- Ease of Use: This might seem counterintuitive because the use of GIS systems traditionally required individuals with deep skills in data, geography, demography and other sciences. But today, the user interfaces have been modernized, templates and apps abound and business users are able to leverage the technology without difficulty.
- Open Platforms: The sharing of maps, apps and data related to GIS solutions is extensive. Collaboration among government agencies, businesses and individuals is in high gear, especially because location intelligence-based solutions are often leveraged to address important societal issues. A prime example of this is the collaboration that occurs during natural disasters.
- New Data and Maps: The spread of connected sensors and devices across the planet has produced many new data sources, enabled the creation of new mapping layers and dramatically increased precision. A connected device might be indoors or outdoors, stationary or moving, urban or rural and able to collect highly accurate data about objects and what is happening to and around them.
- New Spatial Technologies: The technologies for indoor mapping, 3D, temporal analysis and many other aspects of spatial technology continue to advance rapidly. In addition, the scale and speed of real-time processing open up opportunities to capitalize on the technologies.
The Most Important (and Overlooked) Tech
The potential business use cases and high business value of geographic information systems (GIS) warrant serious attention.