Current Uses of Computers in UK Business and Industry. Kevin J Needham Met Office 20th November 2001. The Talk. Who am I What is the Met Office? The Weather Machine! Some IT Challenges The Future Summary Questions. I.e. a Bit of. History - what done/learned Now - what doing
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Kevin J Needham
20th November 2001
The above is less than 1% of our business
examined scenarios of our future.
Peter Ewins - CE
Paul Mason - Chief Scientist
Colin Flood - Operations Director
Roger Hunt - PS Business Director
Jim Caughey - Technical Director
Philip Mabe - Finance Director
Martin Sands - Company Secretary
Stephen Lawrenson - Commercial MD
MO Board above + 3/4 Non Exec
But what about IT?
“Divisional Structure” - “Matrix work” moving towards a Process Based structure
And that’s just the UK!
Subsidiary Forecast Office
MAIN MET. OFFICE
Principal Forecast Office
1 March 1997
To lead the world in advice on weather and the natural environment.
To make the Met. Office a source of pride to our staff, our owner, and the public.
This all requires VERY
effective use of IT
At GMT worldwide - 365/6 days - 24 hours
Surface, Upper air, satellite, radar… War and peace
SAMOS - Semi Automatic Observing System
Still some elements difficult to automate - eg cloud cover BUT we are using remote TV cameras
Radar systems - data & forecasts direct to users and customers in real time - Warnings of Flooding, erosion etc
Co-funded satellite programmes - only as good as calibration & verification data
Also “Baby” test T3E
Where to store
all this data?
Others want a report following millions of pound of research over several years
Automatic products and personal briefings
5% Tolerance on fuelling based on forecast
Special services when they need them - logistics to battlefield - people on the ground to advise
Products tailored for each customer
Delivered on time to budget by experienced Project managers with appropriate resources and staff
Who uses standards?
Between 2001 and 2003 the Met Office will relocate all its Bracknell functions to Exeter
20 - 40K hits per day
Pay as go services
“The Met. Office’s most valued asset is its staff - in a crisis they are always there…”
“You can buy a new computer - not so easy to buy expertise”
Are you right for the job?
“To provide what it needs to survive”