Met Office: Charles Ewan, ‘Operational Big Data’

Bio: Charles Ewan

Charles is responsible for the development and implementation of the Met Office ICT Strategy and for the internal technical teams within the Technology Information Services Directorate – and work closely with our Science teams to operate our High Performance Computing capability. The Met Office relies heavily upon cutting-edge IT to improve the quality of forecast services and increasingly to make those services accessible and effective for customers and the Public.

“I have worked for the Met Office in a number of senior technology roles since 2008 and, prior to that, worked in the Business-to-Business online retail and distribution industry. During this time I used relevant technologies to transform businesses from traditional retail approaches to being internet and technology capable. As well as a number of consulting appointments, I worked within the Premier Farnell group of companies for over 10 years. I have run my own small technology company and started my career as an Electronics Engineer in the defence industry.”

Guru Lecture: ‘Operational Big Data’

Charlie will briefly describe the Met Office mission and go on to explain how technology is used within the organisation. He will talk about ‘Operational Big Data’, and the IT and business skills that are required to extract and deliver critical weather and climate information to citizens, business and government in the UK and beyond.