Level35 selects IBM Watson and Cloud to speed major infrastructure projects

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Melbourne - 05 Dec 2016: Melbourne-based start-up Level35 is using Watson, the cognitive computing platform developed by IBM (NYSE: IBM), and IBM Cloud to help public-sector project managers improve how they communicate within some of the largest government agencies in Australia.

Fuelled by IBM Cloud, IBM Watson helps Level35’s flagship product OneViewPPM, a cloud-based project portfolio management platform that streamlines data collection, collaboration and reporting for large-scale projects or programs of work, to analyse the impact and relevance of project managers’ reports on the readers. This platform is driven by Watson Tone Analyzer Service, using it to evaluate the tone of status reports written by project managers. This helps project managers to evaluate a project’s “sentiment” and flag to stakeholders when a project may be on the verge of a crisis.

As enterprise and governments move towards greater numbers of smaller, agile projects, it is increasingly challenging to keep on top of rapidly growing volumes of project reports and ensuring complex programs stay on track. By using Watson on IBM Cloud, OneViewPPM’s insights have already helped the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) to write more effective and collaborative reports in less time, allowing them to focus more on project health and other active duties. Level35 have also signed up The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) who are also looking to leverage Watson within their enterprise Portfolio Management Office.

“With Watson, we’ve been able to positively disrupt the very fundamentals of project management in a way that we never imagined when we began building OneViewPPM,” said James Gumley, co-founder and Managing Director of Level35. “A typical Project office manager may have to consume over 100 reports a week, a burden we had already tackled by streamlining data gathering and input processes for project managers. By making reports clear and concise subsequently meeting the needs of many stakeholders, you strengthen collaboration, streamline workflows, and take out many of the miscommunications which can frustrate a project’s timely progress.”

Level35 elected to host OneViewPPM on IBM Cloud to support its global growth plans. IBM’s Melbourne-based facility supports Level35’s customers in the Australian public sector, while a second facility hosts the self-service “Biz” version of the platform for smaller businesses and freelance project managers. Hosting on IBM Cloud also allows Level35’s developers to quickly roll out new cognitive computing functions via the Watson Developer Cloud, helping the start-up constantly improve how OneViewPPM simplifies and streamlines project management processes.

“Cognitive computing opens the door to rigorous analysis and optimisation of processes that are inherently human in nature – from writing reports to gathering data and negotiating between multiple stakeholder deadlines,” said Gumley, “and we believe that OneViewPPM’s first-mover advantage in this space will translate into demand from organisations all over the world. Working on IBM Cloud gives us the flexibility to quickly achieve almost unlimited scale.”

“IBM named Level35 one of its top 5 finalists in its Global Entrepreneur Program last year, and its world-first approach to combining project management with cognitive computing is already making waves in the Australian public sector,” said Kerry Purcell, Country General Manager, IBM Australia and New Zealand. “We’re excited to continue supporting Level35 with our own world-class cognitive and cloud services as it goes from ‘born-in-the-cloud’ start-up to a major-league software contender in its own right.”

About Level35:

Level35 is the company behind the OneView PPM Application. They manage all the design, development and support. They are also Professional Project, Program and Portfolio Managers providing consulting services to business.

About IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing:

Watson represents a new era in computing called cognitive computing, where systems understand the world the way humans do: through senses, learning, and experience. Watson continuously learns from previous interactions, gaining in value and knowledge over time. With Watson, organizations are harnessing the power of cognitive computing to transform industries, help professionals do their jobs better, and solve important challenges. Watson is open to the world, allowing a growing community of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today. Watson solutions are being built, used and deployed in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries. For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/Watson and ibm.com/press/watson.

About IBM Cloud:

For more about IBM Cloud, visit www.ibm.com/cloud-computing 

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