Re: The Weather Company
Doubling website traffic, collecting ten times as much data, serving more customers, and doing it all with increased realiability, uptime, and fewer human resources is certainly no small feat - indeed, let's not forget that they maintained all their services (not to mention their television broadcasts) during this time. I'm a frequent user of their site, and I certainly couldn't have even told you a disruption was happening. An increase in the number of datapoints probably means more for a weather service organization than it does for most... to be able to keep that service consistently, that's a lot of value right there.
Nevertheless, around the halfway mark, I found myself wondering, having freed up all those resources from day-to-day operations, how did they use them (and the new platform) to innovate ? I was happy to see that, yes, they did take it as an opportunity to roll out new services and open up new partnerships. I actually took a quick glance at the SoftLayer site, because it's name I'm actually not particularly familiar with, and their partnership with The Weather Company is listed right there on their front page, offering integration to other customers. Strategic partnership indeed. I was debating which of the top 100 placer's articles I wanted to read - having finished, I'm glad I chose this one.