7 Advantages that Explain Why People Are Loyal to Oracle Primavera P6

Thomas Knudsen
3 min readDec 6, 2017

There are hundreds of project management tools. Some of them are web or cloud-based, others are offline. A simple search on G2Crowd returns more than 300 results on the “project management software” query.

Bear in mind that these are just those products that have been reviewed on G2Crowd and don’t include niche industries like Oil & Gas. I think it’s safe to say that the number of project management tools is over 1000.

Yet, Primavera P6 users are extremely loyal.

At October Software we know exactly why. We’ve built a business on our passion for Oracle Primavera. But just in case you’re still wondering about it, here are seven of the reasons why Primavera ranks high in project managers’ preferences.

7 Advantages of Oracle Primavera P6

Oracle recently announced that Primavera P6 users will be moved to a web-based solution called Prime. While Prime offers a lot of awesome features and options, users are still demanding offline capability.

Since it’s still uncertain whether Oracle will grant their wish, Project Reader will have this much sought-after functionality. Our goal is to empower project managers and planners with a strong tool no matter how remote their project site is.

Speaking of great project management tools, here are 7 of the Primavera P6 functions we absolutely love:

1. Primavera P6 Mitigates Risks

Schedule inconsistencies, overrun issues or certain errors can increase the cost of your project immensely. Even worse, you may be forced to cut down on some vital aspects just to compensate for the increased costs. Primavera P6 is great at identifying and signaling these risks before they turn into real problems.

2. Primavera P6 Is Very Easy to Use

Browsing the features of Primavera P6 can be daunting. Complex analyses and reporting usually scream a steep learning curve. But this is not the case here.

The software can handle complex data and generate complex reports and analyses, but this doesn’t mean that you have to spend ages familiarizing yourself with it. Quite the opposite. Scheduling and planning are very easy to handle even for someone who is a junior project manager.

Of course, you can always dig deeper and use every feature. Once your bases are covered, it’s very easy to navigate through the Primavera seemingly complex menus and options. Here’s an example from our friends at Planning Planet on how to easily create a schedule and define resource productivity.

3. Great Visibility

Environmental concerns and local regulations are among the top concerns for project managers, especially when they have to work on multinational projects or away from their home country. Oracle Primavera P6 allows you to enter and analyze all your data in a single location. This way, you can make sure that your project does not violate any laws or regulations.

4. Easy to Create Forecasts

Oftentimes, projects require additional resources, tasks and activities as they grow. Primavera P6 makes it easy for project managers to create accurate forecasts for any project needs and share them with stakeholders or business executives.

5. Better Communication Wherever You Are

Some projects require hundreds if not thousands of workers spread over large geographic areas. Plus, they can involve more than one company. Primavera P6 offers access C-level staff access to all the areas of the project and the possibilities to communicate with workers wherever they are. Better yet, with the help of Project Reader, the communication is enhanced even more and the need for a constant internet connection is eliminated.

6. Oracle Primavera P6 Allows All Users Access and Responsibility in the Schedule

Ever had a project lag behind because some of the workers weren’t aware that tasks were assigned to them? With Primavera P6 everyone can see everything in real time. Plus, you can allow workers to create their own schedule, create requests and submit timesheets wherever they are.

7. Break Down Overwhelmingly Complex Projects

Some projects can be overwhelming through their mere size. It’s easy for the most seasoned of project planners to get lost in a maze of tasks, subtasks and requests. Primavera P6 allows you to break down your huge project into smaller ones or into achievable tasks and activities.

If you are already an Oracle Primavera P6 user or you plan to become one, you may also want to check out Project Reader. You can download it for FREE here and use it to increase collaboration and make the most of your Primavera P6, both online and offline.