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Friday, August 11, 2006

Joe Francica spoke with Jeanne Foust and Keith Ryden about ESRI support of standards and its work in interoperability. This conversation, captured in the podcast, was in reponse to a reader submitted question: What is ESRI doing to facilitate growth of standards-based toolsets to establish OGC services on top of an ESRI data store? This thirteen minute podcast was recorded on August 9.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 08/11 at 05:03 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Now that we’ve posted four podcasts from the ESRI User Conference and I’ve spoken to people in and outside the industry, I want to disple some of the misconceptions I heard.

I can’t listen; I don’t have an iPod.

Individual podcast episodes (programs) are saved as .MP3 files. So, if you have a player for that format, you can listen. Most people using a desktop/laptop PC have an MP3 included with the operating system or one is available for free. I’ve got a cool device that plugs into the cigarette lighter in my car that allows me to play MP3 on a thumb drive through my radio (no iPod needed). It was about $35.

I don’t have time to listen to a podcast.

Just like TV shows, some podcasts are long and some are short. We note the length of each when posting. All of our podcasts from the ESRI User Conference are about 10 minutes long.

It’s the same stuff as in the magazine, right?

That one’s from my Dad. No, actually the podcast content is for the most part not included in our articles or blog posts.

It’s just interviews with corporate folks…dull!

While we do intend to include some interviews with industry players, much of the coverage of the conference is me speaking with Joe Francica about what he saw and heard. It’s very much the sort of conversation I suspect many readers would have with friends who attended the event.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/11 at 09:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

This was mentioned earlier in the year, but it’s now available, at least in Asia Pacific.  Dell now offers a Platinum Plus (ZDnet)service plan for its new dual-core Xeon PowerEdge and EMC-based storage systems. It’s geared to help grow it business user segment. What brought this the attention of GIS folks was the promise of integration with Google Earth to help users track trouble tickets in their organization.

But the real eye candy is the use of Google Earth Pro to provide real-time tracking of all service and support activities affecting your company via an Enterprise Command Centre, which taps into Dell’s own five worldwide command centres.

“Customers can drill down to the location of global sites, see current dispatches and zoom in for the detailed status of each job,” says [Tim] Griffin [regional director of Services Sales & Marketing].

The choice of the term “eye candy” will please some who consider Google Earth “just” a visualization toy with no geoprocessing. On the other hand, this sort of low level decision support interface for managers, may be just what the doctor ordered. The article goes on to note that Jacqueline Heng of Gartner feels that most companies provide about the same level of service. Perhaps such a map will be a required feature in all service offerings?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/11 at 07:38 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A new public high school will pop up at MapInfo headquarters in North Greenbush, NY next fall. It was created by state legislation and funding from The New Technology Foundation and the state of New York, totalling $1.2 million was announced yesterday.

Next fall about 30 students will begin in the freshman class and focus on science and technology. When I spoke with MapInfo representatives at the New York State Geospatial Summit in June, plans were afoot to get students involved with the company.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/11 at 07:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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