The Oracle Spatial User Conference is a one-day event that has followed the GITA Annual Conference for each of the past three years. This year it was held in San Antonio on March 8. Jim Steiner, senior director of Oracle Server Technologies, opened the meeting with a discussion of Oracle’s commitment to enhancing its existing solutions and highlighting significant announcements within the past year: Oracle Maps and partnerships with General Electric (GE Energy) and NAVTEQ.
Steiner illustrated how Oracle Spatial is tackling projects of significant complexity and breadth at the U.S. Census Bureau and the Ordnance Survey. "We use our unique skills and technology infrastructure to solve data management problems we believe no one else on the planet can solve. That is really what it is all about. This is how we can uniquely add value to our customers and partners," said Steiner. He highlighted success in risk assessment in the insurance industry by pointing to the success of applications developed for Quality Planning Corporation (QPC) and Guy Carpenter, a Marsh and McLennan Company.
"What has been lacking to bring this better information and the fusion of geo and other context-based relevant data has been a platform. In the same way that non-GIS Web Portals and Web Services standards were the transformational platforms for consumer mapping services, the BI system and Asset Management system will be the platform for the geo-enabled business application. Oracle sees Service-oriented Architecture services and BI as part of every application and geospatial technology as an integral part of these systems," said Steiner.
While Oracle could not comment on its recent announcement of the acquisition of Hyperion, one of the larger BI companies, it is anticipated that Hyperion software will eventually become part of the Oracle BI suite.