facts,” only to see someone who believes their rhetoric being chewed up and spat out?

You also need to say thank you more often, interestingly financial rewards aren’t all that rewarding. Specific and immediate thanks can actually mean so much more. People need good relationships to flourish and receiving a thank you means that you have been seen and appreciated.

You have to be careful not to assume what is important to you is equally important to everyone else. Only by listening will you will soon find out what is important to most. Communicate by listening more than telling.  Aligning interests is the best way to create motivation in others. For anyone particularly interested in this, try investigating Nudge theory, which argues that positive reinforcement can influence decision-making at least as effectively – if not more so – than direct enforcement.

Imagine a world of project managers committed to becoming ‘people intelligent leaders’.United they could influence the world of project management and project management essentials could be constantly updated to support this people-based approach.

If you would like to find out more about this approach why don’t you get in touch with our team?


High-Performance Project Management for Construction

HPS Construction

If you need High-Performance Project Management for Constructions Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management is the tool for you. It is the recognised go-to package for standard high-performance project management.  Primavera P6 Professional Project Management handles large-scale, highly sophisticated and multifaceted projects. It can organise projects of up to 100,000 activities with unlimited resources and an unlimited number of target plans perfect for complex construction project management.

When it comes to construction projects whether it’s a shopping centre, an airport, a large piece of engineering like a bridge, they are complex. They can appear like a jumble of schedules, budgets, data, workflows, supplies, and players that somehow all have to work together with precision.

Hyde Park Solutions can help you make sure you have the right high-performance project management tools set up correctly for any of your construction projects. There are two key things to making sure you complete any construction project successfully, the integration of the cost and schedule delivery. You need to ensure that cost and schedule delivery is integrated fully across the whole of an operation from the reception to the building site. That way the goals and strategy of the whole project can be aligned with actual day-to-day business operations.

There also has to be visibility and transparency in any High-Performance Project Management for Construction. With Oracle’s Primavera P6 Professional Project Management project expenses can be reliably forecasted. They are reliable because they are based on accurate, up-to-date information that is accessible to everyone from the time contracts are created.

Uncertainty is inevitable in the construction environment, so only with real-time data can the unforeseen changes in schedule, personnel, or expenses can be managed in time to prevent major complications. Oracle’s Primavera P6 PPM offers High-Performance Project Management for Construction delivery improved coordination between all the players, where tasks are tracked and resources are managed more effectively.

If you would like to find out more about what Oracle’s P6 can do for your company’s projects why not contact HPS as being a Gold supplier means that we can offer Oracle Software at the most competitive prices plus the support that accompanies it.



APM headline sponsors

Hyde Park Solutions Ltd is delighted to be the headline sponsors for the Association of Project Management’s – APM Project Management Conference 2018. As the Chartered Body for the project management profession, it delivers this award-winning conference each year.

This year’s conference theme has been named “Future Proof” and will aim to inspire and prepare the profession of today for the challenges of tomorrow. As ever it will feature a host of exceptional and influential speakers on issues facing project management.

It will be held on 25 April 2018 at Central Hall,  Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH As headline sponsors of the event, HPS will be involved, inviting you to join the host of other professionals in project management for this not to be missed inspiring event. On the day of the APM Project Management conference, there are plenty of interactive sessions, plus great opportunities to network and engage with fellow project management professionals. You should come expecting to be challenged not only on ensuring future project success but on collaboratively building the future of the profession and therefore your career.

Delegates to the conference will have the chance to take part in Hyde Park Solution’s online Portfolio Management Maturity Assessment. It is a tool designed by HPS to help you and your organisation assess where you are in terms of maturity of Portfolio Management. We measure maturity across people, processes and technology. With a maturity assessment in hand, it is easier to pinpoint and plan exactly what steps to take next in order to increase organisational maturity. HPS will be able to benchmark your organisation against the rest of the attendees at the conference, so come along and take part.

Hyde Park Solutions have long been a member of the Associaton of Project Management. They have drawn on the networking and skill sharing of APM and have become a leading provider of best practice solutions in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management (‘PPM’). Whether you are starting out in the profession or are already an experienced professional, there’s an APM membership grade designed for you.

By becoming a member of APM, and taking part in their events you are publicly demonstrating your commitment to professionalism and your own continued PPM development.

We look forward to welcoming you to our stand at the conference in April.

https://www.apm.org.uk/apm-conference/ sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions Ltd.


HPS design market leading solutions with P6- PPM


Hyde Park Solutions (HPS) are one of the leading distributors of P6 PPM products. HPS aims to offer resource management solutions to suit the needs of every project management project. Whatever your requirements, HPS can match them with a variety of ‘off the peg’, and bespoke solutions. HPS are constantly updating and building new solution sets to satisfy your ever-evolving business needs.

According to recent reports, “The estimated $2.3 billion project portfolio management software (PPM) market is an “umbrella” enterprise software market, composed of a growing set of both existing and new PPM submarkets. It is currently growing at more than 11 percent per year. The proliferation of these markets mirrors the differing technology needs we see among groups, departments and enterprises seeking out PPM software. New approaches to the challenges of executing transformational initiatives in the midst of digital disruption drive these diverse technology needs. In response, the PPM market continues to grow and expand to support a number of different use cases targeting different types of user groups with different goals and challenges.”

More and more organisations are driving toward growth, innovation, and transformation at a faster pace than ever before. This means that as their project management requirements need to evolve the demands on software providers changes. Hyde Park Solutions is an Oracle Platinum Partner because Oracle’s investment in PPM is larger than others as it leads the Portfolio, Programme and Project Management marketplace.

The Oracle Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit invest more year on year into product development than other PPM software companies, thereby helping you manage your projects so that they can be on-time, on-budget, ensuring business benefit and organisational strategic change is enabled. Check out Oracle’s new PPM software called Prime at https://www.hydeparksolutions.com/oracle/prime-cloud-service/

HPS believe their designation as the market leader in P6- PPM, affirms their comprehensive approach to task and resource management that addresses every type of project and use case. As such it enables all organisations, of every size and maturity, to achieve successful business outcomes.

If you would like to find out more about how HPS can help you to develop your strategic approach to project management please get in touch with our team today.

HPS expand into South Asia

HPS portfolio management Asia

HPS, Portfolio Management Specialists are delighted to announce their expansion into South Asia, their new twelve-strong team based in India will offer expertise in Primavera’s Unifier Solutions software.

To combine vision, practice, and technologies the specialist team will help businesses align, define, plan, and execute their project controls vision using Project Controls Optimisation Models. This division of HPS can also help you assess and improve your project controls practice. Their expert methodologies and tools help accelerate and guide any project from strategy and planning to deployment.

In addition, our experts will also be able to offer capabilities and speciality services to enhance the functionality of existing Project Controls and Primavera Unifier solutions. Most particularly for data Integration, Project Controls systems source and share data with existing business technologies including ERP, financial, procurement, and estimating systems. It can integrate Primavera solutions with external systems utilising standard data integration solutions including Web Services and Primavera Gateway.

Data migrations will be facilitated by a prebuilt Solution Accelerator data migration tool, a critical component of a Primavera deployment approach. These tools automate data migration and ensure data validation.

Additionally to native reporting capabilities within P6 EPPM and Primavera Unifier, Oracle offers BI Publisher and Analytics for advanced reports, dashboards, and performance analysis. The Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (BI Publisher) provides a single, web-based platform for authoring, managing, and delivering interactive reports and all types of documents. This means end users can easily design report layouts directly in a Web browser or using familiar desktop tools, dramatically reducing the time and cost needed to develop and maintain reports.

Primavera Analytics puts sophisticated project portfolio performance tools in the hands of the average user. Leveraging advanced logic and trending tools, Primavera Analytics supports robust trending and KPI analysis and allows users to drill to details behind graphs.

HPS also offers a full training and support package and is available with experienced staff to assist you with your Portfolio Project Management which can be applied to any industry.

Take a fresh look at Portfolio Management 

Every now and then it makes sense to take a fresh look at your business Project Portfolio Management. Some might even be thinking of setting up a Project Management Office (PMO).

But creating an internal team can be fraught with difficulty. There’s the challenge of gaining executive support for creating what could be seen as an extra level of administration and bureaucracy. Then there is the issue of training and most people who haven’t set up a PMO before don’t know what’s involved in setting up a PMO.

A better way to refresh your project portfolio management might be by getting some expert advice. To give your team the best possible chance of success it is important to ask yourself some key questions. How will we measure success? Do you know how senior management will judge whether or not an initiative has been a success? What timeframe are you looking at to deliver in? Can you track your progress against those measures that prove value? Are you clear on what we are trying to do? And at what level you are trying to do it?

There are no set rights and wrongs when it comes to objectives for Project Management. But you need to make sure any objectives are realistic, achievable and that you have management buy-in for what you think you can achieve is a good place to start.

The trouble is these are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself before taking on setting up a PMO for your organisation. If you are taking a fresh look at your Project Management tools maybe some external expertise can help. HPS can help you focus on the right thing. HPS can make sure that you are spending your time thinking about the questions that really matter and implementing the project management tools that are right for your business, get in touch with our team to discuss your needs +44 203 174 0070.


Learning from Carillion’s collapse

How to avoid business collapse - Carillion

For many in business, Carillion’s collapse came as a bit of a surprise. It was a well-known large UK company with no obvious problems but it went bust in a little more than a year. HPS believe that with proper Project Controls and Analysis many of the difficult circumstances faced by Carillion could have been flagged and therefore avoided. Its pretty obvious, the directors had little or no visibility of the true state of their investment projects, if they had they might have been able to do something. HPS would not be surprised if we see other firms fail or issue profits warnings as they fail to manage their investment portfolios.

As can sometimes be the case with huge organisations with so many projects to manage it is hard to keep tabs on everything. It would seem that even Carillion’s company’s directors had no idea about what was happening nor had oversight as what was about to happen. They signed off a “viability” statement in the annual report published in March 2017, saying there was no reason to think the company would have financial difficulties in the next three years!

So why had investors begun betting against Carillion shares as long ago as 2013. Perhaps with hindsight, things are easier to see but if things look too good to be true, they probably are. Carillion had reported average margins of about 4%, twice the normal going rate for construction companies. While some of this could be explained by the company’s mix of business, with potentially lucrative service contracts and high-margin work in the Middle East, it seemed suspiciously high to some investors.

All companies that have long-term contracts have to face some tricky question of when the revenue and therefore profits should be recognised in the accounts. Using the actual flow of cash from deals would make the financial results lumpy, with big losses early on followed, hopefully, by profits in the final years. If a portfolio management system was in place the actual returns can be measured against forecast, forecasts can be adjusted in terms of quantum and timing. This oversight is simple to perform given you have the right tools if all you rely on is your ERP system, good luck!

The accounting rules are changing, with a new standard (IFRS 15) coming into force this year. It will force companies to be tougher, matching reported profits much more closely to actual cash flows. The only way to really make things work across the board is with fully integrated portfolio project controls systems.

We can all work on the beauty of hindsight but this really is a case where proper project portfolio management with structured forecasts aligned with organisational goals and objectives could have avoided this disaster. If you would like to gain control over your business why not give our expert team of Portfolio, Project and Project Control Managers a call on +44 203 174 0070.


Portfolio project management with Unifier

HPS Unifier

For any portfolio project management what you need is one unified solution and Oracles’ Primavera unifier offers just that. It has rapid project execution and is currently considered to be best-in-class in project lifecycle management. It offers solutions for capital planning, project delivery, cost control, and facilities and real estate management.

Primavera Unifier also provides governance across all project phases, from planning and building to operations and maintenance. It offers the best cost control, project delivery, and management capabilities.  It has real-time visibility across projects to make fast, accurate decisions accompanied by easy monitoring, visualisation, and adjustment of plans based on financial forecasts. It handles multi-level hierarchies to model programs, portfolios, facilities, and assets with easy and can be completely integrated with load of user friendly collaboration features making it simple to use.

One recent success story from Oracles Primavera tool comes from John Wayne Airport which came in millions under budget on a half a billion dollar airport improvement programme.  “Oracle’s Primavera tool enables us to tightly control public-works project budgets, as well as to provide seamless access to related information, resulting in important savings. Said Larry Serafini, Deputy Airport Director, Facilities, John Wayne Airport.

The kind of challenges faced by John Wayne Airport included the need to; standardise and automate processes and closely track and deliver a seven-year multi-million airport improvement program, on-time and on-budget. They created a single, secure system for project information to create transparency, improve financial control, and streamline auditing and due diligence, to demonstrate the optimisation of public funds.

With careful planning, management, and controls supported by Oracle’s Primavera enterprise project-management solutions they created a single system that enabled project transparency, and provided concrete, timely, and accurate data for robust budget management and control of capital projects. They use Oracle’s Primavera solutions, including Primavera Unifier Project Controls and Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, as the project management platform of choice.

The recent collapse of Carillion is a classic example of what can happen if public financed projects are not properly regulated via the use of sophisticated Project Management systems such as Oracle’s Primavera Unifier.

If you would like more information about how HPS can help you deliver your project on time and budget then why not get in touch with our team of Project Management experts today.