On March 31, 2015 IBM announced a partnership with The Weather Company. The Weather Company includes the Weather Channel, weather.com, Weather Underground, Intellicast.com and third-party publishing partners. The company provides millions of people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and data, connecting with them through television, online, mobile and tablet screens. Through WSI and Weather Central, the company delivers superior professional weather services for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.
The Weather Company's weather data platform will soon be migrated to the IBM Cloud. Weather data will be integrated into key IBM tools such as Bluemix. In the near future, WSI (The professional division of The Weather Company) APIs will be available in the Bluemix catalog so developers can more easily incorporate weather data into their applications.
Africa is widely recognized as a continent vulnerable to weather risks. These weather-related disasters are undermining record growth experienced across the continent, threatening hard-won development gains and vulnerable populations.
Weather data is becoming increasingly available, precise and granular. However business processes when developing apps still frequently still ignore external conditions. The impact of weather can already be felt across industries, as follows:
Energy and Utilities – weather patterns can be used to predict peak load and energy generation can be directed at regions where it’s needed to avoided outages
Government and Public Safety – during extreme weather situations, predicting, preparing for and responding to events is critical
Insurance – weather data can be used to notify customers that extreme conditions and help customers prepare, thus reducing claims
Travel & Transportation – ships can re-route travel based on local weather conditions
Retail – campaigns can be adapted to the needs that arise from consumers based on anomalies in weather patterns
Agriculture – Farmers are able to plan their crops to get the best yield
Developers in Africa are already able to create applications in these sectors. Using cloud platforms like IBM Bluemix, developing such application has never been easier and more affordable.
IBM Bluemix is a Cloud Based Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that can get start-ups and established companies to become cloud ready easily and timeously. If you would like to benefit from IBM Bluemix and get a better understanding of it all you need to do is create an IBM Bluemix Account and enjoy a 30 day free trial. Use this time to determine if the service is a perfect fit for your needs.
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