Oracle Primavera P6 17 has been released

On July 14th, the newest version of Oracle Primavera P6 has been released. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the new features within this release and what these features might mean for our clients. We will also share our initial opinion on this new release.

Primavera version numbers

Before we start, I will explain Oracle’s changed policy for new releases. Starting from 2015 until 2016, Oracle had the ‘tradition’ of releasing two versions a year of Primavera software, one in March and one in October. But every tradition needs to stop at a certain point, doesn’t it?

From 2017 onward, this is what will happen:

  • For cloud deployments, there is a monthly release for both P6 EPPM and P6 Professional. The current version is thus referred to as Primavera P6 EPPM 17.7 (because July is the 7th month).
  • For on-premises deployments (still 95% of our clients), there will only be one version a year, which will be released in July. So, for on-premise, we refer to Primavera P6 17, which basically equals the 17.7 P6 cloud version. The next version will thus be P6 18 (if the naming convention does not change again).
In fact, the positive consequence of this policy for on-premises clients might be that cloud clients have already tested most of the new functionality ahead of the July release.

What are the enhancements?

Let us start with the bad news. If we look at P6 Professional (I know, that is the one you are all using), the enhancements are limited. This should of course not come as a big surprise as P6 Professional is regarded as a mature product. However, there is one that many clients have been asking for for a long time.

When you are working on a P6 EPPM database on your company server, there is very useful functionality to check out your project from the company database and continue working offline in a local SQLite database. This local database does not need to be installed upfront, but is installed on-the-fly at check-out. This way users can continue working on site without good internet access and then check back in when they are back in the office. You can see how this work in this video.

For P6 EPPM, there are more enhancements. Before you will judge that these improvements are also minor, I would like to recall what was wrong with Primavera P6 EPPM in the past. First, it was a constant struggle to have the tool working properly because of misaligned Java versions. Second, performance was not so good compared to our familiar client version.

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