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When time matters: Deepwater Horizon and transforming data in the cloud

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Executive Architect, IBM

A recent movie starring Mark Wahlberg that is based on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill takes liberties with what actually occurred and how both the government and the corporations involved handled the impact of the event. Actual events happened quickly, and the parties involved were asked for a lot of information every day for months on end. But what has this situation got to do with creating information in the cloud?

All the government agencies and public companies involved in the oil spill had to obtain data from their own internal systems and data from other systems as well. This data needed to be combined to produce information for an international news audience, Congress, the courts and most importantly the planning to stop the leak and remedy the environment.

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The initial impact of the blowout, for example, required an accurate count of the personnel involved, measurement of the oil flow from the well, the type of vessels that were available for rescue and several other factors. Production of this information was required immediately and could not wait for the typical build of a new development environment required for most on-premises data transformation events. The availability of tools on the cloud would allow immediate access to creating the information required.

Quickly developing information from data typically is associated with the lack of creating the documentation for how the data was captured, changed or combined. In a situation such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which providing information immediately and knowing what was provided is essential, documenting those aspects and providing an information governance capability becomes an essential business requirement. One advantage of using an integrated set of tools is that information governance can be enforced automatically.

Data migration from the cloud to on-premises tools

In the beginning of a crisis, producing a lot of information is often necessary while everyone sorts out what is useful and what isn’t helpful. Not only do you have to provide the information as quickly as possible, you also need to start the process of business analysis to determine what the most useful information is. The ability to create all the information on the cloud and then migrate from the cloud to an on-premises tool allows time for the business analysis to occur. This migration also allows time for the transfer of the right information and processes to the on-premises tool.

Cloud computing helps simplify and accelerate delivery of business results. Providing a consistent set of capabilities for both the cloud and on-premises tool sets helps businesses provide quick results, consistent information governance and a hybrid solution. These capabilities are a requirement in today’s fast-paced business environments. Learn how IBM delivers these capabilities through Information Server on Cloud. And if you are attending IBM Insight at World of Watson 2016, be sure to attend session 3093 on 24 October 2016, at 8 a.m. Pacific in South Pacific J.

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