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How has the move to cloud-hosted geospatial services changed the geospatial landscape?
Cloud based distribution of anything is pretty much the future. I am a big supporter of cloud technology. I think that the technology has finally advanced enough that small business can really take advantage of these technologies. As some industries move away from brick and mortar offices they will have to rely on cloud servers for daily operation. More than that though, is that cloud technology allows anybody with the right permissions the ability to work from anywhere that has an internet connection. As 'offline' updating becomes more common place these people might not even need to have a constant broadband connection. They would just need enough to make the automated transfer.
One of my biggest projects at work is setting up webapplications that are hosted in a cloud server. An extension of this project is to set up mobile and tablet devices for field recording. I like the idea that we can get anybody with a device set up with our data dictionary without the need for significant front end planning. Another major benefit is that they can work in any location offline and when they get back to their hotel they can simply set up the hotel WiFi on the device and let the auto update work overnight. This gives GIS and project managers immediate access to their
I am a GIS professional in Walla Walla, WA. I use this blog to force myself to really read through all of the GIS news that I get in my inbox. It also helps me practice writing.