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The Data Czar: Rebranding GIS

September 16, 2009
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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?



GIS technology is becoming so integrated with other systems that it could lose its definition or even morph into an entirely new brand. For example, recovery.gov shows our stimulus dollars being tracked through the mechanisms of geographic information. Clearly, the interlaced economics of this software era are propelling a blend of electronic sharing via open source and web services and are pushing client applications and utilization of the dearly beloved file transfer protocol to the back burner.

Any system that presents the power of integration of both spatial and nonspatial phenomena for use in a graphic medium such as a map-or, conversely, out of a map (what I like to call “reverse GIS”)-has unprecedented potential. Harnessing the core of this information and directing the concocted mixtures of relational database DNA and the characteristic vector traits toward intelligent business systems will propel a business into the next millennium.

As developers from all walks of code capitalize on the untold treasures that allow data to be fed via GIS into LOBs (Line of Business Applications), these gurus and web service slingers will eventually change the definition of GIS. Rather than focusing merely on geographic information systems, players in the new game will offer geographic integrated services. Are you prepared to participate in the new GIS?


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