PA Consulting Group and the Met Office, the UK’s national weather forecasting service, last night, scooped both UK IT Industry Awards they were shortlisted for. The project for the Met Office’s Weather Observation Website (WOW) was awarded ‘Best use of cloud services’ and ‘IT project demonstrating most effective use of collaborative technology’.
The winning project, developed by a team of user experience and software developers at PA alongside technical resources from the Met Office and Google, used Google App Engine to build and host web applications on Google's infrastructure. The Met Office was able to meet its objectives and launch the WOW service with zero up front infrastructure costs, scaling automatically to meet the variable demand from the UK and further afield.
WOW has enabled the Met Office to engage with weather enthusiasts, school students studying weather and climate and other organisations to create an active global online weather community sharing weather data and photos. This has had over 60 million weather readings from over 150 countries worldwide uploaded to the site in its first year.
Dan Rossner, digital solutions expert at PA Consulting Group, who led the delivery of the project, said: “Winning both of these awards shows that there are tangible, compelling and really innovative success stories out there using the cloud today. This has been a hugely exciting project to be involved in and now more people can see what is possible and have new ideas for the future.
“The joint team recognises that PA and Google as consulting and technology partners were able to take the Met Office’s vision for a social weather platform and work together with the Met Office to turn it into a success, which now, with the backing of an award, can grow in even more exciting ways in the future.
“It is inconceivable that this project would have started without the use of Cloud technology – using traditional technology, scaling cost risks and integration costs with personal weather station data would have been unacceptable. Cloud technology gave us a cost effective low risk solution”.
Charles Ewen, technology leader at the UK Met Office, said: “Winning two such high profile awards further encourages our teams to investigate new technologies to deliver even better and more efficient services to our users. This will also help us to keep attracting the very best talent to work with us as employees and development partners.”
Barak Regev, Head of Google Cloud Platform for EMEA said: “This project is a great example of innovation that is possible with Google App Engine. Google App Engine allows businesses of all sizes to build robust and scalable apps and we are pleased to have worked closely with PA Consulting Group to deliver such an innovative application for the Met Office.”
PA Consulting Group and Astra Zeneca also won best infrastructure/network award at the UK IT Industry Awards.
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