In many large utilities, spatial information is utilized in a variety of ways, and usually embedded within enterprise systems for scheduling, transmission and distribution,
supply chain management, or work order management.One such supplier of integrated solutions is Indus International, a company of 650 employees headquartered
in Atlanta, Georgia.They recently deployed their solution to BC Hydro, one of the largest electric utilities in Canada, serving more than 1.5 million customers, in
conjunction with a scheduling and crew optimization system from ClickSoftware (Burlington, MA).BC Hydro also uses an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
system from PeopleSoft and will implement a customer information system (CIS) from SAP later in 2003.
In this week’s editorial, Directions Magazine editor-in-chief, Joe Francica discusses recent kudos afforded Intergraph CEO Jim Taylor and also the move to open source GIS.
This is the second of a three-part series on GIS addressing the complex issue of why the business world has not embraced this powerful software’s functionality and what needs to be
done to maintain and ultimately increase its market share.Part one of “Why has not Business Adopted GIS” focused on the frustrations of GIS fans in regard to cost versus intangible
value, awareness, and operational appropriateness.
How is the military using GIS today? In this article by Chris Betz of Red Hen Systems, you get insights into “imagery intelligence,” a combination of GIS, GPS, and multimedia technology in reconnaissance and battlefield planning.
Directions Magazine Editor, Joe Francica, interviewed Michael Stevens, Public Sector/Spatial Solutions Marketing Manager for IBM regarding his company’s spatial
database products.We asked Mr.Stevens to give a review of IBM’s spatial technology, its products, and where they fit with respect to database solutions from
Oracle and Microsoft.Readers may recall that IBM acquired Informix a few years ago, which had the spatial databade extensions to support GIS.
Those were the words uttered by an industry analyst with Kagan World Media in citing dissatisfaction with digital packages and rate increases in the 6% range as
reasons for the first decrease in national cable television subscribership since the inception of the industry.Satellite television providers have capitalized on this
opportunity to gain market share by offering consumers high quality, competitively priced service backed by superior customer service.This article will demonstrate the integration of customer and category information and the use of geographic analyses to prioritize acquisition and retention initiatives within the cable industry.
“Like spatial technology, spatial data has been slow to gain acceptance in the mainstream of information technology.While this appears to be finally changing, there is
still a long way to go.” This is the first of a series of articles on spatial data and data management issues.The articles will cover a broad range of topics and are intended to be provocative.
Your feedback is encouraged.It is through open dialogue on these issues that we will move forward as an industry.
In a soft economy, you look for companies that can rise above the malaise and strike a different message, produce exceptional products, and find value for their
customers.Companies that can not only adapt but also innovate during the downturn will be poised for exponential growth during the upswing.These are the “change
agents” in business.I believe there are a few that should be noted.
A major study of subsea mapping data conducted by the University of New Hampshire under a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) used GIS technology to provide the United States the information needed to decide how much new seafloor mapping is required before pursuing a claim
that could extend the U.S.jurisdiction over the seabed and subsoil on the continental margin beyond the current Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
While Great Britain’s Ordnance Survey (OS) doesn’t produce maps at a scale of 1:1 quite yet, its Landline series offers maps at a resolution of 1:1250, allowing the display of individual buildings, which is very useful to those requiring detailed mapping, such as architects, telecommunication engineers, and surveyors.In addition to Landline, the OS produces a wide variety of maps and services, including more than 25 mapping products at various scales for professional, business, and leisure use, as well as a number of services, such as consulting, database development, surveying, mapping, and printing.