When talking to people about ‘The Cloud’ and ‘SaaS’ I have found that the terms are often either not fully understood, or used interchangeably (me included !), or both. There are also a few associated terms that are used as well. So I thought a discussion of this space would be useful.
So what is ‘The Cloud’?
‘The Cloud’ as defined by Wikipedia is: “the provision of computational resources on demand via a computer network. Historically, the term ‘The Cloud’ is used as a metaphor for the Internet.
Cloud computing can be compared to the supply of electricity and…
This is Part 2 of a discussion about problems that appear to be facing individuals and organisations within the spatial industry. As per Part 1, I would appreciate your comments, even if you disagree, and your examples of these happening in the real world.
In Part 1 the focus was on data issues, in Part 2 the focus now moves to process and system problems.
8. LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS
Multiple stakeholders of a project are rarely on the same page (information is not available, or hard to…
In 1998 I started work at a Government Department in the Jurisdiction I went to university in. Coming from a fairly locked down and resource constrained university network I was excited by the capacity of my new employers network. At that time email was starting its rapid growth rate and web sites were still mainly brochures. One of my tasks was to distribute copies of some geospatial data. Once a month I would copy (using ftp) from a server down to my workstation where I would burn a series of CD’s. I would then pop the CD’s in sleeves,…
During recent discussions with others in the spatial industry it has become apparent that there are a set of common problems that appear to be facing individuals and organisations within the spatial industry. This text tries to summarise the problems, but does not pertain to be an exhaustive account – there are no doubt others. I would appreciate your comments, even if you disagree, and your examples of these happening in the real world.
This is part 1 of the discussion and focuses on data issues.
1. DUPLICATION OF DATA
It appears to be common that people take a copy…