Oracle is doing their round of webinars after the latest release of Primavera P6, version 16.2. I logged in to get the skinny on what we can expect in terms of new features and functions in Primavera P6 16.2.
Starting from release 15 of Primavera P6, the Oracle Primavera business unit has committed to 2 releases every year. A new major version is released in the spring (xx.1) with the major versions matching the year. A minor release (xx.2) is expected each fall.
As always, when there’s a release to Primavera P6, we can expect updates to both Primavera P6 EPPM and Primavera P6 Professional. In addition, we can expect updates to the other Primavera P6 components like Primavera Gateway, Primavera Analytics, Primavera Unifier and Primavera Prime. I don’t usually cover these other products because there never seemed like much demand, but if you want me to cover these in the future, drop me a comment below. If there’s demand, I’ll cover these. Let’s get back to talking about P6.
What’s new in Primavera P6 16.2
Well, since Primavera P6 16.2 is a minor release, don’t get your hopes up too much. It’s a pretty lean update on new features. I’ll start with Primavera P6 Professional.
New in Primavera P6 16.2 Professional
Did I mention this is a lean release? For this release, I get the sense that there’s a lot of focus from Oracle on performance. Now Primavera P6 Professional performs pretty fine since it was ported to 64-bit. But the focus here was on Primavera P6 Cloud Connect, the connector that allows a Primavera P6 client to connect to a database in the cloud.
Improvements to Primavera P6 Cloud Connect
Here’s a list of the performance improvements to Primavera P6 Cloud Connect:
- Faster Undo
- Improved response time creating Activities and Resource Assignments
- Improvements to Scrolling (this seems important – there’s nothing more frustrating than a slow app)
- Faster response times Opening Global & Project Data – those enterprise elements
- Faster Deletion of Activities
Visualizer Performance Improvements
Oracle has made improvements to P6 Visualizer as well – the bundled add-on that can help display and print P6 graphical data like Gantt Charts & Time-Scaled Logic Diagrams.
Recently Oracle did away with Claim Digger, the built-in schedule comparison tool, and ported that functionality inside Visualizer under the heading “Schedule Comparison”.
In Primavera P6 16.2, you can expect some performance improvements when comparing schedules through Visualizer. While comparing small projects always performed well, larger projects could take some time to get output on-screen. But in 16.2, you expect that to move faster.
On top of that, Oracle claims that Visualizer will load faster as well, the first time you launch it.