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Thursday, April 28, 2005

General Motors has an existing extensive BI system for tracking vehicle histories, warranty work patterns and geographically orientated service issues. The next consideration which is already a technical possibility, is to explore doing vehicle software upgrades and recalibrations via OnStar as a datalink. The advantage for the users is that software currency can be maintained without visiting the dealer. This can be a continuous process or done on request. Another feature of this potential system is that system problems in the vehicle can be spotted before component failure occurs and the user notified. Could this level if BI, LI and Telematics user in a new era of customer service? Are you driving ignition management version 2.0 yet or still getting less than optimized performance using the old version 1.5?

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by Adena Schutzberg on 04/28 at 01:02 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Some think that Frank Warmerdam is only a player in the open source community. If you use commercial GIS software, its very likely some of Frank’s own code, or code he enhanced, is in there. Check out this interview with Frank to get a sense of both him and his components. Oh, and he’s pretty funny, too.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/28 at 08:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Intergraph announced a restructuring of its operations from four to two divisions today. The plan calls for combining its Mapping and Geospatial Division, Public Safety Division, and Federal Divison into a single business unit called Security, Goverment, and Infrastructure (SG&I). Frankly, I’ve lost count of how many times the company has see-sawed between the marriage and divorce of these divisions. If memory serves, this is at least the third time these divisions have been together during the last decade. Ostensibly, resources are combined, development staffs leverage the same code base, and sales teams act to offer a suite of solutions to match any client need. Is this a good move? It was a good move ten years ago but eventually somebody gets a burr in their saddle that a specific industry solution, like an E911 Dispatching center, deserves a specific focus, a dedicated sales team that knows how to talk the language and very specialized software. Halsey Wise, CEO, is quoted in the press release say, "Streamlining our business into two divisions is part of our effort to leverage our technology more effectively and to capitalize on the cross selling opportunities that exist between our operations." I think I remember hearing the same quote ten years ago by then president Tommy Steele. The company has come full circle…or is it running in circles. It is hard to tell.
 

by Joe Francica on 04/27 at 10:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Coming off of Intergraph’s user conference this week, the company’s mapping division reported declining year over year revenues and profits. Both declines were modest. However, any decline should be a signal that the company is not headed in the right direction. Q1 is typically a slow period for the company but I’m sure that a decline in profits is not what CEO Halsey Wise had in mind. If his three phase plan of NOW-NEXT-AFTER NEXT continues in this direction, the company will be an ‘after thought’ in the geospatial marketplace. I’m sure in the mind of INGR management that things are going well. But you can’t hide from your competition. The quarterly profit was $600K and the operating margin was a mere 1.3%. By comparison, MapInfo Corporation reported its Q2 numbers during the same period with a profit of $3.9 Million, up 35% with an operating margin of 11%. And this is on revenues of approximately $35 Million versus Intergraph IMGS division of $49.3 Million. The numbers tell the story.
 

by Joe Francica on 04/27 at 09:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

 

The state of California has a public records law entitling requestors to data at cost of duplication. Some municipalities charge fees beyond that cost. The attorney general is seeking opinions on the matter before April 30th. Details and background information are available from the Open Data Consortium.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/27 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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