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April 19, 2004
The Move from Client-based to Server-based Platforms
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Welcome to GISWeekly! A lot has been written about server-based platforms and very specifically location servers in the past weeks and months. Whether a move from client-based systems to server-based systems is to become a widespread trend among high-end customers is yet to be seen. Recently, GISWeekly asked consultants and vendors what they thought about the migration of customers from client-based mapping systems to server based platforms. Comments can be found in this week's Industry News section.


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Industry News

The Move from Client-based to Server-based Platforms

By Susan Smith


Recently, GISWeekly asked consultants and vendors what they thought about the migration of customers from client-based mapping systems to server based platforms. Whether a move from client-based systems to server-based systems is to become a widespread trend among high-end customers is yet to be seen.


The question posed was as follows: What issues are triggering the move from client-based mapping systems to server-based platforms, including location servers?


David D. Holmes, Director of Worldwide Product Strategy, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions:


Some of the main reasons for the move from client-based mapping systems to server-based platforms are:
- Centralized processing - ensures consistency in analysis and process and reduces administrative costs.


- Better return on investment - ROI is greater with server capabilities as opposed to distributed capabilities. A single investment can serve more users than a rich client-based investment.


- Centralized processing independent of client side software - enables customers to have different client systems, but still have consistent processing on server.


- Ease of use and reduced training and development costs - typically, server-based platforms (thin client solutions) have been far easier to use than client-based software. Server-based solutions have fewer functions and use concepts familiar to anyone who uses a Web browser. This means deployment is faster with far less training than traditional solutions.


Mark Millman, Consultant:


Most of us are familiar with the concept of Just-In-Time (JIT) supply chains. We have heard that the practice of JIT ensures that unneeded inventory is minimized freeing up warehouse space and eliminating waste from obsolete or out of date stock. What most of us do not know is that the philosophy of Just-In-Time systems is based on continuous and forced problem solving and that the inventory related benefits are just a side-effect.
- JIT ensures that there is no where to hide poor quality. If the production plant can replace failed components from local inventory the necessity for 100% quality is eliminated. The warehouse safety-valve hides defects in the original parts.


- JIT ensures that component production is tuned to end-product production needs. Again, eliminating the warehouse eliminates the cushion and forces the entire supply chain to be synchronized. Production managers at every level and at every point along the chain must maintain production quality and quantity or else be exposed -- immediately.


In other words, the real benefit of Just-In-Time systems is that it forces all problems out in the open -- there is no where to hide errors or production short-falls.


In the world of geospatial data, shared server-based systems offer many of the same advantages as JIT does for supply chains. Server based systems
- force shared users to devise and adhere to published models.


- require participants to merge models or at least align them.


- necessitate communication and cooperation.


- expose data-hoarders


- ensure that different data sets are easily compared and this exposes problems in accuracy, precision, and qualitative content.


I don't believe that people are consciously using these reasons to move to server based solutions; but I do believe that they pose the challenge that lures participants. Who amongst us will admit that our data is not good enough, accurate or precise enough to participate in a shared repository -- even if it often isn't. Server based system naturally invite shared use by others within and beyond our enterprises. This broader community will provide a new demand for geospatial information, a demand that senior management will understand and fund. But this demand will likely be quite different from what we have traditionally provided. It may even not be what we "want" to create. As a
geo-spatial insider it is difficult to speculate on what a "real-world" user will demand but once our data is exposed in server based configurations I'm sure that we will finally find out.


Mike Tait, ArcWeb Services Product Manager, ESRI:


Two issues are triggering this move: First, total cost of ownership considerations are driving IT organizations to minimize the cost of managing desktop systems. To achieve this, they are moving applications off the desktop and into a server-based distributed computing model. Second, the need to share content and integrate business processes across and between organizations is driving the adoption of web services standards and technology. This technology is also server based and utilizes a distributed computing model.


John Chisum, Utility Product Line Manager, GE Network Reliability Products & Services (GE Smallworld)--


While we do see some GIS and mapping systems moving towards server-based platforms, we are not seeing that across the board. We do not see the 'Power Users' who make extensive use of spatial technology for network maintenance, real time outage management, heavy geographic analysis, and similar tasks making the move away from client-based systems. Power Users need client-based solutions because:
- These users need the power of the dedicated machine (rather than shared capability on a server) to deliver the performance required by their tasks.


- The client-based systems provide for very close interaction between the geospatial technology, the often rather large databases and the end user. Server-based solutions require significant bandwidth and server side processing to achieve the same results. Server-based solutions have been implemented, but the total cost of ownership of these solutions can prohibitive and the architecture ignores the ever more powerful client side machine, which is already in place in front of the user.


- High end users want capabilities that are not provided in server-based solutions. These range from programming tools to cache capabilities for large databases to extensible user interfaces. Once these capabilities are provided on the client machine, there is little motivation left for the shared application server-based architecture.


The unique needs of the high end user cannot be met with strictly server-based systems. We expect to see significant continued investment and user demand for client-based solutions.


For those GIS and mapping systems that are moving to server-based systems, we see the following drivers behind the choice to implement this type of architecture:
- Adherence to standard database architectures. Most industry players are moving towards standard databases such as Oracle. Once this approach is adopted, it becomes more difficult to produce client-based solutions because of the burden of providing the data access/replication functionality. Instead of providing this functionality in client-based solutions, vendors have put forth server-based solutions into the marketplace.


- Push towards browser based solutions. Just about every IT product brags internet capabilities these days. The move towards this capability has often placed just a browser on the client machine. With this configuration there are limitations of the type of processing that can happen client side, and a resulting need to provide that capability on the server side.


- Concern of system administration. It is fundamentally easier to administer a single server node as compared to having a data server and many client nodes with functionality installed. The quest for lower cost of ownership has driven some solutions onto a server-based configuration.


While both client-based and server-based solutions have advantages in specific applications, we do not see a long term trend away from client-based systems. The continual capability growth of the client computing environment (which must be purchased, installed and maintained in any configuration) and the unique needs of power users to have the data located close (rather than across the network from) their highly sophisticated geospatial technology combine to provide a strong future for client-based systems.


In the end, what GIS user isn't destined to grow into the realm of power user?




Acquisitions/Alliances


DigitalGlobe® and GlobeXplorer® LLC, a subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), have joined forces to make QuickBird high-resolution satellite imagery available to customers through GlobeXplorer's Internet server technology. The addition of QuickBird imagery to GlobeXplorer's existing database of aerial and satellite products gives customers instant, online access to the world's highest resolution commercial satellite imagery, and takes advantage of standards-based Web Mapping Services technology.


NovaLIS Technologies partnering with Satori Software, a Washington-based company specializing in address quality and mailing applications.


Tadpole-Cartesia, Inc. announced a business partner agreement with Trimble enabling it to integrate its GO! Sync for ArcPad software with Trimble's Mapping and GIS products, including the GeoExplorer® series of rugged GPS handheld receivers, the Trimble® Recon™ rugged handheld data collectors and GPS Pathfinder® systems. The result is an automated GIS/GPS data management system for mobile workers using Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PCs and ESRI's ArcPad® mobile GIS software within the ArcGIS environment in government, municipalities, utilities, telecommunications and other geocentric enterprises.




Announcements


MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq:
MAPS), a global software company, will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter results on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 10:00AM (EDT). The conference call will be Webcast live at
www.mapinfo.com/investors or
www.vcall.com. The second quarter earnings announcement will be issued at 7:00 AM (EDT) on April 21, 2004.


An audio replay of the call will be available starting at 12:00N (EDT) on April 21, 2004 through 5:30 PM (EDT) on April 28, 2004. To access the recording, domestic callers may dial into 800-642-1687 and international callers into 706-645-9291 (Code: 6817196).


ESRI announced several additions to services and data included in ArcWeb Services. Subscribers can now do batch geocoding, obtain demographic reports for specified regions, and access new data that includes weather forecasts, world administrative boundaries, and maps of New Zealand. ArcWeb Services give subscribers access to both GIS content and GIS capabilities-on demand. ESRI and SAS will offer Integrating SAS® Software with ArcGIS on May 6, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. This free live training seminar teaches managers, analysts, technicians, and others
familiar with either ArcGIS or SAS software how SAS software can be integrated with the ArcGIS platform.


Space Imaging completed a comprehensive asset management system (AMS) for the Marion County, Florida Engineering department valued at $2.8 million. Space Imaging's Solutions group developed the AMS for the county as a tool to manage a rapidly developing infrastructure to support rising population influxes and to help Marion County comply with the federal Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 34 (GASB 34) requirements.


Webraska Mobile Technologies and Psion Teklogix, (LSE: PON) , unveiled PsiNav Pro - a transport management system that provides in-cab audio-visual navigation information for the home delivery, courier and field service markets. Based on Psion Teklogix' netpad and powered by Webraska's SmartZone Navigation software, PsiNav Pro extracts delivery addresses from their daily delivery schedule and generates GPS-enabled turn-by-turn navigation instructions.


Galdos Systems Inc., creator of the Geography Markup Language (GML), the "XML for geospatial," announced Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, will present a keynote address at the upcoming GML Days 2004, in Vancouver, BC, July 25 - 29. This is the third annual conference on the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) and Web Services for geographic information systems (GIS). Intergraph is also a sponsor of the event.


A worthy cause for Earth Day (April 22) is the
WWF's “Pennies for the Planet” campaign, whereby kids participate and raise money. In the past five months, kids have raised $15,000, while learning about wildlife and wild places.


World Communications Center (WCC), a provider of global satellite voice and data communications, has announced the launch of MariTrack (
www.ssassolutions.com). This maritime security and communications solution leverages the global coverage and advanced encryption of Iridium technology to meet and exceed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) and Vessel Monitoring Services (VMS).


GeoSpatial Experts is now an authorized reseller of the new Ricoh digital camera with automatic image geo-coding: the Caplio Pro G3. When bundled with GPS-Photo Link's new Ricoh Edition software they provide a unique and simple way to map photos. It's the perfect combination for photo mapping.


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions' online education course, "Introduction to Geographic Information Science (GIS)," has been updated for the next version of GeoMedia(R) Professional and the new class begins May 24. With an extended deadline of May 7 for registration, this online education program provides a theoretical and hands-on understanding of GIS. The course is suitable for both existing users of GeoMedia Professional or other GIS technology, as well as those new to GIS within the academic or commercial community. Upon completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to take an examination in order to gain GeoMedia Professional Certified User status
and
an Intergraph Certificate in GIS Integrated Geospatial Theory. In addition to gaining these certifications, participants earn points toward GIS Professional (GISP) recognition by the GIS Certification Institute. For more information or to register, visit .


Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced HP's support for the Autodesk® Design Web Format™(DWF™), the optimum file format for the distribution, communication and printing of engineering and design documents. The two companies will combine HP's leadership in large-format printers with Autodesk's expertise in design and engineering software to offer a highly efficient method of exchanging and printing design documents throughout the engineering project lifecycle. Together, HP and Autodesk will leverage their knowledge to address the requirements of building, manufacturing and infrastructure design professionals who need to continually improve productivity and simplify the
process of printing engineering documents.


PCI Geomatics will host two major events later this month- the 49th Open GIS Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings (April 19-22) and Canadian Interoperability Day (April 23) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


The Tellers Committee reported that Kari J. Craun won the election over Alan W. Voss to become ASPRS Vice President for 2004. Once she is sworn in as President in 2006, Craun will be the fifth woman to hold that office since the Society was founded in 1934. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in May, Russell Congalton moves into the position of president; Karen Schuckman becomes president-elect, and Donald Lauer becomes past president. Craun is Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Mid-Continent Mapping Center in Rolla, Missouri.


In the three races for Assistant Division Director, Clifford J. Mugnier was elected assistant director for the Photogrammetric Applications Division, Thomas R. Loveland was chosen as assistant director for the Remote Sensing Applications Division, and Daniel J. Paulsen was elected assistant director for the Professional Practice Division. Each will serve a two-year term as assistant director then rise to a two-year term as division director. Mugnier is a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Civil and Environment Engineering and is chief
of Geodesy at the LSU Center of GeoInformatics, New Orleans, Louisiana. Loveland is a research geographer for the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Paulsen serves as a Geospatial project manager for Pacific Western Technologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico.




Going on at GITA


Geospatial Information & Technology Association (
GITA) announced that it is anticipating attendance at its upcoming Annual Conference 27 in Seattle to break last year's attendance record. This year's event is slated for April 25-28, 2004 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. GITA's 2003 event drew 2,256 geospatial professionals. The following are some of the highlights to look forward to at that conference:


Hitachi Software Global Technology (HSGT) announcing its latest release of its open spatial data integration solution, Any*GIS, that now implements the Web Mapping Service (WMS) interface of the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). HSGT is participating in the Live Interoperability Demonstration of the Open GIS Consortium at GITA. This interactive demonstration will illustrate Any*GIS' ability to integrate and web-enable data and applications across distributed networks, multiple processing platforms, and vendor formats.


Members of the Open GIS Consortium (
OGC) will demonstrate information sharing between different organizations and servers using OpenGIS(R) Interface Specifications at the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA) Annual Conference 27 in Seattle, Washington April 25-28, 2004.


OGC members will demonstrate how their products take advantage of OGC interfaces to optimize discovery, access, integration and application of geospatial information and applications on servers accessible via the Internet. Vendors will illustrate a range of OpenGIS Specifications, including Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Coordinate Transformation, Grid Coverages, Simple Features, Catalog and Geography Markup Language (GML) Specifications.


Attendees are also invited to a half-day seminar titled "Open GIS-Improving Interoperability" and sessions on OGC topics including "Open GIS Interoperability: A Requirement for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security" and "Geospatial Interoperability by Design."


GITA also announced the publication of its Geospatial Technology Report 2003-2004. The report, the sixth in an annual series from GITA, contains detailed information on the complexity, direction, and completeness of geographic information systems (GIS) projects being implemented at 204 organizations-a three-fold increase in participation from the 50 organizations included in the first report, published in 1998. At 133 pages, the new report is 46% longer than last year's edition.




New Products


Matrox Graphics Inc. announced the new Quad Information Display (QID) Pro display controller, with multi-display capabilities, with support for four analog or digital displays from a single chip, to mission-critical environments such as military data walls, simulation and public safety answering points. It is intended to be an ideal graphics platform for servers, allowing IT managers to see and work with more information at once across several displays when controlling multiple servers from a single system.


MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ:
MAPS), debuted solutions for the health care industry. Nearly 100 health care organizations, including Quest Diagnostics and Tucson Medical Center, are among the hospitals, care networks, health plans and pharmaceutical companies now relying on MapInfo technology for site selection, planning, market segmentation and network planning.


ESRI announced several additions to the services and data included in ArcWeb Services. Subscribers can now do batch geocoding, obtain demographic reports for specified regions, and access new data that includes weather forecasts, world administrative boundaries, and maps of New Zealand.


har*GIS, LLC, provider of mobile Field Information Systems™ has introduced a new version of TruckMap*™, its flagship software package for field force automation. TruckMap* 4.1 provides a set of vendor-independent tools specifically designed to improve complex workflow processes of organizations with mobile field crews that maintain distributed assets, such as utilities, local governments and the communication, transportation and route services industries.


Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) announced the availability of its complete mapping solution, including Autodesk Map™ 3D 2005, Autodesk® Raster Design 2005, and Autodesk MapGuide® 6.5 software to help customers “create, manage, and share integrated GIS and CAD data to anyone who needs it.”


Software maker CommunityViz announced the shipping of its second generation of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) decision-support software for planning and resource management. The new software package, Scenario 360™, functions as an extension of the industry-standard ArcGIS 8.3 platform from ESRI (Environmental Systems Research, Inc.), and allows planners and resource managers to perform quantitative analysis and 2D visualization of land-use alternatives.




Appointments
Space Imaging announced the appointment of Mark A. Kling as vice president, general counsel and secretary. Kling's appointment is effective immediately.




Going on Around the Web...


After Years of Struggle, GPS is Taking Off, Michael Kanellos, ZDNet, CNET News.com, April 9, 2004 --GPS chip designer SiRF Technology has seen its revenue grow from $15 million in 2001 to $30.4 million in 2002 to $73.1 million last year.




Upcoming Events...


14th Annual Nevada GIS Conference

Date: April 14 - 16, 2004

Place: Las Vegas, NV USA

The 14th annual Nevada Geographic Information Society conference will be held April 14-16th , 2004 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme for this year's conference is "Address: Nevada, Planet Earth". The focus for this annual conference will spotlight on technology that is being implemented in the state of Nevada that highlights the connectivity of GIS.


FME Training Course Outline

Date: April 15 - 16, 2004

Place: Denver, CO USA

Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are welcome to bring their own sample data files.


International Symposium on Spatial Data Quality (ISSDQ 2004)


Date: April 15 - 17, 2004

Place: Vienna, Austria

The conference should present new research results in all aspects of spatial data quality and how spatial data quality descriptions are used to sole real world problems.


MidAmerica GIS Symposium

Date: April 18 - 22, 2004

Place: Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, MO USA


2004 ACSM-TAPS Annual Conference and Technology Exhibition

Date: April 16 - 21, 2004

Place: Nashville, TN USA


MidAmerica GIS Symposium

Date: April 18 - 22, 2004

Place: Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, MO USA

The MidAmerica GIS Symposium is the major GIS conference event in the central Midwest sponsored by the MidAmerica GIS Consortium, Ltd. (MAGIC), a nonprofit educational organization.


2004 INTERMOUNTAIN GIS CONFERENCE

Date: April 19 - 23, 2004

Place: Sheraton Hotel Billings, MT USA

The 2004 Intermountain GIS Conference, sponsored by the Montana GIS Users Group and the Northern Rockies Chapter of URISA, will bring participants together for an exciting week-long program centered in the theme, "GIS -- Tools of Discovery" linking the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to modern day geospatial technologies.


MapWorld 2004

Date: April 22, 2004

Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Whether you are a power user, developer, manager or are new to using MapInfo, MapWorld 2004 is the place to be.


APA National Planning Conference

Date: April 24 - 28, 2004

Place: Washington, D.C., USA

Join 5,000 colleagues and experience the rich history, renowned symbols of patriotism, inspiring monuments, museums, neighborhoods, and much more - as APA celebrates its 25th anniversary. Take part in a conference rich with more than 200 sessions, 70-plus mobile workshops, Saturday workshops, and special events, all of which will give you an opportunity to explore Washington and the entire metropolitan area.


GITA Annual Conference 27

Date: April 25 - 28, 2004

Place: Seattle, WA USA

GITA's Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier educational event for professionals involved in geospatial information technologies, including automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM), geographic information systems (GIS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and related geospatial technologies.
The MidAmerica GIS Symposium is the major GIS conference event in the central Midwest sponsored by the MidAmerica GIS Consortium, Ltd. (MAGIC), a nonprofit educational organization.


GEOBrazil 2004: 5th Annual International Conference on GeoInformation

Date: May 4 - 6, 2004

Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil

GEOBrazil 2004 is the most important and most valuable geospatial solutions event in Latin America. Because it is tuned into the Latin American geospatial marketplace, it is the optimal venue for the thousands of geoinformation users throughout Latin America to discover the best geotechnology solutions available. GEOBrazil 2004 attendees will also be able to participate in three other concurrent geospatial events: ExpoGPS, GEO Oil & Gas (sponsored by PetroBras); and GEOIntelligence 2004 (sponsored by GITA Brasil).


ExpoGPS: 1st International GPS Technology Congress and Exhibition

Date: May 4 - 6, 2004

Place: S©o Paulo, Brazil

ExpoGPS will showcase the latest trends and tools for global positioning systems. Solutions for GPS business applications, location-based services, monitoring applications, land titling and registration needs, engineering, geodesy, topography, cartography and geology, will all be covered at this unique event. ExpoGPS attendees will also be able to participate in three other concurrent geospatial events: GEOBrazil 2004, GEO Oil & Gas (sponsored by PetroBras); and GEOIntelligence 2004 (sponsored by GITA Brasil).


Land Development Conference & Expo 2004

Date: May 5 - 7, 2004

Place: Baltimore, MD USA

Land Development 2004 is the first major conference and exhibition dedicated to the land development industry - ranging from developers through regulatory agencies, surveyors and engineers, landscape architects, and construction contractors.


MapWorld 2004

Date: May 6, 2004

Place: Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD USA

Whether you are a power user, developer, manager or are new to using MapInfo, MapWorld 2004 is the place to be.


FME Training Course

Date: May 6 - 7, 2004

Place: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.


FME Training Course Outline

Date: May 6 - 7, 2004

Place: Surrey, Canada

Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are welcome to bring their own sample data files.


Twelfth Annual Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Date: May 11 - 12, 2004

Place: Harrisburg Hilton and Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA USA

The 2004 Pennsylvania GIS Conference will be held on May 11-12 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers and the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, PA. This year?s conference theme will be ?Building Our Spatial Future? and will feature speakers and presentations by leading GIS practitioners from around the country, along with over fifty exhibitors of GIS technology products and services, map displays, networking opportunities and much more. For more information about the conference or to submit a presentation proposal or register for an exhibit booth, please visit the conference website or contact Brady Stroh, Conference Coordinator, at (717) 948-6428 or
Email Contact.


GeoSpatial World 2004

Date: May 12 - 14, 2004

Place: Miami Beach, FL USA

Sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community, GeoSpatial World is the annual international training and management conference for Intergraph customers and individuals who are interested in learning more about managing and applying geospatial information and solutions.


2004 Mapping the News Conference

Date: May 14 - 15, 2004

Place: National Press Club, Washington, D.C., USA

The conference will feature dozens of presentations, including a special session on new ways of mapping elections. It will also include hands-on media mapping workshops, a luncheon at the Press Club, and an evening reception at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall.


MapWorld 2004

Date: May 18, 2004

Place: City Place Dallas, TX USA

Whether you are a power user, developer, manager or are new to using MapInfo, MapWorld 2004 is the place to be.


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