Oracle announces two new "packs" for integrating project management with enterprise resource planning (ERP). The packs will allow users of Oracle Project Portfolio Management, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne to more seamlessly synchronize data such as project structures, resource details, actual costs, budgets and costs to complete between various projects.
announced on Dec. 16 that its new Oracle Application Integration Architecture Release
2.5 PPM Process Integration Packs will integrate project management with
enterprise resource planning.
The Oracle Project Portfolio Management Integration Pack for Primavera P6
and the Oracle E-Business Suite will connect Primavera P6 with the Oracle
E-Business Suite, merging project management and financial information tools.
This functionality will exist whether the IT pro is creating a project in Oracle
Project Portfolio Management or Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio
Management, and allows synchronization of activities and resource assignments
between the two.
Oracle is also releasing the Oracle Project Portfolio Management Integration
Pack for Primavera P6 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, which will synchronize
information between Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and JD
Edwards EnterpriseOne, regardless of which of the platforms were used to create
the original project.
With both packs, information capable of being synced includes project
structures, resource details, actual costs, budgets, progress and cost to
complete. That will theoretically help IT pros, administrators and project
managers gain a cohesive look into various projects within a company, in turn
allowing project and business objectives to be more closely synchronized.
"Organizations that rely on successfully completed projects to create
value for their business need an enterprise-wide solution that connects key
project-based business processes that are currently fragmented across their ERP
and PPM systems," Joel Koppelman, senior vice president and general
manager of Oracle's Primavera Global Business Unit, wrote in a Dec. 16 statement.
"The Oracle PPM Integration Packs bridge the gap between ERP and project
management to deliver true enterprise PPM for the first time, helping ensure
projects adhere to committed budgets and timeframes."
Oracle has rolled out a number of new releases and upgrades to its platforms
as 2009 reaches it close. On Dec. 7, the company announced the release of
Oracle Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Manager (Oracle Enterprise GRC
Manager) and a new version of Oracle Enterprise Governance, Risk, and
Compliance Controls (Oracle Enterprise GRC
Controls). In theory, both releases provide an end-to-end solution for
organizations' GRC needs.
Oracle's stated perspective is that its end-to-end solutions allow managers
and IT administrators to perform functions within a single system with less
overlap between tasks. As its competition against other enterprise IT companies
only gets fiercer, however, providing closed-loop solutions and end-to-end
platforms also allows Oracle to introduce more of its ecosystem into enterprise
During the summer, Oracle
introduced its Fusion Middleware 11g, an upgrade to its middleware platform
that incorporates social networking, as well as increased operational insight
and automation. In addition to "big gestures" such as that one, the
company has been releasing new capabilities for offerings such as its Oracle
In a further boost to its intention to create end-to-end systems, Oracle
moved in April to acquire Sun Microsystems in a deal worth roughly $7.4
billion. That deal would allow Oracle to more fully integrate Java and Solaris
into its products, and is currently under antitrust scrutiny.
One of Oracle's primary goals, as professed in September by CEO
Larry Ellison, is to eventually challenge IBM
in the systems arena.
"We have a deep interest in the systems business," Ellison told an
audience at the Churchill Club in San Jose, Calif.
"We've already beaten IBM in software.
Now we want to beat them in systems."
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.