Adif, a railway systems administrator based in Madrid, Spain, is a public corporation that was born from the passing of the Railway Industry Law in January 2005. The main function of the organization – which reports to the Ministry of Public Works – is to implement, administer, and maintain railway infrastructures. Other responsibilities include collecting royalties from operators, and ensuring the efficiency and sustainability of the railway system from economic and environmental perspectives.
Adif manages enormous amounts of information from various sources. “For years we suffered from a lack of information,” admits Eduardo Saiz, the information systems cabinet manager for the Conventional Lines Infrastructure Maintenance Unit in Adif’s Control, Administration, and Information Systems Management Department. “Nowadays, our problem – like most companies – is that we have too much data, which is unstructured and resides in a variety of very different applications.”
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