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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The GITA conference attracted somewhere between 600-800 people this year. The exhibit floor was looking a little light but vendors indicated that many quality people attended. However, with ESRI having their own Electric and Gas User’s Group (EGUG) conference and Intergraph offering their user’s a combined conference this year (not separate GIS and Power and Plant meetings-kind of like the old IGUG…what’s old is new!), plus that fact that GITA offers a separate event for Oil and Gas, the justification for opting to come to the GITA annual event gets a little dicey. Vendors will tell you that they have to be at this event. If that’s the case, then GITA is doing them a disservice by not structuring the event to attract the maximum number of attendees. I’d suggest combining the Oil and Gas events with the annual conference and making certain GITA’s corporate sponsors understand that their user conferences are significantly impacting attendence at the annual event. They are essentially competing with themselves. Budgets are much too slim and attendees have to make a choice. As such, given that users in these industries (telco, gas, electric, water/waste water) rarely make major changes to their operartional GIS environments, having chosen a vendor long ago (it may be a 10 year cycle between evaluting new system purchases or even considering a swap of vendors), they will choose a user’s conference every time.

by Joe Francica on 04/26 at 08:01 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s right. An article about satellite navigation in the Moscow Times discusses, not Glonass - the Russian satellite navigation constellation - but GPS. Apparently, receivers from the rest of the world are dropping in price and becoming more common.

Glonass is not mentioned until the final paragraph, along with a mention that restrictions on locating a place to within less than 30 meters will soon be eased.

The Defense Ministry, keen to further develop the Global Navigation Satellite System, Russia’s answer to GPS, said in March that it would ease restrictions on location determination by year’s end. The industry hopes that will further boost the use of the navigation equipment in the country.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 07:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This past week, I’ve been covering both the GITA conference in Tampa and the Information Builders (IBI) User’s Conference in Orlando, moreso the later than the former. While the telcos and utility companies are discussing enterprise GIS, the IBI users are discussing enterprise data analyisis and reporting. The juxtaposition was just too ironic. Here is GITA, an industry association with corporate partners that don’t make a move without geospatial information and IBI whose solutions are all about communicating information throughout the enterprise using dashboard visualization tools, maps included thanks to a strong partnership with ESRI. So, don’t you think its time that the enterprise BI players and the enterprise GIS players got together and dance. Well, they have but it’s kind of like a high school dance where the partners are are sometimes looking at the next attractive person to walk by. IBI indeed has a strong partnership with ESRI, but Business Objects plays with both MapInfo and ESRI; Microstrategy’s preferred partner is MapInfo; COGNOS is unsure who they want to play with; SAS has also had a strong alliance with ESRI; Hyperion thinks they understand the need for geospatial data integration but is a "wallflower" so far. Frankly, and with a bit of self promotion, that is the goal of the Location Intelligence Conference; i.e. to offer a forum for how location technology best integrates with enterprise computing. To be sure it is coming and I’ve been impressed with the efforts of IBI to educate their customers on the benefits of location-based information and they are getting it. We’ll have more in-depth articles soon on some of the success stories.

by Joe Francica on 04/26 at 07:34 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among other technologies shown at yesterday’s press conference (including face and handwriting recognition solutions) the company announced EasyShare V610 which includes Bluetooth wireless, a step perhaps, toward location-tagging phones. The idea, which a Wired article suggests Kodak has considered, is to use Bluetooth to connect to GPS-enabled phones to capture location information.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 06:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

National Geographic dubs the current revolution in online mapping not “mashups” but “neogeography.”:

The trend has been dubbed neogeography, and some enthusiasts predict it could spur a revolution in electronic cartography.

Which enthousiast coined the term (which I heard for the first time today)? Platial co-creator Di-Ann Eisnor. Oh. Okay. Sure.

I’m really trying to get used to those outside our industry “taking over” from us (per Bill Thoen’s note here, see#3), honest! But, I’m the first to say this term makes me cringe!

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/26 at 06:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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