I’m too antsy to relax easily. Yet being in Europe, as I blogged about yesterday, has been easy. Sure its business and pleasure. But I’ve enjoyed the perspective it has given me.
The Power of Applying Geo-technology/Data to Solve a Problem
Sometimes its good to step back and reflect. Sure I live and love geography: location, the how/why in the where …. call it what you will. I think most of my time is truly spent thinking about ways to apply geography in the real world (I’d never express things in these terms with clients).
But, I fear sometimes we get wrapped up in following the thoughts of others ‘more qualified that us’.
And that’s a big mistake
What do you think? What does your gut tell you? How do we best answer geo-based questions using geo-technology?
Sure we see lots of solutions out there. Some more complete and comprehensive than others. But every problem requires a different approach. Often a unique approach. As a GIS consultant your customers expect you to know the best solution to their problem (given their budget), not the nearest fit. That’s no criticism of any one solution. Its a call for flexibility on approaching problems.
Sometimes I need to shake my head. To clear constrained thinking (and that applies to more than geo-technology). I spend too much time seeing poorly educated clients with nearly solutions. That’s a black mark against geo-technology and GIS . It reflects badly on us all.
If we are to widen the adoption and use of geo-technology we need to apply the right solution to solve a customer problem. To guide customers down the path. Anything less under-serves our customers and our industry.
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Author: Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan is a Principal at WebMapSolutions. Matt evangelizes GIS and location intelligence around the world through keynotes, articles, tweets and his books. Follow him on Twitter: