Project management meets Web 2.0

Arlington, Va.-based M'tier Ltd., a provider of project
portfolio management (PPM) software and services, has released a
new PPM software program that integrates collaboration tools,
social networking and Web 2.0 concepts into its WorkLenz 5.8
software.


The new tools are geared toward enabling smarter project
management and enhanced portfolio planning and oversight, providing
managers and executives with increased accessibility, resource
management, visibility and sharing.


With its live-chat capabilities, users will be able to chat in
real time with subject matter experts and analysts who support
their projects. Wikis will enable users, managers and analysts to
collaborate virtually, while the software's Work Cloud
functionality will illuminate concepts expressed along a branch of
the project portfolio taxonomy and which can then be compared to
expected concepts.


The Work Cloud displays words based on usage frequency within a
project plan. Work Clouds are also color-coded to alert managers to
potential project risks and deviations from expected versus actual
performance. Amazon Integration is a mashup of WorkLenz and
Amazon.com technology. The technology analyzes project data to
proactively recommend Amazon.com books and resource materials
relevant to the project team.


WorkLenz 5.8 is available on demand or on premise, and can be
integrated with M'tier's onsite or virtual portfolio
management office services. Metier announced in March that the
Federal Aviation Administration was a customer using WorkLenz for
capital planning and investment control. In October 2007 the
company announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a
customer using WorkLenz.


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Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.

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