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Traditional GIS software has its disadvantages

by Laura Lilienthal on

24 October 2011 We were amused by a post on Geoinformatic this morning - "A day in the life of a GIS Analyst". While the author took a light tone, it was clear that (s)he experienced huge frustrations with the way that traditional GIS software is set up. Sharing a limited number of licenses, slow vendor response to support tickets, relying on data stored on external hard drives... All resulting in the employee being unable to achieve their daily goals....

https://www.espatial.com/articles/traditional-gis-software-has-its-disadvantages

“Mapping and data analysis for both GIS pros and beginners”

Interview on giscafe voice

by Laura Lilienthal on

21 October 2011 Our CEO Philip O'Doherty was interviewed recently by Susan Smith of GISCafe Voice. In the interview, Philip talked about eSpatial's drive to provide Geographic Information System (GIS) software that works for both experts and newcomers to GIS. A huge part of this has been the transition to the provision of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery of our GIS software, which has enabled us to offer it to a much wider audience than traditional users of GIS. View the full...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/mapping-and-data-analysis-for-both-gis-pros-and-beginners-interview-on-giscafe-voice

The future of location intelligence

It really does look bright

by Laura Lilienthal on

14 October 2011 In his recent Forbes magazine article - "Location Intelligence - The Future Looks Bright" - journalist Steve Milton outlines the explosion in location intelligence. Milton explains the appeal quite clearly: the ability to analyse geospatial data by combining the well-accepted domain of traditional business intelligence (BI) analysis, with GIS technology. He attributes the uptake of location intelligence to recent advances in content collection and data processing. We'd suggest that there's one additional factor that Milton has overlooked:...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/the-future-of-location-intelligence-it-really-does-look-bright

Welcome to the era of the data scientist: A response

by Laura Lilienthal on

6 October 2011 I was interested to read John Kennedy's recent article in Silicon Republic, "Welcome to the era of the data scientist". In the article, Kennedy highlights the dawn of a new breed of data management and analysis experts, and predicts an explosion of data "in the coming years", and a future requirement for data scientists. While I agree with the concept of a data explosion, the prediction seems a little late. The data explosion has already happened –...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/welcome-to-the-era-of-the-data-scientist-a-response

Getting a new perspective

by Laura Lilienthal on

17 August 2011 Visiting a historical site gives us a window into the past. But while we can wander through a historical site and experience its different aspects, it can be hard to grasp it as a whole - or to understand it in relation to its suroundings. Google Earth makes it easy for anyone to see a historical site in its entirety - and in relation to its surroundings - with its beautiful aerial imagery. The latest Google Earth...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/getting-new-perspective

GIS: Recreating history

by Laura Lilienthal on

3 August 2011 When most of us think about GIS, we don't tend to think about its applicability to historical situations. What happened a year ago perhaps - but not a hundred years ago or longer. So we were interested to read a recent New York Times article that explains how historians are using GIS to gain additional insights and share information on historical events. Read the New York Times article, "Digital Maps Are Giving Scholars the Historical Lay of...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/gis-recreating-history

A global geospatial information committee

by Laura Lilienthal on

1 August 2011 In the GIS industry we're all familiar with the importance of geospatial data. However, it's an understanding that the wider business world has not always shared. So we were really pleased to hear that the United Nations has voted to form a committee on global geospatial information. The committee will be charged with coordinating international dialogue and enhancing cooperation on spatial data infrastructures. We look forward to bringing you updates on their progress. Read the full press...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/global-geospatial-committee

A response to “The Cloud’s Disruptive Value Play”

by Laura Lilienthal on

29 July 2011 I was interested to read a recent article by Joe Francica in Directions Magazine - "The Cloud's Disruptive Value Play". In the article, Francica considers a statement about CAPEX and OPEX in relation to cloud computing, and applies it to the geospatial industry. I completely agree with Francica's end assertion that cloud-based GIS favours OPEX efficiencies. And while I would generally agree with his comments if they were only applied to large GIS software vendors, they seriously...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/response-cloud-disruptive-play

Making data more open

by Laura Lilienthal on

This article may quote data or refer to features or workflows no longer applicable to the current version of eSpatial, which is updated every 6-8 weeks. Please refer to our help section for more up to date information 4 July 2011 As those of us who regularly work with location intelligence tools are only too aware, success relies on 2 important factors: The quality and breadth of the functionality available in your chosen GIS software. The availability and accuracy of...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/making-data-more-open

Moving Office into the cloud

by Laura Lilienthal on

29 June 2011 Microsoft officially launched Office 365 yesterday, making its well-known Office suite available via cloud delivery. Cloud delivery is hardly new. Business giants like Google, Amazon and Salesforce have long since adopted and made the cloud not only a viable option, but also an attractive one. By throwing its weight behind a cloud launch for what is arguably its flagship product suite, Microsoft only underlines what many technology analysts have already been saying: The cloud isn't going to...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/moving-office-into-the-cloud

New download: “What is location intelligence?”

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This article may quote data or refer to features or workflows no longer applicable to the current version of eSpatial, which is updated every 6-8 weeks. Please refer to our help section for more up to date information If you're new to the concept of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or location intelligence, we have a new download to help you get started. Our "What is location intelligence?" information sheet explains the discipline, and the basics of GIS or location intelligence...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/new-location-intelligence-download

Summing up the recent Location Intelligence GeoCloud summit

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This article may quote data or refer to features or workflows no longer applicable to the current version of eSpatial, which is updated every 6-8 weeks. Please refer to our help section for more up to date information 30 September 2010 There is an interesting article summing up the recent Location Intelligence GeoCloud summit at which I was a guest speaker. All the issues highlighted are indeed important and need to be dealt with to make a success of GIS...

https://www.espatial.com/articles/summing-up-the-recent-location-intelligence-geocloud-summit

How will GIS companies weather the gathering cloud computing storm?

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This article may quote data or refer to features or workflows no longer applicable to the current version of eSpatial, which is updated every 6-8 weeks. Please refer to our help section for more up to date information As featured in Directions magazine. The debate about cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) is well and truly over. SaaS has just too many advantages to offer customers and end-users for anyone to credibly argue against it. The pay-as-you-go service...

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