Customers take advantage of interoperability and spatial standards to leverage data sharing for better and more secure business performance.

The open spatial enterprise concept continues to gain momentum, with data increasingly recognized as an organization's most valuable asset and data sharing as a critical requirement for all applications. Autodesk, Intergraph, Laser-Scan, MapInfo and Oracle introduced a real-world interoperable spatial data management platform in September 2003 to leverage and advance the spatial capabilities of an open spatial enterprise that enables customers to use critical location information in an IT environment and with multiple applications. These five companies, all of whom are members of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), have encouraged customers and vendors to maximize the value of spatial data for making enterprisewide decisions using geospatial technologies and modern application development techniques that are data-centric instead of GIS-centric. This enables organizations to use existing data investments more effectively, allowing employees and customers to share information securely across department boundaries. Geospatial data can and should be fully integrated into this process with other information for results that range from superior infrastructure planning to effective decision making.

Autodesk, Intergraph, Laser-Scan, MapInfo, and other geospatial vendors who interoperate with an open and secure enterprise database, Oracle Spatial, simplify data access and data sharing so that all information is interconnected and centralized. Compliant with OGC standards, an open spatial enterprise provides immediate access to data throughout the project workflow, independent of the data location or original format, helping to meet real-time information demands, lower costs, and achieve greater return on investment.

Worldwide organizations and companies who have integrated existing data and technology investments in geospatial, IT and business systems for better planning and decision making include UK Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency; Staffordshire County Council; City of Winnipeg; Army Corps of Engineers; GeoStor - the Arkansas online Spatial Data Infrastructure; Thames Water; Environment Canada; National Park Service; City of Los Angeles; General Directorate of Roads, Catalan Ministry of Public Works and Land Planning; and Forestry Tasmania.

An open spatial enterprise approach enables Homeland Security and emergency response agencies to easily integrate GIS information with building floorplans typically stored in CAD systems. Mobile users, such as customer service agents and field surveyors, are empowered in an open spatial enterprise to collect data, access information, and send immediate updates to the enterprise database. Government agencies can now share existing GIS and CAD data without having to re-translate or re-draw data. Civil engineers have access to up-to-date changes in maps that may have project implications. Mapping professionals can be more productive by avoiding redundant data entry by working from an open, central data store with seamless access to design information. An open spatial enterprise brings key point products and database solutions together so that end-users can apply the appropriate technology at the right phase of the business process or infrastructure workflow.

Source: Intergraph, Sept. 24, 2004