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  • Oracle Primavera Workforce Development Program – compromise on cost not quality

    05 December 2011

    Primavera Software, Inc. has long been known as a leading provider of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions for project-intensive industries. The PPM aspect of project analysis offers a wider perspective of projects, taking into account attributes such as resource consumption, expected cost, magnitude of benefits and inter-dependencies between projects, in order to allow companies to make investment decisions. The combination of Primavera software and Oracle’s project financials, human resources, product lifecycle management, business intelligence, and infrastructure software aims to provide the first comprehensive Enterprise Project Portfolio Management solution.

    Now, Oracle, who acquired Primavera in 2008, is making Primavera Software training available to non-corporate clients with the Oracle Primavera Workforce Development Program (WDP).

    The Oracle WDP was designed to meet the demand for accessible, affordable IT training in order to relieve a shortfall of workers in the industry. The Oracle Primavera WDP offers more cost effective training, without compromising quality – training still follows the Oracle Primavera curriculum, using official study materials taught by Oracle certified specialists. In addition to its reduced cost, the WDP allows learners flexibility with weekend and evening courses, improving accessibility for the likes of students and freelance planners.

    For those participating on the Primavera program, there is a potential saving of over £3000 across the courses, with individual courses offering savings of up to and over 50% compared to the standard course fees. The Project Management in Primavera P6 course, for example, which is normally £1,595, is only £875 on the WDP.

    Total Training Solutions offer Oracle Primavera courses to non-corporate learners as part of the WDP. Find out which Oracle Primavera courses are available by visiting our Course Directory. For more information, call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • What are the advantages of using Primavera P6?

    12 December 2011

    According to Oracle, the benefits of the new Primavera P6 include:

    • Unite project teams and stakeholders through collaboration and strong feedback methods
    • Reduce the risk of cost and schedule overruns
    • Optimise management of all resources to maximise ROI
    • Monitor and visualise project performance vs. plan
    • Confidently make and keep project commitments

    Further research into the Primavera P6 reveals many more practical and tangible features. For example the role based functionality can match each team member’s need and responsibilities. Project managers (PM) will need different access levels and more detailed insights into a project than a field-worker.

    Web-based user interfaces allows for anytime, anywhere access meaning a better service and user satisfactions. Projects and programs can be aligned with company strategic objectives and multiple projects can be simultaneously managed and multiple users can be supported.

    New functionality to the P6 version includes industry-standard risk management which allows organisations to create achievable resource optimised, risk-adjusted plans.

    The resource management application allows project lifecycle planning. A PM can see what resources are being used and can forecast future use. If conflicts become apparent, plans can be adjusted and unexpected delays eliminated.

    Email and mobile device integration improves collaboration and communication between PMs, schedulers and remote workers and field staff. This functionality ensures projects stay on track and delays are minimised.

    Automatically populated time sheets mean managers can analyse and track the amount of time an individual spends on a project.

    Primavera P6 allows the user to schedule and deliver timely reports for analysis. The tool enables reports to be sent in many formats (csv, pdf) and can be delivered through many channels (email, printer).

    Improved security features mean individual access levels can be attributed to each user. It allows for simultaneous, multi-users working without the worry of access or version control. Field-level security is also achievable with Primavera P6.

    Total Training Solutions offer a number of Primavera P6 training courses. Browse our course directory and see which program is right for you. To book your place call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

  • Where can Primavera skills take you in your career?

    19 December 2011

    Having any professional qualification better places you above your peers, colleagues or fellow job applicants. Primavera training not only makes it easier to manage a project, but it can also improve communication and help you build your career as it also shows a commitment to professional and self development.

    For the individual, Primavera training offers a chance to build your skills and help your CV stand out to employers. According to Oracle, (Primavera’s parent company) Primavera is used by many top engineering firms, as well as military and defence agencies. It also remains the dominant project management software within the building and construction trades and is widely used in pipeline and utility installation amongst Civil Engineers, Sales Engineers and field staff. With such a wide range of firms using this software, candidates who undergo training can improve their likelihood of scoring an interview in a number of different fields.

    Employees from top management level, down to field workers use Primavera to plan, track, record and analyse a project. Access to different parts of the software can be attributed to different personnel dependant of their position and so the skills needed to understand the various levels of the software also vary. The demand for knowledge and experience of Primavera products, services and training, from an accredited training provider such as Total Training Solutions, can lead to careers in a plethora of job roles. Project Planners, Project Analysts, Project Managers, Administrators, Logistics Co-ordinators and Business Consultants will use Primavera programming for Portfolio Management, Project Management, Resource Management (including cost management and resource allocation), Production Support and Progress Reporting.

    To see how a Primavera training course can benefit you and your career, contact one of our friendly customer services team members on 0800 612 1299 who can recommend the right Primavera course for you. Alternatively, browse our course directory and email info@tts-uk.com with any questions.

  • How do you think technology is changing project management?

    26 December 2011

    Project management used to start with an approved printed out Project Charter. Sent between parties via internal mail, key stakeholders would physically sign the document and return it to the project manager to update the version control for the document to version 1.0. The Project Charter would then be filed away for safe-keeping and the real work would begin.

    Today, obtaining project approval is still needed, but the way you go about securing sponsor sign off is different. Due to technologies now available in the workplace most project sponsors would expect the entire approvals process to be done by email. Documents and email are stored electronically on a central shared server, along with scanned copies of any signed documents. This is now the accepted way of working, even in industries like financial services which typically take a while to catch up.

    In the (recent) past the monthly report would be an adequate representation of a projects status. It was acknowledged that it was not a real-time project position, but it was accurate enough for the purposes of judging progress against milestones and budget. In general, people were happy with this level of detail, even though they knew it could no longer be true. Only in an emergency would any one ask to see anything more up to date.

    Today, project stakeholders have different expectations about project information, because they can get other information at the click of a button. If you want to know the weather in Barcelona or the real-time stock prices on the FTSE you type it in to a search engine and bang! the answer is there in a flash! This lack of real-time data on projects status is no longer acceptable to stakeholders and project managers now have to deal with these raised expectations and always be on top of a project’s status.

    The way projects are managed had to evolve. The development of new technologies such as softwares and programs enable tasks to be managed and carried out more effectively. Primavera enables businesses to manage projects in way which saves time, increase productivity and improves communication. The ability to plan, track, record, adjust and analyse a project at every stage of its lifecycle provides PM’s, directors and stakeholders with new insight and management capabilities and has revolutionised working practises.

    How have you adapted your project management practices to the evolving needs of your hyper connected stakeholders? If you’re not yet using Primavera in your business, why not enquire about a beginners course with Total Training Solutions to get you started? Sign your staff up for a Primavera course too and ensure your company is working to its maximum capacity, increasing productivity and ultimately, revenue.

    Browse the Total Training Solutions Primavera directory. Call 0800 612 1299 to book or email info@tts-uk.co.uk

  • What level of Project Management do you need?

    17 April 2012

    There are hundreds of Project Management courses and qualifications on the market, but what level of qualification do you really need to work in Project Management?

    Businesses and organisations all over the world now use some sort of Project Management system or another to deliver individual projects and the bigger company strategy. The success of these projects relies on the right people, with the right qualifications and expertise carrying out the right tasks. Varying levels of Project Management are needed within an organisation, as is effective delegation. The biggest asset in a PM is the art of delegation. Assigning tasks to team members with the most appropriate skills to complete it will make the whole process run more smoothly.

    PM’s need to work to a framework such as PRINCE2 or Agile. This framework needs to run through the organisation to work effectively. With this in place processes and projects will run more efficiently and rely less on individual success but on repeated and measurable success. Projects will deliver against cost, time, scope, quality and perhaps most importantly, objectives. Having adequate staff trained to the right level to deliver these objectives is key.

    Project Management training courses offered by Total Training Solutions include a range of early, foundation courses, helping you understand the basics and get a grip of the theology behind the methodology and how to apply it to tasks. The PRINCE2 Foundation and Agile Foundation and Practitioner are two such courses. As you develop in your experience and PM career, you may need to take subsequent certificates like the Advanced Project Management in Primavera P6 which delves into in-depth planning and analysis training. Higher and more specialised levels of qualification are also available for the established PM, such as the Master in Sustainability in Project Management.

    To develop your Project Management career visit the Total Training Solutions website and browse the course directory. When you’re ready to book or if you have any questions please call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com

  • The advantages of having a good Project Manager

    25 April 2012

    In short, a Project Manager directs a team to the completion of a project. The role varies according to industry but core attributes include balancing timescale, costs and scope as the team work to meet objectives. They plan, oversee, analyse, modify and sign-off projects and tasks.

    In last week’s blog we touched on the importance of delegation in a good Project Manager and picking the right team members to carry out individual tasks. As well as managing the team and assigning them tasks, a good PM will regularly update customers, shareholders and management on the projects development and work with other support staff.

    A PM oversees individual tasks and ensures they are on track to move the project to completion. The success or failure of a project often depends on the PM’s competency.

    Appointing or employing a skilled PM can boost morale and productivity in a struggling business or team. Their experience should bring control and order to the table and ensure a project moves forward without delay, mistakes or overspend.

    In most cases a good Project Manager would have started their career with a Project Management qualification or two. An accredited certificate in the field will teach you the fundamentals of Project Management theories and how to apply them to real-case scenarios. When applying for a job or promotion, an official qualification will stand you out against those with no relevant skills.

    Project Management courses offered by Total Training Solutions include:
    Fundamentals of Project Management – entry-level course which provides a comprehensive overview of project management that focuses on key success factors, decisions and consequences
    ISEB Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management – intended for delegates who are new to the project management discipline, and working within an IT project environment
    Project Management in Primavera P6 – hands-on training for the Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management client/server solution, leading participants through the entire life-cycle, from planning to execution
    Agile with PRINCE2/PMI Project Management – this course considered the leading Agile approaches and how they can compatibly work together with PRINCE2, PMI and other such similar methods.

    The range and scope of qualifications at Total Training Solutions for the PM are countless, each with their own specific skill-set depending on career level and sector. Browse our course directory for the course that will help you on your way to becoming a great Project Manager.

    You can get in touch to book a course or to ask any questions by calling 0800 612 1299 or emailing info@tts-uk.com

  • What is Primavera?

    06 January 2014

    Primavera is primarily a project portfolio management system. Used by those working in industries such as engineering, construction, defence, utilities, manufacturing, IT and public sector, the software manages and regulates large projects as well as tracking time and costs.

    The most popular software available from Primavera is Primavera P6, the market leader in project portfolio management (or PPM). At Total Training Solutions we offer a range of courses in Primavera P6, focusing on elements such as managing resources, application administration and courses for more advanced users of the software.

    But what is PPM? To examine this, we can break it down into two sections - portfolio management and programme management. Portfolio management is a term used to describe the analysis and management of a group of projects with the aim of achieving the organisation’s overall goals, whether they be business strategy goals or technical strategy goals. This is done by determining the optimal mix and sequencing of the projects while taking into account constraints such as those imposed by management. Elements such as estimated cost, consumption of resources and timing are considered during portfolio management.

    A programme in the context of ‘programme management’ can be defined as a group of related projects managed in coordination with one another rather than individually. Therefore programme management focuses on coordinating these projects within a programme, prioritising resources and minimising risks.

    As the leading PPM software provider, Primavera can benefit businesses to a massive degree. In the US, it is believed that those projects which totalled more than $6 trillion in value were managed with Primavera software. To learn more about how Primavera could help your business or to find out more about our available Primavera courses, give us a call on 0800 612 1299. Our full range of courses is available to view in our course directory, and if you have any questions about any of the services Total Training Solutions offer, don’t hesitate to contact us via our website.

  • Why invest in Primavera?

    15 January 2014

    What are the benefits of using a project portfolio management system such as Primavera and why could investing in Primavera training from Total Training Solutions be beneficial to your business?

    Primavera P6, which makes up the majority of the Primavera courses available from Total Training Solutions, has multiple benefits, such as reducing the risk of cost and schedule overruns within a business. Optimising management of all resources, as well as making it easier to make and keep project commitments through planning and project management tools are also advantages. Features such as role based functionality makes the system customisable depending on the team members’ needs and responsibilities. This is particularly useful in large organisations, where project managers, field workers and everyone in between will have different tasks and therefore different requirements from P6.

    The main benefit to using Primavera is efficiency. Features such as risk-adjusted plans and lifecycle planning can ensure a more time, energy and cost efficient business. The industry-standard risk management function of Primavera allows organisations to create achievable, custom resource-optimised risk plans, allowing a project to run more smoothly. Resource management allows project managers to see what resources are being used and consequently predict future use - if this forecasts future problems, plans can be adjusted in advance, reducing delays and creating a more synchronised and efficient plan going forward.

    Primavera P6 courses from Total Training Solutions will enable users to:
    Ensure corporate control of a project
    Increase processes
    Improve cooperation between teams
    Measure progress towards objectives
    Ensure projects stick to an efficient strategy
    Complete more projects with the intended payback and with maximum success

    Whether you are a project manager, a manual worker or somewhere in between, we have a course to suit you. From Primavera P6 Fundamental to Primavera P6 Advanced, Total Training Solutions can provide the appropriate course for you, and ensure that everyone, no matter how high on the corporate ladder, can utilise the system to both their own advantage and that of the organisation. To learn more about the courses Total Training Solutions offers, visit our course directory. You can also contact us with any questions or queries on 0800 612 1299 or through our website.

  • How Primavera can help your career

    21 January 2014

    Alongside the potential benefits to your organisation or business, training in a system such as Primavera can also aid your future career. In today’s economy, additional qualifications relevant to your chosen field will always put you one step ahead on the path to your new career. A qualification gained in your spare time shows commitment to your field and an eagerness to learn new skills - qualities that employers look for in a candidate.

    A qualification in Primavera is particularly useful due to the versatility of the system. Used in industries such as utilities, manufacturing, IT and even in military and defence agencies, Primavera is a relevant system for numerous businesses and trades. It is the leading project and portfolio management system on the market and therefore, statistically, is the most likely PPM system to be used by your potential future employer, giving you a considerable advantage over those without any experience with the system.

    The variety of Primavera courses available from Total Training Solutions give you a wide range of options and can lead to a number of differing careers. We offer courses for those new to Primavera, and those with previous experience who wish to upgrade to a more advanced qualification. We also offer courses in specific areas of Primavera, such as managing portfolios or risk analysis. Our array of qualifications are appropriate for all team members, whether you’re a project manager or a field worker.

    Whether you’re looking for a career in project management, logistics, administration, business consultancy or production support, Total Training Solutions have a Primavera course to suit you. Our courses include thorough training in the essential and most recent Primavera functions so you know you’re getting the most up-to-date training possible, as well as using case studies to enhance learning for a professional training experience.

    If you’re interested in building up your CV and think that a course in Primavera could be for you, give Total Training Solutions a call on 0800 612 1299. You can also view our full range of courses - we have qualifications for every profession to help your career go further. If you have any questions or enquiries don’t hesitate to contact us through our website.

  • Which industries can benefit from Primavera training?

    28 January 2014

    Primavera is used in industries across the board, from engineering to travel to the government. For this reason, a qualification in Primavera is one of the most versatile courses offered by Total Training Solutions.

    The heavy construction industry continues to be Primavera’s predominant customer base. Due to the number of large scale projects carried out in the industry, Primavera software is incredibly useful in this field, and can increase efficiency - saving companies and organisations money in the long term. The older P3 software was used by 25% of the heavy construction industry, demonstrating the effectiveness of the system for managing projects and portfolios of this nature. Indeed, in 2008, nearly 40% of general contractors with an annual revenue of five to ten million dollars used Primavera software.

    However, the demographic for Primavera does not end at construction workers. Any industry which focuses on large scale projects, be they physical such as engineering or manufacturing or more abstract such as government schemes or defence planning, can benefit from training in and utilising Primavera systems and software. Due to the widespread use of Primavera, having a qualification in the system, be it on the risk analysis software, the portfolio management software or simply a fundamental overview of the system, can only be beneficial for your career. The transferrable skills you gain can be taken with you, regardless of industry.

    There are countless project-intensive industries which can benefit from Primavera. Training in Primavera from Total Training Solutions can save time, money and generally increase organisation and efficiency, which can only have a positive effect on your company or business. Primavera improves decision making, supply-chain efficiency, and can also result in cost reduction or increased profit - a desirable outcome in any industry.

    If you work in a project-orientated industry, or believe your company or organisation could thrive using Primavera systems, give Total Training Solutions a call to discuss the courses and qualifications available. We offer both fundamental and advanced courses, with plenty in between, so you can find the course that suits you. You can also browse our full range of courses, phone us with any questions on 0800 612 1299 or send us an enquiry through our website.

  • Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6EPPM)

    31 October 2014

    Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6EPPM) is the most powerful, robust, and easy-to-use solution for globally prioritising, planning, managing and executing projects, programmes, and portfolios.

    It provides a single 100% web-based solution for managing projects of any size, adapts to varying levels of complexity across projects and intelligently scales to meet the needs of all roles, functions or skill levels in an organisation and within a project team.

    P6EPPM offers executives a real-time view of project performance, equips project participants with the right blend of usability, power and flexibility to effectively execute projects and enables workers across all levels of an organisation to analyse, record and communicate reliable information and make timely decisions.

    Oracle Primavera P6EPPM can easily scale from a single user on a small project to tens of thousands of users engaged in millions of activities across hundreds of projects. The solution is built on a robust and proven standards-based Java architecture and is designed to deliver high performance with tight security, flexible integration and real time reporting and analytics.

    With P6EPPM, an organisation is able to...

    plan, schedule, and control both large scale programmes and individual projects
    select the right strategic mix of projects
    balance resource capacity
    allocate best resources and track progress
    monitor and visualise project performance versus plan
    foster team collaboration
    integrate with financial management and human capital management systems

    If you need to upgrade your Primavera skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses, from the Professional Fundamentals course through to the P6 Professional Advanced and the Risk Analysis courses.

    You can find out more about our complete range of Primavera courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis (PRA)

    05 November 2014

    Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis (PRA) is a full lifecycle risk analytics solution, integrating cost and schedule risk management. It provides a comprehensive solution for determining confidence levels for project success together with quick and easy techniques for formulating contingency and risk response plans. PRA brings within reach...

    1. development of risk-loaded project plans, improving confidence in bid submissions and project selection and, by extension, maximising organisational benefit and profitability
    2. risk-adjusted project plans, meaning that critical project timelines and cost estimates are more realistic, enhancing the probability of project success
    3. cost/benefit analysis of response plans in order to better understand the impact of risks and effects of mitigation
    4. the development of probabilistic project plans, resulting in better project intelligence, reduced errors and replicable processes
    5. reduction in unexpected delays and costs by formally adopting risk management as a valued step in the planning process
    6. improved corporate governance and the opportunity to establish a standard risk management process

    Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis offers an objective view of required contingency in order to account for cost and schedule uncertainty as well as analysing the cost effectiveness of risk response plans. Combined, these form the basis of a "risk adjusted schedule", which is becoming an essential element of the planning and scheduling process. Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis adds to the qualitative risk capabilities included in Oracle Primavera P6 by allowing organisations to assess quantitative risk and providing analysis of impact to schedule, budget and cash flow…

    1. identify common scheduling pitfalls that may result in misleading schedule or risk analysis results
    2. integrate pre-developed risk registers as well as define new risk registers
    3. address full lifecycle risk management through advanced Monte Carlo based cost and schedule analytics
    4. report confidence levels with regards to finish dates, costs, float, Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value

    Our Managing Risk in Primavera Risk Analysis course provides training for Primavera's Risk Management solutions. Participants will gain thorough background knowledge in the basic concepts of risk management. The three-day class leads participants through examples of specific risk modelling techniques and provides a lab style workshop to allow students to apply the learned techniques.

    You can find out more about our complete range of Primavera courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Oracle Primavera P6 Professional Project Management (P6PPM)

    14 November 2014

    Oracle Primavera P6 Professional Project Management is the recognised standard for high performance project management software and is designed to handle large scale, highly sophisticated and multi-faceted projects. It can be used to organise projects up to 100,000 activities and provides unlimited resources and an unlimited number of target plans.

    With P6PPM, an organisation is able to...

    balance resource capacity
    plan, schedule and control complex projects
    allocate best resources and track progress
    monitor and visualise project performance versus plan
    conduct what-if analysis and analyse alternative project plans
    Oracle Primavera P6PPM can be installed on a server computer, with client PCs accessing the Oracle Primavera P6 database via a local area network (or similar) or wholly on a desktop or laptop PC as a standalone tool. Oracle Primavera P6PPM excludes functionality that is only available in Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (P6EPPM), including collaboration, workflow, web-based access, dashboards and timesheets.

    If you need to upgrade your Primavera skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses, from the Professional Fundamentals course through to the P6 Professional Advanced and the Risk Analysis courses.

    You can find out more about our complete range of Primavera courses via our website. Please call us on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

  • Using Primavera for your next Project Management role

    01 September 2016

    Oracle Primavera software is the key to successful Project Management, being able to handle large-scale, highly sophisticated and multifaceted project with ease.

    With our 3 day fundamentals course you will have all the skills needed to run your next project more effectively.

    The course is aimed not only at Project Managers but also Business Analysts, Functional Implementers and End Users.

    Steering you through the complete life cycle of a project whilst focusing on the basic elements of schedule, resources and costs.

    Using this familiar Windows-based program by the end you will have learnt how to: 
    • Create and Schedule a project
    • Assign Resources
    • Adjust the Project schedule
    • Execute and control the project
    • Add activities

    You’ll also put into practice what you’ve learnt each day with a case study to clarify knowledge gained.

    If you need to upgrade your skills we offer a comprehensive range of Primavera training courses. You can find out more about our complete range via our website, including the Primavera P6 Professional Fundamentals course. Please call us on 01423 790107 or email info@tts-uk.com to book your place or if you have any questions about any of our courses.

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