January 06, 2021
The Cloud: Modern Wonder of the World
By: Lillian Minix
The Cloud. It’s an amazing place full of opportunity. From e-commerce to music and government data to Google Maps, the Cloud is capable of hosting just about everything nowadays.
It’s honestly a modern marvel… Even the Eighth Wonder of the World, possibly. There are debates about when ‘cloud computing’ was first coined and who is responsible for its invention, but there’s no doubt that it is one of the most revolutionary additions to the world since sliced bread (or the Colosseum if we’re still talking Seven Wonders).
Like many of the Seven Wonders, the Cloud was built by human hands across decades of time and supports our civilization’s goals, currencies, and infrastructures. But—unlike the real Seven Wonders—it’s available any place on earth at any time.
Timmons Group has been around since 1953, which means that we’re older than the first concept of the Cloud by at least a decade or so. We’ve seen the Cloud take the world by storm and have implemented its function into not only our own company’s needs, but our clients’ needs as well. Our comprehensive cloud migration framework is driven by proven, consistent methods that empower us to not just merely to solve technical problems more quickly and cost-effectively, but also to introduce new services and solutions.
With offered services like migration discovery and analysis, architecture design, merger and acquisition strategy, modernization, and migration planning and execution, our subject matter experts at Timmons Group are prepared to offer specific cloud-based needs to any business.
We’ve worked with companies across the board to create successful cloud applications and implementation in fields like transportation, agriculture, wildfire prevention, inspections, conservation, and risk assessment among others. What’s truly amazing about the Cloud is that we can take a non-technology-based issue, fix it with technology, and make the answer accessible to anyone with internet. Here’s an example:
South Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SouthWRAP) is an online application that Timmons Group developed with the Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) and the Texas A&M Forest Service for both public and professional use. The online app was created using cloud-based information that allows public users to view an at-risk wildland fire location for information and support their local government’s fire risk mitigation and planning efforts. The app also provides cloud-based information to professional users to access maps, define project areas, generate detailed risk summary reports, and export or download wildfire risk GIS data.
The Cloud was instrumental not only in the creation of the application, but also how it functions permanently. SouthWRAP is the primary mechanism for SGSF and Texas A&M Forest Service to deploy risk information and create awareness about wildfire issues across the state, which means that its cloud capabilities must always be on point. The portal is also comprised of a suite of cloud-based web-mapping applications that are tailored to support workflow and information requirements for the public, local community groups, government officials, professional hazard-mitigation planners, and wildland fire managers. Collectively, the applications work together via the Cloud to provide the baseline information needed to support mitigation and prevention efforts across the state.
It's true—this app and its function wouldn’t be possible without the Cloud. Sure, we could manually track wildfires, affected ecosystems, government assets that are used in prevention, and emergency response needs, but the SouthWRAP online portal makes all that so much easier and more effective.
The implementation of the SouthWRAP app has undoubtedly contributed to the success of wildfire prevention in Texas. Without the Cloud, our worlds would be much different and potentially less safe. Utilizing cloud-based applications to make the world a better place is the goal, and it’s working.
So next time you download a song or e-book online, remember that somewhere someone is also tracking a wildfire nearby. The vast differences in the Cloud’s usage are what makes it a modern marvel, and seriously, I think the Eighth Wonder of the World. Where do you send in an application for that, anyway?