During today’s wrap-up session of the Geocortex Virtual user conference #Geocortex, CEO Steven-Myhill Jones ended the event with a short look ahead along with an interesting take on changes in the industry. According to Steve, the following techno-innovations stand out and are affecting the [Geo] industry:
- Excellent maps are available from the main page of the leading searchengines – apparently, some 25% or searches are location relevant.
- Web-based maps are now part of every day life – for a whole generation maps are not paper
- There’s much interest in open standards for data provisioning
- The mobile web will continue to grow in ubiquity (I can’t yell this one enough either!)
- We still don’t really get social networking as it relates to spatial and spatially-related decision making for “work” – how does it enable GISers to make better decisions?
- The cloud is materializing – GeoCortex started in 2000 envisioning SaaS for the GIS space
- Shipping boxes of software is from same era as buying CDs
- REST is the future (if your watching ESRI) but also, web ADF is not dead!
Some great topics to ponder not only for Geocortex users around the World but for all involved in the GIS space from the Latitude Geographics CEO – you can follow Steven on Twitter @SMyhillJones. Note, Geocortex Essentials at 3.0 is to incorporate major REST elements/enhancements and the release of 3.0 is to coincide with ESRI’s ArcGIS Server 10 release.