Sidebar menu is gone, replaced with dropdown menu Sticky menu/request search box added to dashboard You can config a page to be default for all users Deleting of staffing profiles Radar, XY, and pivot chart portlets New Financial Summary which carries across proposal-project-asset lifecycle Snapshots/baselines for budget/financial summary Configurable fiscal periods Updated MAC bundle Connectivity to Documentum Enterprise Edition
Not sure if the new reporting will be in 8.0, but Business Objects reporting is supposed to be on the horizon as well.
I haven't yet seen the new portlets so I can't really comment on them. In fact, the beta instance I'm working with only has the pivot chart but it is open for custom development with your own data sources.
Yes, the finance part of PPM is getting a lot of attention, so expect to see some big changes/enhancements there. They're adding the concept of an "approved spend" (a project's approved budget) as distinct from budget forecasts & actuals and the ability to compare them as well as create snapshots of points in time. You can also finally assign a budget category to non-labor costs in the workplan so that they roll up correctly to the budget. :)
As for reporting, all I really know is that operational reporting for PPM is planned to be based on a provided OEM version of Business Objects Enterprise XI 3.0 or 3.1 with the OOB reports provided through Webi. Reporting has always been a weak area for PPM so I think they are trying to provide enhanced options without reinventing the wheel.
Support for 6.0 ends this fall. We are working on an upgrade to 7.5 this summer for that reason. Given the volume of changes involved, we started testing the upgrade process in January and have identified a number of changes needed to make the process work for everything we have implemented so far. We still have several cases open to address issues.
Keep in mind that the sales reps originally told us 7.5 would be released in June 2007. Maybe the transition from Mercury to HP slowed things down, but don't count on 8.0 until you see the official release. Then, feel free to be the first guinea pig.