On the plus side, many of our readers get to control their own destinies when it comes to purchasing decisions.Almost half "have the greatest influence on technology purchases." Being able to have a significant say in what kind of tools are being used is a tremendous upper for productivity and morale.
In addition, our readers are highly observant of what aspects of technology will influence their projects and purchasing in the near future.Many are looking toward spatial database enhancements and even more expect web services to be influential. As usual, numerous users are looking forward to enhancements to their existing software.
We do continue to deal with many of the same issues as they relate to the implementing enterprise-wide solutions in the spatial data arena.Generally speaking, most challenges fall into the "folks just don't get it" category.Lack of awareness of what could possibly be done if there were "no walls" gets the most votes. We also see quite a few people responding that lack of funds, cooperation and even "tunnel vision" continue to be problems.This means that we continue to have a challenge ahead of us as we work toward finding ways to implement systems that take advantage of spatial data that make sense within organizations. At least that keeps life interesting!