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Saturday, November 1st 2003
by Joe Francica

GIS companies showed modest growth during the prior quarter with Intergraph and MapInfo indicating steady progress on their balance sheets.Cautious optimism is the prevailing outlook with neither company wanting to overstate their hopes for a better 2004.Trimble Navigation far exceeded estimates with strong growth in their Field Serives product division.

Wednesday, October 29th 2003
by Hal Reid

The corporate real estate industry is in flux.Do they understand how to leverage today’s location-based technology.CRE 2010 is an initiative that may put them on the right track.Read contributing editor, Hal Reid’s (MCR) insights into the world he knows and loves so well.But he asks, “Do they know the Power of Place.”

Monday, October 27th 2003
by Directions Staff

Wildfires burning for days merged into walls of flame stretching for miles across parts of Southern California on Sunday causing death and destruction.Air travel has been disrupted across the nation.Over the weekend, more than 7,000 firefighters fought ten major fires in southern California, one large cluster in the San Diego area and another about 100 miles north in mountainous areas north of Los Angeles.The satellite image, covering southern California show the fire hotspots and smoke plumes over the region.

Friday, October 24th 2003
by Richard Serby

The September unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1%.There were 18,000 new jobs created during the same period.Some new jobs created and other
jobs lost.GIS was one of the winners.IT, generally, remains unstable.Read more about the current job outlook.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2003
by Joe Francica

MapInfo recently announced the introduction of their Insurance Decision Solution Suite (IDSS), a mapping and risk management solution for the insurance industry.
Directions Magazine Editor-in-Chief spoke with Simon De La Hoyde, Strategic Market Manager, Telecoms, Insurance and Retail for MapInfo from his office in the
UK, to determine the specifics of what the risks can be avoided in policy underwriting using spatial technology

Wednesday, October 22nd 2003
by Joe Francica

Business Intelligence (BI) and Location Technology.Two solutions that need to get together and talk it over.Read how the world of CIOs will acknowledge that location-based information is adding to their BI world in a big way.

Monday, October 20th 2003
by Donald B. Segal

The use of remotely sensed imagery (digital aerial photography, satellite images) by businesses has come a long way in the last few years, but its widespread usage
and acceptance still has a way to go.Don Segal, president of Spatial Insights suggest some constructive advice for both users and image providers and what needs to happen to spur more interest in using remotely sensed data in business applications.

Sunday, October 19th 2003
by Hal Reid

Directions Magazine covered the recent CoreNet Global Summit in Atlanta.This was not the typical GIS or related technology conference, but a symposium of Corporate Real Estate Executives.These are the people who shape geography, plan the nature of future development and condition the results of Business Geography.As these are the typical end users of BG and it is wise to understand the thinking, trends and the programs that are being created by this group of people.

Friday, October 17th 2003
by Directions Staff

Microsoft’s SQL Server database is being used to support many geospatial information products.What’s the future, as Microsoft sees it for this
product? Directions Magazine asked Mitch Gatchalian, product manager, SQL Server, several questions about the development of spatial functionality within this product.

Wednesday, October 15th 2003
by Joe Francica

The 41st Annual Urban and Regional Information Systems
Association (URISA) Conference opened
in Atlanta with a welcome by Martha Lombard, URISA president, and Tom Conroy,
Conference Chairman.Highlights included a keynote presentation on using Reshaping Mass Transit with Technology and new thoughts on enterprise deployment by ESRI president Jack Dangermond.

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