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Time for me to get my knuckles rapped by more than just the few for a blog post. Its time to get in trouble with you all!!

Now would I really?

What I actually mean is:

“The GIS community smells GREAT.” 

Its true. The GIS community is fab. The business.

And what a year we have had. A year of evolution. That’s slow. Right? It is. But evolution (as against revolution) is gradual, unforced change. Darwinism. Sure its slow. Yeah, it can be painful. But the path is forward. The endpoint survival. Well in our case wider acceptance and use. In short, more love.

My reflection on 2016: A Year of Geospatial Growing Pains. Yes growing pains. Those who know GIS …. moving to new “stuff”. Those who don’t know GIS … leveraging new “stuff” for the first time.

Isn’t life all about challenges. Well we have them. But the challenges we face are super cool. Bringing geography: geographic thinking, methods and tools to everybody. I was a poorly misunderstood geography teen, now I’m a grown up geographer I’m better understood, but still working damned hard at it believe me!

Where does my company fit into the big scheme of things?

  • Hard core ‘must be impossible’ GIS development. Check!
  • Hand holding guidance from problem to GIS solution. Check!

Brilliant.

Forgive me but some quick 2016 shout outs:

Yeming, Matt, Joe, Spencer, Chad, Tom and our amazing team. Thanks.

Karyn, Ryan, Clarke, Nigel, Eddie, Sean, Joe, Mark, Jenny, Christina, Kandar. Such a pleasure working with you guys looking forward to continuing together in 2017.

SSP Innovations. A truly unique company. A pleasure partnering with you guys.

To our good friends: DataCapable, cmapsanalytics, Esri. Let’s keep moving towards working more closely together.

One big happy family. We hope so. Passionate people trying to improve the understanding of the power of geography to solve important business problems. Ground breaking.

Let’s keep smelling great and continue to drive forward.

Want to get keep track of new developments in the world of maps and GIS?  Download a free copy of our white paper ‘From Where to There’, which provides a road map for solving problems with intelligent maps and GIS.

matt_sheehanAuthor: Matt Sheehan

Matt Sheehan is a Principal at WebMapSolutions. Matt evangelizes GIS and intelligent maps around the world through keynotes, articles, tweets and his books. Follow him on Twitter:

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