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Its an old line. Couples. Beginning to get serious, asking the question: “Your Place or Mine?”.

This can be the start of a beautiful relationship. A complementary union.

I’m beginning to see this with software too. GIS is becoming the pretty girl (handsome chap) at the dance. Lots of potential suitors milling around.

GIS has been aloof for too long. Time to let your hair down and live a little.

Your Place or Mine GIS?

So why is GIS becoming the belle of the ball? The cloud and mobile have brought the technology out of the shadows; no longer the ugly duckling sitting in the corner.

How do I talk to you GIS?

The beginning has been slow. We’ve been a little shy, and at times hard to understand. But things are changing. We are learning that when approached, we don’t want to turn people away as soon as we open our mouth, talking about lines, and polygons, buffers and intersections. Gently, soothingly we have begun to ask about pain points and needs. Much better.

I’m Beautiful in my Own Special Way

Sure you are not the only attractive one around. Google, over the other side of the room, is getting plenty of attention. But we are different, unique in our own special way. Worth getting to know for our qualities (see our post on Is GIS really Google Maps on Steroids?). As Max Bialystock of The Producers famously said: “That’s it, baby, when you’ve got it, flaunt it, flaunt it!”

So Many Wonderful Suitors: Who Do I Choose?

Indeed, there are so many potential unions, okay integration’s. When we look at the work we have been doing these include:

1. Hardware Vendors – we have been working with providers of high accuracy GPS units, range finders and others. Data collection using mobile devices is huge. Collector for ArcGIS has brought to the fore the ability to “hydrate” a GIS. Improving the quality and type of data that can be collected in the field. Linking or integrating a system of record with associated feature data is becoming a very important part of our work as a company.

2. Other Platforms – So many other platorms have realised the benefit of integrating with GIS. I’ve mention this is other posts but we worked with a mining company in 2015 integrating their mining data which was stored in the acQuire mining platform with ArcGIS. Now exploration geologists can collect samples in the field using an application built using the ArcGIS Javascript API, and push that data back into acQuire. The next phase will be pulling data from acQuire and analyzing this data using ArcGIS.

3. LI as part of BI – In our 2016 predictions blog post we discussed the integration of GIS into business intelligence (BI) platforms. We think there will be serious platform integration’s in 2016 bringing location intelligence (LI) and business intelligence (BI) under one umbrella. Any BI platform which has integrated GIS capabilities will provide a huge competitive advantage to subscribers.

So how do we finish this blog post? With Danny Kaye and the Ugly Duckling (of course):



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