Bigger GIS and New Technologies Push Market to New Levels
Geographic information systems (GIS) are an organized collection of
computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to
efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms
of geographically referenced information. GIS operates on data primarily bearing a relationship to space which is inclusive of any data about things and events that oc-cur in nature.
The volume of geospatial data that's coming from many sources is growing
exponentially. Geographic measurement is being driven by both new technologies
— more satellite and airborne digital cameras, more Light Detection and Ranging
(LIDAR), GPS, and other digital surveying devices — as well as more deployment
of these technologies.
These measurements are creating more precise and comprehensive data for GIS
professionals to work with. As a result, GIS systems are getting bigger.
The proliferation of mobile devices impacts every industry and application,
and GIS is no different. Advances in GIS technology and mobile and cloud
computing now enable organizations to take GIS to the field, where workers can
interact directly with the information needed to view, capture, update, and
synchronize changes between the field and office.
To survive and grow in this market, GIS suppliers
face a number of challenges that require new thinking, business models, and
strategies. This study provides answers to strategic questions, such as:
- How can suppliers increase their value proposition?
- How can suppliers stand out in this market and gain market share?
- How are suppliers addressing Big Data, cloud GIS, and mobile
- Where are the growth markets and industries?
- Who is delivering core GIS versus applications on top of core GIS?