Project Management

Project Management Cloud extends planning and scheduling to the “occasional” project manager; to those who manage projects infrequently and not as their primary role. No longer is planning a specialized skill, only performed by experienced personnel, as more and more people are given projects to manage. Not all planning and scheduling solutions have kept up with this evolution. Oracle Fusion Project Management has been designed from the ground up to address the needs of all project managers, regardless of their level of experience, and can be adopted by all organizations for any type of project work.

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Project Portfolio Management Cloud

Project Portfolio Management Cloud software helps you simplify project planning

Planning Made Easy

Managing projects is often a secondary responsibility, undertaken when needed. For these part-time project managers, scheduling a project can be confusing and inefficient; it is hard to quickly enter tasks where the detail is not fully known, tasks move unexpectedly, and scheduling tasks both manually and automatically is not easy, requiring too many steps. Oracle Project Management Cloud addresses these problems by offering scheduling capabilities in an interactive Gantt while hiding the complexity seen in many planning tools.
 
Tasks can be easily created with minimal data, for example starting only with a task name and adding effort, dates, and dependencies later. Simply entering a start or finish date holds the task where it is placed unless it becomes dependent on other work, in which case just link it to another task to schedule it; no additional steps are needed and no longer do tasks seemingly move at random.
 

More experienced project managers can still take advantage of capabilities that include constraint dates and types, dependency types, leads and lags, and the ability to compare the plan with current and historical baselines. And for those requiring a more managed approach to planning, gate management orchestrates critical decision points, polling stakeholders for their input and approval.

Planning is a Collaborative Activity

Team members are closest to the actual work so they should be included in the development of the plan; commonly this means meetings, email, and spreadsheets but these are not effective ways to schedule and collaborate. Oracle Project Management Cloud combined with Oracle Task Management Cloud lets the project manager work with the team to create the plan. Team members are assigned work through the project plan or they can identify the work for themselves or for others on the project. Any work added by the project team is highlighted to the project manager so it can be reviewed and, where appropriate, incorporated into the plan. This ensures works doesn’t fall through the cracks and makes for a more accurate plan.

Social collaboration and project management are merged in Oracle Project Management Cloud, letting project participants interact in real-time through project-specific conversations, and collaboratively upload and review documents. Embedding social capabilities within the business processes, through integration with Oracle Social Network, ensures secure consistent communication across project stakeholders.

Efficiently Manage Project Resources

The ability to assign multiple labor resources to tasks ensures that project managers can maintain project plans that are short and crisp. And where additional resource needs are identified, they can simply be allocated to the project. The project manager can quickly take action to add or request resources, confirm resource assignments, or update resource details, and view labor and expense resources in a graphical card format or in a list view.

Real-time Progress

Project managers need to know what is happening on the project but often do not have time to regularly review a detailed plan or chase the project team for their progress updates.
 

The combination of Oracle Project Management Cloud and Oracle Task Management Cloud addresses these issues by reducing the time it takes to capture and review progress: Team members can progress their tasks with a single click indicating that a task has started or finished; while project managers reviewing progress, can see who is late submitting their progress and focus on tasks that deviate from the plan, for example to review overdue tasks or proposed changes in dates or effort from team members. The project manager can choose to immediately accept or reject proposed changes or preview the impact on the project schedule before making a decision.

Issue Management

Issues encountered during execution are captured, categorized and prioritized. Any actions that result can be assigned to those on the team for resolution while each issue is traced through different statuses and monitored with analytics that show issue aging and issues by type.

Real-time Reporting

Project Managers are offered actionable insight into the status of work, including project schedules, any task exceptions, issues and change orders raised, milestones, planned resource utilization and assignments ending soon, and planned costs.

Target and actual project progress are shown for comparison, while projects that are behind schedule are highlighted. Resource analytics leverage an integrated solution to identify whether people are over or under utilized, with a time-phased view providing complete visibility into the total project allocations and capacity for each resource.

Project milestones can be analyzed in a timeline view to immediately see the milestones that are past due and those requiring action, with the ability to take action to set milestones as complete and for more tailored and ad hoc reporting you can generate real-time reports across your projects using the pre-built project management subject areas and sample reports.