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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I think we better start thinking of Google as an enterprise information player and if you haven’t considered that already, take a look at CH2M HILL’s partnership with Google. Google is now a platform…no longer just a search engine and with the annoucement of Google OneBox you have transactional information along with other Google tools like calendars and email and books online, etc. ... oh, yeah, maps too. So, put it all together and what do you have…the biggest threat yet to Microsoft Office…and maybe Oracle…because really what you want is just information from some data repository on the net…it may just happen to be in an Oracle database somewhere. Maybe the end game is just an RSS feed from an Oracle database, filtered through a predictive analytics program from SAS and all of a sudden something shows up on a Google Map. I remember that Microsoft was accused once of wanting to own your desktop. In reality, that’s what Google is after except no one has called them on it yet.


by Joe Francica on 04/19 at 01:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Washington Technology attened the two “practioner days” around the Office of Management and Budget and General Services Administration’s RFI for a geospatial LOB. Officials are not saying much, but instead noted they wanted “big ideas.”

At yesterday’s events, government officials could provide few specifics about how the LOBs will take shape, saying instead that the responses to the RFIs will determine where the process goes.

And just want kind of input does the government want? For one, steer clear of any marketing materials, Young and the panel warned. This isn’t about products and services; this is about change, they said.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/19 at 10:35 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Couples counseling is more of a Google Local kind of service…”

- Dave Evans, a consultant on online dating and the like. This is not something you’d have heard a year ago and it’s a sign of the times. By the way, it’s worth mentioning that other adult services are also very “local.” I think it was the CIO from Iowa who spoke at a recent Geospatial World who reminded us to look at that industry for the cutting edge uses of technology…

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/19 at 10:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Among Microsoft’s new search research is a tool called Photo2Search. It works this way:

1) Take a picture of a place/person etc. ideally with a cell phone
2) Submit it to Microsoft’s engine
3) Receive information abotu the place/person found on the Web

Sound too good to be true? It does to me. How different for example, are the two Starbucks in my city? The one near the gas station and the one Davis Square? More important - where is Microsoft going to get the database of pictures to which to compare mine? And, keep it up to date? I know the company (and others) are already working on “steet level” imagery…still - that’s a big job for say NYC, let alone the USA and beyond.

And, while there are many pics of say, me, on the Web, can they connect that it’s me to my pic? And what of privacy issues? This sounds more like a behind a firewall than a public app.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/19 at 09:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A shout to Mike Pegg at that blog on its first birthday. It’s one of the first blogs I read and continues to be among those on which I regularly depend. I have to say that the energy of those who pick a “smaller chunk” of our vastly expanding marketplace and document it are key for me and my colleagues as we try to knit together the bigger picture. Said another, we can stand on the shoulders of giants, and as such, try not to simply republish their good work.

We do link to that work, however. Look for the three “Other Points” I suggest are worth your time each day on the top right of this blog. Today read about Google Earth’s data update, an online spreadsheet app and some heavy duty business enterprise mashups.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/19 at 08:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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