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Oracle Project Management

for Users of Project Costing / Billing
Jeannie Dobney and
Loretta Bayliss – Prescience Technology
(updated paper available from jdobney.com)

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Objectives
This paper asks – and attempts to answer:
• If you already use Oracle Project Costing and
Billing, what value does Oracle Project
Management add?
• Are the HTML pages just another way of looking
at the same data?
With the author’s thanks to the
Ipswich City Council support team for the questions above.
Voltaire: “Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers”.

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Agenda
• Brief history of the Oracle Projects Suite
• The value Oracle Project Management
proposition
• Implications of the introduction of Oracle
Project Management
• Overview of some of the available ‘similar’
functionality (including gotcha’s and irritations)

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First, a little history
• Once upon a time…
– Oracle released the Project Accounting application c.1993
– Included the functionality we now know as Project
Foundation and Project Costing - with Billing added soon
– Those were the dim, dark ages of character based Apps, although Projects was converted to ‘GUI Forms’ fairly
quickly – so most early Projects adopters recall it as a
purely Forms based product
– Projects introduced the HTML interface when the Oracle
Projects Suite was introduced (c.2005)
– So just a short digression about ‘user interfaces’…

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Oracle Projects chronology …
Oracle Projects suite milestones

2006

2005

2004
2002

2002

2000

2003

2003

2004

2000

1998
1996

1995

1996

1994

Project
Portfolio
Planning

Project
Intelligence

Project
Collaboration

Project
Management

Project
Resource
Management

Project
Foundation

Project
Billing

Project
Costing

Original Release Date

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Character Based Apps Note that this screen is from Oracle Cost Management. not Project Accounting The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

GUI Forms Interface Also known as the Professional User interface The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

HTML Interface Also known as the Applications Framework Interface The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Oracle Projects Apps Interfaces • Some modules are primarily designed for HTML others for Forms Slide is from Oracle Projects Suite.Security Options by Timothy Cronin The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

. Forms… • Selected functionality by HTML or Forms Slide is from Oracle Projects Suite.Projects HTML vs.Security Options by Timothy Cronin The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

The initial answer to the HTML Pages question is: • They were created to support the expanded Oracle Projects Suite.So…. • You must use the HTML pages if you wish to use specialised functionality such as that available through Project Resource Management • For most of us Oracle Project Management may be the most relevant ‘new’ Application – and coincidentally has led to some of the most obvious ‘parallel’ and ‘shared’ functionality… The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

for example: Forms HTML Budgets Financial Plans Project Status Inquiry Project Performance Reporting Resource Lists Planning Resource Lists & Resource Breakdown Structures So let’s look at the value proposition for using Oracle Project Management first and then return to specific (shared) HTML functionality The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .Oracle Project Management • Some of the apparently similar functionality was introduced to support Oracle Project Management.

The Project Manager’s Tools (prior to Oracle Project Management ) Information Requirement • Cost Vs.) ― Document ― Assembled laboriously from all of the above The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof . Budget • Work schedule (Gantt chart) • Risk management • Issue management • Stakeholder comm’s • Deliverables • Change Requests • Status Reporting Software / Tool (examples) ― Oracle Project Costing ― MS Projects or Primavera ― Document ― Spread sheet ― Email ― Intranet (for storage etc.

update once and replicated across systems in background) • Link the budget variation process into new budget versions • Publish updates automatically to the team’s homepages (no more ignored emails or use of out-dated plan versions…) • Tailor those team home pages to focus on key data – and automate the display of current tasks • Store issue lists in the same place and add the ability to assign and track actions for them • Workflow supported and semi-automated production and publication of project status reports from this integrated project data The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof . • Develop your work schedule in MS Projects • Import it into Oracle Projects to generate a budget from the work plan based on rates stored in Oracle • Link changes in complex work plans to integrated (simpler) financial plans (i.e.Imagine a Solution….

The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .A Day in the Life of the PM • The Project Status Report is due.) • Oracle Projects can provide a repository of all this information and semi-automate the production of status reports if required. – – – – – – – Is the project within budget? What is the progress against schedule? What risks does the project face? What is the status of logged issues? What is the status of change requests? Where can deliverable documents be accessed for review? Where are other project documents stored? (Project Management Plan etc...

• Time for a project team meeting. tasks which have not been completed Review progress on issues assigned to the team Gather input about potential risks etc.A Day in the Life of the PM.. cont. need to: – – – – – Review the schedule for upcoming milestones etc. • Oracle Projects can provide: – A team member home page which ‘pushes’ specifically relevant upcoming tasks (and actions required for issue resolution) to each team member – Allow decentralised updating of issues assigned to team members – Allow decentralised percentage complete entry for tasks The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .. Focus the team on those upcoming tasks Identify any roadblocks.

Checklist for an Integrated PM Solution • Workplans / progress tracking  • Cost against budget tracking  • Status reporting – (multiple audiences?): detail and / or traffic light status  • Sharing / repository of deliverables  • Repository of other project documentation  • Issue tracking  • Risk Register ? • Change Requests / Orders  • Stakeholder communications (push / pull?)  • Team member home page / communication method  The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Financial (and Deliverables) • Integration with Project Management tools such as MS Projects and PrimaVera • Budget generation from work-plans • Configurable HTML pages for reporting and project communication (using page layout functionality and Framework personalisations) • Includes performance and exception reporting (incl. The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .Oracle Project Management Available functionality includes: • Parallel integrated WBS structures i. Workplan. traffic lights) • Attachment functionality for storage of project documents • Sophisticated access control by project role • Progress reporting: Workflow supported and semi-automated production of project status reports • Change orders that can be linked to budget changes • Issue lists etc.e.

A Quick Tour of Oracle Project Management • • • • • • Gantt Chart / work plans Cost against budget tracking Status reporting Repository of project documents Issue tracking and change orders Team member and stakeholder communication The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Workplans – Gantt Chart View  The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Workplans – Dependencies  The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Workplans – Resource Assignment  The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Integration: Oracle Proj Mgmt and Schedule Management Software The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Earned Value Management) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .g. MS projects. some HTML page functionality may not be applicable e. (If you do not use workplans.Structure Mapping Workplans may be integrated with specialised project management tools e.g.

Project Performance Reporting • Uses the same basic cost data as the project status inquiry (PSI) window. however… • It includes: – Periodic and QTD display – An ability to report in multiple currencies or calendars – useful for multi-nationals – It also displays earned value analysis and progress against plan in effort terms – Users can personalise their own views – Requires additional update processes The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Analysis of Costs by Task The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Analysis of Cost by Resource The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Budgeting and Forecasting The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Standard Earned Value Reporting The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Earned Value Management (EVM) • A key advantage of combining work tracking and cost tracking in one system is the ability to do EVM reporting • EVM is a project management practice that integrates: – Schedule – Scope – Cost • EVM measures the value of work performed From an Open World Presentation: Oracle Project & Portfolio Management for DoD Earned Value Compliance The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Oracle Status Reporting Create Status Reports Management Team • Different reports for different audiences • Automatic reminders for due reports Project Task One 80% Project Task Two 24% Task One 80% Project Task Three 50% Task Two 24% Task One 80% Task Three 50% Task Two 24% • Existing project info automatically included • Exec. summary with status indicator • Enter additional textual details Task Three 50% Customer Publish Status Report • Send to stakeholders • Online or email access • Track history These slides from Carl Morley’s OpenWorld 2010 presentation The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Attachments (Project Documentation Repository) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Issue Lists and Change Control The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Team Member Home Page Slide is from a 2004 Oracle presentation The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Project List View The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Exception Reporting .KPIs Key Performance Areas Exception Financial Cost Variance % Single Project Status Overall Project Status Schedule Cost Variance % Exceptions 10 % and more 0 to 10% -1% and less Execute The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

So Why Would You Not Use It? • Does it fit with your organisations project management (PMO) practice and project development process? • What are the preferred tools already in use by your PMO. e. substantial investment in the use of an Intranet? • Who’s running the implementation and can they ‘sell’ an integrated business process to the PMO? • How much of your project management work is outsourced and what impact will that have? • How do contractors fit in your project process (Oracle Projects supports them – but will your IT and HR department?) • Have you factored in the system maintenance and training required for another software tool? The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .g.

don’t make a clear distinction between features and functions available and usable in Forms vs.So… • Some functionality is new and unique to the HTML pages and may offer value to existing users • However. this powerful functionality involves complexity and there are some gotcha’s and annoyances • Oracle Implementation and User Guides. HTML The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

1 and similar notes) • Some Billing and Capital project functionality only exists in Forms • HTML Dates may default in non-intuitive ways to Forms users (refer MOS # 361507.The Same or Similar • Some functionality may be used in either Forms or HTML. project definition • Existing users of Project Costing are probably licensed to use this type of functionality (cf MOS # 815154.1) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof . e.g.

Same Feature • Customers and Contacts in Forms is the same as Billing Accounts in HTML pages • Key Members in Forms is the same as Team Members in HTML pages • DFF defined at Project-level in Forms displays in the Other Information section of Additional Information in HTML pages • DFF defined at Financial Task-level in Forms displays in the Other Task Information section of HTML pages The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .Different Name.

Account Generation and Subledger Accounting (R12) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .User Defined Attributes (UDA’s) • UDAs – like context sensitive descriptive flexfields (DFFs) that are only accessible from the HTML-based application pages • DFFs may be visible in both interfaces • Both may require custom reporting • Data from both can be used for AutoAccounting.

User Defined Attributes: Complete Solution User Defined Attributes appear for projects and tasks based on the context and the level Context Data Level Usage Project Type Project Enable a set of attributes based on and/or Task a specific project type Class Category Project Enable a set of attributes based on and/or Task a specific project class category Class Code Project Enable a set of attributes based on and/or Task a specific project class code Task Type Task Enable a set of attributes based on a specific task type UDA slides are from a presentation by Carl Morley at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

using ETC methods • Different implementation path to use Budgetary Control and/or Budget Integration (Forms budgets) • New HTML Plan types are not compatible with Budgetary Control and Budget Integration functionality The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .. Financial Plans • New HTML “Plan” Types introduced in 2005 • Existing Budget Types convertible during upgrade • Enhanced budgeting unique to HTML pages: – Excel data input (via webADI) is standard functionality – Budget amounts may be generated from work plans using planning rates – Initial Forecast version created from original budget and then generated from actuals etc.Budgets Vs.

More4Apps provides the same functionality for Forms (if this is the only drawcard) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof . however. use Forms Budgets) – Will you integrate workplans and use EVA? (Use HTML) – HTML Financial Plans have standard Excel integration (webADI).Forms Budgets vs. HTML Financial Plans • A key implementation decision • Conceptually the same – however quite different system functionality: – Do you need Budgetary Control / Integration? (If so.

1) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .Resource Lists… Interface Budgeting Reporting Forms Resource Lists Resource Lists HTML Planning Resource Lists Resource Breakdown Structure • Forms Budgets use Resource Lists for budgeting and reporting • HTML Financial Plans use Planning Resource Lists for budgeting and Resource Breakdown Structures for reporting • Also note: PSI implications (MOS # 405219.

Resource Lists… • An upgrade process is available • After running UPG: Upgrade Resource Lists to Planning Resource Lists process: • Subsequent changes are propagated from the original Resource List to the upgraded Planning Resource List (but not the RBS) The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

HTML Project Home Page The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Conclusions The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

com.Oracle Project Management for Users of Project Costing / Billing Loretta Bayliss Managing Director. AUSOUG (Qld) www. Prescience Technology Vice-President.au The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .prescience.

Agenda • A User’s Perspective The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Oracle PjM Is it my tool of choice? • Loretta’s tools of choice include: • Oracle PjM • Microsoft Project Server • Primavera EPPM • Order of the day is largely defined by client requirements and corporate PMO mandates. The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Oracle PjM Is it my tool of choice? • Narrowing it down further: • Oracle PjM • Microsoft Project Server • Primavera EPPM • This combination does have the potential to provide a true enterprise platform. The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof .

Words of (?) Wisdom System and Process • Do not expect a miracle. PO. program & portfolio ‐ Costing. or a golden goose ‐ Either from Oracle PjM or Primavera • Understand the impacts on/from other Oracle modules ‐ Oracle PjM does not operate in isolation • Plan for and build up to the change ‐ an enterprise model is not achieved overnight • Use all of the tools/reports at your disposal until the enterprise model is sufficiently robust to support project. AR. AP. OTL can all add value The most comprehensive Oracle applications & technology content under one roof . Billing.

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