OGI Online mapping


Posted: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 21:23:00 -0600

An old corporate catch phrase that's been around longer than "outside the box", is "nimble":
nimâble ˈnim bal -
-adjective, -bler, -blest.
1. quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.
2. quick to understand, think, divise, etc.: a nimble mind
3. cleverly contrived: a story with a nimble plot.

What does nimble have to do with GIS you say?Well my brother told me right as I was graduating from high school that college really teaches you one thing and one thing only. He of course was speaking metaphorically about decision making. Being a student of the business college I can now see where he is coming from.

In the past GIS, or drafting in a previous life, has been tucked away in some back office where the “techs” that knew how to draw the lines on the map ruled supreme. Out put was easy and a map could be restyled at the drop of a hat. This was real power but not the power that many mid and upper level managers are demanding out of their GIS systems today.

The "aging out" of the baby boomers and the entry into management of the "young bloods", who have been raised with a mouse in their hand, expect and even demand high-tech GIS be available for decision making. Back to the one thing college teaches you about decision making and that is "knowledge is power". Companies that get their GIS data served out and on the desktops of decision makers are unleashing pure unadulterated power.

The brains of the "young bloods" are all wired a bit differently in that they know what a computer can do. Armed with knowledge of how a geospacial query works coupled with the granularity of the results generated this new breed of managers are demanding GIS on every desktop machine. Ten years ago if you would have dropped the word “polygon” in an oil company board room you would have been met with blank stares. Do the same today and you will get questions like "with or without attributes"? It is coming guys so hold on.

James H. Davis, Content