The Next Generation of GIS according Andy Dearing, CEO of Boundless


It’s no secret organizations today have access to more data than ever before, and it only continues to grow at an astounding rate. Now the problem is not gaining access to the data, it’s the ability to scale and process such large amounts to help solve business problems. After all, the data is meaningless if we cannot make sense of it. Location-based data is no exception, of course.

There are many breakthroughs and success stories in the geospatial industry right now that are propelling the science forward more rapidly than ever before. Integrating IoT data, mapping drone information, analyzing imagery from small sats – GIS is at the root of these technology trends, and we are only beginning to really understand how these new sources of information can help us make better decisions.

Open source technologies, which continues to proliferate in modern IT enterprises, have become an essential component for gathering, organizing, and connecting the dots between vast amounts of the spatial data at our fingertips. Open source enables organizations to harness limitless scalability to understand and solve emerging business challenges.

With the emergence of machine learning concepts, geoprocessing techniques can be applied to make sense of data streams and “big data” architectures. Organizations are not only understanding the “what” behind location content, but now also understand the “why.” The ability to gain deeper insights into change detection, trend analysis, and predictive modeling will take hold in these open, elastic infrastructures.

This is a great time to see the next generation GIS taking shape and what it will become in the years ahead.

Andy is the CEO of Boundless and previously held the role of the Vice President of Professional Services. A commercial pilot and self-taught geographer, Andy has been working with GIS for nearly 15 years. He can often be found working from one of our many locales, or representing the Boundless brand at a number of industry events and philanthropic endeavors throughout the year. Andy resides in Missouri with his wife and four kids, where he enjoys hiking, fishing, and woodworking - when is he is not out camping with his son’s Boy Scout troop.



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