At Booz Allen, we have termed the business value of this convergence the "Location Aware Enterprise." The term is meant to imply that executives and workers in decision-making roles or involved in business operations become fully informed (aware) by using location information to integrate multiple workflows and disparate databases across the enterprise.The implication for the geospatial technologies industry is that our services and products must become seamlessly part of the underlying information, systems and technology infrastructure and workflow processes of an organization.We must become part of the overall solution, not an add-on function or separate activity.
For hundreds of years, maps have been a useful means for communicating everything from plans for exploration and travel, or impact of change over time to an area or community, to military strategies and battlefield successes.A map is a comfortable context for people as it is a visual means of communication showing relationships among people, objects and geography that are readily understandable to human minds.It is, therefore, no wonder that location information can become the common communicating context for business in the information age.
Until recently, location technologies, mostly in the form of GISs and remote sensing systems, have been channeled in their own areas, kept as separate technologies and capabilities from finance systems, decision-support systems, sales and inventory systems, etc.Geospatial technologies were mostly in use by academia, scientists and government. However, broadband availability, smaller computing devices, an abundance of geospatial data, and the web have now made it possible to use the power of location as an integrating force in business at the desktop and palmtop of executives and workers anywhere at any time.This is what the Location Aware Enterprise is about.And, this is what the geospatial technology industry is challenged to support.
We have defined five service areas for helping businesses realize the benefits of becoming a Location Aware Enterprise.These service areas are:
Design and Change Management
- Making partnerships work
- Organizational transformation
- Architecture concepts and views
- Systems design, engineering, standards and interoperability
- Capital investment planning
- Data collection, acquisition planning and security
- Data modeling and design
- Emergency preparedness, planning and consequence management
- Situational awareness, command and control
- Key asset management, risk assessment and mitigation
- Funding models
- Return On Investment