"This solution is changing the way we do business," says Steve Fortune, Information Management Director, BP, Gulf of Mexico, Strategic Performance Unit.
Another exceptional aspect of the solution, according to Fortune
, is speed.The use of Web services to integrate weather data feeds means the solution is always displaying real-time information.Moreover, BP crisis team members gain the benefit of that speed because they don't have to wait for the screen to catch up with the actions of the crisis team.
One of the things that differentiates this application from a lot of what we've seen is the lack of screen recovery time," says Fortune
and Autio report that every group and community within BP
to which they've shown the solution has expressed strong interest in contributing to it or adapting it for additional applications.
...The biggest challenge facing Information Management Director Steve Fortune was that three areas within BP were pursuing separate solutions for distinct but related problems: safeguarding people and providing humanitarian aid, predicting hurricane risk to physical assets; and assessing damage after the fact to facilitate repairs.
"It wasn't inevitable that they'd pool their resources for a joint solution," says Fortune
."They were looking at Google
maps, ARC GIS software, and manual solutions.We understood that a single solution would benefit the company by eliminating the redundant development and maintenance effort, and by providing a greater, larger, more accurate store of information than any one solution would have."
To convince the three areas to sign on for a common intelligence solution, Fortune
demonstrated to them how that solution, based on Microsoft technologies easily integrated into the existing infrastructure, would give them more and better information, and greater ability to use the information for decision making, than they could get with isolated solutions.