More LI, More Possibilities
Welcome to both the year 2006, and the first bi-monthly
issue of the Location Intelligence magazine.
We have moved to publishing twice monthly so LI can do several things:
be more flexible in the topics we cover, respond faster to news and the
evolution of location intelligence (LI), business intelligence (BI) and
competitive intelligence (CI), and finally explore adjacent
technologies and insights.It appears to me that moving forward is best
accomplished by following more of a zig-zag - not necessarily in a
As an example, time now is becoming an accepted part of data
structures.This is because knowing "when" is as important as knowing
"where" and "how." Not so long ago, discussing time as part of LI and
BI generated glassy stares and fascination in patterns on the ceiling.
Now that time is mainstream, we can move forward with a four
In the 'time' dimension, one of the things that happens is that
artificial lines get drawn to denote 'before' and 'after.' A good
example is the New Year "" things either happened before it or after it.
Upon reaching each of these lines, a thoughtful person is supposed to
predict what is going to happen in the future "" on the other side of
the arbitrary line.So what are my predictions for 2006?
I believe that Google has set the expectation for seeing maps in apps
that will brings maps into places we haven't yet imagined.For example,
this issue of LI includes an overview of a product that allows
you to map your contacts in Outlook.Could there be a new phrase
underlining this raised expectation? How about, "if there isn't a map,
it must be a DOS app."
We will expect easy access to adjacencies, not just in information
retrieval and visualization.Now that data storage has become
homogenized, we will expect to see it presented in adjacent manners
that allow us to understand it, in all four dimensions.By the end of
this year, this will be as much of an expected part of things as a cell
phone or broadband.
We may be called upon to develop a new construct for expressing
temporal data.Everybody has had the grammar drills of past, present
and future.Possibly now we will need a tense that is all three.
Fortunately, for the entire four dimensions of data we already have a
term, location intelligence.
Our hope here at LI Magazine is that all of us become more
"location intelligent" this year.The rate of change is now even faster
and that is why you need to see us twice as often.
Enjoy 2006 and the new frequency of the LI magazine.
Published Thursday, January 5th, 2006
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