March 26, 2007
Pitney Bowes to Acquire MapInfo
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Michael Hickey, CEO of MapInfo

GISWeekly: Is Pitney Bowes is going to take MapInfo private?

Michael Hickey: No. In terms of consolidation, although we don’t directly compete in products, we’re all competing for customers’ time and money that they can focus on deploying systems to improve their business. The IT dollars that are out there to support all these companies, applications and platforms, are just not there anymore, that’s part of consolidation too. Customers aren’t taking chances on technology anymore. They’re more pragmatic about what they want to do. They want to be sure they get ROI for what they’re investing in. Those two factors are leading to the consolidation of the whole industry. Certainly Oracle is at the forefront of
that with all they’ve done.

GISWeekly: Will the product line continue to stay the same? Do you see any major changes for the customers?

Michael Hickey:
Generally what we’re hoping is they like our vision and they like our strategy, and they want us to keep doing it, but faster and bigger, and now we have the muscle with us to help us do it faster and bigger. My guess is that the customers will be the ones who benefit from those investments of us bringing either bringing joint products together when we acquire other companies or investing in building out new feature functions or new products in themselves. In the end that’s where the customers will get the benefit from it.

GISWeekly: How do you see MapInfo products being used at Pitney Bowes?

Michael Hickey:
They started around the postage metering, and moved their business into helping their customers manage and clean their addresses. Now they’re moving from an address that goes on an envelope to an address that goes on the earth, a lat long. They feel that’s a natural progression for them to go from postal to address to lat long and be able to do location intelligence and manage the whole customer communication management chain with their clients, all the way to the back end when they’re cleaning data for them, to the point where they’re helping them prepare mailings, all the way to the outside where they can actually help them prospect and
find new customers. They look at our Envinsa platform as a key for them to really plug in to the enterprise and make the enterprise location aware, because it has a web services architecture so you can add functionality to a lot of the existing systems, etc. Our platform can sit next to your other platforms and be a web services that your other platforms can call on for functionality and the data sets as needed. It is very easy to make that enterprise location enabled.

We do think there’s a lot of opportunity especially because Pitney Bowes is a $5.7 billion company which now gives us as MapInfo a lot more muscle, punch and weight and we’re not the little guys out there anymore.

Top News of the Week

GeoEye announced the acquisition of M.J. Harden Associates, Inc. from General Electric Company. M.J. Harden is an industry-leading provider of digital aerial imagery and geospatial information solutions. GeoEye completed the acquisition of M.J. Harden's outstanding stock on March 15, 2007, and will operate the company as a wholly owned subsidiary. M.J. Harden, located in Mission, Kansas, has about 60 employees. As part of the agreement, GE will continue to own and operate the pipeline GIS consulting, software and data management business under GE's PII Integrity Services Division. M.J. Harden will continue to work together with PII to provide photogrammetry and geospatial
services to support PII's Pipeline Integrity Services business.

I.S. Consulting (ISC) announced the release of MapDotNet Server 2007. MapDotNet Server 2007 is a Web Services based GIS platform that enables enterprise developers to easily integrate GIS capabilities into web applications. The product is bundled with an SDK for developers that includes ASP.Net server controls and a complete GIS object model for use in Microsoft Visual Studio. MapDotNet Server 2007 provides organizations with the ability to quickly bring legacy spatial business data to the web for enterprise and consumer use. ISC has embraced the Web 2.0 movement by integrating complete support for Microsoft’s Virtual Earth API and AJAX for ASP.Net. MapDotNet Server
2007 is the only commercial tile server for Virtual Earth, making it the bridge between an organization’s internal GIS and emerging web-based consumer mapping technology.

The first version of the
National Building Information Modeling Standard(TM)(NBIMS) was released for a two month industry review period . The document titled "National Building Information Modeling Standard Version 1.0 -- Part 1: Overview, Principles, and Methodologies" provides the capital facilities industry with its first comprehensive look at the full scope of requirements for Building Information Modeling (BIM). The review period will span from March 12, 2007, until May 21, 2007. Those interested in reviewing the document can obtain it from the
NIBS National BIM Standard(TM) Website . This document is the first to be issued under the new NIBS buildingSMART(R) Alliance initiative announced February 27, 2007.

To create a global news event around
Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new look unveiled in November 2006, PR giant Weber Shandwick proposed building a physical logo so large that it would be visible from space.

Dubbed the “Face From Space” by the project team, the new KFC logo (which adds a red apron to the Colonel’s familiar double-breasted white suit) would be appreciated by more than astronauts and aliens. It would be photographed using an earth-orbiting satellite and processed to produce interactive web-based graphics that would let visitors to KFC’s website and other sites like YouTube zoom in seconds through space toward earth to view the logo.


TC Technology announces the purchase of
Tadpole Cartesia, Inc. from Tadpole Technology plc. through a management buy-out. As a result of the sale, Tadpole Cartesia, Inc. will now do business as TC Technology. TC Technology has retained the expertise behind the marketing, development, and support of GO! Sync.

As part of this transaction, TC Technology is granted an exclusive license by Tadpole Technology to distribute GO! Sync within North America. TC Technology has the right to further develop and enhance GO! Sync.

AnchorFree, a directory of over 15,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots has joined
Tele Atlas ContentLink(TM), making its free wireless internet location data easily accessible to global application developers and GPS device manufacturers. Tele Atlas ContentLink, launched by Tele Atlas, is designed to streamline time-to-market by allowing developers to rapidly discover and obtain the latest content provided by publishers such as free Wi-Fi hotspot data.


Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced that
Bentley Systems, Incorporated has upgraded to become a Principal Member in the OGC.

Principal Members have complete authority over the specification release and adoption process through their voting rights in the Planning Committee (PC). It is by PC vote that OpenGIS Specifications are approved and released by the Consortium. PC Members participate in planning and management of the Consortium's technology development process, evaluate and provide guidance on market direction and Consortium focus, possess Technical Committee voting rights, have approval authority for OGC policies and procedures, and vote to elect members of the OGC Board of Directors.

COFPAES Administrator John Palatiello this week dispelled the myth that the
Brooks Act litigation would mean that only licensed architects, engineers and surveyors would be eligible for Federal geospatial or GIS contracts if the court rules in favor of MAPPS, COFPAES, et al.

“This misconception is terribly inaccurate and categorically untrue,” said Palatiello, speaking at the American Congress on Surveying & Mapping (ACSM) Conference on March 12 in St. Louis. “Numerous Federal geospatial contracts have been awarded via the Brooks Act qualifications based selection (QBS) process to firms that are not traditional architectural, engineering or surveying firms. These firms have included ESRI, BAE Systems, Raytheon, Space Imaging and Harris Corp.”

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