I can’t just link to Ed’s post on his blog, I need to comment. Ed’s leaving the Ordnance Survey after five years.
Most of us know him as OS’ CTO and more importantly I’d offer, as a voice of calm and reason on matters geospatial. His position at OS certainly gave him a more objective view of technology than say a vendor employee and he used the position to speak not only the Ordnance Survey’s position, but also his own (and clearly separated the two).
I’m sure we’ll continue to hear from Ed from where ever he ends up. But, in the meantime, keep an eye out for other folks in our industry (private, public or academic) who offer this sort of perspective. They are few and far between.