James Buckley, Pitney Bowes senior vice president and general manager, Location Intelligence, spoke to GISVoice this week about the recent launch of the Spectrum Spatial platform, built on MapInfo technology, that delivers advanced location intelligence for businesses to manage and deliver location data centrally.
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In an interview with James Fairweather, Vice President of Architecture, Technology and Experience for Pitney Bowes Inc., he answered the following questions about the new collaboration on IBM’s “BlueMix” platform-as-a-service. This collaboration is designed to develop new hybrid cloud location intelligence services that help businesses unearth deeper customer insights based on geography, enabling them to deliver more personalized services and contextually relevant experiences.
1) Can you tell me how hybrid cloud location services are different than other location based services?
“Applications that need to leverage big data-residing in both public and private clouds, especially real-time data and analytics, benefit from hybrid cloud location services. For developers, it’s a system that significantly reduces the time needed to create an application. For businesses, it’s a system which allows line-of-business users to easily create applications without needing a high level of technical know-how.
In a conversation with John Fisher, CEO of Canadian-based DMTI Spatial, we discussed that company’s acquisition by mailroom solutions provider, Neopost. According to the press release, Neopost is progressively building a portfolio of new activities to enhance its offering and support its clients’ needs in areas of Customer Communications Management, Data Quality and Shipping Solutions, including logistics and traceability. Neopost has a direct presence in 30 countries, with 6,000 employees and annual sales of €1.1 billion in 2012. Its products and services are sold in more than 90 countries.
Neopost has been growing a software division around data quality for the past several years, and were looking for a company that had deep location expertise to add to the mix. They approached DMTI Spatial and they began working together, and eventually Neopost decided to acquire the location based data quality solutions company.
For about three years, I have been watching Autodesk do interesting things with their GIS division, finally rolling some great mapping products into their Infrastructure Division. The sense was that Autodesk was primarily a provider of software for the built environment, with its GIS products designed with the architect or engineer in mind.
In a press release issued by Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) today the company announced their research findings the predict what top 10 metro areas in the U.S. are most likely to be successful in their quarterly retail sales growth for the remainder of 2009 and into 2010.
From the press release….”Pitney Bowes Business Insight compiled the data using MarketPulse™, a market analysis tool that uses current macroeconomic variables to understand and predict store performance.
To predict which U.S. cities are most likely to experience the best relative retail health, Pitney Bowes Business Insight identified the highest-ranked markets for anticipated average quarterly comparative sales growth over the next six quarters in the drug store, high-end, mid-tier and value retail sectors. The following metros have the greatest potential for retail sales recovery and/or growth in 2010:
1. Austin, TX: Regarded as a cultural and economic center, Austin shows consistent healthy growth in gross metropolitan product, personal disposable income and consumer expenditures, ranking the city in the top five for all four retail sectors.
2. Baltimore, MD: This city’s higher than average projected growth in the mid-tier and high-end retail sectors are driven by the projected rebound in gross metro product and employment in 2010.
3. Houston, TX: The largest city in Texas, Houston shows strong comparative sales growth in the mid-tier and high-end retail sectors.
4. Dallas, TX: Buoyed by the growth of disposable income in 2010, increased housing construction and an increase in gross metro product by the second half of 2010, this economic center ranks in the top ten for comparable sales growth for the drug store and value retail categories.
5. San Antonio, TX: Sustained by higher than average growth in gross metro product heading into 2010, San Antonio is expected to be a top market in the drug store and value retail sectors.
6. Washington, DC: Like its neighbor Baltimore, this market is projected to experience an increase in employment in 2010 and continued modest gross metro product growth, leading the way in the value and drug store retail sectors.
7. Seattle, WA: With one of the highest projected increases in gross metro product in the nation, this market shows evidence of renewed growth in the value retail sector.
8. Kansas City, MO-KS: Predicted GDP growth and continued strength in disposable income puts this metro area in the top 10 for the drug, value and mid-tier retail sectors.
9. Providence, RI: This northeastern market is projected to have above average GDP growth for 2009 and favorable growth into 2010, ranking it in the top 10 for mid-tier and high-end retail.
10. Columbus, OH: Fueled by expected growth in the housing market and moderate gross metro product growth, this market is expected to experience growth in the mid-tier retail sector.