NASA Launches Integration to Land on Productivity Gains
Data democratization, cultural change, faster data access, accuracy, confidence
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the US government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Thousands of people have been working for decades, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?
"About 12 years ago, we used Excel spreadsheets, versions of Word docs, PDFs. There was a lot of duplicated effort and duplicated data, and an inability to trust data because of a lack of version control," says Jim Matheson, principal software engineer. "We had to do something to update source systems in real time, make accurate data accessible, and generate reports on-demand instead of using data that was a week old.
"Across the agency, space centers had various software applications, with no way to communicate, no way to share data. Our goal was to do what we've done, to use the TIBCO platform to integrate so there is a single point for accessing data from multiple systems.