First GIScafe posted that ExxonMobil adopted IceWEB as a global cloud computing platform - that will answer any critic, who questioned security over the internet. And if an oil supermajor were not enough, then Mashable wrote that the City of Los Angeles moved all of its office communications onto Google Docs.
Second, James Fee pointed out that with the advent of new APIs, Google mapping makes it increasingly easier to post web data using tools that are free in cost if not in time. Having used some of them at home, I can now post even more easily my sales target locations and routing at work.
At oilelefant we offer web mapping as an intranet application, and we extend to other data stores like EZDataRoom. But we let our customers direct us to other data sources, as these have varying licensing models and move over time. To pick only two of many examples:
- UK the onshore data is accessible via British Geological Survey web mapping serivces for free or for fee depending on personal or commercial use, respectively
- UK offshore data is accessible from Oil&Gas UK by subsription on the DEAL site, currently managed by BGS but moving to Schlumberger in the new year
That is why we stick to our knitting, and provide users with a ready-to-use interface that meets their day-to-day business and technical requirements: oilelefant is flexible and based on standards such as PPDM and OGC. It evolved from v.1 to v.2 to include document management, and thus moved from PPDM Lite to full PPDM 3.7.
Yet as I said above, further development directed by users will hinge on the following:
- do we offer import/export routines via XML
- do we offer direct web links to other WMS
- do we migrate our geodatamanagment platform
- provide users with technical advances and new services as they unfold
- conduct an on-going dialog with users to see which ones enhance their business
- keep users working smoothly as requested services are added in the background