Last week URISA published the latest version of its salary survey. The document reveals not just that salaries are up, but that GIS departments are growing, and which technologies are in demand. This week our editors look at the some of the trends, which suggest a bright employment future for those in geospatial and related fields.
Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg explore where innovation is occurring in the geospatial marketplace in both geospatially focused professional tools and in the consumer marketplace. There's interaction between the two markets as well as innovation moving up and down the geospatial user pyramid.
Darren Koenig, Wireless Market Director for Tele Atlas, provided insights on how the market for personal navigation devices is set to exponentially explode and why we are perhaps at a tipping point. He explained how both the in-vehicle and personal navigation devices markets will benefit from wireless network infrastructure development and why certain market segments, of varying demographic composition, are likely to buy both types of devices, and why generational differences are not a hindrance to widespread market indulgence.
This week Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg explore Monday's announcement of the planned acquisition. Will regulators let it through? Will the combination of TomTom's Mapshare and Tele Atlas' prowess at maintaining spatial databases mean better data delivered in more timely fashion? What will investors receive? And, how are geospatial professionals impacted?
This week editors Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg look at ESRI long-awaited ArcGIS Explorer, which left beta in June, and its positioning in the marketplace.
This week Adena Schutzberg and Joe Francica take a spin on the major and not-so-major web mapping portals to see how the new features from Google, Microsoft and others take the user experience to the next level. The editors look at how technology is allowing more interaction with users than ever before. The podcast is 14 minutes long (~ 5 Mb) and was recorded on July 9, 2007.
This week Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg explore some geospatial companies we'd like to see. In particular we share our ideas for two data company concepts that might be succesful in today's marketplace.
This week Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg explore Leica Geosystems three recent acquisitions. Why did the company, itself acquired in 2005 by Hexagon of Sweden, purchase Acquis Technology, ER Mapper and IONIC Software? What do the three have in common and what are Leica's future plans?
This week Adena Schutzberg and Joe Francica, who's on site in San Diego for the 2007 ESRI User Conference, discuss some of the themes from the opening plenary held Monday morning including "the geographic approach," a focus on modeling and planning, and updates to ArcGIS 9.3. Also: the innovation that got the crowd really going - and it's not ESRI technology!
This week's Directions on the News podcast explores the criteria for buying a desktop mapping system. Directions Magazine Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica will run through a check list of items that are important in considering a desktop solution for products in the $250 to $2,500 range. There are some extremely capable systems on the market and this podcast looks at the functionality that will be right for your purchase decision.