“The Rise of the Cloud = the Demise of the Desktop” What it will take for GIS companies to weather the cloud computing storm

22 September 2010, LIGeoCloud, Newseum’s Knight Conference Center, Washington DC, eSpatial, a pioneer in SaaS GIS and leading provider of GIS and Location Information Solutions today announced its vision for Cloud Computing and SaaS GIS and what this means for the GIS industry. 

CEO, Philip O’Doherty spoke about the effects of cloud computing on the GIS industry. High on his agenda was how SaaS and cloud computing will become the dominant delivery method for geospatial capabilities in enterprise and line-of-business information systems. Elaborating on his insightful presentation title “The Rise of the Cloud = the Demise of the Desktop” he explained that that the accessibility, lower cost and flexibility that comes with SaaS GIS means it will eventually take over from today’s incumbent desktop solutions.

In his presentation, Philip discussed what it will take for GIS companies to “weather the cloud computing storm” telling the audience that “GIS companies will have to stop thinking like software companies and start thinking and acting like service providers”. Discussing what is required to move from providing traditional on-premise solutions to offering GIS software purely as a service, he commented “in order to be successful, ‘GIS as a Service’ has got to do more to bridge the yawning gap between consumer mapping applications and traditional corporate GIS”.

About eSpatial’s SaaS GIS:
iSMART SaaS GIS offers full function online GIS, eliminating dependency on traditional desktop client software. eSpatial’s SaaS GIS is a revolutionary new product that combines the ease of use and deployment of Consumer map products with all of the analytic and management capabilities of a GIS and all the benefits of a cloud computing solution.

About eSpatial
Since 1997, eSpatial has been helping businesses improve efficiencies and reduce costs through effective use of spatial data. We provide full-function GIS and Location Information over the web and in the Cloud as SaaS GIS. With eSpatial's SaaS GIS you can create, view, edit, analyze and share geographic information and business data whilst gaining all the benefits of a cloud computing solution. eSpatial helps organizations answer questions, solve problems and plan ahead by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared as digital maps. eSpatial’s award winning solutions deliver easy-to-use yet powerful GIS functionality over the web providing universal access and faster integration.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Orla Power, Head of Marketing and PR, eSpatial Solutions Ltd., Swords Business Park, Co. Dublin, Ireland. t: +353.1.870.8800, f: +353.1.870.8899, email: Email Contact
www.espatial.com





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