7 Steps For A Successful Oracle Primavera Implementation
Oracle's Primavera is one of the most powerful and comprehensive project management tools available on the market today. With one simple and straightforward graphical user interface, you can track everything from deliverables to deadlines to scope and everything in between. It is not, however a "magic bullet" for every project that you will face.
If Oracle Primavera isn't implemented properly, it may actually do more harm than good depending on the situation. There are seven key steps that you should follow to help make sure that you're successfully implementing Oracle Primavera into your business.
1. The Power is Within You
Always make sure that your expectations are in line with the reality of the situation at the beginning of implementation. Oracle Primavera will NOT run your project for you. What it will do is give you the tools that you need to revolutionize your process to deliver successful projects each and every time.
2. Familiarize Yourself with the Basics
If you've never used Oracle Primavera before, a basic training course may be in order. Though the solution is intuitive, even just brushing up on the fundamentals can make implementation significantly less challenging.
3. Customize, Customize, Customize
One of the biggest strengths of Primavera has to do with the many ways in which you can customize it to meet your needs. If you're trying to implement Primavera using nothing but default functionality, you're already doing it wrong.
4. Organized Implementation
You can't implement Primavera just by flipping a switch - doing so is a recipe for disaster. Implementation is a big deal and is something that should be handled with care. Make sure that your timeline and processes for implementation are as organized as possible before continuing.
Another one of Primavera's powerful feature allows you to create custom templates to use when building project plans. One of the keys to successful implementation involves knowing exactly how, where and when these templates are going to be used, if they're going to be used at all.
You should never implement a new software solution without first making sure you've ironed out as many of the kinks as possible and Primavera is no exception. Therefore, one of the keys to a successful Oracle Primavera implementation involves an extensive testing process before you begin to rely heavily on it on a daily basis.
Finally, you should always have a support plan in place to be utilized after implementation has been completed to get team members up to speed, address certain challenges that will be faced through the adoption of a new methodology and more.
After successful implementation, you will begin to enjoy the benefits of Oracle Primavera almost immediately. Risk will be easier to mitigate, budgets will be easier to maintain and tasks will be easier to keep track of. Both your team members and your clients will thank you.
- Oracle's Primavera solution is incredibly powerful - however, it is not magic. It alone will not guarantee project success both now and in the future.
- Only through the careful and correct implementation of Primavera will you be able to leverage the wide range of valuable features it brings to the table to your advantage.