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Tim Calkins
Tim Calkins
Tim Calkins is the Market Manager, Financial Services for GISi and a subject matter expert for business intelligence.

Putting Business Intelligence on the Map

May 7th, 2014 by Tim Calkins

Business Intelligence (BI) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has been fusing over the last couple of years. Why are we seeing this fusion and, perhaps more importantly, why is this something beneficial to analysts? The simple answer is that data displayed using map visualization, when compared to basic charts, is visually more powerful.

Did you know that over 80% of business data has some kind of location component? It’s no wonder why Cognos, MicroStrategy, Business Objects and Information Builders have invested in mapping technology, specifically Esri’s mapping technology, to integrate location analytics seamlessly into their solutions. Even SAS and Tableau have built integration points in their products that can consume and produce geospatial intelligence. So what’s the point? The point is that when 80% of all your data has some kind of location component, it makes sense to visualize the data geospatially. Read the rest of Putting Business Intelligence on the Map

Introducing GeoMetri: Analytics For Your Physical Space

December 3rd, 2013 by Michael Healander

Today we released version 1 of our product GeoMetri. You can use GeoMetri to understand movement within your buildings at a glance or dive into the data for up-to-date information on a variety of metrics. It allows you to compare and measure activity across different time periods or building areas as well as understand real-time traffic patterns for any space, any time, in a cost-effective and highly accurate solution.

GeoMetri operates on WiFi technologies. As mobile devices search for wireless networks to communicate with, they give off “pings” at regular intervals. These bits of information (including signal strength) can be collected and anonymously aggregated for use in physical analytics. While other signal technologies are available (e.g. Bluetooth), wifi gives the best value in terms of availability, deployment, scalability, and security to our customers.

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Moving Up The Spatial Maturity Curve To Combat Fraud

November 25th, 2013 by Keith King


Fraud is related to location. Isn’t this something we know intuitively? Don’t we use extra caution when we are in certain parts of town? It is not surprising to learn that there are often geographic patterns to the crimes committed by all kinds of law-breaking citizens, from average street thieves to your more sophisticated fraud-artists.

Because fraud and location go together, it makes good sense to utilize tools that are built specifically to visualize, analyze, manage, and share location-based data related to fraud activities. These tools are part of a Geographic Information System (GIS). Read the rest of Moving Up The Spatial Maturity Curve To Combat Fraud

CNIC Navy Energy Program and NSGEM

September 17th, 2013 by Amy Hrdlicka

Recently the Navy Shore Geospatial Energy Module went through its fourth successful promotion release in the GeoReadiness Explorer Production environment, and the hype is heating up about it, so I thought I would give everyone a little background on the program and what NSGEM can do….

Commander, Navy Installation Command (CNIC) instated the CNIC Energy Program in order to provide guidance, policy, and tools for implementing mandated energy reduction and sustainability practices.  The main goals of the program (as outlined in OPNAV policy OPNAVINST 4100.5E) are:

  • 50% reduction in energy consumption by 2020.
  • 50% renewable energy source consumption by 2020.
  • 50% net-zero participation by 2020.

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Delivering Service Excellence When Things Go Wrong

August 21st, 2013 by Keith King

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If you provide a product or service, things will invariably go wrong.   A deadline will be missed, the product will break, or an expectation won’t be met.  It goes without saying that we must direct most of our attention toward doing what we say we will do.  If we continuously miss commitments and make it hard for our customers to do business with us then we won’t be a business for long.  However, how do you continue to deliver service excellence when thing go wrong?  Here are a few thoughts:

Run Into the Fire

It is often tempting to avoid the conflict or dance around the issue at hand.  This just makes things worse in the long run.  As the service or product provider, begin the process of dousing flames of anger and disappointment with blunt truths and full disclosure.  This may cause the flame to flare up temporarily, but in the long run you will build trust and have a much better chance of salvaging the relationship.

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Location – The Tie that Binds

August 9th, 2013 by Keith King

As an executive, how hard is it for you to get a complete view of what is really happening in all parts of your enterprise?  Is the information you receive fragmented?  Out of date?  Do you have multiple versions of the “truth”?  Can you spot trends?  Would you like to wake up in the morning and use your iPad to review KPI’s?  Can you can make timely decisions about your business with confidence?

In other words, are you getting the information you need, in the format you need, when and where you need it?

Organizations have worked for years to tear down information silos, but challenges remain.  If this is the case for you, consider utilizing geography as an integrating platform to organize, analyze, visualize, and share your enterprise data assets.

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