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The day the "cloud-powered, vendor-neutral, GIS App Store" concept was born was probably one of the best and worst days of my life. That rainy Southern California morning in December 2008 marked the day that is responsible for fully consuming the following 483 days of my life with conference calls to countless vendors, writing seemingly endless API calls, and completely scrapping two beta systems before reaching our final goal: TheGISmarketplace.com. Ultimately our vision is to bring an end to GIS software vendor lock-in and facilitate virtually painless delivery of even the most complex GIS applications on a robust IT infrastructure... all powered by cloud computing. That December 2008 day also marked the start of a mission for my team at Skygone. A mission to learn, understand and become experts on the system architecture and application designs of as many GIS se... (more)

Open Source: Lovers, Haters, and How the Cloud Blurs the Lines

This week in Denver legions of GIS professionals and developers (or geo-geeks as most of us prefer to be called) are gathering for the FOSS4G conference... A conference solely focused on one aspect of geospatial and mapping applications: that of the open source variety. If you talk to the average software user, geospatial or not, about open source software you usually find three camps: Lovers, Haters, and Converters. Let's put these camps in crudely defined boxes: Open source "Lovers" are the lifers that live, breathe, and have never used anything but open source software. Lovers... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing: Part 1 - VDI is DOA

The impact that Cloud Computing has brought to the IT industry to date has been primarily beneficial to application developers, system admins, and network architects, and not directly to end-users of technology. Yes, IT developers and architects leverage cloud computing’s flexible and virtualized compute, storage, and network infrastructure to build resilient applications that eventually benefit end users due to improvements in speed-to-market and improved up-time statistics, but the direct benefits to the tech-needy end user are still rarely recognized. Most daily users of pers... (more)

Cloud and Open Source Can Pave Way for Hexagon

As most people in the geospatial industry are aware, Hexagon, a Swedish company headed by CEO Ola Rollen, has bought up some of the most respected names in the GIS industry over the last couple years; including Intergraph, Leica Geosystems, and ERDAS. In doing so, they have created a very interesting package of offerings that could certainly challenge for the top spot in the enterprise GIS market . In recognition of the Hexagon2011 conference next week in Orlando, FL, which will showcase all of the Hexagon companies together for the first time, I thought I would share some thoug... (more)

Free Art Available on Amazon…Amazon Web Services, That Is

Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever seen. No, I’m not talking about knockoff copies of a Jackson Pollack on Amazon.com… I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amazon Web Services. Over the last several years, the industry has looked to Amazon as not only a technology leader in Cloud Computing, but also as a thought leader in redefining the landscape of IT and application architecture.  Other companies (including mine) have struggled to keep up with their seemingly endless re... (more)