The Weather Company and its project to modernize its data collection, storage, and forecasting platform won recognition in last year’s Elite 100, coming in at No. 5.
So it’s no big surprise that, a year later, The Weather Company is in the top 5 again as the company continues to build on its previous success. Its expanded ambitions involve its new parent company, IBM, and a plan to apply Watson cognitive computing to the Internet of Things (IoT).
What does all that have to do with weather? “Weather, at the end of the day, is the original big data problem,” said CIO and CTO Bryson Koehler.
Koehler joined The Weather Company in July 2012 to update the company’s infrastructure of 13 maxed-out data centers and aging apps and turn it into a platform that could be leveraged by external companies. He led the team that created a new cloud-based, cloud-agnostic, data driven infrastructure for predicting the weather and providing API-based delivery of weather-related content.
That project put weather prediction information in the hands of people who need it, and that’s a lot of them, because weather affects every person, every industry, and every business in the world.