August 11, 2003
The Stovepipe Question
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the separate stovepipes of data systems that don't use a common geographic reference.
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The Stovepipe Question
How does your technology address the problem of all the separate stovepipes of data systems that many companies are still using, that don't use a common geographic reference?
"GIS systems have traditionally been focused on the relationship of data elements to a geospatial coordinate, typically represented by a location on a map. While this has provided a wealth of information for those users who require mapping related information to execute their job function, it has been limited to a select set of individuals that possess the knowledge to design, upload and work with this information. The acquisition and implementation of a GIS system can be a costly expenditure whose use is often isolated to a select group of individuals that become the conduit for all GIS activities.
job. Integrating documents with the GIS system brings the GIS functionality out of the back room and into the main stream functions of the front office."
-- Alan Weintraub, Sr. Director, Business Solutions, Hummingbird Ltd
environmentally sensitive area or conflict with planned water and sewer upgrades.
To turn a potential headache into a hassle-free process, GeoMedia technology provides an open geospatial solution that uses no proprietary languages or data formats, enabling you to integrate data from disparate databases for viewing, analysis, and presentation. No translation or conversion of data is required. Industry-standard databases provide seamless data access and security tools, which allow departments to retain control of their data. With real-time access to data, queries, and thematic maps that are automatically updated to reflect changes in your data warehouse, you always have current information."
-- David D. Holmes, Director of Worldwide Product Strategy, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions
"SAS currently supports and implements a number of open standards-based access technologies. These technologies link together organizational stovepipes and surface SAS functionality to other technologies in a variety of ways.
SAS enables organizations to deliver the entire SAS platform to virtually any client across the enterprise and provides adapters that utilize open communication protocols for both Windows clients and Java clients in a flexible Multi-Vendor Architecture. SAS application logic can also be embedded into virtually any application using an open, object-oriented API that allows both Java and Microsoft applications to call on the power of the SAS System and supports a wide variety of standards-both open and 3rd-party-- through delivery of a broad suite of adapters and call routines."
-- Fiona McNeill, Strategis -- SAS Technology Portfolio, WW Strategy
different stovepipes, it may be beneficial to store the data within the GIS system as attributes of the features or do a table join from GIS to the other stovepipe data."
-- Rick Goodwin, Strategic Account Manager, Miner & Miner
z/OS) and iSeries (OS/400), AIX Solaris, HP-UX, Linux and MicroSoft Windows for enterprise wide solutions. OmniReplicator can be implemented in a variety of data movement models, including one-to-one, broadcast, many-to-one or mixed topologies. It offers both bidirectional and unidirectional data movement and bidirectional functionality provides automated collision detection and resolution.
Using a simple point-and-click interface, system administrators can easily determine where information is, where it needs to be, and what path it should follow. OmniReplicator then gets it there. Because OmniReplicator operates at the database level, it is application and operating system independent. There is no need to add or modify any application code to share data. This eliminates implementation and maintenance time resulting in reduced costs.
In short, we are able to take data from the various sites and replicate that on a real-time basis to other databases. We currently use this technology with ESRI so that changes can be made in one database and then propagated out to one or more other databases."
-- John Gay, Senior Services Consultant, Lakeview Technologies
I would also like to pose the question to readers, how does your organization address the problem of separate stovepipes of data, that don't use a common geographic reference?
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Z/I Imaging Corporation, an Intergraph Company, announced that Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. (KKC) has purchased the Z/I Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) system, which provides a complete digital workflow for data acquisition that includes mission planning, sensor management, digital imagery processing, photogrammetric software and a client/server image management, storage and distribution system. A Japanese geomatics firm, KKC provides engineering and consulting services on a wide variety of construction-related projects and geographic information systems (GIS) implementations, primarily dealing with government, municipal offices and overseas engineering projects.
IDEAL.com has partnered with Avatech Solutions to bring its entire line of scanning solutions to Avatech's government, education and commercial customers. Avatech, provider of design automation and PLM solutions for the manufacturing, building design, and engineering markets, has been
granted a US-wide authorization to provide IDEAL/Contex large format scanners and complimentary software as a part of their single-source solutions offerings.
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