What are the differences between P6 EPPM and P6 Professional Client?
In this section, we walk through a list of major differences between Primavera P6 EPPM and P6 Professional. The version used for the comparison is 16.2
Web Based vs Windows Installer
P6 Eppm is a Web-based application. All we need is a Web Browser and P6 URL to access the P6 application. P6 Web is running on top of Java Applets, so JDK must installed on the client machine. Since P6 15.1 release Oracle Primavera keeps on removing Java Applet dependency from P6. P6 EPPM provides an optional client that is identical to P6 Professional.
P6 Professional client is a Windows executable file. Each client or P6 user must install the executable on their individual machine to access P6. P6 Professional comes with 32bit and 64-bit version. The database client must have installed on the machine depends on the version. For example, a 64-bit P6 professional depends on 64-bit Oracle-client.
Different Database Schemas
P6 EPPM comes with five database schemas; they are ADMUSER, PRIVUSER, PUBUSER, BGJOBUSER & PXRPTUSER
P6 Professional comes with four database schemas; they are ADMUSER, PRIVUSER, PUBUSER & BGJOBUSER
P6 EEPM provides three types of a customized dashboard. They are dashboard (Many Project), Project Workspace (Single Project) and Project Workgroup (Resource in a project).
P6 Professional does not Support dashboard
Portfolios and Programs
P6 EPPM provides portfolios. The portfolio is a collection of project and program. Using portfolio, user view summary data and status information in a graphical view
P6 Professional does not support Portfolio
Exclusive Loch vs. Check-Out/Check-In
P6 EPPM provides Exclusive lock feature. When the user opens a project in Exclusive mode. It prevents other users to edit the project.
P6 Professional has a similar feature called Check Out Check In. It is like SharePoint checkout feature. Once user check out the project, the project will be in read-only mode until it check in back
BI Publisher Report vs. Built n Report
P6 EPPM provided built-in BI reports. P6 can integrate BI Publisher. Once integrated, BI developer can make customer graphical reports.
P6 Professional provides three built-in the reporting tool. They report wizard, report editor, and Visualizer.
P6 EPPM does not have Workflow capability. By Integration it with Oracle BPM, BPM developer can create workflows. User invoke those workflows from inside P6
P6 Professional does not support workflows
What If Analysis
P6 EPPM does not support What If analysis.
P6 Professional provides a tool called Reflection that does What-If analysis
P6 EPPM supports Project Template, which acts as a format to create a new project.
P6 Professional does not support Project Templates
Global Search vs. Global Change
P6 EPPM supports Global Search & Replace which replace project, WBS, and activities.
P6 Professional has Global Change which makes changes to activities, resource assignment and project expenses at one time.
P6 EPPM does not support Top Down cost estimation.
P6 professional support Top-Down Estimation that enables you to apply labor, nonlabor, and material resource units to activities in a top-down manner using assigned weights.
P6 EPPM does not support schedule comparison
P6 Professional has a built-in feature called Schedule comparison. It enables you to generate a report that compares revised vs. Original project or revised vs. baseline project.
P6 EPPM has timesheet module and Activity status application (Team Member),
P6 Professional does not have any
P6 EPPM can integrate with SharePoint, Web center, CMIS. & WP and Docs
P6 Professional supports only WP and Docs which used to maintain work product and document records for the open project
P6 EPPS support P6 Integration API and P6 Web Service for custom development
P6 Professional Supports Integration API for custom development
Which tool is best?
From the project management and scheduling perspective, both P6 EPPM and P6 professional both has the same feature, So it depends on the requirement.
If you are looking for a project management tool where less number of users & projects, all using Windows then P6 professional is the best choice.
If you are looking for a project management t tool where more number of users & projects, users using Windows, Linux, workflow capability, document management, analytics, rich reporting feature and custom development then P6 EPPM is the best choice. Also, P6 Professional for EPPM comes with P6 EPPM.
I have explained some major differences between P6 EPPM and P6 Professional. If you have any questions, please share your comment below