Let's face it, we have it pretty good as GIS professionals. Our projects are so versatile. The location analytics we do is so practical and valuable across a variety of sectors. Our work has the power to enhance any organization’s decision-making workflows, transforming them into smart, powerful data-driven practices. And the opportunities to apply our sense of place can only get better as technology continues to get faster, cheaper, more accessible.
Climate change has become a widely accepted fact around the world today as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise. The impacts of climate change on the planet will undoubtedly affect populations around the world causing not only the displacement of populations but also a variety of health risks. Ranging from diseases of impoverished populations as well as the emergencies that arise from extreme weather events that cause other health outbreaks to occur. There are obvious health risks associated with drought or floods, which leads to malnutrition, as well as the disproportionate risks for disease outbreaks in developing countries. However, there are still many ways in which climate change can cause less obvious public health challenges that ought to be public knowledge.
Whether you’re responding to rising sea levels, the Zika virus, or the possibility of a shooter in your midst, crisis management plans are incredibly important for many business and organizations. It’s important to have a number of scenarios mapped out in order to respond effectively when disaster strikes with the best possible crisis management plan. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, are amazingly effective in allowing you to project various scenarios and responses, preparing you with the best possible action plan if the unfortunate time should come.
Data visualization is a modern form of communications that involves the study and creation of visual representations of large data streams often known as big data. Visualizing data is a powerful tool across many industries and disciplines and is often done with tools like ArcGIS, capable of turning almost any form of data into a geographical point ready to be mapped. If you have yet to unlock the power of big data in your company or organization and leverage it through maps and other means of data visualization, it’s time to get caught up with the technology quickly becoming taken for granted in various fields. It is being used in various administrative settings around the world from city planning to shipping and logistics and even marketing and sales.
In our modern world it seems that every little change is turned into data somehow captured in space and time. Every car in traffic is counted; every gallon of water is accounted for; every grocery store patron’s habits tracked. All these tiny, seemingly insignificant facts are tallied and filed away, and for a long time have gone largely untapped by governments and corporations alike. With the power to know where people and things are and how they relate to one another, there are few tools as powerful as big data mining, especially when it comes to sustainable development.
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The world of business is in rapid motion in the age of technology, with a never ending stream of new hardware and software changing the way things are done. One of the biggest shifts of late is the redefinition even presence of the formerly crucial role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). While CTOs were central to the operations of all businesses from local to multinational corporations, they are now being made obsolete by companies who provide a full range of managed services for IT.
In the quickly changing world of business, of which technology has now become central, companies have just gotten settled into the idea that they need a real IT professional to operate as the Chief Information Technology Officer. But it seems now that things are comfortable, the tides are turning again with the advent of impeccable and specialized IT consulting firms who can readily replace the need for this management position, especially within companies who, while they use technology to leverage business, don’t have products and services based on it. Now CEOs are faced with yet another crossroads. Do you keep your IT management in house and in the hands of a highly paid manager, or do you seek help from the outside? Maybe it’s a middle of the road solution you’re looking for?
Redundant backups are becoming the norm across nearly every industry to which technology is central. Many companies are now turning to IT consultants to take care of their hosting and greater infrastructure to ensure that their service is always as secure as possible and completely uninterrupted. The right IT partner will ensure that you have all the specs you need that will best suit your specific industry needs. This kind of intentional partnership will ideally save you money in the long run on things like hiring extra staff to manage IT and getting workstation updates that could be avoided with virtualization. Technology consultants are invaluable in the process of ensuring you have the most redundant backups.
Mobile cloud computing affects our everyday lives in more ways than we even realize. We depend on mobile devices to perform tasks from basic communication to downright complicated professional operations like taking payments or collecting data. In the world of GIS mobile cloud computing has completely changed the way data is collected in the field, which not only expedites the process, but ensure we can make the most accurate maps.