Articles by Darron Pustam, MBA, GISP

The Data Czar: Cloud Computing

The emerging trend of cloud computing can deliver both SaaS (software as a service) and HaaS (hardware as a service) to consumers who can realize a benefit from shifting their capital expenditure into an operational expenditure. Is your company ready to relinquish your systems and IT infrastructure to an application service provider?
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The Data Czar: The Shapefile Genre

There is a generation of differences between GIS and CAD users of yesteryear and those of this new decade. One of those differences is the use of shapefiles. Although the modern alternative, a geodatabase, has existed since ArcGIS 8.0, the structure and concept of that contemporary form is still foreign territory to many.
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The Data Czar: Putting Reports in Their Place

Reports are part of the lifeblood of a company since they play an instrumental role in the functioning of business processes. But look closely at the link between the reports and the processes. Which one is derived from where? As technology gives us the ability to look at information in multitudes of ways, it is essential to establish business processes first and then engage reports to support those processes.
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The Data Czar: Protecting Our Children

Following the tragedy in Clay County, Fla., last month, I can't help thinking about the role of technology in protecting our children. GPS devices made specifically to track the location of children exist. But can we really protect our kids with GPS technology? And what about the GPS devices used by law enforcement officials to track convicted offenders? Can such technology keep predators away from our kids?
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The Data Czar: Tips & Tricks - The Windows Key

We spend a considerable amount of time on our computers. Knowing shortcuts in navigation can help minimize that time, especially during multitasking, which I am sure is a regular for each of us around the office. Here are a few tips using that infamous Windows key that we all seem to bypass on our keyboards.
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The Data Czar: People vs. Technology

We change daily as we grow, as we gain new experiences, and as we develop as humans. The software and hardware that we work with also change continuously. Synchronizing the two--people and technology--becomes a tug–of-war with each side demanding superiority and our fully focused attention.
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The Data Czar: Rebranding GIS

GIS technology is becoming so integrated with other systems that it could lose its definition or even morph into an entirely new brand. Are you prepared to participate in the new GIS?
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The Data Czar: Socializing Data

Does the sharing of data come down to socialism? Is the stigma of technological egalitarianism preventing the growth of GIS by politically stifling the sharing of data on a federal, state and/or local plane?
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The Data Czar: Bringing GIS Back Home

It is no wonder that geographic information systems and surveying are in a state of turmoil over supremacy. The information-conscious among us seized the opportunity to manipulate the data left on the servers, and the birth of geographic information systems began. As this realization occurred to the surveyor, the battle to regain control of collected data ensued.
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The Data Czar: Finding the Birthplace of Your Data

By uniquely tagging each piece of data in a process, we can do almost anything and have a permanent record of that action and how it relates to other processes. We can pin down the birthplace of each piece of data-how it was created, who created it and what format it was created in. When each piece of data is created once and tagging it uniquely, we can ensure that it is routed efficiently through the rest of the system.
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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


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2014 December

In this December 2014 issue of POB, we celebrate our 40th year, and take a look at how we began. Also, see how an innovative approach helped a surveying firm provide fast and accurate volume reporting for the aggregates industry.

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