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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

There was some irony in the fact that nearly every presentation by Autodesk executives at Autodesk University (AU) this year mentioned the company's migration of its software solutions to a cloud computing environment but its major sponsors were all hardware vendors. Lenovo, HP, Intel and Dell were the premier exhibitors at AU. Upon entering the exhibit floor you might have thought it was a throwback to the glamour days of the PC.

If the cloud was the buzz word at AU, there was not a netbook to be found. In fact, quite the opposite as many of the sponsors where demonstrating high-end deskside units with dual monitor configurations. "Big iron" is still in demand and much needed in the era of "big data." So, does this mean that the processing, storage and analytical speeds necessary for true IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions is not quite ready for prime time?

Perhaps as we eventually have broadband for everyone that reaches from Barrow to Botswana that that will be the catalyst for other changes in the way we do computing today and usher is Cloud 2.0. But for now, even 3G can't be found everywhere in the U.S.

Linking the world with high speed wireless broadband will come. At that point, we'll see an even greater adoption of SaaS solutions. But until that time, give me a fast laptop with lots of memory and a big hard disc ... and throw in that 802.11 thing as well.
 

Editor's note: Autodesk partially supported travel to Autodesk Univeristy 2012.

by Joe Francica on 11/28 at 09:16 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

During a press conference at Autodesk Univeristy in Las Vegas, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass reaffirmed what he has said for some time that "I do believe that everything is moving to the cloud." Asked to clarify what he meant, he said that "There are a lot of applications that will [still] be done on the desktop. Whether Autodesk does it or not, I can't think of a single function that won't necessarily be done in the cloud."

Asked whether there was some resistence by Autodesk users to make the move as fast as the company is making the switch he said that people are already living in the cloud with their personal applications and that there are somewhat different issues for them. "Foremost in people's mind is security, privacy, reliability, confidential information. Some of those concerns will fall by the wayside."

Asked to provide a specific reason for users to fully embrace the cloud for design software Bass said, "In many cases, for anyone to move to any technology platform you have to do more than what people have today. So what's the compelling event? I think what you will see in the cloud is that it will look like every other disruptive technology. Some people will downplay it. Some will poo poo it." He characterized the cloud to be just like all the other disruptive technologies in that some will find no need for it but others will find its utility.
 

Editor's Note: Autodesk partially funded travel to Autodesk Univeristy

by Joe Francica on 11/28 at 08:32 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Back on Nov 13 MapQuest announced the acquisition of a travel site devoted to documenting one's travels. I've never heard of it.

Today we are thrilled to announce that MapQuest/AOL has acquired Everlater. For the last few years MapQuest has been quietly laying the groundwork to expand beyond their core offering into the wide world of travel. We have been watching their transformation and are excited that we will be joining them to help build the future of travel online.

- Everlater via @gletham

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has released a new locator service for smartphones. It uses Geographic Information Systems data, but it doesn’t produce a map typically associated with GIS data. Instead, it simply displays the information for a location.

What information?

The results show location, county, township, range and section, as well as nearest city, sunrise and sunset for your specific location, hunting zone. If available, it also displays the address and parcel information for your location.

I have to believe those data are important for hunting.

- Magnolia Reporter

The Adelaide City Council is making use of an “Adelaide Report It” smartphone and mobile app, enabling citizens to post concerns about graffiti, malfunctioning traffic lights, potholes, or other potentially-hazardous maintenance issues.

It's the first city in Australia to use CitySourced. The article cites more than 20 U.S. cities using the app.

- FutureGov

This is so totally epic. Go to QSView.com and start typing in an address, place name, or location. The site will automagically go to the address it predicts you're thinking of, complete with Google Street View images. Amazing, right?

Yep, pretty cool - but had to visit London, then San Deigo before i hit the south side of Chicago (my college dorm).

- GIzmodo

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/28 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Amazon's Map API first announced in September is now (as of Tuesday) part of the fully functional Amazon Mobile SDK for building on its Kindle Fire devices.

What does it do?

  • Interactive Maps. You can embed a Map View in your app for customers to pan, zoom and fling around the world. You have the option to display a user’s current location, switch between standard maps and satellite view, and more.
  • Custom Overlays. You can display the locations of businesses, landmarks and other points of interest with your own customized markers and pins.

Among the current users of Amazon Maps: Hipmunk, Evernote, Trulia and Zillow.

Amazon Mobile App DIstribution Blog (maybe shorten that?) via The Next Web

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/28 at 06:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Piers Higgs of Gaia Resources shares the news:

I spent all of last week on the road in Canberra, for a few different reasons, but the one that took up most of the week was the Spatial@gov conference – and it turns out, this is the last time we’ll see that conference.  Instead, a range of industry bodies (including our industry associations SIBA and SSSI) will group together to run a single joint spatial conference in March 2014.  That’s an exciting opportunity for the whole industry – and we really need some opportunities.

My colleague has argued for a similar event in the U.S. but it's not happened (yet).

- Gaia Resources Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/28 at 04:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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