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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mike at TechDirt notes that Topix (News on 300,000 topics, from Autos to your ZIP code.) recently instituted a simple tool to share the location of those involved in discussions via the site. The outcome, it seems, is that folks are bit more civil when others know, in general, from whence they come. The technology is a simple IP location tool but it seems to do the job.

The use patterns mostly parallel US population density save Seattle and San Fransisco. (See a real time map on the main page.) Why? Perhaps because those geographies have their own more local discussion forums which pulls those potential discussants from Topix.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/15 at 08:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Brian Goldin (Spatailly Enabled) notes that some ESRI folks put together an interview podcast to promote its speakers (and topic, ArcWeb Services) at the upcoming FlashForward conference to be held at the end of the month in Seattle.

FlashForward? That’s the conference on MacroMedia Flash and related topics. (No, I didn’t know what it was either!) While Brian notes the podcast is pretty clear cut (and includes my former colleague Mansour “I can connect any ESRI software to a toaster” Raad), the interesting thing here for me is ESRI having a bigger presence at technology shows.

In the past ESRI was at OracleWorld and the big IBM events and lots of industry specific shows, but its becoming a bit more technology mainstream by appearing at this sort of event.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/15 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Yesterday, I met with the newly appointed president of Intergraph’s Security, Government and Infrastructure (SGI) division, Ben Eazzetta and CTO Peter Batty. Eazzetta, having done stints at Intergraph’s Process, Power, and Marine (PPM) division as COO and as president of Intergraph’s Public Safety division, has spent the last several months serving as the COO of SGI before moving into the top leadership position with the retirement of Preetha Pulusani.

The move to put Eazzetta in charge of SGI, with Batty engaged as the CTO not only signals a changing of the old guard at Intergraph, but perhaps the emergence of a team of executives that could radically alter the fortunes of their company. With Eazzetta having spent most of his time in the PPM division and Batty a relative newcomer to Intergraph coming on board just last summer, the company looks to leverage the operational background of the former and the geospatial experience of the latter. Together, I expect them to look deep into the domain expertise that Intergraph has in mapping/geospatial technologies, especially in the federal sector, but also to look for synergies across Intergraph’s platform solutions. This approach will depend on Batty’s ability to identify the unique competive advantages that Intergraph has stored away in its various divisions and Eazzetta’s operational knowledge to bring solutions to market. This last part has hindered Intergraph in the past. They’ve had the right ingredients, but they’ve never been blended well enough to come up with the right "sauce."

The Eazzetta/Batty tandem has certain challenges but it’s not for lack of opportunity, as they see it. With the geospatial market growing, especially with money available for security and a sound ROI in field service management sectors, the company could easily muster many of the company’s existing platforms to grow the business beyond the 5% annualized pattern that it has had in the recent past.

by Joe Francica on 02/15 at 06:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Jo Walsh at Mapping Hacks requests those in the EU to consider signing a petition to encourage members of the European parliament to reject the INSPIRE initiative as it stands. She feels “Many European citizens and small businesses will be negatively affected by a license, copyright and protection oriented policy towards sharing geographic data inside Europe.”

The petition and further details are available at PublicGeodata.org.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/15 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Novariant Inc. named Herb Satterlee as its chief executive officer today and didn’t say what happened to its former CEO. Novariant, based in California, develops products that use GPS and other location technology to automatically steer equipment, map the landscape and land planes. Satterlee was most recently CEO at DigitalGlobe, and before that at Boeing and before that at Resource21. DigitalGlobe appointed a new CEO, Jill Smith in November. Last I knew Satterlee was still at the company.

by Adena Schutzberg on 02/14 at 03:58 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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