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Monday, January 30, 2006

Ok, so now Microsoft, Oracle and IBM have freebie databases out there. The IBM version is limited as to what hardware it can run on, but otherwise has no other limitations, with a memory limit of 4GB. I’m behind on what spatial goodies are in the core of DB2 - can anyone clarify that for our community?

-via Slashdot

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 09:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In addition to announcing less than ideal financials last week Intergraph also shared information on job cuts.

Less than stellar earnings caused the stock price to fall 25% on Thursday. Tuesday and Wednesday saw near record highs above $50 . Officials pointed to soft sales in SG&I (aka GIS) and higher than expected restructuring costs.

About 40 positions were cut in the last quarter of the year, and $2.7 million was spent on resturucturing. That brings total job cuts last year to 215.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 09:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Denver Business Journal reports that National Geographic Maps, the taxable part of the nonprofit is moving out of the consumer market to focus on “detailed maps targeted for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, emergency responders, geologists and other field workers who often venture out of well-traveled terrain.”

With the pressure from Google and its peers, President Fran Marshall decided it was time to move outside the consumer realm. A reorganization will cut 3 of the 40 jobs at the Evergreen, Colorado company. Most of Nat Geo’s maps are sold through REI and the plan is to limit printed maps and make on-demand maps purchaseable from the Nat Geo website.

I always thought that the traditional “GIS” companies would be the first to be impacted by the move to Web portals, but I guess I’m wrong.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“While there is a demand for 1,000 trained manpower for GIS, the supply is a meagre 20, revealed M K Shankaralinge Gowda, Secretary, Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, on Friday” reports the Deccan Herald. The article does speak to how the technology has been embraced by government, but workers are in short supply.

That’s same challenge the Department of Labor here in the U.S. feels we will face in time.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“I finally told myself I could do it and that I wanted to be one of the first thousand to hold the title.  I’m honored.”

Polk County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician David Weisgerber, on his recent certification as a GIS Professional. From the Tyrone Daily Bulletin, North Carolina

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/30 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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