I was asked to speak at the HxGN LIVE conference this week in Las Vegas. HxGN LIVE is the annual user conference of Hexagon which now comprises the combined resouces of Intergraph, ERDAS, Leica Geosystems and other companies. I was presented with the following questions and I offered the following responses that I shared with the audience.
We are already seeing the transition as solution providers are delivering software as a service in order to:
- Reach a larger number of users while reducing cost and limiting desktop licenses
- Share resources in data management and allow data to be shared across the enterprise especially with stakeholders in remote locations.Applications and Services are driving cloud adoption. Some examples include:
- Services: Defense Information Systems Agency has re-opened bidding for a cloud contract after a sole-source contract with Alliance Technology Group granted in April was cancelled. That deal was worth $45M. See article.
- Enterprise approach at Wyndham City Australia and their enterprise GIS ... see the article recently published on Directions Magazine
- More resources can be found on the Directions Magazine Channel dedicated to Cloud Computing
Successful mobile apps are simple and reliable. They do a few functions well and minimize complexity. However, most of the mobile mapping applications today are more consumer oriented. Mobile field applications are the best example of those that can support GIS projects. Some examples in the news include:
- Mobile iOS app developed for Yilan County, Taiwan to promote tourism
- Mobile data collection app
- Mobile app development course offered by Long Island Univ.
The geospatial technology sector does not solve the big data problem. This is a data management and analytics problem. Geospatial tools will work with applications that can manage the data management frameworks such as Hadoop clusters, Oracle Exadata or SAP HANA. These are either multi-core, massively parallel systems or architectures that will handle both data volume and timely analytics. I see geospatial technology leveraging these platforms and providing visualization and spatial analytics.
There is an idea that the world will be connected by the “Internet of Things” … a connected network through applications that allow access to financial systems, home utility networks, security, appliances, vehicles, etc. is already happening. We control or have access to these very systems with mobile applications. Our mobile habits are monitored and shared with the organizations to which we allow access.Good example of both technology fusion and big data is expressed in how UPS manages their business. Jack Levis, director of process management has responsibility for optimizing the routing and scheduling of 60000+ vehicles. He fuses sensor technology with geospatial analytics to determine optimum efficiency of manpower and machines. See video of Levis in action produced for the "Geospatial Revolution" servies by Penn State Broadcasting.
I think Hexagon’s client base benefits from the integration of geospatial analysis and measurement systems: survey, metrology, design and location analytics. Applications in utility management and energy systems can provide cost savings when standards are used for seamless integration. More information can be found at the Channel for Intergraph technology on Directions Magazine.