GISCafe Weekly Review May 15th, 2014

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Solving Real-World Problems with GeoMedia 2014: Hands-on Training at HxGN LIVE
May 14, 2014  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Real-life problems arise very quickly, change continuously, and can involve geographic information in a large variety of formats, sources and types. Does your analysis software make sense of it all in order to make rapid, informed decisions based on the timeliest data?

Good, dynamic analysis should be able to quickly access inputs from diverse sources, including elevation surfaces, vectors for roadways or waterways or utility lines, point locations for incidents, 3D models for buildings, LiDAR point clouds and video. It should also be able to nimbly adjust to the ever-changing parameters and circumstances of the real world.

Pitney Bowes announces Spectrum Spatial platform
May 13, 2014  by Susan Smith

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.


Cloud, mobile, platform, location analytics, security, location strategy, indoor … GIS is in a state of flux. That’s a challenge. Am i still useful? What’s our best future path? Confusion and uncertainty.

Disruption can be tough.

The technology is moving so fast. Its hard to keep pace. Flex is out HTML5 in. Responsive design. Cross-platform. Multi-device. ArcGIS Online. Storymaps. Templates. Dashboards. Integration.

Esri are moving their messaging to platform.

So many Esri partners and GIS companies in general are still focused on how they have always worked with GIS; their solutions in isolation. Is cloud GIS a threat? ArcGIS platform?

HP’s DL380z Virtual Workstation announced
May 9, 2014  by Susan Smith

Jeff Groudan, worldwide director, Thin Client and Virtual Workstation Product Management and Jim Christensen, product manager at HP, talked about the announcement this week of the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation solution that is a combination of HP’s server hardware technology and the integration of it into the true workstation ecosystem, delivered out of the Workstation Business unit.


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