Recently, we announced a new partnership with iFactor Consulting. Through this partnership iFactor customers will have access to our ParcelStream™ web service, which boasts over 110 million US parcels. Users can access ParcelStream™ through iFactor’s Web Maps Connector and will be able to easily integrate parcel data, view parcel boundaries, and retrieve detailed parcel information all from their existing GE Smallworld applications and without writing any code.
While this partnership is exciting, it begs the question “has mapping and GIS technology really become a mainstream component across (even the most intransigent) industries?” It appears that numerous industries are increasingly inquisitive about the exponential benefits of spatial technology and in particular parcel data. Partnering with iFactor is a prime example of industries (in this case the utility industry) embracing spatial technology and how they can leverage it without having to make GIS one of their core competencies.
The utility industry, like many other sectors, now relies on GIS technology and geospatial data (whether they know it or not) to increase operational efficiency and strengthen organizational decision making. In particular, the utility industry uses parcel boundary data for land management, right of way work, and transmission corridor planning decisions.
So, how have so many industries come to embrace spatial technology to the point of integrating it into their daily processes? Well, here’s a very probable answer: Microsoft (with Bing Maps) and Google (with Google Maps). These two industry leaders have played an enormous role in bringing mapping and spatial technology to the mainstream. Such technology is incredibly powerful when put into the hands of end-users and thanks to Bing and Google even the most unlikely industries have made mapping part of their business processes.
Yet, there’s more to the answer. A big part of the mass adoption of mapping is due to the emergence of geospatial web services. These web services significantly lower the hurdles to deploying advanced mapping by making it much easier to access, integrate, maintain and use GIS technology and data. At Digital Map Products we believe that cloud computing is a key enabler of the widespread adoption of mapping technology.
The possibilities for spatial technology are endless and we have yet to see just how far it can go, but seeing the integration of key data sets into mainstream industries is an exciting and the new breed of spatial technology companies is making it possible for organizations to deploy GIS to a wide-set of non-technical users and across all industries.
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