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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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current uses of computers in uk business and industry

Current Uses of Computers in UK Business and Industry

Kevin J Needham

Met Office

20th November 2001

the talk
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
I.e. a Bit of.....
  • History - what done/learned
  • Now - what doing
  • Future - where going
i was asked to
I was asked to
  • Show how computers enhance the performance of business users.
  • You will see that "The Met Office needs IT like a fish needs water.”
    • CAN YOU READ THIS OK???
who am i why should i be here talking to you
Who am I? - why should I be here talking to you?
  • Kevin J Needham
  • Project and Programme Management and IT Training Programme Manager at the Met Office College in Reading
  • Been with Met. Office 21 Years from Research, Training, Strategy, Y2K etc
my experience
My Experience
  • Most recent past - Project 2000 -
  • Deputy Project Manager Stage 1-3
  • Testing & Technical Information Manager
  • Y2K Business Continuity Manager for Government Departments (PMS, DHSS, DETR, Home Office etc)
  • Future - IT?/Met?/????
what can we do today
What can we do today?
  • Barely scratch the surface
  • It will be “fast and furious”
  • Give you a flavour
  • Leave you wanting to know more?
  • Tell you where to find it!!
rules if engagement
Rules if engagement
  • We have a lot to get through, so Please leave questions to the end
  • In the unlikely event of you going to sleep - PLEASE DON’T SNORE zzzzzz
  • WARNING Laugh at the “Jokes” or they get worse!!!!
the met office what do we do
The Met Office - what do we do?
  • TV forecasts?? BBC & ITV
  • Newspapers??
  • CEEFAX
  • The Weather programme
  • BUT WHAT ELSE?

The above is less than 1% of our business

a few vital statistics
A few vital Statistics
  • As of March 2001.....
  • 147 years old
  • Trading Fund
history of met office
History of Met Office
  • 1854 - Established Meteorological Dept. Of the Board of Trade.
  • 1867 - Became Meteorological Office
  • 1914 - Separate Met. For each armed force.
  • 1920 - Part of Air Ministry
  • 1964 - Became MOD
history of met office1
History of Met Office
  • 1990 (April 2) Next Steps Executive Agency
  • 1993 First Charter
  • 1996(April 1) Trading Fund
  • Met Office run as a business.
a business
A Business?
  • Continued and proven improvements in Quality of service
  • Greater flexibility
  • Sustained improvement for less money
  • Reduction in staff - increased use automation
what s in a brand
What’s in a Brand?
  • When you see this logo - what do you associate with us?
  • November 2000 “The Met.Office became
slide15
Why?
  • The Odyssey Project (1998)

examined scenarios of our future.

  • Key outcome - to widen our horizons - moving the ‘Met Office’ to becoming the nation’s key provider in the wider field of natural environmental services such as hydrology and oceanography, not just ‘weather’.
slide16
Why?
  • To become a key player in development of European meteorological collaboration.
  • Fully embrace internet, its emerging technologies and the huge potential of e-commerce.
  • Did our old Brand say all this???
  • Does our new one???
brand it
Brand & IT
  • New templates for fax, letter, web, etc
  • Machine ready brand, logo etc
  • Revamped Web site
  • All products re-badged
  • All customer systems rebadged
  • All on a single day to maintain the impact…..
competitors do we have them
Competitors - do we have them?
  • YES!!! - lots of them
  • In 1999 - Strategic “arms length” business unit - to compete on a level playing field
    • “Buy” services from the Met. Office
    • Same services provided to competitors - same charges
slide19
DPDS
  • Data & Products Distribution Service
    • Set up 4 years ago to provide our competitors with “push” or “pull” data and products via internet
    • European and world wide
    • Ahead of its time
    • Continually improved
a few vital statistics1
A few vital Statistics
  • As of March 2001.....
  • 147 years old
  • Trading Fund
  • Staff - 2213
  • Directors 10 (plus CE)
    • 7 Executive, 3(4) non executive
our management board
Our Management Board

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?

staff
Staff
  • MOD Civil servants & contractors
  • Split 50/50 between R&D/support/sales and forecasting
  • Scientists & Admin - single grade structure
  • Competency based assessment of posts, skills and achievement
staff vs computers
Staff

1970 3500

1980 2750

1990 2500

1996 2138

1998 2204

2000 2219

2001 ????

Computers

1970 2

1980 300

1990 6000

1996 10000

1998 15000

2000 ?????

Staff vs Computers
a few vital statistics2
A few vital Statistics
  • As of March 2001.....
  • 147 years old
  • Trading Fund
  • Staff - 2213
  • Directors 11 (inc CE)
  • 100 UK Sites( + Overseas)
bracknell sites
Bracknell Sites
  • HQ - NMC, Ops. Centre, Admin
  • Development, Library
  • Sutton -Business
  • Johnson -Business Systems
  • Hadley -Climate Research
  • Scott -Marine & Archives
  • P Duffryn-Relocation, HR & Services
  • Beaufort Park - Experimental Site
  • Simpson - Stores & Contracts
other sites
Other Sites
  • Met O College - Reading
  • Met Research Unit - Cardington
  • Met Research Flight - Farnborough
  • JCMM - Reading University
  • RSI - Farnborough
  • regional Weather Centres in main cities - inc London, Cardiff, Manchester…..
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also
  • Port Met Offices
  • ADAS
  • MAFF
  • Lighthouses
  • RAF - UK
  • Navy, ARMY RANGES, Airports
  • Local Councils, Auxilliaries etc

And that’s just the UK!

overseas
Overseas
  • All RAF bases overseas
  • All military operations overseas
    • Mobile unit
  • Other bases
    • Cyprus, Falklands
  • Dependent on ALL other met services in ALL other countries in peace and war.
defence outstations
Defence outstations

Lossiemouth

Key:

South Uist

Kinloss

Subsidiary Forecast Office

MAIN MET. OFFICE

Leuchars

Observing Office

Principal Forecast Office

West Freugh

Leeming

Eskmeals

Dishforth

Linton-on-Ouse

Valley

WADDINGTON

Coningsby

Cranwell

Cottesmore

Coltishall

Shawbury

Marham

Wittering

Aberporth

Wattisham

HQSTC

Northolt

BRIZE NORTON

Shoeburyness

Lyneham

Benson

Manston

Larkhill

Odiham

Boscombe Down

Boscombe Down

Middle Wallop

St. Mawgan

1 March 1997

defence outstations overseas

Gütersloh

Gibraltar

Akrotiri

Laarbruch

Brüggen

HQ 2 GP (RAF)

Germany

Ascension

Island

Main Met. Office

Area Met. Office

Subsidiary Forecasting Office

Falkland

Islands

Defence outstations overseas
a few vital statistics3
A few vital Statistics
  • As of March 2001.....
  • 147 years old
  • Trading Fund
  • Staff - 2213
  • Directors 11 (inc CE)
  • 100 UK Sites( + Overseas)
  • Turnover ?
money
Money?
  • Turnover: - £154M
  • Expenditure:- £150M
  • Operating Profit:- £4M
  • ROCE 2.8% = In profit
the met office
The Met. Office
  • Multi-functional organisation
  • MOD owned
  • Responsible to Government
  • Has diverse responsibilities
  • Is a world-wide and world-class organisation
  • 24 hour, 365/6 days operation
met office
Met Office
  • Our Vision: Through unrivalled know-how, to enable individuals, society and enterprises everywhere to make the most of the weather and the natural environment.
met office1
Met Office
  • Our Goals:

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

the met office is
The Met. Office is:
  • Accountable
    • TARGETS set and measured by NAO
    • eg 84% accuracy general forecast
  • Chartered
  • Investor in People
the talk where are we
The Talk - where are we?
  • Who am I
  • What is the Met Office?
  • The Weather Machine!
  • Some IT Challenges
  • The Future
  • Summary
  • Questions
the weather machine
The Weather machine

Verification

R&D

Transmission

Support & Infrastructure

Observations

Prepare and give Product to Customer

Input to Model

Interpret

Forecast

observations
Observations
  • Many types
    • Surface, Upper air, satellite, Buoys, Ships, Aircraft, Radar, spherics
  • Methods
    • Manual - Met & auxilliary
    • automatic
    • Semi Automatic
  • Second, event, hourly… Yearly…
  • World-wide -co-operation
  • Future!!

Why need

observers?

Why not

fully

automate???

observations1
Observations
  • Coded - alpha/numeric
    • World wide agreed standard (WMO)
      • achievement in itself!!
    • Language independent
    • World wide recognition!!
    • Continually changing - software changing!!!!

WMO

At GMT worldwide - 365/6 days - 24 hours

Surface, Upper air, satellite, radar… War and peace

automatic observations
Automatic Observations

SAMOS - Semi Automatic Observing System

Still some elements difficult to automate - eg cloud cover BUT we are using remote TV cameras

the weather machine1
The Weather machine

Verification

R&D

Transmission

Support & Infrastructure

Observations

Prepare and give Product to Customer

Input to Model

Interpret

Forecast

think of the number of obs in an hour
Think of the number of Obs in an hour!!!
  • How cope with this amount of data
  • Global Network
    • GTS - joint owned and funded
    • Largest private network
    • Moving to ftp
    • Radio to satellite
number of obs
Number of Obs
  • One timezone
    • Limited lifetime.
    • 15000+ individual observations used in 24 hours.
  • Upper air
    • radiosonde
    • pressure, temp.,humidity, wind
    • 2300+ observations
number of obs1
Number of Obs
  • Satellites
    • Polar Orbiting & Geo-stationary
    • 43000 observations
  • Ships, Aircraft, Buoys etc(automated and manual - collecting platforms)
number of obs2
Number of Obs
  • Radar Data
  • Others - eg Spherics (lightning)
  • Heavy reliance on technology
    • GTS, Observing & reception systems, Message switching etc
slide65

Radar systems - data & forecasts direct to users and customers in real time - Warnings of Flooding, erosion etc

new satellites
New Satellites
  • Magnitudes more data
  • More Instruments
  • More calibration
  • Greater resolution
  • Storage and transmission Challenges!
  • (We also build and test the satellite instruments)
global networks
Global Networks
  • Global Observations are Key to modern Met.
  • WMO maintains framework for international exchange
  • Bracknell one of several Hubs on GTS.
  • - Tropics - 100s Thousands bulletins and products to customers and other Met Centres from few K to many Gbytes.
tropics tandems
Tropics -Tandems
  • 4 Highly resilient fault tolerant K1000 systems
  • input 200K messages
  • output 2.5Million msgs
  • Chars/day I/P 800Mbyte O/P 3300Mbyte
  • Peak 15mins I/P 9000 msgs O/P 40000 msgs
  • 12 processors Paired mirrored disks 80Gbyte
  • 192 in/out channels
  • + Backup system. - continually upgraded!!
tropics in the future1
Tropics in the future?
  • PC/workstation based
  • In-built redundancy - increased tolerance
  • Standard technology - less specialists
  • Cost much less to buy/maintain/upgrade
  • Meets greater pull demands for products
the weather machine2
The Weather machine

Verification

R&D

Transmission

Support & Infrastructure

Observations

Prepare and give Product to Customer

Input to Model

Interpret

Forecast

brief history computing
Brief History Computing
  • Richardson 1922
  • Desktop Computer 1950s
  • EDSAC - Cambridge UNIV for LYONS (LEO) - paper tape-mercury storage lines
  • Ferranti Mark I - Manchester - Storage Cathode Ray - simple models
  • 1959 - Ferranti Mercury (METEOR) - Valve Storage -Dunstable to Bracknell 1961- Printers, paper tape 3 level model
brief history 2
Brief History (2)
  • 1971 - IBM/195 - 10 level model - disks and tape, programs from disk, 24hr forecasts 70 mins, programmer training, punched cards input.
brief history 21
Brief History (2)
  • 1971 - IBM/195 - 10 level model - disks and tape, programs from disk, 24hr forecasts 70 mins, programmer training, punched cards input.
  • 1974 - IBM 370/158 - gave backup, TSO, links to outside world in 1979. >1000 jobs per day.
  • 1980 - Cray at ECMWF
  • 1981 - Cyber 205 Bracknell - 400Mflops, Vector Pgming, fed by IBM
history computing 3
History Computing (3)
  • 1980s - Various upgrades to front end mainframe
  • more disks, tapes, reduced use cards, film and plotted output.
  • ETA10 - 10000MFLops - Flopped.....
  • Late 80s/90s - succession Crays
  • Early 90s HDS Mainframe
  • Today.......
computers and the met
Computers and the Met
  • “The Met Office does not just use, it abuses computers….”
  • “If you want someone to get 120% out of a computer - it’s the Met Office”
  • “The Met Office makes computers do things it wasn’t designed to - and do it well…..”
  • “They get every ounce out of them..”
ibm 9672 r45
IBM 9672-R45
  • Installed October 1998
  • 4 CPUs (scalar)
  • 3 Gb Memory
  • Performance 61 MIPS/CPU
  • 2.3 Kilowatts
  • Weight 0.1 Tons
  • O/S 390
ibm 9672 r451
IBM 9672-R45
  • “Workhorse”
  • Front end Processor & data handler - 200K Jobs per month
  • Controls Grau Tape Robot and Front end disks.
  • Feeds and clears up after Supercomputer!!
  • Acts as ftp and intranet site
  • Holds corporate software, backups and databases
slide87
IBM
  • Runs Terminal network (IBM 3270 emulation)
  • MVS, UNIX
  • FORTRAN
  • 4 Logical Partitions
    • Operational
    • Development
    • Test
    • UNIX
    • Managed 24 hours/365
second ibm
Second IBM
  • With amount of data handling, system “slow” at certain times - eg forecast production!
  • Second IBM installed to provide backup and alleviate hot period
  • Support for CRAY twins! (more later)
second ibm1
Second IBM
  • IBM 9672 R25
  • Smaller version of original
  • Avoided Licensing issues (by MIP)
  • 3 months buy - installation
  • Runs all forecast output - greater consistency for Forecasts
  • Releases R45 for use by rest of Office
future of the mainframe
Future of the mainframe?
  • Distributed UNIX functional systems - September 2001
  • Prevent maintenance of MVS system architectures & legacy languages eg JCL
  • Greater use of Proprietary Database (Met created its own in 70s, as until recently nothing suitable - now ORACLE)
  • Will it have its place??
  • How do we convert?
t3e massively parallel processor
Date of Installation

Number Processors elements (PEs)

Local Mem size

Disk Storage

Peak performance

Cooling

Oct 96 - april 97 (extended)

840 +40 support (clock speed 450Mhz)

each PE - 128mb (8 have 256)

1152Gb

900Mflops per PE

Liquid

T3E Massively Parallel Processor
t3e massively parallel processor1
T3E Massively Parallel Processor
  • Power consumption - 200 KWh
  • Total weight - 9.8 tons
  • Operating system - UNICOS/mk
  • Backup generators for operational areas
second cray
Second CRAY
  • Because of volume of work require a second CRAY T3E 1200 - recently installed and accepted 1999
  • 640 Pes @ 600Mhz
  • Most 256MB
  • Total - 1,500 Billion calculations per second….

Also “Baby” test T3E

second cray1
Second CRAY
  • Used for Numerical weather prediction & Climate research
  • To keep ahead of our competitors
  • Enhanced models
  • Overall upgrade by 80% even though 25% fewer processors they run faster
t3e massively parallel processor2
T3E Massively Parallel Processor
  • Replaced Cray 90 once all code converted and tested in parallel at least 5 times faster.
  • Much of code had to be rewritten to make most use of parallel processors - data exchange....
  • Connected via Ethernet
  • Change from few fast expensive CPUs to many small cheap RISK based.

Where to store

all this data?

future of super computing
Future of Super Computing
  • Has to be parallel
  • Greater speed of processors
  • Less cost
  • More memory
  • LINUX based PC chips?
  • Fewer companies
  • Distributed by function?
grau tape robot
GRAU tape Robot
  • Installed July 1993
  • 5 Towers = 28800 bar-coded cartridges
  • Two Robots
  • 200 mounts /hour
  • High availability
  • 17.5million Chars/Sec to IBM
  • 250Million to/from Cray (superlink)
  • Job of two staff -No tea breaks
a few statistics
A Few Statistics
  • 1981 - 10K 1600bpi tapes
  • 1985 - 20K 6250bpi tapes
  • 1995 - 36K 18 & 36 Track Cartridges - Approx 21.1 Tbytes
  • Now growing at 100+ bytes year
  • 2000 - 600 Tbytes??
  • 2001 -7- 800 Tbytes??
  • Current MF Disk Capacity - +1600GB RAID - HSM
future mass storage
Future - Mass Storage
  • Replacing ageing Grau with File Tek MASS storage system
  • Forecast well over a Peta Byte (thousand Tera Bytes by 2005
  • Use for all storage and backups?
  • Automated high capacity tape cartridge silos - dedicated computer system
  • Where to now???
why need such storage
Why Need Such Storage
  • Hi Speed Computers = Hi Res Models = more data
  • Ongoing Archive of info
  • Operational Backup
  • Climate Data - Keep Forever??
  • Research - Still comparing with 20 years ago.
models1
Models -
  • Limited out to T+48
  • Global out to T+144 + Special - Chemet etc
  • Gulf - T+24 104x92x31 Takes 1800secs CPU
  • Global takes 1 Hour + 1 hour to process
  • Strict Opnl Schedule
  • Moving to 60 levels 15km & 7km grid….
models 2
Models 2
  • Operational Schedule
  • 0320Z - 1st Analysis based on 00Z to 6 days
  • 1120 Second update to catch late info. + background for next run
  • 1200 - update to T+6
  • 1530 - 0000Z repeat
  • Backup ECMWF Washington etc
however
However
  • Cant yet automate everything
  • Need to verify models
  • Need to verify observations
  • Quality only as good as the verification
  • Still rely on HUMAN verification
the weather machine3
The Weather machine

Verification

R&D

Transmission

Support & Infrastructure

Observations

Prepare and give Product to Customer

Input to Model

Interpret

Forecast

outstations production unified system 1990s
Outstations Production Unified System - 1990s
  • Hardware:Vax Server, PCs,Macs
  • Software:Windows,MS Office, Freelance
  • Network: x400, e-mail, fax async file transfer, telex
  • Customer Interface
  • Was at 13 Sites
  • Mix Met and WP
  • Standardised Outstations
nimbus
NIMBUS
  • Replacement for ODS
  • Standard across all sites
    • Forecasters can use any site to do their work
    • Local and central products
    • Standards
    • Off shelf and tailored software
    • Based on NT systems
  • Project managed - why?
few issues
Few Issues ?
  • Same all sites
  • Cultural (not let go - always done this way)
  • Ergonomics each site - desking
  • New cabling
  • Continue services during install
  • Parallel running
few issues1
Few Issues ?
  • Forecaster training across 4 shifts
  • Training Just in time and at site
    • Portable system!
  • Managing rollout with contractors
  • Managing change to system releases and local products
  • On-going training for new releases
the weather machine4
The Weather machine

Verification

R&D

Transmission

Support & Infrastructure

Observations

Prepare and give Product to Customer

Input to Model

Interpret

Forecast

customers
Customers
  • PMS - Safety of life & information
    • National Severe Weather Warnings
    • Storm Tides
    • Gale Warnings
    • Shipping & inshore
    • Pollution
    • Information (including WWW & Library)
some want their product and delivery kept very simple
Some want their product and delivery kept very simple
  • Paper & Form based
  • Fax transmission
  • Mobile communications rooms
  • Rely heavily on experience of staff
  • Reactive to situations and events
customer
Customer
  • DETR - major climate prediction programme, warnings etc

World Temps

Others want a report following millions of pound of research over several years

customer1
Customer
  • CAA - World area Forecast Centre for civil aviation

Automatic products and personal briefings

5% Tolerance on fuelling based on forecast

slide125

Services to Civil Aviation

  • NATS contract
  • World Area Forecast System
  • General aviation
  • Airlines
  • Services to airfields
customer2
Customer
  • Defence - All armed forces
    • presence at all RAF & Ranges UK
    • all sites abroad
    • Mobile Met. Unit
    • NAVY

Special services when they need them - logistics to battlefield - people on the ground to advise

customer3
Customer
  • CORE
    • Gathering & exchange of observations (space & terrestial) worldwide.
    • Operation NWP models
    • NMC - interpretation & adjustment model output - guidance
    • R&D to improve overall efficiency & effectiveness.
    • Core Customer Group - agrees programme & targets
    • BBC
customer4
Customer
  • Commercial
    • All industry, Medai, commerce
    • eg Utility demand forecasts, Open Road, Transport, N.Sea Oil, Newspaper, TV, Supermarkets, Legal, Building, MIST, MetFAX, WWW, Overseas - TOMMS

Products tailored for each customer

openroad system
OpenRoad system

Weather

Centre

T3E

MES

SSFM

RST

Sensor data

Highway

authority

customers1
CUSTOMERS
  • Non Core R&D
  • Admin & Finance
  • All audited against very strict performance & Business targetseg advice pollutants within 30 mins, annual improvements in forecast accuracy
keeping it all going
Keeping it all going
  • Own engineers for instruments
  • Single source maintainers of Computers
  • 24X365 Help Desk
  • Operations team 24X360
keeping it all going1
Keeping it all going
  • Tivoli management system across - monitoring events across all platforms
  • Allow OPS staff to concentrate on resolution management not problem tracking
help for the customer
Help for the Customer
  • 24 x 365 Customer Call centre
  • Single number local and 0800 calls
  • Help across range of services
  • Knowledge based responses
  • During Floods - peak 2K calls per hour
recap the met office
Recap - The Met Office
  • Deliver
  • World Class forecasts
  • Best possible accuracy
  • Lowest unit cost
  • delivered appropriate to Customer needs
    • Lots of delivery methods
    • 10000+ stock products ?? others
    • 20000+ “significant” customers
nt project
NT Project

Delivered on time to budget by experienced Project managers with appropriate resources and staff

  • “Standardised NT desktop”
  • Standard “functional” software
    • eg not 30 word processors
  • Managed software
  • Supportable centrally
  • Cost effective
  • Compliant
is strategy
IS Strategy
  • Covers all uses of IT in Met Office
  • Core observing, NWP, Forecasting research commercial
    • Interfaces to Customers Product format, transmission, security
  • Continual Process
  • Directions not technical Solutions
standards
Standards
  • Comms: TCP/IP, X400, LAN
  • Environments M.Frame, Workstation, PC
  • Operating Sys. MVS,UNIX,NT
  • Data Storage. Central
  • Graphics GKS, CGM
  • Programming Fortran, C
  • Analysis/Design SSADM, CASE
software
Software?
  • Standards & User group?
  • Standards documents
  • Documentation?
  • Earliest Code 1972?
  • Lots Versions of languages
  • System dependent?
  • Software management
  • Software backups - dangers?

Who uses standards?

areas of uncertainty
Areas of uncertainty
  • FORTRAN and OO - latent impact of language changes
  • JAVA, PERL and C++
  • Training for the new millennium
  • FORTRAN training!!!
  • UNIX vs MVS
other issues
Other Issues
  • Centralised Purchasing
  • Single Source Maintenance
  • Use of Partners - Core business issues
  • Central File Storage
  • Virus Control
  • System & Data Integrity
  • System and Service Monitoring
  • Databases
  • Standards
integration testing1
Integration & Testing
  • ISO900 and TickIT
  • Processes mapped to services
  • Critical services need to be protected
  • Offshore and support for other met services systems as greater international use of Met Office systems
  • Increased maintenance issues
supporting our systems
Supporting “our” systems
  • Now need 24 X 365 for software and Hardware
  • Cultural issues
  • Help desk support groups
  • Criticality of services defined and tested contingency and recovery plans in place
so who does use these computer things
So who does use these computer things?
  • Perhaps better who not?
  • Messengers?
    • Email, Bookings, Memos, corporate info….
  • Security - surely not
    • Janus, Memos, Email, etc
  • Cleaners
    • Timesheets - corporate information
    • Compared to even 5 years ago….
relocation
Relocation

Between 2001 and 2003 the Met Office will relocate all its Bracknell functions to Exeter

some it challenges of relocation
Some IT Challenges of Relocation
  • New Building, working practices and Desktop
  • New Operating systems
  • Keeping continuity of services
    • Parallel running
    • End to end testing - right into customer sites
  • Moving goalposts of technology
  • Support infrastructure in Exeter area
some it challenges of relocation1
Some IT Challenges of Relocation
  • Chance to re-write code or not? Is there time?
  • Loss of experts in short term?
  • Change of operating system to UNIX?
  • Get rid of legacy - will there be time?
  • Training between sites
  • Increased home and mobile working
  • Paperless Office??
met on the net
Met on the net
  • Web Site - Oct 95
  • Business Site - Jan 96
  • Intranet
  • System Monitoring

20 - 40K hits per day

Pay as go services

http://www.metoffice.com

internet based services
Internet based services
  • Met where you need it, when you need it
  • Based on WAP, internet and mobile computing
  • What customers are demanding
  • Low cost, high volume
  • Problems of “technology”
  • Use of packages “Dreamweaver” to provide standards, and ease of training
future
Future
  • Greater diversity requirements
    • Hydrology, Oceanography, Environmental etc
  • Greater Customer drive for more effective services at lower cost - reduced errors etc
  • Even greater reliance on appropriate IT for cost effective solution
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Future
  • More effectively managed IT
  • Centralise Storage?
  • Centralise Services etc
  • Greater use of effective SLAs
  • Centralise production (NMC) - get more info to point use/sale faster.
  • Always need bigger and better facilities
  • Continue to get most out of kit
  • etc
use of computers
Use of Computers
  • OK to be reliant on computers
  • Must not be led by computers
  • Must not be slave to computers
  • An effective organisation relies on appropriately skilled, allocated, resourced and motivated STAFF - computers are after all just a TOOL!!!
what is most important
What is most important?

“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”

vacancies
VACANCIES

Are you right for the job?

the job
The Job
  • Science & Technology
    • Improving performance of models
    • Climatic and environmental investigations
    • Support and development of comms, remote sensing & computing
  • Specialist - HR, Finance, Marketing & Sales, Property management
  • IT Specialists - eg Workstation support, Internet development
it specialist
IT Specialist
  • Are you
    • A graduate or have experience in computing or a physical science
    • Fluent in FORTRAN and UNIX / configuration management
    • can demonstrate aptitude to IT in scientific environment
    • excited by computer systems, networks or applications
    • keen to apply your skills to real problems
it specialist1
IT Specialist
  • Do you want to
    • apply your knowledge to weather forecasting and environmental sciences
    • work across the range of systems from the web to supercomputers
    • make a positive contribution to development and IT service provision
    • help us to take advantage of exciting developments in local and wide area networks
    • develop your existing computer skills
the job graduate
The Job - graduate
  • Starting Salary - £12,740 - £32,619
  • Terms - Permanent and Fixed.
  • Qualifications:
    • good degree (or other professional qualification & experience)
    • in:
      • maths
      • physical discipline
      • computer science
      • meteorology
application forms info
Application forms & info
  • Capita RAS, Innovation Court, New Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7JB
  • Tel - 01325 745500 (24 hours)
  • www.rasnet.co.uk
  • Register interest - see web site…
  • Placements….
the met office is1
The Met Office Is
  • Equal Opportunities Employer
  • seeks to achieve excellence through it's most valued asset - the people it employs.
  • Keen to hear from suitable applicants
  • Vacancies regularly.
  • SEE WEB SITE FOR DETAILS

www.metoffice.com

how to contact me
How to contact me
  • Kevin J Needham
  • Met Office
  • Met Office College
  • Shinfield, Reading, Berks, RG2 9AU
  • phone: 01344 855232
  • fax: 01344 855410
  • email: kevin.needham@metoffice.com
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"The Met Office needs IT like a fish needs water.”

“To provide what it needs to survive”