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Thursday, March 27, 2008

We know Wall Street is fickle but this time the numbers add up just fine. Oracle reported Q3 results which disappointed investors because sales of new Oracle application licenses grew just 7% compared to 63% in Q2. While total software revenue grew 21%, Wall Street focused on new applications. It is important to recognize that this is the sweet spot of potential geospatial revenue as well. While we tend to think of only Oracle Spatial/Locator as a feature set, the growth in geospatially-enabled applications, specifically Oracle applications in vertical markets, is where the growth will be. If we see this part of the business slowing, then its likely the adoption of spatially-enable applications will be affected. Caution: this is just a forecast only because in speaking with Oracle at the Oracle Spatial Users Group meeting, interest in vertical applications for spatial are humming along.

by Joe Francica on 03/27 at 09:47 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Geoff Zeiss notes on his blog Autodesk has deals with data providers to offer up discounts on data. Whose data? DigitalGlobe (via its acquisition GlobExplorer), NAVTEQ (via ADCI), Intermap and Weatherbug (that link was broken when I tried it). Offers vary - DigitalGlobe offers a limited 14 day trial and Intermap a percentage discount. Worth a look if you are in the market.

The title of offer’s Web page: High Resolution Earth Images for AutoCAD Map 3D. (Might want to update that since there’s more than imagery and the data are for other products, too.)

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 03:36 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The good news? DWG Trueview 2009, as the viewer is called, is free (registration form required) and from Autodesk so it’s got the same engine used in AutoCAD. It converts to older formats DWG formats to other old and the new 2009 format and includes tools to print, measure, visualize.

The bad news? It’s an 193 Mb download.

via Tenlinks Daily

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 02:55 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the word from Cambridge, where academics ran the numbers. Land registrations occur any time real estate changes hands.

[It seems its possible for] a simple surcharge on Land Registry transactions to make up any loss in direct revenues from making the Ordnance Survey’s MasterMap, its most detailed map, available for free. The calculated benefits according to the study by Cambridge academics for the Treasury are dramatic: for a cost of between £12m and £30m in “lost” revenues from sales of its MasterMap and Large Scale Topo products, the wider economy would benefit by £168m.

- The Guardian

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 07:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Richard Florida’s new book is called Who’s Your City and argues essentially that. As Tracy Certo puts it at Metromedia: “the creative economy is making where you live the most important decision of your life.” Or, in other words, geography does matter, though it’s hard for me at least to tease cause from effect. The article offers an interview with the author and a YouTube clip of him on the Colbert Report.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/27 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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